Category: Transportation

The Intercity Bus is Back.

You may have spotted an unusual sight cruising on an Interstate between many U.S. Midwestern cities or up and down the East Coast. Large, modern double-decker buses have been ferrying passengers between dozens of Northeast and Midwest cities. More than the “dirty dog,” these buses are shiny and sleek, with free wi-fi and halogen lighting. […]

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National Journal Asks: Gas Tax $ For Bike Trails?

Here’s my answer to the question “Should the next surface transportation bill allow states and municipalities to use a greater share of scarce Trust Fund dollars on non-highway projects such as bike lanes and pedestrian walkways?” on the National Journal’s Transportation “Expert” Blog. For more background, see my post “Fixing America’s Federal Transportation Policy.”

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Moving Beyond Highways

I would be remiss if I didn’t note the launch of a campaign for a new federal transportation policy. The news about the launch of the Transportation for America campaign was noted on StreetsBlog, Greater Greater Washington, and a number of other sites. As I have written before, the federal law setting transportation policy will […]

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High-Speed Rail on the Ballot in California

This November, supporters of a plan to construct a high-speed rail network in California could have something many thought they’d never see: $9.95 billion in cold, hard cash. If approved by a simple majority on the statewide ballot, California Proposition 1A would provide $9 billion to construct a high-speed rail line between San Francisco and […]

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Shared Vans Already Here … and Illegal

Over a year ago I described Cape Town’s minibus shared van transit system, where licensed drivers provide shared rides along designated routs. At the time, I suggested such a system, common in many countries around the world, should be considered in the U.S. I was wrong — there are examples of similar service in the […]

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