$293 Million in New Federal Transit Grants Announced
Streetcar projects were big winners in recent announcements of federal transportation grants. Image via streetcars4dc.org
Today, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced nearly $300 million in new federal grants for transit solutions. The funding is meant to expand President Obama’s Livability Initiative,  a joint venture of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of ...
Light Rail for L.A.'s Westside
A few weeks ago, we wrote about California’s promising Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), which encourages transit-oriented development by requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) “to create and implement land use plans that use compact, coordinated, and efficient development patterns to ...
Spotlight on the World Cup: Efficient Match Day Transport
Johannesburg provided spectator a variety of transport connections to each stadium.  Image from City of Johannesburg.
During a recent trip to South Africa, I found Johannesburg polished and looking its best for the World Cup, and the match day transport services were well-planned and efficient. While this was my first World Cup, I did attend the ...
Car Ownership or Ease of Driving: Which is the Real Challenge?
Car Ownership or Ease of Driving: Which is the Real Challenge?
The rapid motorization of countries like China and India is a scary prospect. China and India alone acheiving the same levels of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) per capita as the United States would probably push us past irrevocable climactic tipping ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 2: U.S. Public Transit is Up, World's Worst Commutes, Blue or Black Bike Lanes
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...
Mobile Apps Work to Make Walking Safer
Using the phone's camera, iPhone's Email n Walk app makes the phone transparent. Image via gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com.
By now, the dangers of texting or talking on the phone while driving have been well-established. Nearly 30 percent of traffic accidents occur while people are talking or texting. But what about pedestrians and bikers? More and more, distracted pedestrians ...
Light Rail for L.A.’s Westside
This photo of traffic in West Los Angeles has become infamous. Now, the Westside is finally getting a new light rail, which will connect downtown L.A. to the Pacific Ocean. Photo via Atwater Village Newby.
A few weeks ago, we wrote about California’s promising Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), which encourages transit-oriented development by requiring metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) “to create and implement land use plans that use compact, coordinated, and efficient development patterns to ...
Forecast for the Future’s Cities: Hot!
Sometimes a giant ice block can help make hot days more manageable. But permeable surfaces - like that pictured above - can also help cool us down. Photo via Houston Marsh.
On the hottest days of summer, AC-less city-folk can be found sticking their heads in refrigerators and sinks full of ice water, putting their faces in front of fans — or open fire hydrants — and guzzling ice cold beverages ...
Rio Passengers Get More Time on Transit for Single Fare
Rio's "Bilhete Unico." Image via Rio Card.
Recently, we wrote about how public transit costs and long travel times can force people to sleep on the streets in Rio’s central zones. Now, the state government has taken a small but promising step toward relieving these problems by ...
TheCityFix Picks, July 2: U.S. Public Transit is Up, World’s Worst Commutes, Blue or Black Bike Lanes
Are blue or black bikelanes safer for bikers? Photo by Mikel Tjemsland
Welcome back to TheCityFix Picks, our series highlighting the newsy and noteworthy of the past week. Each Friday, we’ll run down the headlines falling under TheCityFix’s five themes: mobility, quality of life, environment, public space, and technology and innovation. Mobility ...