Posts tagged with 'North America'
Top 21 Time-Saving Cities
Top 21 Time-Saving Cities
Cities have been ranked in all kinds of ways. Best places to live, best access to the outdoors, most walkable, most obese, ease of landing a green job, best street art. Now, there’s a new city ranking: Real Simple magazine ...
Snow Removal Best Practices: The Right Path
Snow Removal Best Practices: The Right Path
The Washington, D.C. metro area has the second highest percentage of public transit commuters in the United States, behind only New York City. Many of those riders walk to the Metro or the bus, and 89,000 other commuters walk to ...
D.C. Colleges Embrace Bike-Sharing
D.C. Colleges Embrace Bike-Sharing
Last year, we reported on breakthroughs in D.C.’s bicycling culture, such as the opening of Bikestation D.C. and proposals for bike lanes on M Street. Recently, the bikesharing buzz has been increasingly bolstered by the city’s student population. American University’s Student ...
Transit Agencies Need to Invest in Marketing: A Lesson from Los Angeles
Transit Agencies Need to Invest in Marketing: A Lesson from Los Angeles
Los Angeles' Metro is doing something that no transit agency in the country has ever done: it's marketing its products and services as if it were a private company bent on turning a profit. But for Metro marketing isn't about increasing the bottom line. It's about reducing traffic, cleaning the air and making people's commutes in this auto-clogged city a bit less stressful.
Bixi Lands Boston, London: Game-Changer for Public Bikes?
Bixi Lands Boston, London: Game-Changer for Public Bikes?
London and Boston made big announcements this week, both naming Montreal's Public Bike System – known as Bixi (shoft for "bicycle taxi") – as their preferred bike-share provider. Could Bixi's foray onto the world scene be a game changer for public-use bicycles?
Immigrants and the Future of Sustainable Transportation
Immigrants and the Future of Sustainable Transportation
Joel Kotkin and his website New Geography can be frustrating—Kotkin can be an apologist for sprawl—but they can also be invaluable. That latter quality was on full display today in Prof. Ali Modarres’ expert breakdown of census data showing that ...
Discussing Smart Growth With Cheryl Cort
Discussing Smart Growth With Cheryl Cort
The Coalition for Smarter Growth is one of the preeminent activist organizations dedicated to sustainable transportation and smart land use policies in the D.C. area. Over the last ten years, the Coalition has fought for inclusionary zoning in D.C., for transit-oriented ...
National Airport a Key Part of D.C.'s Sustainable Transport System
National Airport a Key Part of D.C.’s Sustainable Transport System
It’s been quite wonderful to watch huge swaths of the planning community get suckered by the Manhattan Airport Foundation. This prank, which suggests turning Central Park into an airport, won some utterly serious howls of indignation. It also sparked a ...
New Report: Smart Growth Necessary for CO2 Reduction
New Report: Smart Growth Necessary for CO2 Reduction
It’s always good to have your argument laid out for you in a well-designed policy paper. The Center for Clean Air Policy’s new report, “Cost-Effective GHG Reductions through Smart Growth and Improved Transportation Choices,” does just that. It lays out ...
Priority Bus Conference Notes
I spent yesterday at a fantastic conference on priority buses in the Washington area. Organized by the TPB and the Federal Transit Administration, we got to hear from transit officials from across the country about what innovations their areas have ...
D.C.'s "State of the Air": F
D.C.'s "State of the Air": F
Next American City has started a series of stories on local air quality, which is an incredibly important issue. This first post analyzes this years “State of the Air” report, put out by the American Lung Association and points out ...
Metro Ridership Up in First Quarter
Metro Ridership Up in First Quarter
Metro ridership is up. Bus ridership is down. What gives? Photo by Teo. The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) released their ridership numbers for the first quarter on Monday, and there’s some very interesting news for D.C. and for the ...
Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Where's My Stimulus?
Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Where's My Stimulus?
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association released a statement yesterday calling on citizens to urge state governments to build more bicycling and pedestrian projects using the $26.6 billion in stimulus funds released for transport projects on Tuesday, as part of the ...
Most "Global" Cities Aren't the Dirtiest
Most "Global" Cities Aren't the Dirtiest
“Most global cities aren’t the dirtiest cities,” according to Foreign Policy magazine. “In fact, some of the biggest, most integrated cities are some of the cleanest urban areas on the planet.” The conclusions are part of the publication’s Global Cities ...
Obama Inauguration Inspires Transport Solutions
Obama Inauguration Inspires Transport Solutions
Washington prepares for Obama’s inauguration. Photo by martinstelbrink of Flickr. Plans for President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, scheduled for Jan. 20, have caused local transport groups in the Washington, D.C. area to consider new and flexible options to help travelers commute ...
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