The history of American passenger railroading has been filled with a lot of ideas and, yes, even failed attempts. Consider the futuristic Aerotrain, Talgo, and Train X, or conventional trains like the Golden Rocket, Atlantic City Express, American European Express, Louisville Auto Train and The Aces. Ultimately they were unsuccessful and disappointments at best or in the case of the former stillborn at worst. The old adage that “timing is everything” might have a ring of truth to some of the efforts coupled with the twin challenges of finance and politics. Believing that one should not continue to hit one’s head against the wall, advocates of enhanced American intercity rail have come to accept failure, lethargy and infighting as the norm. A certain fatigue has set in, the case of the inability to resurrect a full route Sunset Limited, the Pioneer and the Montrealer comes to mind. Further insidious examples include two attempts to bring high-speed rail to Florida, and the…
The Federal Transit Administration published federal policy guidance which, in conjunction with the final rule FTA published in January, 2013, outlines the details of the new, streamlined evaluation and rating process for New and Small Starts projects under Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). Additionally, FTA has posted updated reporting instructions and forms for the new process, available on FTA's website here.
A 2012 report detailing the Bay Area Rapid Transit District's bicyle plan and a report measuring jobs created by pedestrian and bicycle access projects have been added to the Resource Center best practices database.
TRANSPORTDowntown Taxes Considered for Fort Lauderdale Streetcars
With federal, state and local government contributions already lined up for the city's proposed Wave streetcar system, all that's left to determine is which downtown businesses and residents will also have to contribute and how much they will pay.
TRANSPORTMoscow Tries Bike Sharing
"It's not easy to ride a bike in Moscow," cautioned Alexey Mityaev, the floppy-haired, jeans-wearing twenty-seven-year-old adviser to the head of the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development, as we headed out on a test run of the city bike-share program that just launched in the Russian capital.
ENVIRONMENT & ECOLOGYWalking Could Produce Energy via Shoes
Giant Freakin Robot
There's no better power than people power! A team of engineering students at Rice University in Houston, Texas have invented a shoe that can harness the energy of everyday walking to, theoretically, power small devices such as cell phones or mp3 players.
URBANISM & DESIGNA Grand Vision for Richmond's Future
By 2035 the Richmond region will grow by roughly 200,000 households (435,000 people) and 200,000 new jobs. That's a mind-numbing number for a metropolitan region with barely more than 1 million inhabitants today.