Blogosphere - In this section you'll find commentary, opinion and editorials from blogs and newspapers around the country. The opinions expressed in these blogs do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Reconnecting America.
Blogosphere: Bill Would Streamline CEQA for Bikes
More good bike news from the California legislature this week: The extensive and costly environmental reviews required for on-street bike lanes would be streamlined under a bill approved unanimously by the State Assembly on Monday...
Blogosphere: Slow Traffic, Put Stuff in the Way
One of my favorite comedy bits is Robin Williams having an…
Tracks News - In this section you'll find news from cities around the country as well as interviews and general reporting on issues. It might be from a newspaper or a blog, but it counts as news. The Chatter, commentary and opposition articles will be found towards the bottom.
Chicago: Bus Only Lanes Are Coming Soon
Chicago Sun Times
Bus rapid transit is coming to Chicago. Within two years, CTA bus riders will get their own lane to get through the throngs of traffic near Union Station and the Ogilvie Transportation Center...
Vancouver WA: BRT Plan Gets the Green Light
A citizens committee Wednesday signaled it's on board for bus rapid transit…
Policies that consider workers' needs, housing affordability, transportation, and economic development work in concert to create and sustain a vibrant community. Most governments dedicate resources to attracting and retaining businesses, yet they are less likely to focus on also attracting and preserving housing that will meet workers' needs... Read On
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) hereby establishes a formal policy on the eligibility of pedestrian and bicycle improvements for FTA funding and defines the catchment area for pedestrians and bicyclists in relation to public transportation stops and stations... Read On
We now know the economic toll and other important statistics about pedestrian injuries in San Francisco thanks to the exhaustive research of a San Francisco General Hospital trauma surgeon and her team... Read On
"The land swap will result in a green corridor from Cheltenham to Woodville as well as a sustainable development next to the new tram corridor, which will revitalise the western suburbs. But clearly, we haven't got the message out. People are not linking the land swap with the tram plan."
While Transit Oriented Development (TOD) has almost exclusively concerned rail based modes there has been a recent interest in bus related TOD with an emphasis on new bus rapid transit (BRT) developments in North/ South America and Australia. This paper takes a critical look at the strengths and weakness of bus based transit systems in relation to TOD through a review of the literature and an assessment of TOD related developments. The performance of BRT systems in relation to TOD are considered with specific reference to BRT systems in Australia. In addition TOD related to local suburban or ‘low order’ bus service is considered. The paper describes the general concept of TOD and how this relates to features of transit modes, outlines the literature relevant to bus based TOD and identifies the strengths and weakness of bus based transit systems in relation to TOD. It concludes by using the findings of the review to identify ways in which bus based TOD might be better planned and…