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Safety Can't Be Compromised as Part of Transportation Funding Bill

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.06.2015 | Politics
James P. Hoffa

There are 61,000 structurally deficient bridges in the U.S. today and 28 percent of urban roads are in substandard condition. Quite simply, the nation's transportation infrastructure is in crisis. Congress has the ability to change it. But it must put forward a bill that takes both funding and safety seriously.

Missed Connections

Matthias Paul Kuhlmey | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Matthias Paul Kuhlmey

If you were hoping to receive relationship advice based on today's title, then this blogpost is not for you. Yet, my intention is to discuss an equally important topic, and at last one that has the potential to seriously improve communal relationships.

How to Avoid the Heat on Your Next Flight

Christopher Elliott | Posted 09.13.2015 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

When Eric Crusius boarded his recent American Airlines flight from Washington to Dallas, the air conditioning was powered down and the cabin started to heat up quickly, just as you might expect an aluminum tube to do under the heat of the late summer sun.

Bike Sharing 101

MoneyTips | Posted 09.10.2015 | Money

Auto sharing is becoming a more popular method of transportation, so why shouldn't bike sharing follow suit? Quite a few consumers and companies agree with that statement. Bicycle-sharing systems have mushroomed over the last few years in large and medium-sized U.S. markets.

Urban Transit: 5 Cool Ways to Travel Around Mexico City

Mark Chesnut | Posted 09.08.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the hemisphere. So it makes sense that this sprawling metropolis requires a rather extensive mass transi...

Is the Woman Sleeping on the Train Alone?

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin

The decision to sleep on a train is yours to make. The fact that I was asleep does not, in any way, excuse the drunk man's behavior. We need to respect people, especially in our shared spaces. We need people to keep speaking up. Not only for ourselves but for those around us as well -- we are not alone!

Funding the MTA Capital Plan: Avoiding a False Choice

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.31.2015 | New York
Carol Kellermann

Funding the next five-year capital plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is a priority for the New York City region, and fortunately the funding gap has narrowed. The real question is: how much funding should come from motorists versus taxpayers and commuters?

How Localizing Is the Key To Our Urban Future

Michael Sorkin | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Michael Sorkin

NEW YORK -- Ironically, in this era of exponential growth, we are witnessing the disappearance of cities. Our urbanism is becoming increasingly generic -- a Starbucks on every corner and an iPhone in every palm. We can do better.

Transforming Mobility on Long Island Requires the 'Third Track'

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.14.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

That means adding a track to the 9.8-mile segment of the Long Island Rail Road's Main Line from Floral Park to Hicksville. The extra track would eliminate the current bottleneck where so many branches converge. It would increase the frequency of trains and enable effective reverse commuting to take place.

A Promising Model for Bipartisan Cooperation on Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 05.06.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

At a time when bipartisan cooperation is much-needed and all too rare in the United States, a new initiative on Long Island offers hope. Leaders of Su...

3 Ways Long Term Federal Transportation Funding Help Small Businesses Grow In America

Helen Callier | Posted 06.27.2015 | Small Business
Helen Callier

While many are able to benefit from public transportation, the reality is short term federal funding bills for transportation infrastructure for more than 10 years has left small businesses at the curve impacting job creation in our nation.

We Need to Finance and Subsidize Mass Transit

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.30.2015 | Green
Steven Cohen

Anyone riding mass transit in the New York region this past winter has seen the stress that this old system is under. Delayed trains, decaying stations, and more crowded cars are increasingly common. There is little question that the system needs a cash infusion for long-term capital improvements and short-term operation and maintenance.

Often Overlooked, Infrastructure Receives John Oliver Boost

Edward Wytkind | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

It shouldn't take a comedian cracking jokes for us to realize the dire state of our infrastructure, but that's the trouble with a crisis that hides in plain sight. Despite record ridership year after year, deteriorating transit systems are cutting service and jobs

Will Rideshares and Taxis Equal Accessible Transportation

Eric Lipp | Posted 05.17.2015 | Impact
Eric Lipp

People with disabilities and older adults have a massive need for transportation and the industry has really not responded. But there might be an answer, a software with rideshare connections that could increase transportation options for people with disabilities.

The Year of Accountability?

Edward Wytkind | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

I may not have that corner office in the Capitol, but voters effectively do -- or should. It's up to all of us to speak up and make sure that those in Congress know that we have noticed that our transportation system is crumbling, and we won't stand for it.

Considering Life Without Owning a Car

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

According to an October study by U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) and the Frontier Group, millennials are driving significantly less than older Americans.

In Detroit, It's What We Do

Nancy Kotting | Posted 04.05.2015 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

Detroit's future isn't "out there". It has been here, all along. Falling into bed at the end of the day spent only to rise, pull his boots on yet again and get the job done. These are the people I speak of when I speak of Detroit. Detroit is filled with James Robertsons, invisible to most but the backbone of a city that just doesn't quit. Ever.

Love At First Sight? Joe Biden and Merging Detroit Transit

Brian Stone | Posted 03.15.2015 | Detroit
Brian Stone

Every once and a while a headline is buried beneath the local talk of the international auto show, truck sales and... well, whatever else the wise guys in Detroit's newspapers seem to think is more important.

Bipartisan Agreement on Economic Growth for Long Island

Nancy Rauch Douzinas | Posted 01.31.2015 | New York
Nancy Rauch Douzinas

Our County Executives have now set a bipartisan course for economic growth. It's a course that should be sailed to take us to an ever more robust economy - one that can support our children and grandchildren on Long Island for decades to come.

A Ride on the New Panama Metro, Central America's First Subway

Mark Chesnut | Posted 01.03.2015 | Travel
Mark Chesnut

Panama's capital is truly in growth mode. Consider this: Panama City is home to the tallest buildings in Central America, the first Waldorf Astoria and Trump hotels in Latin America, and the first Frank Gehry-designed museum (the BioMuseo) in Latin America.

The Ebola Vaccine, Traffic Congestion, and Global Warming

Dean Baker | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

There is a real cost of having determined selfishness as a fundamental political principle.

The Global Fight Against Traffic

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 12.27.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour allegedly claimed in the early 20th century that "the motor-car will help solve the congestion of traffic." Today's city planners must not know whether to laugh or cry at this woefully misguided prediction.

Miami Should Exempt Parking Requirements for Small Buildings

Marianne Cusato | Posted 12.21.2014 | Miami
Marianne Cusato

Miami has a big decision to make about parking. What we decide will determine who we want to be when we grow up. Which sounds better to you -- a walkable city like Boston, Portland or San Francisco or an auto-dependent one like Atlanta, Phoenix or Las Vegas? It's your choice.

WATCH: Getting To Work: Improving Public Transportation For America's Workers, Employers And Economies

Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 12:00 - 1:30 pm EST. During this Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program event, panelists will discuss the specific transporta...

Report: Worldwide Investment in Transit Could Produce Massive Reduction in Carbon Pollution, Huge Financial Savings

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

More than $100 trillion in public and private spending could be saved between now and 2050 if the world were to expand public transportation, walking and bicycling in cities, according to a new report.