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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 04.27.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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.

The Downside of Going Metro in Los Angeles

Justin Hernandez | Posted 11.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Justin Hernandez

Theoretically, public transportation should be a rapid and cost-effective solution for getting around town. It works in just about every city; however, Los Angeles is a unique metropolis in and of itself.

A Zero Emissions Manifesto for the Climate Justice Movement

Tom Weis | Posted 11.11.2014 | Green
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Tom Weis

Top military experts and government institutions like the U.S. Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council warn that climate destabilization threatens our national security, yet global emissions just keep going up.

How Transit, Walkability Help Make Cities More Affordable

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Highly enlightening new data from the New York City-based Citizens Budget Commission demonstrate the immense importance of walkability and transit in shaping how affordable large US cities are for a range of household types.

Koreatown: El Basurero

Joel Epstein | Posted 09.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I know the city's broke and all and that our new Mayor is doing what he can to fix things. So here's something that shouldn't be that hard to fix. Pick up the trash.

Let NJ Transit's Trains Use PATH Tunnels to NYC

Mark W. Schleisner | Posted 07.14.2014 | New York
Mark W. Schleisner

Ever since NJ Governor Christie cancelled funding for the Trans-Hudson ARC railroad tunnel to NY Penn Station, mass transit pundits seem to be at a lo...

Sec. Foxx's New Transportation Proposal Is Great

Laura Barrett | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

Looks like the Obama administration hasn't given up yet on tackling the big issues that plague our country.

PATH Should Be Run By New Jersey Transit

Carol Kellermann | Posted 07.05.2014 | New York
Carol Kellermann

While PATH was never expected to be self-sufficient, its operating deficits have grown and are now a far greater burden on Port Authority finances than was anticipated when the Authority acquired PATH as part of a bi-state deal in 1961.