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The Deal That Could Hurt D.C. For 50 Years

Donald Cohen | Posted 09.15.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

The potential deal begs a fundamental question about public goods and services. Who do we want to control them? Us, or a small handful of investors and Wall Street banks?

Metro Detroit Desperately Needs Mass Transit

Brian Stone | Posted 06.03.2016 | Detroit
Brian Stone

When I was in the Navy, I often sat on a train for 45 minutes between Yokosuka, Japan and Tokyo. The train moved at a steady clip of 68 miles per hour...

Austin Voters Spoke, Now Uber & the State Need to Respect Their Will

Nikki Fortunato Bas | Posted 05.16.2016 | Politics
Nikki Fortunato Bas

If Uber and Lyft choose to take their fight to the state level against basic local safety standards, the results may undermine the will of the voters and would certainly demonstrate a disregard for local democracy.

How Denver's new airport rail link could change the way you visit the Mile-High City

David Landsel | Posted 05.05.2016 | Travel
David Landsel

The first time you land in Denver, you're excused for wondering if perhaps you missed the announcement regarding an emergency landing in Kansas. So fl...

Los Angeles Without a Car? It's About to Get Easier Than Ever (And We'll Show You How)

David Landsel | Posted 05.04.2016 | Travel
David Landsel

When the westbound Expo Line train glides into Santa Monica's Downtown station on May 20, the future of Los Angeles will have arrived. For the first time since the 1950s, that world-famous coastline will be back on the Southland's slowly-growing rail transit grid.

Cutting Corners on Safety in D.C.

Donald Cohen | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics
Donald Cohen

Companies cut corners across a variety of public goods and services, often with tragic consequences. For example, in 2010, United Care, a company contracted by Los Angeles County to coordinate foster care, lowered standards for selecting foster parents to cut costs.

Reimagining transportation spending: An economic opportunity we cannot ignore

Alaa Milbes | Posted 03.03.2016 | Los Angeles
Alaa Milbes

Renee Brand builds buses for a living and is a leader in a field dominated by men. A bus painter, she is the vice president of Communications Workers ...

Enough Hand-Wringing and Kneejerk Blowback: Let's Rethink Metro's Ridership Slump, New Tax

John Mirisch | Posted 02.06.2016 | Los Angeles
John Mirisch

The Metro Board now has a historic opportunity to fix Metro's ridership slump by providing real leadership for the benefit of all the residents in LA County; not surprisingly, it involves more -- much more -- than simply trying to get us all to pass another transportation tax.

Cities And Mastercard Team Up To Make Mass Transit Paperless

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 08.01.2016 | Technology

Buying a pass for public transportation with your phone doesn't just save you time -- it can also save your city big bucks. This week at the United Na...

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

James P. Hoffa | Posted 11.06.2016 | 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 09.28.2016 | 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 09.13.2016 | 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 09.10.2016 | Money
MoneyTips

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 09.06.2016 | 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 transit ...

Is the Woman Sleeping on the Train Alone?

Maria Alejandra Casale-Hardin | Posted 07.29.2016 | 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 07.31.2016 | 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 05.14.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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.