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  • Susan Shaheen sits in the lobby of the Coco Convention Center, looking out at the Detroit River through the clear-glass structure. The Cal-Berkeley professor and director of innovative mobility research arrived in Detroit at 3 a.m. that day and just finished presenting at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress. But she still has plenty of energy to talk about the evolution of urban transportation.

    Real Business
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    ...As part of Norway’s ongoing European Mobility Week celebrations, around 10,000 NOK (€1,200) was handed out in the town of Lillestrøm to pedestrians and cyclists in “reverse toll money.” The money symbolised the health benefits of walking and cycling, including better fitness, improved air quality and more efficient transport. Cyclists received around €12, while pedestrians gained €11. 

    Streetsblog Network
  • ...The proposed expansion and redevelopment of Union Station, which could do for Washington what Grand Central Terminal did for New York a century ago — create a new commercial epicenter for the city and provide the transportation anchor for a regional economy, stretching from Richmond to Baltimore. At $10 billion in public and private investment, it would represent the region’s most important development initiative since the construction of Metro’s subway system.

    The Washington Post
  • The Mineta Transportation Institute just released a massive comprehensive report on "Automated Transit Networks"—more commonly known as personal rapid transit, and more casually known as podcars. Whatever their name, these systems use on-demand pods and exclusive guideways to combine the advantages of private vehicles with those of rail transit. But while the Mineta report considers the future prospects of podcars, it's equally appropriate to wonder if they really have one.

  • In the past few years, a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities, carrying important implications for city-makers...In one sense, these lessons are not so new. Legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs was famous for her prescient insights about the emerging sciences of “organized complexity” and what they offered for a more effective approach to urban planning—insights she published all the way back in 1961. 

  • HERE are some things to ponder from back in 36-B, with your knees pressed against the seat in front and your elbows wedged between you and the armrests. About 15 percent fewer commercial flights will take off this year compared with 2007, with 7.8 percent fewer seats available. Fares are up. Airlines in the United States are solidly profitable, with earnings at $3.8 billion in the first half of 2014, compared with $1.6 billion in the period last year.

    New York Times
  • She was doing all the right things in the morning commute, traveling in the bike lane, wearing a helmet, following the rules of the road. In an instant, Sher Kung — new mother, brilliant attorney, avid cyclist — was struck and killed by a vehicle making a turn in downtown Seattle last month.

    New York Times
  • What is the solution to affordable housing in New York? Nine by 18 feet is the size of a typical parking space. That lowly slice of asphalt has prompted three young architects — Miriam Peterson, Sagi Golan and Nathan Rich, fellows at the Institute for Public Architecture — to come up with what could be an innovative way to ease the housing crisis.

    New York Times
  • Sixty-eight percent of U.S. residents want more federal spending on public transportation systems, according to a polled released on Monday by a Washington, D.C.-based transit advocacy group.

    The Hill
  • A survey released by the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit agency shows there is strong interest in riding the commuter train and that many people who drive solo to work would use the service.

    Marin Independent Journal