Tuesday, March 1, 2011

10 Best Cities for Public Transportation

10 Best Cities for Public Transportation

US News recently created a list of the 10 best cities in the United States for public transportation. Their criteria was based off of public transportation investment, ridership, and safety. The top ten cities were:

1.    Portland, OR

2.   Salt Lake City

3.   New York

4.   Boston

5.   Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

6.   San Francisco

7.   Los Angeles

8.   Honolulu

9.   (tie) Denver

         (tie) Austin


This list was discussed in class and there was a lot of debate about the cities that showed up, and the ones that didn't. Specifically, people were surprised that Honolulu was on the list, and that Atlanta wasn't. Does anyone have any thoughts on whether you agree with this list and it's criteria used?


The article is available at this link


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-Kelly Cass

Monday, February 28, 2011

California Roads Are Massively Subsidized

California Roads Are Massive Subsidized
California High-Speed Rail Blog
Feb. 27, 2011

The California High-Speed Rail Blog reports on a recent study by Subsidy Scope on road funding in each of the 50 states.  California data from between 1995 and 2007 indicate that only 39% of road spending was generated by user fees.  The blog proceeds to note a prevalent double standard: rail and transit services are often expected to operate without subsidy while roads usually require large subsidies to operate and maintain.

CAHSR Blog: http://www.cahsrblog.com/2011/02/california-roads-are-massively-subsidized/

-Justin Walker

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Chinese BRT system wins sustainability award

Great article regarding innovative BRT.

Click here for the full article.

The city of Guangzhou, China, won the 2011 Sustainable Transport Award for its new world-class bus rapid transit (BRT) system that integrates with bike lanes, bike share and metro stations.

The annual award created by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy goes to a city that made the most progress over the year to increase mobility, while reducing transportation greenhouse and air pollution emissions and improving safety and access for cyclists and pedestrians.

"China has come a long way in delivering low-cost, highly effective bus transit systems. The Guangzhou BRT is the most important addition to this remarkable growth, said Dario Hidalgo, EMBARQ's director of research and practice. "The city integrated the new system with its Metro and bike-sharing programs, providing a complete package of sustainable transport worth studying and adapting in other rapidly growing cities. It also re-introduces the concept of direct services: buses come in and out of the busway, reducing the need for transfers and providing passengers with the convenience of 'one-seat' service."

Hildago also recognized the city of Leon, Mexico, one of the nominees, which is home to Mexico's first BRT system. Leon was celebrated for its unsurpassed level of integration, with 69 out of 100 public bus routes physically integrated with the city's Optibus BRT system.

The other nominees of this year's Sustainable Transport Award included:

  • Lima, Peru, where the long-awaited BRT is the first step towards creating an integrated citywide sustainable transport system.
  • Nantes, France, where the integration of its bus light rapid transit with its tramway network presents a model of efficient coordination.
  • Tehran, Iran, where the introduction of congestion charging complements the city's expansion of its metro and BRT systems.
Alan Huynh | 626.344.7363 | www.thealannote.com

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tim Papandreou: Sustainable Transportation Lecture

Tim Papandreou is a former LA Metro planner who focused on sustainable transportation.  One of the first planners in Los Angeles that really looked at how transportation policy can be shaped and what needed to be done to accomplish this.  Although, he is a Bruin, he is one of the most well respected transportation minds in California. 

Attached is a video of his lecture he gave at UCLA.  Fast fwd to the middle to get to his segment as the first 30 minutes display Bruins trying to act like engaged planners.

Alan Huynh | 626.344.7363 | www.thealannote.com