Here is a look at some of the transportation headlines gathered by us and the Metro Library. The full list of headlines is posted on the Library’s Headlines blog, which you can also access via email subscription or RSS feed.
When California passed it’s land-mark Greenhouse Gas reduction laws in 2006, residents and businesses were assured that funds raised through the controversial “cap and trade” program would be invested in programs and projects that would further reduce emissions. That promise is turning out to be a lot of hot air.
Some transportation advocates had hoped the money would be invested in mass transit, which is generally more efficient than vehicles carrying a single passenger.
Why we should never fine cyclists (The Atlantic Cities)
As more bike infrastructure is added to many major cities, motorists are also pressuring police to enforce traffic laws equally to cyclists and vehicles. This greatly annoys the Atlantic Cities, which points out that most roads are still designed to benefit cars over bikes . Especially irksome, they say, are fines for cycling through empty intersections. I agree. Don’t get me started on bike routes through residential areas inflicted with four-way stop signs when, in fact, they should be two-way stop signs with the bike route not having to stop.
Atlanta Streetcar is cool but is it useful (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Transit planner Jarrett Walker has a good piece looking at Atlanta’s new 1.3-mile streetcar, one of many similar projects around the U.S. — all following in the footsteps of the infamous Portland Streetcar. Excerpt:
The Atlanta Streetcar line will be only 1.3 miles long from end to end, and a streetcar will come every 15 minutes if everything’s on time. So if you just missed one, should you really wait? Or should you just start walking?
It depends on your walking speed, but for most people, when going such a short distance, service every 15 minutes is just not worth waiting for. Start walking! You will often get to your destination before the streetcar comes.
As you walk, maybe the streetcar will overtake you and you can hop on. That’s nice, but notice what you’ve just proven. If you’re going to use the streetcar to get somewhere on time – a job, a meeting, a day care pickup – you have to allow enough time to walk the whole way. In that case, what has the streetcar accomplished?
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