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San Diego’s Bike Sharing Program Delayed Yet Again
Sept. 1, 2014 – kpbs.org

San Diego’s bike sharing program was supposed to start between January and March of this year. Then it was delayed to May, then delayed again to the end of the summer. Now it’s been delayed yet again. Bill Harris, a spokesman for the city, said bike stations will be installed this month, and the program will be up and running by the end of October. Full Story 

SANDAG Sells $350 Million in Bonds for Highway, Trolley Projects
Aug. 31, 2014 – timesofsandiego.com

Taking advantage of low interest rates in the municipal bond market, SANDAG sold $350 million in bonds at a 3.85 percent rate to finance key highway and public transportation projects in the San Diego region. Full Story

Slowing Down Streets With Art Under Your Feet
Aug. 29, 2014 – fastcoexist.com 

Changing how pedestrians and cars interact doesn’t always need new lights and street design. These communities have done it a more simple way. Full Story

Buses are the Future of Urban Transport

Aug 27, 2014 - theguardian.com

“Buses! Buses! Buses! Buses” thundered the tall man, rapping the café table between us, the cutlery threatening to vibrate right off the edge. … Former mayor of Bogotá, maximum patron of that city’s famously successful TransMilenio bus rapid transit (BRT) network, Peñalosa now makes the rounds at conferences arguing for the economic virtue and transformative potential of the not-so-humble bus. Full Story

Balancing Bike-Share Stations Has Become a Serious Scientific Endeavor

Aug 27, 2014 – citylab.com

If “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” were written today, bike-share stations would play the role of the porridge. A station that’s too full is a bad thing, because that means riders can’t return a bike there. A station that’s too empty is also a bad thing, because that means potential riders can’t rent from there. To keep members happy, you need to get the number of bikes at a station just right. Full Story

7 Charts That Show How Good Mass Transit Can Make a City More Affordable

Aug 25, 2014 – citylab.com

Housing costs are often the first to come to mind when we think about whether or not a city is affordable. If the rent is too high, the city is too expensive. That’s largely true, but transportation costs also have a lot to do with it. HUD actually combines the two numbers into a single “location affordability” index: if those two expenses make up more than 45 percent of your income, the city isn’t affordable to you. Full Story

San Diego Trolley Powers MTS FY14 Ridership

Aug 22, 2014 – railwayage.com

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) says its public transit network generated 95,010,550 riders in fiscal year 2014, which ended June 30, 2014, up 11.5% from FY13 and a record.  Full Story


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Dump The Pump Day Is Thursday, June 20
June 19, 2013 - scoopsandiego.com

San Diegans are invited to celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 20. Everyone is encouraged to ride public transit, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk to work or school, or telework as a way to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Full Story

Victory for San Diego Sidewalks
June 11, 2013 – voiceofsandiego.org

For the first time, San Diego will evaluate its 5,000 miles of sidewalks after City Council members voted to include a $1 million assessment in next year’s budget. Full Story

Voices at Trolley forum in La Jolla
June 11, 2013 – utsandiego.com

Transportation officials this week hosted the second in a series of forums on the $1.7-billion proposed Trolley link from Old Town to University City. Held at UC San Diego, many attendees were La Jolla residents who wanted to know how the 11-mile extension, known as the Mid-Coast Trolley line, would affect noise and traffic in the area. Full Story

Parking Spaces Removed From Balboa Park
June 10, 2013 – kpbs.org

Removal of more than 60 parking spaces from the Plaza de Panama in the heart of Balboa Park began today. City crews took out concrete parking curbs, signs and planter boxes as part of Mayor Bob Filner's plan to make the area more pedestrian friendly. Full Story 

Construction on Mid-City Rapid Bus Line Begins This Month
June 10, 2013 – voiceofsandiego.org

SANDAG is set to begin construction this month on the Mid-City rapid bus project. The bus line, funded with the region’s TransNet sales tax and the Federal Transit Administration, will speed up transit from San Diego State University to downtown via El Cajon and Park boulevards. Full Story

'Transit' Might Not Be Essential to Transit-Oriented Development
June 10, 2013 – theatlanticcities.com

The first thing that comes to mind with transit-oriented development, and sometimes the only thing, is proximity to a busy rail station. The term begins with transit for a reason. Full Story

Alternatives presented for SR 94 express lanes
June 7, 2013 – sduptownnews.com

Golden Hill residents packed San Diego Japanese Christian Church Saturday, June 1 to hear public officials discuss the proposed state Route 94 (SR 94) Express Lane expansion, a long-term infrastructure project directly impacting their neighborhood. Full Story

Supes designate $13 million in TIF fees for SR 76
June 6, 2013 – thevillagenews.com

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the San Diego Association of Governments which will allow SANDAG to use up to $13 million of Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) revenue for the widening of State Route 76. Full Story

What We Pay for Parking Spots
June 6, 2013 – voiceofsandiego.org

Parking costs money. But the price tag isn’t relegated to the moment you enter a garage or feed a meter. When a developer provides parking space for a condo building or retail space, those prices are manifested in the form of higher rents, steeper prices and lower wages. Full Story

Funding secured for I-15 Rapid bus stations
June 5, 2013 – cbs8.com

Funding has been secured for building new bus stations along Interstate 15 in the Mid-City corridor. SANDAG is adding $23 million to its budget to complete the Mid-City Centerline Bus Rapid Transit Station Project. Full Story

Commuters Would Pay More for Better Public Transit Tech, Study Says
May 30, 2013 – wired.com

Public transit riders have spoken, and they’re expecting technology to make ticketing easier, reduce delays, and improve communication from transit authorities. And most of them are even willing to pay higher ticket prices for the privilege. Full Story

Surfliner Cancels Bike Fees, Requires Metrolink Commuters to Buy Amtrak Tickets to Ride with Their Bikes
May 30, 2013 – la.streetsblog.org

Amtrak California modified its plans to require a $5 fee for bicycles to ride on the Pacific Surfliner trains, a fee that would have basically ended bike to train commuting for the handful of people who choose that particular commute. Full Story

Bike Lanes And Buffers Could Make Montezuma Safer
May 29, 2013 – kpbs.org

Mayor Bob Filner has introduced San Diego to a set of bike lanes and traffic buffers that he said will make the infamous corner of Montezuma and Collwood a safer place. Full Story

Do Bicycle Helmet Laws Really Make Riders Safer?
May 29, 2013 – theatlanticcities.com

Typically in transportation — and most social arenas, for that matter — laws promoting safety precautions lead to an increase in public health. Legislation on speed limits, drunk driving, and seatbelt are a few of the most obvious examples. Even bans on the relatively new phenomenon of driver-texting seem to be doing the trick, according to early evidence. With bike helmet laws, however, the connection isn't quite so clear. Full Story

Low carbon bus systems – tailored to your city
May 28, 2013 – scania.com

By 2030, over 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Effective and sustainable transport systems are vital for a growing city to stay attractive and competitive. Full Story

IBM Turns Cell Phones Into Sensors to Monitor Public Transit 
May 23, 2013 – todnews.com

Everyone knows that when a company gathers personal information about you, via cookies on the web or settings on your smartphone, they’re likely to sell that information. Then, you end up on the receiving end of much unwanted contact, emails, phone calls, etc., from the company that bought the data. But what if this data sharing among companies could work to your advantage? Full Story

Do high occupancy toll lanes really help congestion?
May 21, 2013 – thestar.com

Premier Kathleen Wynne is committed to giving them a try. But the Ontario NDP says high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes are a boondoggle in the making. The revenue they produce doesn’t justify the expense of building them, according to NDP transportation critic Rosario Marchese. But experts say that their ability to manage congestion can be worth the investment, given the productivity that traffic is sucking out of the area’s economy. Full Story

Taking the Guesswork out of Designing for Walkability
May 21, 2013 – planetizen.com

Currently, much planning research focuses on the issue of walkability: its definition, its elements and its merits. Neighbourhood layout is judged as a crucial factor in enabling walkability or, put in mobility terms, pedestrian traffic. Full Story

The business of bike sharing
May 19 – washingtonpost.com

To understand the mechanics of the sharing economy, it helps to spend a weekday morning near Dupont Circle. There, hundreds of residents, tourists and commuters pick up or drop off one of the many distinctive red bikes available through the District’s Capital Bikeshare program each day. Full Story

San Diegans participate in 'National Bike to Work Day' events 
May 17, 2013 – 10news.com

More than 7,000 San Diego County residents are expected to give their cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles a rest Friday and pedal to work as part of "National Bike to Work Day." Full Story 

Transit District Adding Late-Night Train Service During Fair
May 14, 2013 – sdbj.com

For the first time, North County Transit District will offer daily late-night Coaster train service during the San Diego County Fair. The “Summer Nite” train will operate from June 8 through July 6, two days beyond the end time for the Del Mar fair, according to a statement from the Oceanside-based public transportation agency. Full Story




Dump The Pump Day Is Thursday, June 20
June 19, 2013 - scoopsandiego.com

San Diegans are invited to celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 20. Everyone is encouraged to ride public transit, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk to work or school, or telework as a way to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. Full Story

Victory for San Diego Sidewalks
June 11, 2013 – voiceofsandiego.org

For the first time, San Diego will evaluate its 5,000 miles of sidewalks after City Council members voted to include a $1 million assessment in next year’s budget. Full Story

Voices at Trolley forum in La Jolla
June 11, 2013 – utsandiego.com

Transportation officials this week hosted the second in a series of forums on the $1.7-billion proposed Trolley link from Old Town to University City. Held at UC San Diego, many attendees were La Jolla residents who wanted to know how the 11-mile extension, known as the Mid-Coast Trolley line, would affect noise and traffic in the area. Full Story

Parking Spaces Removed From Balboa Park
June 10, 2013 – kpbs.org

Removal of more than 60 parking spaces from the Plaza de Panama in the heart of Balboa Park began today. City crews took out concrete parking curbs, signs and planter boxes as part of Mayor Bob Filner's plan to make the area more pedestrian friendly. Full Story 

Construction on Mid-City Rapid Bus Line Begins This Month
June 10, 2013 – voiceofsandiego.org

SANDAG is set to begin construction this month on the Mid-City rapid bus project. The bus line, funded with the region’s TransNet sales tax and the Federal Transit Administration, will speed up transit from San Diego State University to downtown via El Cajon and Park boulevards. Full Story

'Transit' Might Not Be Essential to Transit-Oriented Development
June 10, 2013 – theatlanticcities.com

The first thing that comes to mind with transit-oriented development, and sometimes the only thing, is proximity to a busy rail station. The term begins with transit for a reason. Full Story

Alternatives presented for SR 94 express lanes
June 7, 2013 – sduptownnews.com

Golden Hill residents packed San Diego Japanese Christian Church Saturday, June 1 to hear public officials discuss the proposed state Route 94 (SR 94) Express Lane expansion, a long-term infrastructure project directly impacting their neighborhood. Full Story

Supes designate $13 million in TIF fees for SR 76
June 6, 2013 – thevillagenews.com

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the San Diego Association of Governments which will allow SANDAG to use up to $13 million of Transportation Impact Fee (TIF) revenue for the widening of State Route 76. Full Story

What We Pay for Parking Spots
June 6, 2013 – voiceofsandiego.org

Parking costs money. But the price tag isn’t relegated to the moment you enter a garage or feed a meter. When a developer provides parking space for a condo building or retail space, those prices are manifested in the form of higher rents, steeper prices and lower wages. Full Story

Funding secured for I-15 Rapid bus stations
June 5, 2013 – cbs8.com

Funding has been secured for building new bus stations along Interstate 15 in the Mid-City corridor. SANDAG is adding $23 million to its budget to complete the Mid-City Centerline Bus Rapid Transit Station Project. Full Story

Commuters Would Pay More for Better Public Transit Tech, Study Says
May 30, 2013 – wired.com

Public transit riders have spoken, and they’re expecting technology to make ticketing easier, reduce delays, and improve communication from transit authorities. And most of them are even willing to pay higher ticket prices for the privilege. Full Story

Surfliner Cancels Bike Fees, Requires Metrolink Commuters to Buy Amtrak Tickets to Ride with Their Bikes
May 30, 2013 – la.streetsblog.org

Amtrak California modified its plans to require a $5 fee for bicycles to ride on the Pacific Surfliner trains, a fee that would have basically ended bike to train commuting for the handful of people who choose that particular commute. Full Story

Bike Lanes And Buffers Could Make Montezuma Safer
May 29, 2013 – kpbs.org

Mayor Bob Filner has introduced San Diego to a set of bike lanes and traffic buffers that he said will make the infamous corner of Montezuma and Collwood a safer place. Full Story

Do Bicycle Helmet Laws Really Make Riders Safer?
May 29, 2013 – theatlanticcities.com

Typically in transportation — and most social arenas, for that matter — laws promoting safety precautions lead to an increase in public health. Legislation on speed limits, drunk driving, and seatbelt are a few of the most obvious examples. Even bans on the relatively new phenomenon of driver-texting seem to be doing the trick, according to early evidence. With bike helmet laws, however, the connection isn't quite so clear. Full Story

Low carbon bus systems – tailored to your city
May 28, 2013 – scania.com

By 2030, over 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. Effective and sustainable transport systems are vital for a growing city to stay attractive and competitive. Full Story

IBM Turns Cell Phones Into Sensors to Monitor Public Transit 
May 23, 2013 – todnews.com

Everyone knows that when a company gathers personal information about you, via cookies on the web or settings on your smartphone, they’re likely to sell that information. Then, you end up on the receiving end of much unwanted contact, emails, phone calls, etc., from the company that bought the data. But what if this data sharing among companies could work to your advantage? Full Story

Do high occupancy toll lanes really help congestion?
May 21, 2013 – thestar.com

Premier Kathleen Wynne is committed to giving them a try. But the Ontario NDP says high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes are a boondoggle in the making. The revenue they produce doesn’t justify the expense of building them, according to NDP transportation critic Rosario Marchese. But experts say that their ability to manage congestion can be worth the investment, given the productivity that traffic is sucking out of the area’s economy. Full Story

Taking the Guesswork out of Designing for Walkability
May 21, 2013 – planetizen.com

Currently, much planning research focuses on the issue of walkability: its definition, its elements and its merits. Neighbourhood layout is judged as a crucial factor in enabling walkability or, put in mobility terms, pedestrian traffic. Full Story

The business of bike sharing
May 19 – washingtonpost.com

To understand the mechanics of the sharing economy, it helps to spend a weekday morning near Dupont Circle. There, hundreds of residents, tourists and commuters pick up or drop off one of the many distinctive red bikes available through the District’s Capital Bikeshare program each day. Full Story

San Diegans participate in 'National Bike to Work Day' events 
May 17, 2013 – 10news.com

More than 7,000 San Diego County residents are expected to give their cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles a rest Friday and pedal to work as part of "National Bike to Work Day." Full Story 

Transit District Adding Late-Night Train Service During Fair
May 14, 2013 – sdbj.com

For the first time, North County Transit District will offer daily late-night Coaster train service during the San Diego County Fair. The “Summer Nite” train will operate from June 8 through July 6, two days beyond the end time for the Del Mar fair, according to a statement from the Oceanside-based public transportation agency. Full Story

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