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Project to chip away at Sorrento Valley gridlock
February 28, 2014 – utsandiego.com

Sorrento Valley, known as much for its clogged freeways as its high-tech clusters, is in for some traffic relief. As early as next week, Caltrans plans to open its $94.8 million upgrade along Interstate 805 at Carroll Canyon Road that includes a two-mile stretch of carpool lanes. Full Story

New Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos Transit Station opens to public Monday
February 27, 2014 – cbs8.com

Area transportation officials Thursday showed off the newly improved Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos Transit Station, which underwent a $12.2 million, one-year renovation. The facility, which opens to the public at 4:30 a.m. Monday, has a new multi-level parking structure and added surface parking for a total of 630 vehicles. Full Story

Cuts continue for La Mesa bus route
February 21, 2014 – scoopsandiego.com

The Metropolitan Transit System beginning this summer will use a private contractor to operate smaller buses along the route that connects La Mesa with the Grantville trolley station, and trips with the fewest riders – at the beginning and end of the day – will be eliminated. Full Story

San Diego region's Top 10 worst freeway bottlenecks
February 21, 2014 – utsandiego.com

The worst freeway bottleneck in San Diego County last year was the morning slog on Interstate 805 north at Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, according to a U-T San Diego analysis of regional tie-ups. Full Story

Program inspires kids to walk, bike to school
February 19, 2014 – utsandiego.com

Not unlike getting groceries at a supermarket, students at three elementary schools in National City are checking in on campus once a week with a small, scannable, bar-coded key tag. The system is not to track attendance, but is part of a new program designed to inspire kids to bike, walk or skateboard to school. Full Story

Bike corridors proposed in North Park
February 19, 2014 – fox5sandiego.com

The San Diego Bicycle Coalition and other agencies including SANDAG have plans to turn several streets, like Meade Avenue in North Park, into bicycle corridors. The plans for the corridors would include wider bicycle lanes and fewer cars. Full Story

Free Wi-Fi now aboard Sprinter trains
February 18, 2014 – utsandiego.com

There's a new perk on board North County's Sprinter trains ---- free Wi-Fi. Full Story

Bike trails expanding along the coast
January 3, 2014 - seasidecourier.com

Getting commuters to consider alternate forms of transportation has been a challenge for years - especially in car-crazy California. But with increasing traffic congestion and concerns over its impact on the environment, transportation planners are working to get people to choose two wheels instead of four. Full Story

Transit users suffer a cut in US tax benefit today
January 1, 2013 – bostonglobe.com

A tax benefit for people who take public transportation is set to shrink Wednesday, a casualty of congressional inaction and a move that some transportation advocates fear will encourage driving instead of mass transit. Full Story

Bomb-sniffing dogs keep trolleys, buses safe
December 31, 2013 – utsandiego.com

There are plenty of highly-trained eyes watching San Diego’s trolley and bus lines. There are also a few professional noses working to keep the transit system safe. They belong to Rony, Molli and Grizwald, the three explosive detection dogs contracted by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System through a growing federal program. Full Story

Caltrans Lists Its Top Southern California Projects in 2013
December 30, 2013 – santee.patch.com

Mobility is central to our Southern California lifestyle, so a list of the top highway and related transportation projects in 2013 is essential to Patch's year-end review of the news. Full Story

In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars
October 24, 2013 – npr.org 

We know that Europeans love their bicycles — think Amsterdam or Paris. Denmark even has highways specifically for cyclists. Indeed, earlier this month, NPR's Lauren Frayer reported that Spain, which has long had a love affair with cars, is embracing the bicycle: For the first time on record, Lauren noted, bicycles outsold cars in the country. Full Story

Mission Avenue makeover begins
October 24, 2013 – utsandiego.com 

Work on a long anticipated project to improve Mission Avenue in downtown Oceanside began this week. When the project is complete, the road — a main route from Interstate 5 to the ocean — will become a two-lane, one-way westbound street from Clementine Street to Coast Highway. Full Story

How Traffic Congestion Affects Economic Growth
October 22, 2013 – theatlanticcities.com 

Our relationship to traffic is pretty simple: We hate it. We also loathe its awful-sounding synonyms, congestion and gridlock… Yet traffic's relationship to the economy of whole metro regions is much more complicated, so much so that researchers haven't entirely explained it. Full Story

Booze ban ahead for COASTER trains?
October 21, 2013 – utsandiego.com 

The agency that runs the COASTER said it’s considering a full ban on alcohol consumption aboard the trains after an uptick in complaints about rowdy behavior by drunken riders. Full Story

Commuter relishes daily two-hour 40-minute trek from Mount Vernon area to Rockville
October 19, 2013 – washingtonpost.com 

On most mornings, Ken Schantz starts his 70-mile commute at 4:20 a.m. It takes him two hours 40 minutes to travel 35 miles from his home near Mount Vernon to his office in Rockville. He loves every minute of it. That’s because he leaves his car at home. Full Story 

The Rise of the Bicycle-Friendly Suburb
October 18, 2013 – theatlanticcities.com 

Welcoming bicycles to the streets isn't just an urban thing anymore. Increasingly, according to the new rankings of "Bicycle Friendly Communities" released by the League of American Bicyclists this week, suburbs are getting in on the act. Full Story

Trenching tracks would solve big problems
October 18, 2013 – thecoastnews.com 

The first thing most people say when they read the headline or hear those words is, “It would be too expensive.” Of course trenching the tracks would be expensive, but if we don’t trench we’ll still have the problems, and they’ll get much bigger when the tracks are doubled. Full Story

Commuting by Bike Was Way Up Last Year
October 17, 2013 – psmag.com 

Some new census figures are out on how Americans get to work. They found commuting by bicycle was up nine percent. Full Story

Todd Gloria: Improving San Diego Infrastructure Should Be Key Issue In Mayoral Race
October 17, 2013 – kpbs.org 

Improving the city's Infrastructure is the biggest challenge facing San Diego, and it should be a key issue in the mayoral race, Interim Mayor Todd Gloria said Thursday. Full Story

Residents choose option for SANDAG guide way
October 16, 2013 – utsandiego.com

Residents from two Chula Vista communities to be separated by a guide way built as part of the South Bay Bus and Rapid Transit project made their choice for its design during an Oct. 8 workshop. Full Story

How can America pay for its roads?
October 14, 2013 – economist.com

The fuel efficiency of American vehicles has shot up in recent years, thanks to a blend of government mandates, environmental concerns and consumer fashion. By 2025 new vehicles must, by law, run at an average efficiency of 54.5 miles per gallon. That is good news for the environment and motorists (less petrol burned and bought for a given journey). But it is deeply worrying for governments. Full Story

Commission Delays Decision On Fair Parking No Decision On Fairgrounds Land Deal
October 12, 2013 – utsandiego.com

The Del Mar Fairgrounds came up empty Friday in its push to seal a deal with the California Coastal Commission on the future of undeveloped land near the San Dieguito River that the seaside venue uses for overflow parking. Full Story

In Sickness and in Health, Long After the Bike Is Due Back
October 11, 2013 – nytimes.com

For years, the rise of cycling in New York City has sown disharmony. But now, four months into its first dalliance with a bike share program, the city appears ready to settle down. Full Story

Major improvements planned for Trolley's Blue Line
October 11, 2013 – 10news.com

One of the most heavily used trolley lines is undergoing major improvements. The Blue Line averages about 45,000 passengers on a typical workday. While the size of the trolley will not change, there are visible signs of improvements. Currently, 12 stations along the Blue Line are undergoing construction.Full Story

San Diego Students Take To The Streets On International Walk To School
October 10, 2013 – kpbs.org

Thousands of San Diego-area school children walked or biked to school [October 9] as part of International Walk to School Day. By getting to campus via foot- or pedal power versus being given a ride in a vehicle, children receive the health benefits of exercise and improve safety by reducing traffic congestion, according to the San Diego Association of Governments. Full Story

Six ways to pay for transportation—and each one’s chances for success
September 2013 – aaa.com

How's your transportation system treating you these days? Hitting more potholes? Or are the roads you drive in decent shape? Is congestion getting worse? Do you have good public transit, biking, and walking options? Your answers may affect how much you pay in taxes or tolls in the future, and how California agencies spend those dollars. Full Story

Living Without a Car: How to Choose the Right Neighborhood
August 31, 2013 – forbes.com

If you love living without a car, it’s important to you to find walkable neighborhoods within your city. There are many benefits to living a pedestrian-oriented lifestyle: For one, it’s healthier! Full Story

No shocker: California leads nation in clean energy, transportation growth
August 28, 2013 – bizjournals.com

California again led the nation in the growth of new clean energy and clean transportation projects — by a lot. Full Story

NCTD revamps website for COASTER, SPRINTER
August 27, 2013 – railwayage.com

The site, GoNCTD.com, is built on the web platform WordPress, which features easy-to-find links and more options for passengers, NCTD said. NCTD expects those using the site will find key information in intuitive, easy-to-find spots. Full Story

Dispatch From The Future: Uber To Purchase 2,500 Driverless Cars From Google
August 25, 2013 – techcrunch.com

As part of its second-quarter earnings announcement […], local transportation and delivery giant Uber announced its biggest bet on autonomous vehicles yet, saying it would purchase 2,500 driverless cars from Google. Full Story

SkyTran: Futuristic Public Transportation for a Cheaper, Quicker Commute
August 22, 2013 – weather.com

A solution to all of your transportation woes may be on the horizon. Engineers from NASA and SkyTran -- a privately held company headquartered at NASA's Ames Research Center -- partnered to develop SkyTran, a fleet of two-seater pods that levitate along a complex network of elevated tracks using magnets. Full Story

Apple Acquires Another Mapping Company, Embark, That Tracks Mass Transit
August 22, 2013 – forbes.com

Apple has purchased a small mapping company that offers mass transit information, another in a long line of mapping-related acquisitions aimed at improving the Maps app it released for the iPhone last year to universal disdain. Full Story

Tijuana's bus line for women
August 1, 2013 – utsandiego.com

Riding public buses in Tijuana can be a trying experience no matter what your age or gender, with people pressed together in old and crowded vehicles. It can be especially uncomfortable for women, who frequently complain about intrusive stares and inappropriate touching by some male passengers. Full Story

Violators of South Bay Toll Can Get Penalty Reduced
July 14, 2013 – utsandiego.com

The agency that operates the South Bay Expressway is giving the roughly 58,000 people with outstanding toll violations a chance to create “a clean slate” by paying up at a deeply discounted rate. Full Story

Council Vote Kicks Bike-Share Program Into Gear
July 10, 2013 – utsandiego.com

A new bike-sharing program that will make at least 1,800 bicycles available for self-service use citywide will launch early next year in San Diego at no cost to taxpayers. Full Story

Car2go Expands Service to Chula Vista
July 9, 2013 – utsandiego.com

A popular all-electric car-sharing company that debuted in San Diego two years ago is expanding to Chula Vista this week. Full Story

Future Development Plans At Lindbergh Field Include Linking It With Region’s Trolley System
July 9, 2013 – sandiego6.com

Future development plans at San Diego's international airport include a comprehensive transit center that would connect Lindbergh Field with the region's trolley system for the first time... Full Story

Caltrans warns of disruptive freeway closures
July 9, 2013 – fox5sandiego.com

Two of San Diego’s busiest highways will be shutting down for construction this summer. Caltrans is warning drivers of upcoming traffic congestion on both Interstate 15 and 805. Full Story

Train safety plan will add slight height to tower
July 8, 2013 – thecoastnews.com

As part of a program to increase train safety, an existing pole north of the old train station will be replaced by year’s end with an antenna about 3 feet taller. Full Story

NEW Mobile Ticketing Application Available July 15 - NCTD Leading the Way in Customer Technology
July 8, 2013 – Oceanside-camppendleton.patch.com

Customers will soon be able to purchase COASTER tickets with a few swipes on their smartphones. NCTD is one of the first transit agencies in California to offer a mobile ticketing application. Full Story

San Diego Council To Vote On Bike Sharing Program
July 8, 2013 – kpbs.org

The gears are greased and the wheels are rolling on a potential bike-sharing program in San Diego. Full Story

Bridge over I-805 to close for a year
July 5, 2013 – utsandiego.com

A bridge that connects east and west Chula Vista over Interstate 805 will close on Monday for roughly one year as crews build a new span that will allow direct freeway access for carpoolers plus a transit station and park and ride. Full Story

New Lanes To Alleviate Border Traffic In Tijuana
July 5, 2013 – kpbs.org

Come August, travelers from Tijuana to San Diego could find some easing of traffic congestion around the border. Full Story

Lyft Takes On SoCal: Launches In San Diego, Plans Community Meeting In LA
July 3, 2013 – techcrunch.com

On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is looking to make more of an impact in Southern California, with a launch in San Diego and increased community efforts in Los Angeles. Full Story

Late Starter Became Cycling Pro and Advocate
July 3, 2013 – utsandiego.com

When Gordy Shields developed bursitis in his back at 50, he hung up his tennis racket and looked for another pastime. His first cycling experience was taking his son’s bike for a spin and finding himself in El Monte County Park in Lakeside, some 17 miles from his starting point. Full Story

Public expresses wants, needs to bridge gap in Rose Creek bike path connecting UC to PB
July 3, 2013 – sdnews.com

Residents told officials with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) what they’d like to see — and not see — pan out with the design of proposed improvements along the Rose Creek bike path during a June 20 community workshop. Full Story

South Bay Expressway revenue higher than projected
July 1, 2013 – kusi.com

Revenue for the South Bay Expressway toll road was slightly higher than projected for the just-completed fiscal year, the San Diego Association of Governments announced.  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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