Commentary

Transportation and Mobility Links

The American Dream Coalition’s e-newsletter American Dream Communicator has a number of useful links to transportation and mobility stories in the news recently. (Note also their annual conference will be June 10-12 in Orlando, Florida so save the date!)

Mobility & Transportation
Will Looming Debt Penetrate Federal Transportation Debate? — The New Republic

State speed limit could go to 80 mph — GreenvilleOnline.com, South Carolina

Poll finds residents prefer road widening to adding light rail — OregonLive, Portland

Personal Rapid Transit: Future Or Elevated Fantasy? — So. Calif. Public Radio

Mass Transit’s Reversal of Fortune — InTransition Magazine

Low ridership tarnishes Gold Line extension’s luster — Los Angeles Times

So Far, Low Ridership On Seattle’s Light Rail System — SoundPolitics Blog

SEPTA strike aftermath: Ridership has yet to recover — Examiner.com, Philadelphia

And, as always, obstacles in the transit path — Star-Tribune, Minnesota

Little Tokyo wary of proposed light-rail connector line — Los Angeles Times

Desire for streetcars gets a look in Long Beach — Press-Telegram, California

Is high Tri-Rail subsidy worth the cost? — CBS-12, West Palm Beach

Metro’s budget woes could mean route changes — Press-Banner, California

$18.8 million budgeted for light-rail amenities — Star-Tribune, Minnesota

Man fatally shot near NorCal light-rail station — San Jose Mercury News

Bus kills pedestrian crossing street — Tampa Online, Florida

Man dies in collision with MAX train in Gresham — KATU.com, Portland

Nighttime paid parking on Broadway? Increased fines? Just the start — CHS Blog, Seattle

College Station Red Light Cameras to Come Down — The Newspaper, Texas

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.