Sunday, December 07, 2008

Blog Entries of Note...

Image via WikipediaFrom the Bike Utah Valley Blog comes:

Are You Green?

I have pointed out before, highway supporters always try to demonize transit supporters by calling them anti-car and the like. I am not anti-car, in fact I can see a bright future for the auto industry even if more people switched to transit but it would take a change of attitude of some executives in the auto industry.

From the Mobilizing the Region Blog:

NYC Comptroller: Car Fees Could Raise $1B for Transit

Proposal to charge an annual fee in addition to the regular state license fees for vehicles. The fees would also charge more for bigger vehicles such as large SUV's.

What We’re Thankful For in 2008

Here in Utah we have a lot to be thankful for this year. We have several new TOD projects going up, we have seen groundbreaking on all the new transit lines except the Draper extension, we had the grand opening of Front Runner along with the TRAX extension to Central Station. People in this region have a lot to be thankful for.

From the California High Speed Rail blog:

Biden Calls for Rail Investment

It will be interesting to see what happens over the next few months. During the current administration we defiantly saw a move away from new rail projects despite the voters in many states (including here in Utah) with their wallets by supporting rail transit.

Electric Stimuli

The benefits of electrifying rail lines.

From the Track Twenty Nine Blog:

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

A Subway for the Prairie

The Track Twenty Nine blog gives a brief glimpse into the Caltrain commuter rail service between San Jose and San Francisco plus the Edmonton Light Rail line.

From the Transit Miami Blog:

Dolphin Ricky Williams Waxes Nostalgic For Toronto’s Rich Urbanism

Interesting that a NFL player misses the urban living of Toronto where he could actually walk to everything.

From the Trains for America Blog:

Will the election of Obama change anything when it comes to our transportation priorities? The Trains in America blog seems to feel that nothing is going to change.

From the Overhead Wire Blog:

On Systems Efficiency

Perhaps I Have Had Too Much Hope

Another blog posting that questions whether we will get any true change from the up coming administration or will it be more of the same.

From Streetsblog:

Will Transit, Bikes, and Peds Get a Stimulus We Can Believe In?

More discussion on what President Elect Obama will do with his Stimulus package and if it is going to be auto centric.

From the Sprawled Out Blog:

New crisis means new rules for community development

We all know that all of the new developments in our area are dependent on chains. While now that dependency is biting many in the butt now. Many of the so called big boys are struggling this year and closings are way up. Is it time to start giving incentives for locally owned business like the big boys get?

From the Seattle Transit Blog:

City Council Panel Approves Streetcar Plan

Seattle comes closer to approving expansion of its short streetcar line.

From the RT Rider Blog comes:

Street-level commerce

John compares Sacramento street level where he lives to the Oakland street life where he works.

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