• China adopting alternative transportation solutions to meet crushing demand

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jul 21, 2010

    China is learning very quickly what it took the U.S. decades to realize. You can’t solve traffic problems only by building and widening roads. In a New York Times story this week, Chinese cities are using BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) systems with elevated stations and lanes dedicated to the buses. Interestingly, it was the U.S. based Institute for Transportation & Development Policy that suggested the idea to the southern Chinese city of Guanghhou.</o:p> </o:p> "And they are not adopting necessarily the same model that the U.S. has adopted in trying to solve all their mobility needs through the co...

  • When crosswalks aren't enough, do more, not less

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jul 07, 2010

  • Should transit agencies sell naming rights to stations?

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jun 28, 2010

    Should transit agencies be able to sell the naming rights to transit stations? This is a question being asked all over the U.S. as transit agencies struggle for money during these tough economic times. Philadelphia, New York, and Miami have agreed to rename their stations, and Detroit and Pittsburgh are considering it.At first glance it seems like a no brainer. We sell the rights to sports facilities, so why not transit stations?But nothing is as simple as it seems. Two very important issues that need to be addressed when considering selling the naming rights to transit stops:Is the name of...

  • What is your state doing about texting while driving?

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Jun 11, 2010

    Ever since July 2009 when the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute confirmed what we already knew, that cell phone use (talking and texting) while driving is dangerous (4 times and 23 times more dangerous than not, respectively), the country has been grappling with what policies should be put in place to minimize this risk.The federal government convened a Distracted Driving Summit, and through executive order made it illegal for truck drivers and federal employees to text and drive. States have followed suite with their own cell phone and texting laws, and the question is when will a natio...

  • Lanier CEO on Why EVERYONE Should Support Commute Alternatives

    Posted in Beyond Parking on May 27, 2010

    Michael Robison, Chairman and CEO of Lanier Parking Solutions, spoke to a group of real estate executives about the business of parking, and what was truly amazing about the discussion was how little Michael spoke about parking. He spent most of this time talking about our efforts to promote alternative transportation solutions such as Zipcar and Streetcar.

  • More Than Talking Heads: Congress for the New Urbanism Promotes Healthy Cities and People

    Posted in Beyond Parking on May 12, 2010

    The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which I helped to plan this year, is in Atlanta next week, May 19-22. It's the 18th year of the event bringing the nation's most prestigious proponents and creators of livable, sustainable communities to the city for two days of networking, collaboration, education, tours and special programs. Anyone who would like to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work and advance new initiatives to transform communities, is welcome.See an excellent video: SPRAWLANTA.CNU is an urban design and development movement dedica...

  • Why You Become a Different Person When You Get Behind the Wheel

    Posted in Beyond Parking on May 04, 2010

    I just ran across an interview with Tom Vanderbilt who writes the blog "How We Drive" and wrote the book "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)," and I had to share it.In the interview, Vanderbilt talks about the psychology of driving and the many false impressions drivers use to operate their vehicles. I have always been fascinated with the behavior of driving and how when a person gets in that enclose bubble we call a car, they become a different person. Why does that happen?Well, Vanderbilt has spent a great deal of time researching this phenomenon and many others...

  • Georgia Lawmakers Pass Needed Transportation Funding Bill

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Apr 23, 2010

    It is hard not to be cynical when writing about transportation/transit funding in Georgia, but I will do my darnedest not to interject cynicism into this update. Recently, there has been a glimmer of hope in the long fought battle to get the State to step up with some leadership and money. Just last night, at the eleventh hour, the Georgia State Legislature voted and approved a measure that would allow 12 designated regions around the state to tax themselves for transportation improvements.As reported in the AJC:The bill would divide the state into 12 regions. A “roundtable” of local elected ...

  • When Public Transit is Cut, Everyone Suffers

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 19, 2010

    Transit agencies across the country are struggling to make ends meet and are being forced to cut service. Too often, their hardship is treated differently from departments of transportation. For example, I often hear that transit is a subsidy, while roads are an investment. Here in Atlanta, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Agency is in especially dire straits, and the state treats it like a red headed stepchild (MARTA is the only major transit agency in the world that does not get state funding).In today's AJC, Jim Durrett, a MARTA board member, explains that when transit services are cu...

  • Seeing Is Believing

    Posted in Beyond Parking on Mar 11, 2010

    I often think about how the design of a street can eleicit a feeling from those who use it similar to the way a piece of art or architecture elicits a feeling. Unfortunately, most people using a street do not know why they are feeling a certain way. They just know they are.

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