Recently, the Ohio legislature passed the state’s $7.6 billion biennial transportation budget, initiated by Governor Kasich and signed into law on April 1st. As usual, the budget neglects transportation options, with less than one percent going towards public transit and even less towards bikeable and walkable streets, electric vehicles, freight, and commuter rail.
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As our cities grow, the challenge of how to comfortably and efficiently get from place to place defines the quality of our experience. So, what about transit—what part does it play for the 82 percent of Americans living in an urban place?
Bus-Rapid transit is a hybrid of train and bus that hopefully picks up the best of both (lower costs but a more elegant design like nicer stations. In Cleveland’s case, the dedicated transit lane also promises faster service). Next American City hails Cleveland and RTA’s HealthLine as “a world-class example of BRT in the U.S.” Annie Weinstock, U.S. Country Director...more
In focus groups on transportation led by Natural Resources Defense Council, 70 ordinary Clevelanders across the political spectrum expressed frustration with being 'stuck' with one choice-of commute time or using anything but a car. Respondents included Republican women and Democratic men with no self-described bike advocates. Universally they said public transit, if it was convenient, would be a welcome addition...more
Streets that attract people will always be at odds with roads that move cars, even in the most walkable city in the U.S. That doesn't mean you give up the balance between the two. This is the core messages of Mark Gorton, an entrepreneur and bike commuter who grew tired of New York's unsafe streets. He told a City Club audience...more
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