May 6, 2013
by Peter Lehner
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Charlotte’s Pro-Transit Mayor a Good Choice to Head the Department of Transportation

Peter Lehner, Executive Director, New York City
In 2011, residents of sprawling, fast-growing, Charlotte became part of a case study on obesity. Just a few years earlier, Charlotte had been one of the most car-dependent cities in the na… Continue reading

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May 2, 2013
by Rob Perks
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Foxx is a friend of transit

Rob Perks, Transportation Advocacy Director, Washington, D.C.
On Monday the Obama administration announced the president’s pick to take over from Ray Lahood as secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The nominee is Char… Continue reading

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February 15, 2013
by Amanda Maxwell
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Mexico City is making progress on cleaning up dirty transportation – now the whole country needs to follow suit

Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC
Mexico City’s reputation for traffic congestion and air pollution is, unfortunately, less than positive: sounds of angry car horns, images of gridlock and the smell of exhaust… Continue reading

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February 12, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Crew rotation and passenger connections spread flight delays, study finds

Researchers say that crew rotation and passengers connections systematically spread flight delays due to a domino effect. The work, that proposes a new methodology to assess the degree of air traffic congestion. Continue reading

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January 16, 2013
by Rob Perks
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New poll proves that voters are entranced by transit

Rob Perks, Transportation Advocacy Director, Washington, D.C.
On the heels of NRDC’s nationwide public opinion polling which found strong support for public transportation amongst voters across the political spectrum, a new poll by… Continue reading

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December 6, 2012
by Rob Perks
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Now is the time for more transit, not less

Rob Perks, Transportation Advocacy Director, Washington, D.C.
Why are states passing up billions of dollars in federal transit funds? That seems crazy but it’s true.
As reported in The Atlantic magazine:

Money for mass transi… Continue reading

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May 25, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Managing traffic (or not) on the waterways of Venice

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
  
I’ve never been to Venice, but I want to go.  Obviously one of the world’s most storied cities, it seems haunting and romantic, if also maybe… Continue reading

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May 3, 2012
by Amanda Eaken
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Author of California’s Smart Growth Law Gets WSJ Platform

Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal ran a lengthy letter by California Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, in response to Wendell Cox’s April 7th pi… Continue reading

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April 17, 2012
by Kaid Benfield
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Traffic explained, then fixed in 4 entertaining minutes

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
This great little video, produced by ITDP Mexico, simplifies and explains induced travel demaind about as well as I’ve ever seen.  Fast moving and fun.  … Continue reading

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April 3, 2012
by Amanda Eaken
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Will Southern California make transportation history tomorrow?

Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco
[UPDATED 4/4/12 4:28pm PT] This afternoon the Southern California Association of Governments unanimously adopted a $524 billion transit plan designed to heavily … Continue reading

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December 15, 2011
by Kaid Benfield
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Official review finds environmental benefits from additional homes near Silicon Valley jobs

Kaid Benfield, Director, Sustainable Communities, Washington, DC
 
California’s Silicon Valley is notoriously jobs-rich and housing-poor.  There has been a particularly severe shortage of affordable housing, forcing wor… Continue reading

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November 2, 2011
by Amanda Eaken
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Survey Shows SoCal Voters Want Investments in Transit, not Roads

Amanda Eaken, Deputy Director, Sustainable Communities, San Francisco
Southern Californians also prefer walkable, mixed-use communities over conventional residential neighborhoods where they have to drive
When the board members of the … Continue reading

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October 25, 2011
by Deron Lovaas
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Car Companies Prepare for Global Gridlock

Deron Lovaas, Federal Transportation Policy Director, Washington, D.C.
Earlier this month, General Motors announced it will help millions of GM vehicle owners to rent out their cars. The new peer-to-peer car sharing service—a… Continue reading

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May 25, 2011
by Colin Peppard
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Senate Accelerates Toward Transportation Reform: The Devil’s in the Details

Colin Peppard, Deputy Director, Federal Transportation Policy, Washington, D.C.      
After 18 months of dead ends and false starts in Congress, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee renewed hope that lawmakers might soon tak… Continue reading

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December 2, 2010
by Kaid Benfield
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EPA announces smart growth award winners: urban, rural & regional planning, plazas, green buildings, & more

On December 1 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored five projects with the 2010 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for their comprehensive approach to improving quality of life. “The projects make cities safer and more p… Continue reading

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September 27, 2010
by JingJing Qian
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Out of a Jam

China still has a chance to jump over the trap of car dependence and innovate new ways of sustainable living—if it chooses.
For over ten days in late August, a traffic jam in the northwest corner of Beijing stretched sixty miles toward Inner Mong… Continue reading

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