Image courtesy of Flickr user Anthony From SPUR: If you build it, will they come? Over the past 30 years, leading transit researchers across the nation have been studying the successes of new rail and bus rapid transit investments. Their fascinating findings point in a clear direction and have become essential to […]
From SPUR: Twenty-five years ago, the first modern transit system in the South Bay began service. Today, housing, jobs and destinations like Levi’s Stadium are growing along Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) light rail lines. Come get a look under the hood of VTA’s strategy to modernize their light rail system to make it […]
In a new report making the rounds this week, “More Development For Your Transit Dollar: An Analysis of 21 North American Transit Corridors,” the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy does two things. First, authors Walter Hook, Stephanie Lotshaw, and Annie Weinstock evaluate which factors determine the impact of urban transit on development, coming up […]
Columbus, Ohio, population 820,000, is technically America’s 15th largest city. But its transit system has never lived up to its big-city aspirations. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) carries just 64,000 riders daily. By comparison, Cleveland’s Red Line, a single rail route, carries 26,000 people a day. Now, like Houston, Columbus is considering a reorganization of […]
[Editor’s note: This article is re-published with permission from the transit-themed March issue of The Urbanist, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association’s (SPUR) monthly member magazine. The article, written by SPUR Regional Planning Director Egon Terplan, is based on a discussion paper developed by the SPUR Transportation Policy Board. Read the full paper at spur.org/tsp.] […]
At last month’s Rail~Volution conference I caught up with Houston Metro board member Christof Spieler. Hear from Christof about the progress on Houston’s bus reimagining and his tips for public engagement and transit system planning. We also discuss route alignments for bus and rail lines and the importance of good data when making decisions about transit systems.