Forget High Speed Rail, Let’s Have High Speed Buses


Obama Replaces Costly High-Speed Rail Plan With High-Speed Bus Plan

I would put this up there with China’s proposal for huge buses that allow cars to drive under them, but it’s still worth a good laugh. Who needs shoulders on highways anyway?!

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Listen to this In-Depth Crosscurrents Report on High Speed Rail (KALW) Newsom Conducts 5th Doyle Drive/Presidio Parkway Groundbreaking (SF Gate, Marin IJ, Examiner) Target Could Come to Geary and Masonic and to Metreon (Examiner, ABC) CPMC Long-Range Development Plans Released (SocketSite) More on BART Vote for Fare Reduction Riders Don’t Want (CoCo Times) AC Transit […]

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Governor Schwarzenegger a “Formidable Weapon” in Fight Against Prop. 23 (Merc) More Bicyclists on the Streets Means Safety in Numbers (Grist) Roadshow: Drivers Attempt to Get Around Cell Phone Law by Using Speaker Redwood City Likely to Welcome High-Speed Rail Station (Merc) Sacramento Regional Transit GM Rides Light-Rail, Buses to Get Rider Feedback (Sac Bee) […]

SPUR Talk: High-Speed Rail on its Way to Northern California

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High-Speed Rail construction is well underway in the Central Valley, said Ben Tripousis, Northern California Regional Director for the California High Speed Rail Authority, during a forum at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association’s (SPUR) Mission Street center. “The High-Speed Rail question has shifted from ‘if’ to ‘when,'” he told the packed house at today’s […]

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If Nat Ford Left the SFMTA, He Would “Leave a Mixed Legacy” (SF Examiner) Big Rig Crashes Into Muni LRV, Injuring Six People at 3rd and 23rd Streets (SF Exam) Mechanical Problem on L-Taraval Train Causes Muni Metro Delays (SF Examiner, BCN via Appeal) James Fang: “Maintaining Funding for Transit Key to Healthy State Economy” […]

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The Part-Dieu high-speed rail station and surrounding district in Lyon, France. Photo: Jacques Leone/German Marshall Fund
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Talking Headways Podcast: How France Makes High-Speed Rail Meld With Cities

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As France develops its high-speed rail network, the areas around stations are treated not just as transportation initiatives but as city-building projects. This discussion centers on how public agencies plan high-speed rail station areas in France, integration of the stations into districts as a whole, and the importance of a comprehensive vision for integrating transportation and land use in the station district.