Dallas has the largest light rail system in the country by mile. Now how to turn the city's 55 stations into centers of social and economic activity?
Although stereotypes paint Texans as pickup-loving drivers, Dallas now has the largest light rail system in the country by mile, and a true dedication to grow the network. How to turn the city's 55 stations into centers of social and economic activity that make people want to live and work nearby? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Dallas, the Transformation Stations team proposes their idea for turning the city's DART stations into vibrant cultural plazas.
“A bike, in general, can fix everything.”
This spring, bike sharing came to South by Southwest for the first time in the festival's history—something of a late arrival, given the crowd that assembles in Austin every year. When I stopped by to check it out, I was surprised to find not the usual cruisers-for-rent but instead a collection of foldable bikes.
The Federal Transit Authority has submitted a proposal to update its bus testing regulations to more accurately reflect average passenger weights.
Last month, we heard that Americans are now fat enough to need larger ambulances. Earlier this month, the Federal Transit Administration bowed to the inevitable and submitted a proposal to change its bus testing regulations "to more accurately reflect average passenger weights and actual transit vehicle loads." The government docket spells out the details:
Specifically, FTA is proposing to change the average passenger weight from 150 lbs to 175 lbs. In addition, FTA is proposing to change the floor space occupied per standing passenger from 1.5 to 1.75 square feet, and updating the Structural Strength and Distortion test procedures.
Most of the money you spend on your car immediately flows out of your local economy. Not so with mass transit.
It's a $53 billion investment over the next six years. The ultimate goal: Giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years.
Yesterday, "Amtrak Joe" Biden and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood took to Philadelphia's historic 30th Street Station to reveal the administration's new, refined plans for America's high-speed rail. In short, President Obama is calling for a $53 billion investment over the next six years—including $8 billion next year—with the ultimate goal of giving 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within 25 years. (This comes on top of the $10.5 billion already devoted to HSR—$8 billion of Recovery Act funds and $2.5 billion from the 2010 budget.)
We've long pined for the rapid build-out of a HSR network, and this announcement is a good sign that the administration isn't backing off some bold earlier claims. Even more encouraging is this language from the White House press release that followed Biden's announcement (emphasis mine):