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Metro Transit – A to B

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Duluth, the Urban Time Capsule

You never hear much about urban land use or transit oriented development in Duluth–or transit itself for that matter. Those topics seems to be restricted to the Twin Cities and sometimes Rochester. I’ve become much more familiar with the Zenith City over the last three years spent writing the new book “Twin Ports by Trolley—The […]

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A Quick Fix for Minneapolis Transit

Last week, David Levinson asked whether we are “building a city” in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. He noted that rail investments only make sense in areas where there is sufficient density to support those investments. He further wondered whether Minneapolis and St. Paul could achieve those requisite densities for a majority of residents in […]

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Rotterdam Tram, trying to bring some country to the city.

Creating Transitopolis

The City vs. Country mismatch (where we plan for transportation systems seemingly independent of the context: city or country (suburb)) is especially relevant in metropolitan areas constructing expensive medium and high capacity transit lines to presently undeveloped places, or (re-)constructing and widening freeways in the midst of core cities. If we are building a city, […]

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Transit Riders Union

Minnesota does not, as far as I can tell, have a bus or transit riders union. Other cities do [this is an incomplete list, I don't think there is an organization of transit riders unions, but maybe it is just hidden somewhere]:   Atlanta Boston Detroit Long Island Los Angeles Memphis Milwaukee New Bedford New York (Riders Alliance) […]

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Old Dog, New Tricks

  New technology can have a profound impact on an old industry–in this case public transit. No single innovation has improved bus transit service like GPS. It has transformed bus operations and the customer experience. Here’s how. Reassuring the bus rider Taking a bus trip requires some trust on the part of the customer—trust that […]

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Making Room for Transit Makes Streets Better for Everyone

The post was originally published at Greater Greater Washington. Many proposed transit projects in our region, from streetcars to bus rapid transit and the Purple Line, involve vehicles running in the street. Giving transit a place on our busy streets can be a hard sell, especially when it means displacing cars. But a recent trip […]

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New Poll Shows Public Wants Public Transit… Again

On Tuesday, October 21st, Vice President Joe Biden, six metropolitan mayors, past and present US secretaries of transportation, and a wide variety of transit innovators, experts, and business and nonprofit leaders met in Washington, D.C. for the first in a series of live events, America Answers, hosted by the Washington Post. The first topic was […]

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