Welcome to “The Mobile City,” our weekly roundup of noteworthy transportation developments. Omaha Sets Sights on Making Itself “Virtually Carless”. Advocates for transit equity push to get transit authorities to emphasize better service to historically disadvantaged and underserved communities. Omaha, Nebraska’s largest city, doesn’t lack for such communities, and now the city’s transit authority is turning its attention to one of them.
A 200,000-square-foot, 100-foot-tall building to house research and development companies has been proposed on Darnestown Road in Rockville. The building would be the first part of a larger plan for the property, at the intersection of Traville Gateway Drive, which includes two additional buildings, according to Montgomery County Planning Board documents.
Houston, TXHouston Chronicle
More than two miles of downtown streets will get a fresh coat of red paint in a move that has nothing to do with the Rockets or Cougars basketball teams. The red, commonly used in many cities to denote a transit-only lane, gradually will come along Travis and Milam as part of a three-phase project to freshen the bus-only lanes managed by Metropolitan Transit Authority. Paint could be spread across four blocks of Travis by fall, though the total project will take up to a year, and up to $1.5 million.
Tampa, FLBay News 9
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — St. Pete residents say drivers are tearing through their small neighborhood at more than twice the speed limit. Joseph Benedict and his wife have seen it all from their home on the corner of 50th Street S and 2nd Avenue S. "They come down here at...
A recent letter to the editor asked if anyone had looked into a trolley on State Street in Madison. Back in 2006 the city completed a study, which identified a route and explored the costs and benefits of an initial system that would have run about 2½ miles in the Downtown and surrounding neighborhoods.
Minneapolis, MNPioneer Press
In the “before times” prior to the pandemic, Metro Transit’s Route 21 bus carried some 10,000 passengers per day between Uptown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, mostly along Lake Street, Marshall and Selby avenues. The route, the transit authority’s second busiest, isn’t known for its speed and reliability. End-to-end, early morning westbound travel times clock in at just under an hour, and mid-day eastbound travel times can exceed 90 minutes.
Pittsburgh, PAPittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Port Authority on Tuesday held its first in-person open house to gain reaction to its long term projects to improve service, a plan dubbed NEXTransit. Some of the biggest projects include a new bus garage, a transit center in Downtown Pittsburgh, extending the Martin Luther King Jr. East Busway from Swissvale to McKeesport, and expanding the light rail system from the North Side with wings to Bellevue and Ross over the next 25 years.
Miami-dade County, FLthenextmiami.com
Miami-Dade’s Transportation Planning Organization voted last week in favor of studying the possibility of subterranean transportation tunnels in the county, according to Florida Politics. The tunnels would be cheaper to build than traditional tunnels in part because they would only allow electric vehicles. As a result, no ventilation would need...
(MENAFN - Jordan Times) AMMAN — Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Bisher Al Khasawneh on Tuesday inaugurated the trial operation of the first route of the Bus Rapid Transit project, marking the completion of this vital public transport project in the capital, Amman, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.
Virtual office hours are set for Thursday to answer questions about Rochester’s planned rapid-transit service. Staff from the city and Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency will be discuss plans for the proposed 2.6-mile bus rapid transit route along Second Street Southwest, which is scheduled to begin service in 2025.
Sun Prairie, WIhngnews.com
The Sun Prairie City Council on July 20 approved a resolution to create a new Transportation Coordinator position to handle planning pedestrian-related amenities and other transportation-related items in the City of Sun Prairie. A report to City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer from City Director of Public Services Adam Schleicher recounted the...
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A project to bring bus rapid transit to the Lowcountry is now several steps closer to completion. This month, the Federal Transit Administration approved the Lowcountry Rapid Transit system’s environmental document. That document, which studies potential negative impacts to the community and the natural environment, was two years’ worth of work, Sharon Hollis, a principal transit planner for the Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments, said.
Madison, WIPosted byMadison, Wisconsin
Give Feedback on Fare Technology and Policy Changes. Zoom link and registration to speak information available soon. On Monday, August 2, Metro Transit and the City of Madison Transportation Policy and Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 6 P.M. to discuss expected changes in fare collection technology and future policy changes that will be coming in the next few years.
It was encouraging to read the comments from Downtown Madison Inc. President Jason Ilstrup in the July 15 State Journal. Most people are in favor of State Street being, at least primarily, a pedestrian mall. It’s on the question of buses that we divide into two groups. The first group includes the thousands of people who live on one side of the State Street area and work on the other. They depend on the bus because they can’t drive, don’t have a car, or wish to minimize their carbon footprint and contribution to traffic congestion.
Madison, WICity of Madison Wisconsin
July is Disability Pride month, and this year marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a major turning point in the acknowledgement of the civil rights of disabled people. But I want to take a moment to reflect on a piece of history that occurred in July 1978, over a decade before the signing of the ADA. Over July 5th and 6th in 1978, a group of people with disabilities in Denver, Colorado, took to the streets to protest inaccessible public transportation by chaining themselves to buses at the corner of Colfax Ave. and Broadway Ave. This was a time when municipal bus systems did not have adequate wheelchair access, and before complimentary paratransit existed. In fact, this event and the District Court case (Atlantis Community, Inc. v. Adams, 453 F. Supp. 825 (D. Colo. 1978)) that accompanied it, were integral in prompting cities to provide accessible public transportation.
San Francisco, CAaudacy.com
San Francisco residents and workers victim to the city’s rush hour commute are in for a headache in two weeks when one of San Francisco’s busiest intersections shuts down. Major upgrades are underway on Van Ness Ave. with the city receiving it’s first Bus Rapid Transit system, but until the SFMTA project is completed Van Ness will be anything but rapid.
EUGENE, Ore. -- The general manager of Lane Transit District announced she is leaving after nearly six years. Aurora Jackson will step down on Sept. 7 to enter the private sector. She was named Lane Transit District’s general manager in Oct. 2015 after a year-long national search, according to Lane Transit District.
ROCHESTER, Minn. - We're getting a new look at the rapid transit hubs that will soon be dotting Downtown Rochester. The Med City's long-planned bus rapid transit route will carry riders along a 2.6-mile stretch starting spring of 2025. Staff involved with the project say it will take 15 minutes to travel the route from end to end, connecting passengers to jobs, healthcare, education, and recreation in Rochester.