Archinect - News 2015-04-21T05:56:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/123894934/russia-considering-plans-for-a-12-400-mile-superhighway-linking-london-and-alaska Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-03-27T14:23:00-04:00 >2015-03-30T14:54:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ec/ec42ec1h4anihovh.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Trans-Eurasian Belt Development would see the construction of a vast motorway across Russia. It would connect with existing networks in Europe, making road trips to eastern Russia a far easier proposition. While roads do currently run across most of Russia, the quality tends to deteriorate the farther you travel from Moscow. [...] A new high-speed train line would also be constructed, along with pipelines for gas and oil.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/122737225/nymag-talks-to-santiago-calatrava-about-his-wtc-station-budget-reputation NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation Alexander Walter 2015-03-12T13:41:00-04:00 >2015-03-18T10:33:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fu/fu2cw2o56dcxpytb.jpg" width="428" height="233" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Calatrava told me that it wasn&rsquo;t his job to monitor the budget. &ldquo;It is very difficult,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I have never estimated anything in this project, because there was a whole team, maybe 25 people, working the whole time on cost estimation and cost control. But I kept looking at those fellows and telling them this is like geology: You only know what you have under your feet when you excavate.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119813865/share-your-creative-commute-proposals-to-ny-transit-museum-s-platform-2015 Share your creative commute proposals to NY Transit Museum's PLATFORM 2015 Justine Testado 2015-02-02T15:51:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T18:56:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9h/9hxacx5tlhk6w3c1.jpg" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the right mindset, commutes can become an abundant source for inspiration. Creative commuters or commuters in need of a creative outlet are invited to send submissions about&nbsp; public transit to the New York Transit Museum's PLATFORM 2015.</p><p>Now in its second year, PLATFORM 2015 lets commuters perform and share their work inside the&nbsp;museum's decommissioned subway station home. Entries from all disciplines and academic fields are welcome, including: history, science, engineering, visual + performing arts, urban studies, and city planning.&nbsp;</p><p>Submissions may include but are not limited to:</p><ul><li>Live performance (music, theater, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy)</li><li>Film (documentary, fiction, creative media works)</li><li>Visual Art (must include a presentation or programmatic discussion of the artwork)</li><li>Presentation (academic lecture, informal slideshow, etc.)</li><li>Panel discussion (must include participants, moderator, topic, and your expertise)</li><li>Other participatory events</li></ul><p>Submissions are due by <strong>February 20</strong>....</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119508970/boris-johnson-greenlights-london-s-crossrail-bicycle-superhighway Boris Johnson greenlights London's "Crossrail" bicycle superhighway Alexander Walter 2015-01-29T15:10:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T17:17:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cf/cf5e001c02e3f556012e31c0e806f7de.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boris Johnson today confirmed he would build Europe&rsquo;s longest segregated urban cycle lane through central London after delays likely to be suffered by motorists were reduced. The Mayor approved the &ldquo;Crossrail for bikes&rdquo; protected route through Parliament Square and along the Victoria Embankment and Upper Thames Street after it won overwhelming public support.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/117655517/taxis-stop-whining-and-start-innovating-to-compete-with-ubers-of-the-world Taxis stop whining and start innovating to compete with Ubers of the world Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-01-05T14:33:00-05:00 >2015-01-14T22:20:23-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/w8/w8mjv8ei1ddeknzw.jpg" width="514" height="329" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A little over a year ago, Seattle sought to determine the quality of TNCs like Uber and Lyft relative to taxi services, and the result was a stinging indictment of traditional taxis' speed, convenience, and ease of payment. [...] In response to competition from the Ubers and Lyfts of the world, taxi operators across the country have done more than complain about the loss of their monopoly on for-hire transportation ... and actually worked to improve service to be competitive</p></em><br /><br /><p>It's important to remember that in the midst of Uber's corporate gaffes and other criticisms of alternative Transportation Network Companies, taxi companies are struggling, but operating. And as Shane Phillips, Masters of Planning student at USC, points out in his Planetizen blog, a silver lining of Uber et al's practices is that they've forced taxis to improve services that "traditionally sucked", in order to&nbsp;be more competitive in an app-driven market.</p><p>Phillips cites cases in Los Angeles and Seattle, WA, where quantitative comparison of taxis to Uber/Lyft etc. clearly show taxis' disadvantages and weaknesses. In Seattle, comparing metrics like speed, service quality, and ease of payment, traditional taxi drivers clearly needed to, in Phillips words, "get [their] shit together". Both cities' taxi commissions are working on enforcing the use of e-hailing apps, which reduce wait times, ease payments, and hold drivers responsible through customer reviews.</p><p>In the end, Phillips encourages...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/116345850/don-t-write-off-elon-musk-s-hyperloop-yet Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet... Archinect 2014-12-19T14:02:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T22:26:01-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c7/c7up4aigu0m7pwcp.jpg" width="514" height="325" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Hyperloop in California could be built within a decade, for between $7 and $16 billion and there are no technical showstoppers, Ahlborn says. In other words, while Musk&rsquo;s initial estimate of $4 billion was somewhat optimistic, it wasn&rsquo;t exceptionally far off, especially given that Ahlborn believes the ultimate number for the hyperloop between San Francisco and Los Angeles would come in toward the lower end of the range.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/115115396/how-cost-of-train-station-at-world-trade-center-swelled-to-4-billion How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion Archinect 2014-12-03T14:20:00-05:00 >2014-12-04T14:42:49-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/nx/nxch7xr46r2sjm2m.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current, temporary trade center station serves... only 10,000 more than use the unassuming 33rd Street PATH terminal in Midtown Manhattan. In fact, the hub, or at least its winged &ldquo;Oculus&rdquo; pavilion, could turn out to be more of a high-priced mall than a transportation nexus, attracting more shoppers than commuters. The company operating the mall, Westfield Corporation, promises in a promotional video that it will be &ldquo;the most alluring retail landmark in the world.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016 Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016 Justine Testado 2014-12-01T17:37:00-05:00 >2014-12-01T18:17:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lo/lo1vpt15rgkgos66.jpg" width="514" height="361" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Many of us who have ridden inside an elevator since its invention 160 years ago are accustomed to hearing its ominous hums and creaks, as well as stories of malfunctioning elevators that cause people to be stuck inside for hours. So, the idea of hopping into a cable-free elevator in a mid to high-rise building can sound both thrilling and nerve-wracking. That idea is soon to become a reality for global transportation manufacturer <a href="http://www.thyssenkrupp-elevator.com/Home.2.0.html?&amp;L=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, who is set out to test the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system once the testing tower in Rottweil, Germany is complete by the end of 2016.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/s9/s9m8nqlw533xeu2v.jpg"></p><p>MULTI's design is derived from the company's TWIN control system and safety features. Deemed as the world's first cable-free elevator, MULTI includes a multi-level brake system and multiple self-propelled cabins that can be incorporated within the same elevator shaft.</p><p>Operating on a circular system, the elevators will be able to move vertically and horizontally in a loop at a speed of 5 m/s,...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/114425387/flexible-parking-structures-as-civic-catalysts Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts Alexander Walter 2014-11-24T14:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:39:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e9/e94fbad590fe645162a06426ca133425.jpg" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>First, parking structures need to be used for longer periods of the day and for different purposes, both public and private. [...] Second, parking structures need to be designed as flexible structures that can accommodate transitions from parking alone to a variety of other uses as parking ratios decline with further mixed-use development and increased use of shared parking facilities and transit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106956389/the-life-of-a-new-architect-elizabeth-christoforetti" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect: Elizabeth Christoforetti</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/113421073/bike-louisville-implementing-neighborways-a-city-wide-bike-boulevard-system Bike Louisville implementing Neighborways, a city-wide bike boulevard system Alexander Walter 2014-11-11T14:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-12T01:04:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/18/18908bacf3ff3f66e438eeee23a4f8c9.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Louisville is currently implementing such a system, what the city&rsquo;s bike department, Bike Louisville, is calling &ldquo;Neighborways.&rdquo; The city hopes these new bike boulevards will encourage and enable bicyclists and pedestrians to take advantage of alternate-route options for moving safely around the city&mdash;and eventually lead to an uptick in biking overall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>h/t <a href="http://streetsblog.net/2014/11/11/louisville-plans-100-miles-of-bike-boulevards/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StreetsBlog</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/112494619/documentary-to-explore-racial-discrimination-in-transportation-planning Documentary to Explore Racial Discrimination in Transportation Planning Alexander Walter 2014-10-30T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T20:06:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/co/coj2va5cbiwdql02.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Beavercreek, Ohio, nabbed its own infamous place in civil rights history last year, when the Federal Highway Administration ruled that the suburb had violated anti-discrimination laws by blocking bus service from nearby Dayton. [...] The Beavercreek case illustrates larger, more widespread problems with America&rsquo;s transportation system [...]. The Kirwan Institute is producing a one-hour documentary exploring the Beavercreek case and how racism can influence transportation decision making.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/112426339/what-can-the-french-teach-americans-about-transit What Can the French Teach Americans About Transit? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-29T17:15:00-04:00 >2014-11-05T17:27:16-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ma/maos2tlw9f8eryfk.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...there's an awful lot that U.S. cities should learn as soon as possible about the way the French design their transit networks. Whereas American light rail systems have had modest success and modern streetcar lines have questionable transit value, France operates 57 tram lines in 33 cities that together carry some 3 million passengers a day and create a fantastic balance of mobility options for urban and suburban residents alike&mdash;all built in the last 30 years.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/111411192/around-the-world-in-80-minutes-is-a-future-of-high-speed-air-travel-coming-soon Around the world in 80 minutes: Is a future of high-speed air travel coming soon? Nicholas Korody 2014-10-16T13:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:25:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ns/nstt8bmcbwu6pq6g.jpg" width="514" height="370" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The reasons for designing and flying vehicles that are capable of global reach in the time taken to read the morning newspaper are technically attractive and militarily obvious. The economic and social justifications are perhaps less easily pinned down, but are nonetheless compelling. What will be the impact of treating Sydney as a commuter suburb for Beijing, or of being able to visit Antipodean gran for Sunday roast &ndash; with a serious prospect of being home in time for dinner and telly?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/110334101/report-highlights-vulnerability-of-amtrak-s-nyc-tunnels Report highlights vulnerability of Amtrak’s NYC tunnels Alexander Walter 2014-10-02T13:49:00-04:00 >2014-10-08T23:02:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4c1cbfd5bff06b60b85958fa3bc6eebb.jpg" width="300" height="198" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A new engineering report assessing the damage caused to the Amtrak-owned Hudson River and East River tunnels in New York City by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012 recommends a phased process of maintenance works, which will require taking individual tunnel tubes out of service for extended periods.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/109276738/unstudio-reveals-latest-designs-for-the-new-doha-metro-network-in-qatar UNStudio reveals latest designs for the new Doha Metro Network in Qatar Justine Testado 2014-09-18T20:50:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T17:28:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qc/qchj1dc3j8mdovfj.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After Qatar Rail appointed UNStudio as principal architect, the Dutch firm revealed their designs for the new Doha Metro Network, a major component of the Qatar Integrated Railway Project (QIRP). In an effort to motivate more Doha locals to use public transit, UNStudio's design of the Metro Network consists of traditional Qatari-inspired elements and four transportation lines &mdash; with an estimate of 35 stations for Phase 1, followed by around 60 stations for Phase 2.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lz/lzqzq9km37jw8d4o.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7y/7y8r7d0tmzjuqfqx.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a9/a9bpyxf3a6cx2env.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5u/5u4yfmkrh15ct503.jpg"></p><p>Quite interesting that UNStudio released these designs at a time when Qatar has been <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/377969/qatar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">making headlines</a> as of late...</p><p>Read more about the project on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/unstudio_reveals_latest_designs_for_the_new_doha_metro_network_in_qatar/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108254401/beijing-public-transit-commuters-can-now-pay-fares-with-empty-bottles Beijing public transit commuters can now pay fares with empty bottles Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-09-05T14:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T22:24:18-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5f/5fa89990e5415835d890538aee79a29c.jpg" width="514" height="319" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Residents of Beijing can use one of the city&rsquo;s 34 newly installed recycling machines to trade empty bottles for phone card rebates or free public transit passes. Those who choose the phone card rebate just need to type in their phone numbers or scan their cards and the rebate will be automatically applied. The value of the rebate will correspond to the value of the type of bottle that was recycled.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the original Chinese language report <a href="http://news.sina.com.cn/c/p/2014-08-14/140130684691.shtml" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108101742/wowza-scale-maps-of-barcelona-and-atlanta-show-the-waste-of-sprawl Wowza: Scale Maps of Barcelona and Atlanta Show the Waste of Sprawl Alexander Walter 2014-09-03T14:49:00-04:00 >2014-09-10T17:26:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/f1/f175888f16ed8c4fd83ca75be0b548a0.jpg" width="514" height="416" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Urban densities are not trivial, they severely limit the transport mode choice and change only very slowly. Because of the large differences in densities between Atlanta and Barcelona about the same length of metro line is accessible to 60% of the population in Barcelona but only 4% in Atlanta. The low density of Atlanta render this city improper for rail transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106877575/streetcars-and-urban-renewal Streetcars and Urban Renewal Nicholas Korody 2014-08-18T18:34:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:16:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/qi/qiz9nf5ppnqujjdj.jpg" width="514" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Most American cities paved over their streetcar tracks decades ago, deeming the services slow, rickety and inconvenient. Commuters have long preferred cars and buses. But streetcars&mdash;sometimes known as trolleys or trams&mdash;are making a comeback. Services are rolling out in at least 16 American cities, with dozens more in the works [...] The relationship between streetcars and development is not clear, say researchers funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106795640/why-sprawl-may-be-bad-for-your-health Why sprawl may be bad for your health Archinect 2014-08-17T16:06:00-04:00 >2014-08-28T10:17:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/7a/7a2c7f6582f06aca03ff73fde4204f96.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Marshall, Garrick and Piatkowski are talking about a different set of health concerns: not communicable diseases like cholera, but lifestyle diseases like diabetes. "The literature suggests," they write, "that the shift in industrialized nations toward a more sedentary lifestyle is linked to increasingly auto-dependent lifestyles, which in turn is linked to lower density developments and auto-friendly land uses." Maybe we're designing places, in other words, that make it harder to be active.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/106558889/why-a-bike-city-why-not-a-mix-of-biking-and-transit Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit? Archinect 2014-08-14T14:20:00-04:00 >2014-08-14T14:38:02-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/91745990de229b8d7c72a420d8c185aa.jpg" width="514" height="314" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I see nothing wrong with replacing the hegemony of cars with the hegemony I am proposing, of bikes. Those who need buses would be no worse off than they are now. But a problem would come if a city like Amsterdam had a bike modal share of 90 percent, as could achieved if end-of-trip strategies were built into all buildings to eliminate the problem of bike theft, and if shelter removed the inequity of cycling being the one mode remaining where people get wet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105938946/a-closer-look-at-downtown-atlanta-s-latest-parking-report A closer look at Downtown Atlanta's latest parking report Alexander Walter 2014-08-06T13:25:00-04:00 >2014-08-13T22:16:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/rj/rj6qofox20o2fqr6.jpg" width="500" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Central Atlanta Progress, a nonprofit corporation of Atlanta business leaders, has released the documents from a recent assessment of Downtown Atlanta parking. They include reports on the existing parking situation and recommendations for &ldquo;improving the customer parking experience in Downtown Atlanta.&rdquo; [...] The first sting was felt when I read this nugget from the report: A person&rsquo;s first and last impression of a city begins and ends with parking. Ouch! I beg to differ.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105555105/a-transit-agency-for-the-future A Transit Agency for the Future Alexander Walter 2014-08-01T13:51:00-04:00 >2014-08-01T13:55:32-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/01/011b1f966180424e4679f1346d925d2a.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With so many crossovers in private operations, public data, and private uses, our future transit agency would blur the line between public and private sectors in a way we haven&rsquo;t yet pioneered. The challenge is one of governance, bureaucratic turf, organizational development, planning, and public policy, not simply one of technology. Technology is just a tool, and our human institutions can either make use of it or try to ignore it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105329323/long-beach-moves-forward-on-southern-california-s-first-freeway-removal-project Long Beach Moves Forward on Southern California’s First Freeway Removal Project Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1a/1af6608c6ace3aed01c610575368dc35.jpg" width="510" height="587" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It&rsquo;s been named one of the top &ldquo;Freeways Without Futures&rdquo; in the nation and described as a &ldquo;perfect example of obsolete infrastructure.&rdquo; [...] Now, nearly half a decade later, the project to remove a large portion of the Terminal Island (TI) Freeway in West Long Beach has officially gone out to bid in an RFP with an estimated bid value of $225K. It marks a major event in Southern California&rsquo;s urban design history, being the first freeway removal project [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105248171/the-bayou-greenways-plan-a-game-changer-for-houston The Bayou Greenways Plan: A Game-Changer for Houston? Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T14:27:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T22:03:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/62/6211b41853dd73844a779a9a2f00d252.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Houston&rsquo;s Bayou Greenways plan is perhaps the largest active transportation project in the country right now &mdash; if residents can actually use it for transportation when it&rsquo;s completed. Jen Powis of the Houston Parks Board has described the greenway project as a cross between the Atlanta Beltline and the Portland Bike Master Plan, which &ldquo;re-envisions transportation&rdquo; in the city.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104866476/the-forgotten-history-of-l-a-s-failed-freeway-revolt The Forgotten History of L.A.'s Failed Freeway Revolt Alexander Walter 2014-07-23T14:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:42:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2c/2ca353a0de0d9ef1539537338ea8534c.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The story of Boyle Heights reminds us that urban highway teardowns don't always end in victory. [...] "What we don't know, however, is the story of the losers, the urban men and women who fought the freeway, unsuccessfully, on the conventional terms of political struggle, who weren't able to pack up and move on, and who channeled expressive cultural traditions to register their grievances against the presence of unwanted infrastructure."</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/104709729/helsinki-s-ambitious-plan-to-make-car-ownership-pointless-in-10-years Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-07-21T14:44:00-04:00 >2014-07-24T10:19:26-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6a/6aq22pjnlm9namdq.jpg" width="514" height="313" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Helsinki] has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 ... allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. [...] Subscribers would specify an origin and a destination, and ... the app would then function as both journey planner and universal payment platform, knitting everything from driverless cars and nimble little buses to shared bikes and ferries</p></em><br /><br /><p>Where apps and mass transit collide, commuters struggle most with coordination. Now, with so many different forms of transit, both public and privately mediated, commuters (and cities) need navigation tools that compare all options for them. Making this as accessible as possible, as Helsinki is trying to do, also eases the transition away from private-car ownership, by making all types of transportations options seem just as imminently accessible as your car in the driveway.</p><p>The U.S. is also experimenting with these "point-to-point", "mobility on demand" transit systems. <a href="http://www.bridj.com/#new-page" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bridj</a>, a new bus company in Boston, doesn't actually own buses but will create routes, nearly in real-time, based on rider's mobility data, and then contract actual bus companies to get people where they need to go.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/104708923/how-the-six-californias-plan-threatens-california-s-transportation-future How the “Six Californias” Plan Threatens California’s Transportation Future Alexander Walter 2014-07-21T13:34:00-04:00 >2014-07-22T18:43:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e8816490e0b4f17ea1191d6186bfd6b.jpg" width="514" height="602" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] tech guru and multimillionaire Tim Draper has put forth a plan which will solve the ills of the state by &ndash; wait for it &ndash; splitting it into six smaller states! This &ldquo;Six Californias&rdquo; plan [...], as you might expect, divides the state into six smaller chunks, maintaining county lines. [...] But there&rsquo;s another reason to oppose the plan that few people are talking about: it would do damage to the state&rsquo;s transportation systems, especially mass transit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/103862310/exploring-and-collaborating-on-shared-use-mobility-services Exploring and Collaborating on Shared-Use Mobility Services Alexander Walter 2014-07-10T14:13:00-04:00 >2014-07-16T20:01:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1d/1d9d3e2aa3cab03374a4b8fe5619494e.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In June, the &ldquo;Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit,&rdquo; sponsored by the Association for Commuter Transportation, Transportation Sustainability Research Center, Mobility Lab, Transit Center, and Shared-Use Mobility Center, brought together a range of participants to discuss these themes in Washington, DC.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>At the summit, elected officials, transportation entrepreneurs, academics, and developers engaged with a number of questions including, &ldquo;What are new ways of solving urban mobility problems? How can we better design systems to address the needs of the public? Who should be engaged to make this happen?&rdquo; </em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/102781415/sky-cars-coming-to-tel-aviv-in-2015 Sky Cars Coming to Tel Aviv in 2015 Alexander Walter 2014-06-26T12:34:00-04:00 >2014-06-26T12:34:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/434e4530b365b5d53034d50ccc29d0b5.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Officials in Tel Aviv, Israel, announced this week that the long-anticipated skyTran system should be up and running by the end of 2015. Tel Aviv &mdash; globally famous for its terminally congested traffic &mdash; will serve as the pilot program for planned systems in Europe, India and the United States. [...] Call up a sky car on your smart phone and the pod-shaped vehicle will pick you up at a designated station and whisk you off to any other station on the system.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102245366/los-angeles-on-cusp-of-becoming-major-walkable-city-study-says Los Angeles on cusp of becoming 'major' walkable city, study says Archinect 2014-06-19T13:03:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:05:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4f/4f6fd37cf6e223993d7971950fabf6b1.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;The future &mdash; of a walkable, transit-friendly Los Angeles &mdash; is being built right now,&rdquo; the report says. &ldquo;It will allow people to drive everywhere they want, assuming they can put up with the traffic, and provide the option of walkable urbanism for those who want it.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>