Archinect - News 2015-10-08T18:13:06-04:00 Unpacking the Hyperloop's lofty promises Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-15T13:09:00-04:00 >2015-09-16T01:01:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="297" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>even given that the Hyperloop whitepaper was a rough sketch, the most important elements of the plan&mdash;its speed and price&mdash;have been vastly oversold. [...] But there&rsquo;s a final reason to be skeptical, not just of the technical details of the Hyperloop, but of the supposedly utopian motives behind it: It may not even be Musk&rsquo;s idea.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on the much hyped (and griped) world of Hyperloop:</p><ul><li><a title="Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers</a></li><li><a title="LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Arts District now home to Hyperloop World Headquarters</a></li><li><a title="The town that Hyperloop built" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The town that Hyperloop built</a></li><li><a title="Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet..." href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Don't write off Elon Musk's Hyperloop yet...</a></li><li><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing the Hyperspace: UCLA studio imagines Hyperloop's future in California</a></p></li></ul> Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-12T05:15:00-04:00 >2015-09-28T23:55:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning in 2017, the London transit hub that's been described as "a dingy, grey, horizontal nothingness"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">*</a>&nbsp;will undergo a massive redesign to incorporate a new&nbsp;high-speed rail line connecting London and Birmingham.</p><p>The first phase of the so-called HS2, connecting London and Birmingham (before&nbsp;forking out to reach Manchester and Leeds in phase two), is expected to open in 2026, and developer HS2 Ltd. has just released designs by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for its outset station in central London, a redevelopment of Euston station.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Grimshaw and Arup's design crafts an incremental approach to maintain current activity at the station during construction. Additions to the station include 11 new platforms for the HS2, a new glass fa&ccedil;ade and three new entrances.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>First opening in 1837, Euston station was London's first intercity line, and ranks as its 6th busiest. Its original classical design was demolished in 1961 and replaced with what has been derided by Richard Morrison of The Times as...</p> Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly Justine Testado 2015-09-11T18:13:00-04:00 >2015-09-11T21:46:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ask a cyclist what it&rsquo;s like to ride in Indonesia&rsquo;s capital &ndash; a sprawling megalopolis of 10.2 million people...More than likely, they&rsquo;ll tell you it&rsquo;s outright dangerous...Car-free days may be popular, but there is almost no [cyclist] infrastructure... [However, there] is hope among cyclists that bike lanes will become a priority after the city&rsquo;s [mass rapid transport] system is finished in 2019. In the meantime, several young innovators are taking matters into their own hands.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Australia's &quot;biggest bike-lane skeptic&quot; plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Australia's "biggest bike-lane skeptic" plans to remove a popular Sydney cycleway</a></p><p><a title="As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As bicycle ownership in North Korea rises, Pyongyang introduces bike lanes</a></p><p><a title="Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen could ax its pioneering city bike program by month's end</a></p><p><a title="Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit?" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why a bike city? Why not a mix of biking and transit?</a></p> Sorry L.A., but the nation's worst traffic is in D.C. Alexander Walter 2015-08-27T13:11:00-04:00 >2015-08-27T13:13:23-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For those who assume&nbsp;Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the United States: Not so fast. Drivers in Southern California spent a whopping 80 hours sitting in traffic in 2014, according to a new report by the Texas A&amp;M Transportation Institute and the traffic data company Inrix. But the city with the dubious distinction of most time lost behind the wheel is Washington, D.C., researchers say, where commuters clocked 82 hours of delays in a single year.&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other metro areas snatching top spots according to the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard</a> report:</p><ul><li>San Francisco-Oakland CA (78 hours)</li><li>New York-Newark NY-NJ-CT (74 hours)</li><li>San Jose CA (67 hours)</li><li>Boston MA-NH-RI (64 hours)</li></ul> Tokyo begins farming produce beneath its subway lines Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-13T13:04:00-04:00 >2015-08-20T22:02:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Kakutani is the main farmer behind "Tokyo Salad,"&nbsp;the Metro&rsquo;s new farming enterprise, farming that takes place underneath the Tozai Line. [...] Tokyo Metro started hydroponic farming this past January. They&rsquo;re currently selling the lettuce varieties to a local Italian restaurant and The Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel. Over the next couple years, they&rsquo;re hoping to expand. Maybe they&rsquo;ll start selling to grocery stores, and maybe Kakutani says, "we&rsquo;ll make salads or smoothies.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More innovations from Japan:</p><ul><li><a title="Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's largest treehouse is also a high-tech engineering feat</a></li><li><a title="Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Turning Japan's golfing greens into solar farms</a></li><li><a title="Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan's simple logic for putting toilets in elevators</a></li></ul> Christopher Hawthorne on repairing L.A.'s long-broken relationship with its freeways Justine Testado 2015-08-07T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-08-09T10:28:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="344" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The truth is that Los Angeles, once a pioneer in defining the freeway&rsquo;s place in urban life, has fallen behind other cities. From Dallas to Paris to Seoul, the most innovative ideas about freeways and how they can be redesigned are coming from places far from Southern California. It&rsquo;s time for L.A. to catch up...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Following his recent review of the 405 Freeway expansion through the Sepulveda Pass, Christopher Hawthorne sums up why the time is ripe for Angelenos to refresh their perspectives on the city's freeways.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's critical round-up: the week's best architectural critiques so far</a></li><li><a title="Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ode to the Stack, Los Angeles's iconic infrastructure</a></li><li><a title="LA's Unbuilt Freeways" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's Unbuilt Freeways</a></li><li><a title="Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Like It or Not, Most Urban Freeways Are Here to Stay</a></li><li><a title="405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">405 Freeway closure exposes the limits of Los Angeles' mobility</a></li></ul> Multi-media art interventions coming to London's Victoria tube line Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T11:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-05T08:44:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The project, called Underline, will include the underground&rsquo;s first music commission and a plan by the Turner prize-nominated architectural collective Assemble to improve what is regarded as one of the most unloved station exits on the entire network, at Seven Sisters in north London.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Organized by "Art on the Underground", a group that curates contemporary artworks for display in the London Underground, the new project will bring a variety of art, music and architectural&nbsp;interventions to the Victoria Line. Commissions selected to be part of the Underline are not simply public art projects &ndash; the interventions involve real proposals to improving the quality of experience for both commuters and workers on London's tube.</p><p>The whole tube line is under the curatorial purview, with architecture firm Assemble selected to focus particularly the Seven Sisters stop, known for its "anti-social behaviour problems".&nbsp;Artist Giles Round's Underline project, called "Design Work Leisure", will produce "prototypes of functional objects that can be used on the tube: a new ceramic tile for patch repairs on the existing tiles, for example, or new clocks, lighting or direction signs."&nbsp;Film and musical performances will also pepper the Victoria Line during Underline's run.</p><p>More news relate...</p> London to try out an all-electric double-decker bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-07-01T05:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-30T20:33:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[London Mayor Boris] Johnson, who uses the city&rsquo;s bike-share system to commute to work most days, told the Guardian that he would welcome the quieter, greener buses on his city&rsquo;s streets, saying current buses are like &ldquo;throbbing, belching machines that emit their fumes like wounded war-elephants&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Since 2008, London Mayor Boris Johnson has introduced over 1,300 hybrid buses onto city streets, and all-electric single-decker buses have been in use since 2013. It was previously thought that all-electric double-decker buses weren't feasible &ndash; their size makes them too difficult to efficiently power with electricity alone. BYD, the Chinese firm that will build the new all-electric buses, can provide batteries that will "apparently be light and cheap enough" to power London's iconic double-deckers. The first pilot bus will begin operating on London's Route 16 this October.</p><p>More news from London:</p><ul><li><a title="London is eating itself" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London is eating itself</a></li><li><a title="As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">As Garden Bridge procurement process is headed for review, London group claims that 30 new parks could be funded instead</a></li><li><a title="SelgasCano's &quot;psychedelic chrysalis&quot; Serpentine Pavilion is now open" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SelgasCano's "psychedelic chrysalis" Serpentine Pavilion is now open</a></li></ul> Elon Musk launches Hyperloop Pod Competition to university students and engineers Justine Testado 2015-06-16T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T14:55:24-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="247" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>University students and engineers now have a chance to contribute to the ongoing development of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elon Musk</a>'s and SpaceX's high-speed ground transit system, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Hyperloop</a>. As SpaceX works toward constructing a one-mile test track near their headquarters in Hawthorne, California, they launched a design-build competition open to university students and independent engineering teams to propose their own Hyperloop human-scale transit pod. Entrants will then be able to operate their pods on the test track during Competition Weekend, currently scheduled for June 2016. And in case you were wondering, no riders will be inside any of the pods during testing.</p><p>SpaceX launched the competition in effort to accelerate the development of a functional Hyperloop prototype and, as always, to foster and promote student innovation. In the current design guidelines, entrants will have to address the pod's essential technical design features including navigation sensors, ground-operator communication, and v...</p> The Pulaski Skyway tells the tale of America's aging highway system Alexander Walter 2015-06-16T13:49:00-04:00 >2015-06-16T15:59:36-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just north of Newark, New Jersey, the Pulaski Skyway became the country&rsquo;s first so-called &ldquo;superhighway&rdquo; &mdash; a 3.5-mile raised roadway running over the top of some of the most heavily industrialized property in the country. [...] In infrastructure terms, the Pulaski is what&rsquo;s called &ldquo;functionally obsolete,&rdquo; meaning it doesn&rsquo;t meet modern design standards &mdash;and the money being spent to fix it up won&rsquo;t change that.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Waze and its new uneasy bedfellows Alexander Walter 2015-06-08T14:44:00-04:00 >2015-06-10T19:12:50-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="750" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The L.A.-Waze partnership is, at least in theory, an initial step toward allowing the city&rsquo;s planners and engineers to regain a healthier role in mediating the kinds of longstanding cross-town conflicts that Waze has renewed and amplified. Whether the deal will help to resolve fundamental long-term issues related to the city&rsquo;s growth and inadequate infrastructure is another matter.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Calatrava: "I have been treated like a dog." Alexander Walter 2015-05-20T14:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T21:16:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In the U.S., he isn&rsquo;t getting asked to compete for new projects at all, he said, amid criticism of the rail project&rsquo;s delays and costs. [...] These overruns and years of delay have taken a toll on Mr. Calatrava&rsquo;s reputation, with local press and some observers painting him as an architect prone to overruns&mdash;a point he believes is quite unfair. &ldquo;It has not been easy for me,&rdquo; he said. After living in the city for 12 years and feeling pride in the city, &ldquo;I have been treated like a dog.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Legal Troubles Dog Famed Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">PATH/Fail: The Story of the World&rsquo;s Most Expensive Train Station</a></li></ul> U.S. needs reliable rail systems where 'traveling 106 mph is considered slow', U.S. PIRG asserts amid Amtrak debate Justine Testado 2015-05-15T20:40:00-04:00 >2015-05-22T22:24:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="311" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>In an unfortunate sequence of events, reports earlier this week state that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">voted to cut Amtrak funding</a> by an estimated $260 million -- one day after a fatal Amtrak passenger-train derailment in Philadelphia on May 12. As investigations on the accident ensue, public debate regarding the nation's transportation needs has reignited.</p><p>In one response, the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Public Interest Research Group</a> consumer organization released their latest statement by Transportation Campaign Director John Olivieri. Olivieri stresses in a "if they can do it, so can we" manner that it's about time American policy makers catch up with international competitors and invest on designing a safe high-speed passenger rail system.</p><p>Below is Olivieri's statement from the U.S. PIRG website:</p><p>"'This is a horrible tragedy, and our condolences go to those whose family and friends have been lost or injured. Events like this must be prevented.'</p><p>'Our policy makers should take the long view. We...</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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=";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=""></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> Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts Alexander Walter 2014-11-24T14:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T22:39:42-05:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Life of a New Architect: Elizabeth Christoforetti</a></p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">StreetsBlog</a></p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Quite interesting that UNStudio released these designs at a time when Qatar has been <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">making headlines</a> as of late...</p><p>Read more about the project on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>