Archinect - News 2016-12-04T13:22:31-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149961789/america-s-sorriest-bus-stop-tournament-enters-final-round-it-s-kansas-city-mo-vs-silver-spring-md America’s Sorriest Bus Stop tournament enters final round: it's Kansas City, MO vs. Silver Spring, MD Alexander Walter 2016-08-05T14:28:00-04:00 >2016-08-10T23:32:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ab/abnsnuuglbim2ty6.jpg" width="650" height="280" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Each of the 16 bus stops that competed this year&nbsp;&mdash; and the agencies who oversee them &mdash; deserved a thorough shaming. No transit rider should ever have to wait in the rain for a bus with no posted schedule, or walk in a ditch along an eight-lane highway after disembarking. These conditions are deplorable but all too common in American cities. The two bus stops facing off today &mdash; in Kansas City and Silver Spring [...]&mdash; had some&nbsp;extra&nbsp;dreadful&nbsp;quality that sets them apart in the eyes of our voters.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135747100/google-street-view-captures-beautiful-public-space-transformations" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Street View captures beautiful public space transformations</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140015083/homey-pop-up-bus-shelter-hopes-to-increase-safety-for-minneapolis-commuters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Homey pop-up bus shelter hopes to increase safety for Minneapolis commuters</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149961625/transforming-the-bao-an-g107-into-a-multi-modal-organic-highway Transforming the Bao'an G107 into a multi-modal “organic highway” Justine Testado 2016-08-04T19:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-06T07:07:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hq/hq7eqbsiu361co2n.jpg" width="650" height="417" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[T]he city of Bao'an in Shenzhen is setting its sights on revamping the 30 kilometer, 12-lane G107 highway...By rethinking the notion of a highway and envisioned with a series of utopian-like renderings, [Avoid Obvious Architects + Tetra Architects &amp; Planners] proposed &ldquo;a smaller, more fluid, multi-layered thoroughfare that will be a spectacular starting point of growth for an organic smart city.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Here's a preview of their proposal:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/x8/x8gmxcp3ar2c4514.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/z1/z1kk6ufi6i5sv8i1.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yg/ygvveiwand4e16hm.jpg"></p><p>Find more of the project&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5063/redeveloping-the-bao-an-g107-into-an-organic-highway" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>. You can also watch the video below.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149956345/alissa-walker-imagines-a-utopian-los-angeles-in-2056 Alissa Walker imagines a "utopian" Los Angeles in 2056 Nicholas Korody 2016-07-06T15:12:00-04:00 >2016-07-17T13:56:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n0/n0npfos1zzh398zk.jpg" width="650" height="381" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sorry, I&rsquo;m not able to send this directly through SnapFace since your iPhone 6 doesn&rsquo;t support neural chat.&nbsp;Old-fashioned text pixels will have to do.&nbsp;Remember the movie &ldquo;Her&rdquo;? That&rsquo;s what Los Angeles is like in 2056.&nbsp;L.A. is the densest city in the U.S., with a population that&rsquo;s about a third larger than it was in 2016.&nbsp;Taller buildings are everywhere, including New DTLA &mdash; a corridor of super-talls that runs the length of Wilshire all the way to Santa Monica.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The speculative fiction details a "utopian" city primarily characterized by efficient, far-reaching public transport and fewer cars. There's no longer a drought, and buildings are wrapped in "solar skins" designed by Elon Musk.</p><p>For more speculative visions of a future California, check out these links from last summer's <strong><a href="http://dryfutures.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dry Futures</a></strong> competition:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137896720/lagoonous-assemblage-antifragile-urbanism-for-a-dry-los-angeles-an-honorable-mention-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Lagoonous Assemblage : Antifragile Urbanism for a dry Los Angeles," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://%22The%20Ocean%20Above%20Us,%22%20an%20honorable%20mention%20in%20Dry%20Futures%20Speculative%20category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Ocean Above Us," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137817182/the-continental-compact-an-honorable-mention-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"The Continental Compact," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137512200/freshly-squeezed-survival-on-the-fringes-an-honorable-mention-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Freshly Squeezed- Survival on the Fringes," an honorable mention in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136804115/grassroots-cactivism-1st-place-winner-in-dry-futures-speculative-category" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Grassroots Cactivism," 1st place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954986/bart-and-la-metro-battle-via-twitter-haikus BART and LA Metro battle via Twitter haikus Julia Ingalls 2016-06-29T18:26:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T01:29:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/t6/t6evsiamyvscl6i2.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Oh, SF BART Twitter account&mdash;back at it again with the going rogue. This time, instead of getting real with folks on the platform, they decided to have a little fun with the Los Angeles Metro account, challenging them to a full-on haiku battle on Twitter this past Friday.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The official Twitter account for the BART isn't sycophantic or pandering: when confronted with customer concerns, it answers them with actual facts, even if those facts wouldn't gel with a traditional PR department. Now, however, the BART account has gone one step further and is outright having fun, challenging the LA Metro and New York's MTA to a haiku battle.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ec/eco7h2npz2flueaj.jpg"></p><p>While it's safe to say that both the BART and the LA Metro should keep their day jobs, having a playfully-minded transit system is not necessarily a bad thing.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wl/wl9b7vd2dtcfuvyc.jpg"></p><p>When not writing haikus, here's what else public transit is up to:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946497/with-opening-of-expo-line-to-santa-monica-l-a-s-dream-of-a-subway-to-the-sea-finally-comes-true-again" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again)</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seven U.S. cities competing to be the "smartest" in urban transit systems</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149954705/alphabet-s-secret-plan-to-overhaul-public-transport-in-the-us Alphabet's secret plan to overhaul public transport in the US Nicholas Korody 2016-06-28T20:07:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T21:27:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/u0/u0tuldjs4kgl7w8j.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sidewalk Labs, a secretive subsidiary of Alphabet, wants to radically overhaul public parking and transportation in American cities, emails and documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. Its high-tech services, which it calls &ldquo;new superpowers to extend access and mobility&rdquo;, could make it easier to drive and park in cities and create hybrid public/private transit options that rely heavily on ride-share services such as Uber.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"But they might also gut traditional bus services and require cities to invest heavily in Google&rsquo;s own technologies, experts fear."</em></p><p>In related news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938711/google-s-sidewalk-labs-contemplates-building-an-entire-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's Sidewalk Labs contemplates building an entire city</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947827/google-launches-waze-carpool-with-cost-neutral-pricing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google launches Waze Carpool with cost-neutral pricing</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946004/google-to-announce-a-voice-activated-smart-home-device" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google to announce a voice-activated, smart home device</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge Alexander Walter 2016-06-23T13:48:00-04:00 >2016-07-02T00:15:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/be/be5rxcuyr6wulpgu.jpg" width="650" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Columbus, Ohio, has won a $50m prize for its plans to smarten up its transport system. The money is made up of a $40m Smart Cities grant from the Department of Transportation (DOT), a $90m fund put up by private sector partners and a further $10m from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen&rsquo;s charity Vulcan, which will be used to finance electric vehicle infrastructure.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Columbus managed to beat six rival cities that were <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">shortlisted</a> by the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/smartcity" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DOT</a> earlier this year:</p><ul><li>Austin, Texas</li><li>Denver, Colorado</li><li>Kansas City, Missouri</li><li>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</li><li>Portland, Oregon</li><li>San Francisco, California</li></ul><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953055/imagining-the-future-cyberattack-that-could-bring-down-new-york-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Imagining the future cyberattack that could bring down New York City</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124276402/rem-koolhaas-on-the-smart-landscape-and-intelligent-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas on the Smart Landscape and Intelligent Architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117114018/in-the-end-they-will-destroy-democracy-the-guardian-on-smart-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&lsquo;In the end, they will destroy democracy' &ndash; The Guardian on smart cities</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149946497/with-opening-of-expo-line-to-santa-monica-l-a-s-dream-of-a-subway-to-the-sea-finally-comes-true-again With opening of Expo Line to Santa Monica, L.A.'s dream of a "subway to the sea" finally comes true (again) Alexander Walter 2016-05-20T20:32:00-04:00 >2016-05-21T20:10:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ir/ir6ixl7h3lxa9bx7.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The $1.5-billion second leg of the Expo Line, which opened Friday from Culver City to Santa Monica, adds seven light-rail stations and more than six miles of track to the growing Los Angeles County transit network. [...] In the immediate context of L.A.'s attempts to turn its public-transit network from national punch line to something that increasingly resembles a mature system, 13 new Metro stations in less than three months qualifies as a pretty dramatic upgrade.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The aggressively expanding LA Metro system in recent Archinect news stories:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943264/how-la-is-changing-one-rail-line-at-a-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How LA is changing, one rail line at a time</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute A look at the history and future of the American commute Alexander Walter 2016-05-02T17:34:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:29:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/70/70255630e8e155abaebe61b5999da712.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"The idea that you can replace the 10 trips with one autonomous car and travel less distance, that&rsquo;s the biggest misconception," says Fagnant. "You can get rid of vehicles, but not vehicle miles traveled. Without ridesharing, there's an 8 to 10 percent increase in vehicle miles traveled based on simulations we've run in Austin. You&rsquo;re not replacing trips [..] the vehicle has to bounce between locations, and relocate to where it&rsquo;s needed. Those in-between miles will create a lot of extra travel."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149050607/more-americans-are-becoming-mega-commuters-u-s-census-stats-show" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More Americans are becoming "mega-commuters", U.S. Census stats show</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149943264/how-la-is-changing-one-rail-line-at-a-time How LA is changing, one rail line at a time Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-05-02T13:07:00-04:00 >2016-05-06T00:30:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ob/obukwrzxck4mt4dp.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;A good part of any day in Los Angeles,&rdquo; Joan Didion wrote in 1989, &ldquo;is spent driving, alone, through streets devoid of meaning to the driver, which is one reason the place exhilarates some people, and floods others with an amorphous unease.&rdquo; I quote this statement every chance I get; it is among the most trenchant ever written about the place. But all that is changing, or might be, if the promises implied by the Expo Line expansion can be kept.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On May 20, Los Angeles's Metro will open the expansion of its Expo Line, stretching from downtown past its current terminus in Culver City all the way to Santa Monica, blocks from the Pacific Ocean. The dream of "Broadway to the beach" by train in LA will soon become a reality, and stands to be a watershed moment in the city's transit development, as David Ulin reflects in the&nbsp;<em>New York Times:</em></p><p><em>Regardless of what the Expo Line ultimately does or doesn&rsquo;t do for traffic, this is, I think, the essence of what it offers: the notion of Los Angeles as a space we occupy together, collective and evolving, where in the act of getting lost, as I discovered on Venice Boulevard, we may also unexpectedly be found.</em></p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/140423053/the-long-and-weirding-road-a-tour-through-los-angeles-urbanism-in-sidewalking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The long and weirding road: a tour through Los Angeles urbanism in "Sidewalking"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/37391/david-l-ulin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">David L. Ulin</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li><li><a title="Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942656/waiting-for-the-washington-metro-a-not-so-fictional-tale Waiting for the Washington Metro: A not-so-fictional tale Justine Testado 2016-04-27T20:27:00-04:00 >2016-04-28T14:34:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/vz/vz0ancaswc55ev6w.jpg" width="640" height="435" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The train will not come because the track does not exist, says the voice on the loudspeaker. You must believe as hard as you can. Everyone on the platform ignores him. Your belief is not enough. It has never been enough. Construction has just begun on the new Fuchsia Line, which Metro management says will solve all the system&rsquo;s problems, and which is the only thing that anyone has allocated any funding for. It is entirely under water and plated in gold. It will be completed in 18 years.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post pens a maybe not-so-fictional tale about the &ldquo;horrors&rdquo; of the current state of the Washington Metro, which shut down last month.</p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938721/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-fictional-architecture-intern" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A day in the life of a (fictional) architecture intern</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149936174/fairy-tales-2016-winners-highlight-real-architectural-issues-through-fictional-storytelling" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales 2016 winners highlight real architectural issues through fictional storytelling</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144591361/a-fairy-tale-for-an-age-of-global-urbanization" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A fairy tale for an age of global urbanization</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149941412/beverly-hills-wants-to-provide-driverless-cars-as-public-transit Beverly Hills wants to provide driverless cars as public transit Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-19T13:15:00-04:00 >2016-04-23T13:40:17-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/by/bybvfvkne1qmfj3n.jpg" width="650" height="566" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the city's council&nbsp;voted unanimously to create a program to "develop autonomous vehicles as public transportation." The council's vision is for self-driving vehicles to provide "on-demand, point-to-point transportation," with citizens "requesting a ride using their smartphone." The shuttles wouldn't replace public transportation, but augment it [...] Phase one of the city council's program includes reaching out to companies like Tesla and Google to explore "potential partnerships."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Beverly Hills isn't the only city considering adding on-demand driverless vehicles to its transportation offerings &ndash; but given its small size, affluence, and well-maintained road infrastructure, it could be a prime zone for testing municipal adoption of autonomous vehicles.</p><p>As an on-demand public transit option, driverless vehicles could also be based on a different fare structure than the surrounding region's bus and train options, which use a fixed rate-per-ride fare, regardless of how far the trip. Theoretically, passenger rates for driverless car transit could be more directly proportional to the length of the trip, as they are for Uber and Lyft currently (although without the surge pricing).</p><p>Related on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149939041/how-prepared-are-american-cities-for-the-new-reality-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How prepared are American cities for the new reality of self-driving cars?</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="The &quot;Impossible&quot; Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938205/the-impossible-car-faraday-future-s-lead-designer-richard-kim-on-one-to-one-17" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The "Impossible" Car &ndash; Faraday Future's lead designer, Richard Kim, on One-to-One #17</a></li><li><a title="Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hit...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935978/seven-u-s-cities-competing-to-be-the-smartest-in-urban-transit-systems Seven U.S. cities competing to be the "smartest" in urban transit systems Justine Testado 2016-03-22T13:50:00-04:00 >2016-03-22T19:00:45-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ql/qlavczi8fwpse0au.jpg" width="640" height="359" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The seven American cities that made the shortlist in the Department of Transportation&rsquo;s (DOT) Smart City Challenge are now deciding their strategies for winning the $40m prize fund...Transportation is the focus, so judges will be interested in self-driving and 'connected' cars, as well as 'smart streets' fitted with sensors. The aim will be to cut accidents, reduce pollution and increase commuter convenience.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The DOT shortlisted seven finalists instead of the originally planned five. They are:</p><ul><li>Austin, Texas</li><li>Columbus, Ohio</li><li>Denver, Colorado</li><li>Kansas City, Missouri</li><li>Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania</li><li>Portland, Oregon</li><li>San Francisco, California</li></ul><p>The winning city is expected to be announced in June.</p><p>More related to transportation technology on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147883279/u-s-says-computers-qualify-as-drivers-in-google-s-autonomous-vehicles-won-t-even-have-to-go-to-the-dmv" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. says computers qualify as drivers in Google's autonomous vehicles; won't even have to go to the DMV</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149351656/google-s-self-driving-car-hits-bus-and-causes-its-first-crash" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google's self-driving car hits bus and causes its first crash</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145191434/a-first-look-at-the-hyperloop-s-real-tubes-and-imagined-winged-terminals" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A first look at the Hyperloop's real tubes and imagined winged terminals</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141436229/in-lidar-we-trust-poking-the-subconscious-of-autonomous-vehicles-with-special-guest-geoff-manaugh-on-archinect-sessions-43" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"In LiDAR We Trust" &ndash; Poking the subconscious of autonomous vehicles with special guest Geoff Manaugh, on Archinect Sessions #43</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149935277/kalasatama-finland-goes-carless-and-yes-there-s-an-app-for-that Kalasatama, Finland goes carless (and yes, there's an app for that) Julia Ingalls 2016-03-17T14:21:00-04:00 >2016-03-18T01:16:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/m0/m04ua0tm64bdrnq6.jpg" width="650" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Abandoned commercial port turned progressive inner city district of Helsinki Kalasatama is being developed purposefully to test out new urban ways of being.&nbsp;First up for this pioneering zone: a Mobility-as-a-Service app, which is basically the Nordic version of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128246762/uber-hq-headed-to-san-francisco-s-mission-bay" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber</a> except it wants to integrate all forms of public transit into one app. It's currently being tested by fifteen car-free citizens with the hope of making the entire district a non-vehicular-ownership zone by 2030.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/wj/wjpxtxuc4ke2yabb.jpg"></p><p>Next up for the district, according to a press release: "a sharing economy app that allows residents to trade services; apps developed from data produced by sensors for remote monitoring of street waste containers; and novel sensors that monitor the expiration of foods, intended to reduce food waste." The more residents who want to participate in these test programs, the better: although the current population is hovering around 2,000, city leaders expect it to grow to 20,000 in the next fourteen years.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/6n/6nsy1dxxn400uuyq.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149934138/will-la-s-new-metro-extension-bring-growth-to-the-city-s-peripheries Will LA's new metro extension bring growth to the city's peripheries? Nicholas Korody 2016-03-10T20:33:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T21:28:27-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/30/30uny5pjv7lzpsl8.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When City Manager Oliver Chi looks across Station Square next to the new Gold Line stop in Monrovia, he doesn't see a dilapidated train depot. He sees a bustling restaurant. Where an empty lot now sits, he sees a five-story apartment complex. That old lumber house? A bustling food hall. Los Angeles County's growing light-rail network plunges deeper than it ever has into suburbia this week with the opening of the Gold Line extension linking Pasadena to Azusa.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Obsessed with infrastructure? Take a look at some related coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149933899/the-bike-wars-are-over-and-the-bikes-won" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149908121/more-details-on-glendale-s-freeway-cap-park-emerge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">More details on Glendale's "freeway cap park" emerge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149815775/why-cranes-keep-collapsing-despite-sophisticated-equipment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why cranes keep collapsing, despite "sophisticated equipment"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149512391/us-government-agency-develops-new-batteries-that-could-revolutionize-energy-infrastructure" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">US government agency develops new batteries that could revolutionize energy infrastructure</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146756658/so-cal-has-dumped-a-lot-of-money-into-transit-projects-but-there-s-been-little-pay-off-so-far So Cal has dumped a lot of money into transit projects, but there's been little pay-off so far Nicholas Korody 2016-01-27T20:36:00-05:00 >2016-01-27T20:36:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/j2/j2a6xjux11zmxt8q.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For almost a decade, transit ridership has declined across Southern California despite enormous and costly efforts by top transportation officials to entice people out of their cars and onto buses and trains. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region's largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Despite a $9-billion investment in new light rail and subway lines, Metro now has fewer boardings than it did three decades ago, when buses were the county's only transit option."</em></p><p><strong>Related:</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145730131/eric-garcetti-vs-the-car-how-la-s-mayor-plans-to-change-the-way-angele-os-get-around" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Garcetti vs the Car: how LA's mayor plans to change the way Angele&ntilde;os get around</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421098/la-s-freeway-system-is-becoming-an-increasingly-crowded-neighborhood-for-the-city-s-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's freeway system is becoming an increasingly crowded 'neighborhood' for the city's homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136348612/l-a-seeks-to-accelerate-infrastructure-projects-in-advance-of-potential-olympics" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. seeks to accelerate infrastructure projects in advance of potential Olympics</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146115559/port-authority-officially-confirms-march-opening-date-for-wtc-transportation-hub-oculus Port Authority officially confirms March opening date for WTC Transportation Hub Oculus Alexander Walter 2016-01-19T13:21:00-05:00 >2016-01-26T10:58:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/w0/w0tii4qoe0il5uha.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sure, the news was all but confirmed, but today the Port Authority made it official: The transit org announced that the World Trade Center Transportation Hub&mdash;anchored by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Oculus&mdash;will officially open in "the first week of March," per a press release. [...] What that actually means for commuters: There will finally be a link between the World Trade Center PATH station and 11 NYC subway lines, along with the East River ferries.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Read the Port Authority's announcement in full <a href="http://www.panynj.gov/wtcprogress/press_releasesItem.cfm?headLine_id=2353" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p><p>The&nbsp;WTC Transportation Hub previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/141212275/leaking-water-delays-opening-of-world-trade-center-transit-hub-s-luxury-shopping-mall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Leaking water delays opening of World Trade Center Transit Hub's luxury shopping mall</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/132336245/massive-spine-skylight-in-calatrava-s-wtc-oculus-nears-completion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Massive 'spine' skylight in Calatrava's WTC Oculus nears completion</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/122737225/nymag-talks-to-santiago-calatrava-about-his-wtc-station-budget-reputation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NYMag talks to Santiago Calatrava about his WTC Station, budget, reputation</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115115396/how-cost-of-train-station-at-world-trade-center-swelled-to-4-billion" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Cost of Train Station at World Trade Center Swelled to $4 Billion</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146059263/jakarta-the-world-s-largest-city-without-a-subway-is-drowning-in-traffic Jakarta, the world's largest city without a subway, is drowning in traffic Alexander Walter 2016-01-19T08:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-19T21:11:30-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8f/8fscegxm3mkw8hqd.jpg" width="598" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since 2000, the world&rsquo;s second-largest megacity, Jakarta, has seen its population swell by a staggering 34 percent. Though the city proper is home to just 10 million, the urban zone is home to 30 million [...] &ldquo;Jakarta is the largest urban metropolitan area in the world without a metro,&rdquo; he [Deden Rukmana] says. &ldquo;And a metro is the most crucial element of transportation for a megacity. There&rsquo;s no way it can exist otherwise.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143358173/jakarta-already-40-below-sea-level-is-building-one-of-the-biggest-sea-walls-on-earth" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta, already 40% below sea level, is building one of the biggest sea walls on Earth</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136428986/jakarta-s-car-free-days-are-only-the-start-of-the-city-s-long-journey-to-becoming-bike-friendly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jakarta's "car-free days" are only the start of the city's long journey to becoming bike-friendly</a></li><li><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/61721722/mvrdv-jerde-arup-present-peruri-88-for-jakarta-indonesia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MVRDV-Jerde-Arup Present Peruri 88 for Jakarta, Indonesia</a></p></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/145109529/revealed-1-7b-streetcar-proposal-connecting-the-brooklyn-queens-waterfront Revealed: $1.7B Streetcar Proposal Connecting the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront Alyssa Alimurung 2016-01-06T10:58:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:13:31-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/is/isn38e64ynts5j96.jpg" width="650" height="482" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The dream of a Brooklyn-Queens light rail is quickly moving into the realm of reality. A non-profit advocacy group called Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector has officially formed to address the need for a more robust transportation system that could connect underserved, and now booming, areas of Brooklyn and Queens. They&rsquo;ve just released a detailed proposal revealing the route and the potential design the modern streetcars could take on.</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/141376057/preview-unstudio-s-new-arnhem-central-station-opens-tomorrow Preview: UNStudio's new Arnhem Central Station opens tomorrow Justine Testado 2015-11-18T18:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-18T12:10:53-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rg/rg8fx2d4ea46clqq.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>After 19 years, the Arnhem Central Station masterplan will finally be complete with the public opening of the new transfer hall tomorrow. Since&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/1138/unstudio" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNStudio</a> won the competition in 1996, the journey to construct the urban development in the Dutch city of Arnhem was an arduous one filled with&nbsp;&ldquo;an enormous amount of setbacks and disasters&rdquo;, as principal Caroline Bos commented during a <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140021505/building-a-collaborative-practice-caroline-bos-of-unstudio-lectures-at-lacma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recent public lecture</a>. The station is a meeting point for six modes of transportation and it accommodates about 55,000 travelers every weekday.</p><p>Collaboratively designed by UNStudio and <a href="http://archinect.com/arupassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a>, the new transfer hall has an extensive program that includes multiple above-ground levels consisting of local and regional bus terminals, taxi stands, service areas and corridors linked to train platforms, office and retail spaces, and a spacious entrance lobby. Bicycle storage and vehicle parking is also available both above and below ground level.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5b/5bk66kxcwgd03ntn.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/iq/iqkb7r6m9rg7xfbt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/1q/1qjhlloz34fwt2tt.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/2x/2xubjts80c20c5d9.jpg"></p><p>A key aspect of the terminal's design was to enable passengers to move as s...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/140539509/thyssenkrupp-premieres-1-3-scale-model-of-its-multi-rope-less-elevator-system ThyssenKrupp premieres 1:3 scale model of its MULTI rope-less elevator system Alexander Walter 2015-11-06T14:16:00-05:00 >2015-11-06T14:16:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/n8/n84jny81gl2e3qac.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] one year after announcing the concept of its game-changing MULTI elevator technology, ThyssenKrupp unveils a fully-functional 1:3 scale model at its Innovation Center in Gijn, Spain. The MULTI system uses linear motors instead of ropes, enabling horizontal movement and transforming conventional elevator transportation into vertical metro systems.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Up and Down, Side to Side; ThyssenKrupp's cable-free MULTI elevator to begin testing in 2016</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/139616789/is-america-actually-shifting-away-from-its-car-obsession-not-entirely Is America actually shifting away from its car obsession? Not entirely. Justine Testado 2015-10-23T18:45:00-04:00 >2015-11-05T11:57:33-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/em/em2barc5boaqw7u0.jpg" width="640" height="423" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The plateauing and decline in U.S. vehicle miles traveled per capita that occurred between [2005-2014] was described by some hopeful commentators as a dramatic shift that was indicative of the preferences of a new workforce...Marginal changes in the way a new generation behaves...cannot overcome the realities of a country where more than three-fourths of jobs are located more than three miles from downtowns and where only one-fourth of homes are in places that their residents refer to as urban.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about car transit on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139609547/welcome-to-evanston-illinois-the-carless-suburbia" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Welcome to Evanston, Illinois: the carless suburbia</a></p><p><a title="Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139476208/dawn-of-the-self-driving-car-testing-out-tesla-s-autopilot-function" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Dawn of the self-driving car: testing out Tesla's autopilot function</a></p><p><a title="From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134108329/from-california-to-texas-car-culture-is-losing-its-monopoly" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From California to Texas, car culture is losing its monopoly</a></p><p><a title="Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137951306/can-a-loss-of-driver-autonomy-save-lives" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can a loss of driver autonomy save lives?</a></p><p><a title="Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/126364209/designers-imagine-a-world-of-self-driving-mobile-offices" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designers imagine a world of self-driving, mobile offices</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/136423345/grimshaw-and-arup-release-designs-for-new-high-speed-rail-hub-in-central-london Grimshaw and Arup release designs for new high-speed rail hub in central London Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-09-12T05:15:00-04:00 >2016-06-21T20:57:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cs/csw0d22xreixk215.jpg" width="534" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Beginning in 2017, the London transit hub that's been described as "a dingy, grey, horizontal nothingness"<a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euston_railway_station#cite_note-19" 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="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/4156025/arup" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arup</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/22827902/grimshaw-architects" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vx/vxudn1x8g6qq2dvf.jpg"></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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cs/csw0d22xreixk215.jpg"></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 <em>The Times</em> as...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135884542/new-photo-book-documents-the-beautifully-outlandish-architecture-of-soviet-bus-stops New photo book documents the beautifully outlandish architecture of Soviet bus stops Alexander Walter 2015-09-04T14:46:00-04:00 >2015-09-04T15:34:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/7e/7eg13qg23wganm10.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In western Europe, the bus stop is the most humble of building types, a meanly utilitarian structure that adds little or nothing to the roadside. But in the old Soviet empire, from the shores of the Black Sea to the Kazakh steppe, the norm is &ldquo;wild going on savage&rdquo;, as Jonathan Meades writes in a beautiful new photobook featuring 159 bus stops, each illuminating &ldquo;the Soviet empire&rsquo;s taste for the utterly fantastical&rdquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/aq/aqukdupr1p5c1bcf.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/hl/hlfzfmg5nadobhkj.jpg"></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1p/1pbu4oldkwq8czot.jpg"></p><p>Find more of these beauties photographed by Christopher Herwig for the new book <em>Soviet Bus Stops</em>&nbsp;over at <a href="http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/02/soviet-superpower-why-russia-has-the-worlds-most-beautiful-bus-stops" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>The Guardian</em></a>.</p><p>Related stories on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108252788/community-bus-stops-transform-brazil" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Community Bus Stops Transform Brazil</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/85996105/world-class-architects-design-bus-stops-in-austria" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Class Architects Design Bus Stops in Austria</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/52606703/high-tech-bus-stop-in-paris-by-patrick-jouin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">High Tech Bus Stop in Paris by Patrick Jouin</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135588605/antonia-malchik-on-the-end-of-walking-in-america Antonia Malchik on the end of walking in America Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T18:39:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T18:48:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/cg/cg69dtqtycwsbyky.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For decades, Americans have been losing their ability, even their right, to walk. [...] there are vast blankets and folds of the country where the ability to walk &ndash; to open a door and step outside and go somewhere or nowhere without getting behind the wheel of a car &ndash; is a struggle, a fight. A risk. [...] we encourage car travel and discourage moving on foot. More than discourage it, we criminalise it where deemed necessary.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135027032/ny-mayor-de-blasio-s-times-square-overhaul-runs-into-massive-opposition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Mayor de Blasio's Times Square overhaul runs into massive opposition</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134589596/mit-s-placelet-sensors-technologize-old-fashioned-observation-methods-for-placemaking" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/90280641/why-can-t-one-walk-to-the-super-bowl" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Can't One Walk To The Super Bowl?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/133183117/thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-elevator-test-tower-tops-out-in-less-than-10-months ThyssenKrupp's cable-free elevator test tower tops out in less than 10 months Justine Testado 2015-07-31T15:35:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T13:33:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/nt/ntx9g86fe3kchlh8.jpg" width="640" height="960" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://thyssenkrupp.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>'s MULTI elevator test tower is happening, indeed&nbsp;&mdash; and at a seemingly impressive rate. Less than 10 months after starting construction, the currently 232-meter structure in the German city of Rottweil recently celebrated its topping out. ThyssenKrupp is aiming to have the tower fully built and go into operation by the end of 2016. Once complete, the company will begin testing the first units of their cable-free MULTI elevator system, which they <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/114965218/up-and-down-side-to-side-thyssenkrupp-s-cable-free-multi-elevator-to-begin-testing-in-2016" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">unveiled late last year</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c1/c1bhkz480ue526ud.jpg"></p><p>ThyssenKrupp credits the tower's smooth construction progress through the use of "an innovative slipforming technique&nbsp;&mdash; all on time and on budget", and they obviously won't be slowing down anytime soon. The final glass story and the top of the elevator shafts will be added to the tower over the next two weeks, bringing the structure up to 244 meters. The tower will then reach its 246 height when the facade is complete.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/h7/h7yya81vf3esdzzo.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ta/ta1c81tazzbkha87.jpg"></p><p>Interior work for the tower is scheduled for mid-August. Building services and elevator e...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/133045592/a-new-laguardia-is-the-airport-that-new-york-deserves-says-gov-cuomo A new LaGuardia is the "airport that New York deserves", says Gov. Cuomo Justine Testado 2015-07-30T15:00:00-04:00 >2015-07-30T17:51:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/bx/bx9ml0s6zojudgz4.jpg" width="650" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>'We are transforming LaGuardia into a globally-renowned, 21st century airport that is worthy of the city and state of New York. It&rsquo;s the perfect metaphor for what we can achieve with the ambition and optimism and energy that made this the Empire State in the first place, and I want to thank our many partners for joining us to build the airport that New York deserves.' &mdash; Gov. Cuomo</p></em><br /><br /><p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo alongside Vice President Joe Biden officially unveiled the proposed design for the new LaGuardia Airport earlier this week. The $4 billion revamp will transform the airport into a single, structurally unified main terminal, including expanded transportation access and increased taxiway space, and new top-notch passenger amenities.</p><p>The overhaul aims to alleviate the air-ground congestion and gate delays that have long plagued the airport&nbsp;&mdash; to the point where Biden previously described it as a place one would find in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/07/nyregion/biden-compares-la-guardia-airport-to-third-world.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"some third world country"</a>. According to <a href="https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/Airport_Advisory_Panel_Final_Report_LGA.pdf" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a report</a> by the Governor&rsquo;s Airport Master Plan Advisory Panel, the LaGuardia Airport is "consistently rated as among the worst airports in the world".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/e6/e62nrg5u4th3yfwg.jpg"></p><p>Groundbreaking of the first half of the project is expected to start in 2016, once the Board of Directors of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey grants final approval. The first half is expected to open to passengers in 2019, and full completion...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/128189706/omaha-to-improve-its-metro-for-free Omaha to improve its Metro (for free!) Nicholas Korody 2015-05-27T20:22:00-04:00 >2015-06-01T23:00:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8l/8lho2m9hp3wm832w.jpg" width="650" height="488" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the end of May, Metro will debut its FORWARD plan: a fully reconfigured bus network that emphasizes more frequency, better night and weekend service, direct lines through high-ridership corridors, and grid-style access to many parts of the city. The top five routes will now all get 15-minute peak service... Rather than lobby for more taxpayer funding or jack up fares, Metro looked for more efficient ways to use its existing resources.</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/127366753/u-s-needs-reliable-rail-systems-where-traveling-106-mph-is-considered-slow-u-s-pirg-asserts-amid-amtrak-debate 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kx/kxmvkdfc644hiqgq.jpg" width="640" height="387" 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="http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/amtrak-budget-house-panel-crash-117904.html" 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="http://www.uspirg.org" 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> http://archinect.com/news/article/126440657/how-urban-cities-continue-to-veer-toward-new-forms-of-mobility How urban cities continue to veer toward new forms of mobility Justine Testado 2015-04-30T09:32:00-04:00 >2015-05-04T22:17:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/5z/5zpneggcificcvb9.jpg" width="620" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gilles Vesco calls it the 'new mobility'. It&rsquo;s a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars but on public transport, shared cars and bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones...'Multi-modal' and 'interconnectivity' are now the words on every urban planner&rsquo;s lips...This model of denser, less car-dependent cities is becoming the accepted wisdom across the developed world.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Writer Stephen Moss talks to urban planners and transportation authorities around Europe to get a glimpse into how cities worldwide continue to wean themselves off car dependency and explore new forms of mobility, all while city density increases.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/119957598/map-revealed-for-de-blasio-s-city-wide-ferry-system Map Revealed for de Blasio’s City-Wide Ferry System Dana Schulz 2015-02-04T10:58:00-05:00 >2015-02-12T19:03:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/on/onyeb48iao58ibwp.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The current ferry plan will cost $55 million, with plans to expand to Coney Island and Stapleton in Staten Island once more money is secured. Additionally, service will be restored to the Rockaway ferry, which was put in place in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy wiped out subway service to the area.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio&nbsp;gave his State of the City address where he announced plans for a new, city-wide ferry service that will serve neighborhoods&nbsp;including the Lower East Side, Astoria, the&nbsp;Rockaways, Sunset Park, Brooklyn Army Terminal, Bay Ridge,&nbsp;Red Hook and Soundview, among others. Today,&nbsp;a map has been revealed that shows existing ferry lines, those that will open in 2017 and 2018, and those that are proposed.</p>