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Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S. - CityLab
Many, though not all, major cities in the U.S. have a number of rail lines radiating out of their centers. Most of them are only used by freight or a few commuter train trips a day. It’s a huge, untapped resource. There’s no reason why those railway lines can’t be turned into what are effectively subway lines—high-capacity routes that allow people to get across the city quickly—without the immense cost of tunneling. In Europe, what we usually call “commuter rail” operates frequently, all day, and cost the same fare as other local transit. That’s the difference between regional rail and commuter rail. A transit system with service that is only useful to 9-to-5 commuters to downtown will never be a useful one for most people.
cities  politics  transit  transportation  infrastructure 
2 days ago by debcha
A startup tries to revive train travel in America
Brightline runs the first new privately funded passengerline for a century
transit 
3 days ago by tinystride
City Record - Boston (Mass.) - Google Books
Proposals for the Boylston and Tremont subways.... connecting them or keeping them separate and running Boylston through to Washington and then some route to Post Office Square
boston  transit 
8 days ago by toddmundt
The Green Line’s “Great Cavern” | Ted O’Hara .net
The original Tremont Street subway was a great success. It was one of those public works projects that really did what it was supposed to do – reduce congestion – and it helped spur a round of additional subway building. In 1911, the Legislature approved the building of the Boylston Street Subway. The subway was to be built from the junction of Commonwealth Ave and Beacon street, under the Muddy River, then going east along Boylston street to the corner of Tremont street… and there things got unclear. The legislation contemplated an additional two track tunnel under Tremont Street, or adding two more tracks to the Tremont Street tunnel. There were proposals from the Legislature to extend the new subway to Post Office square.

The Boston Transit Commission coped with the uncertainty by building the western sections of the new subway first, but by 1913, got permission to suspend work on the Tremont Street section of the new subway, and “temporarily” connect the Boylston Street Subway to the existing Tremont Street subway. That temporary connection remains today.

Keeping the original Public Garden incline would have required a “grade crossing” – outbound subway Boylston street traffic would have crossed over the inbound surface track, something that the engineers of that day sought to avoid at all costs. And yet, an incline was still necessary at that location, because streetcar traffic from Huntington Avenue would still be surface-running, and needed to enter the subway there. The solution was to widen Boylston street at that point, seal off the original Public Garden incline, and build a new incline in the middle of Boylston Street, between the inbound and outbound tracks. Enough of the original incline was left underground to act as a siding for car storage.
boston  transit 
8 days ago by toddmundt
California falling short on climate change goals because driving is increasing, report finds - Los Angeles Times
The state’s inability to curb the amount of driving puts it at risk of failing to meet overall climate change goals. The state hit its 2020 goal for reducing emissions below 1990 levels four years in advance largely because of major improvements to the electricity grid. But climate regulators warned that the state’s goal to cut emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 won’t be met without a major turnaround in the transportation sector.

Dramatically increasing the amount of electric vehicles on the road will not solve the problem, the report said. Even if new car sales of zero-emission vehicles increase nearly tenfold from today, the state would still need to reduce vehicle miles traveled per capita by 25% to meet the 2030 goal.

“California will not achieve the necessary greenhouse gas emissions reductions to meet mandates for 2030 and beyond without significant changes to how communities and transportation systems are planned, funded and built,” the report said.
climatechange  transport  transit 
10 days ago by mike

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