The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which would require online retailers to collect sales tax from all customers and remit the revenue to the appropriate state, has passed the Senate by a large margin and is now under consideration in the House. This bill, if passed, would increase funding for transit by a significant amount - $38 million for Seattle's King County Metro alone. Read on .
For some reason I am on a book reading binge this month. This time it is How to Live Well Without Owning a Car .
To Ride the Public's Buses - The Fight That Built a Movement chronicles a forgotten time in public transit - the time before the ADA Act of 1990 and activists engaged in civil disobedience to force often recalcitrant transit agencies to purchase accessible buses. Read on .
Moving Minds: Conservatives and Transportation is a must-read for anybody looking for ways to answer conservative critiques of public transportation. Read on for my full review .
Journalist James McCommons spent a year riding almost all of Amtrak's routes. The excellent book Waiting on a Train: The Embattled Future of Passenger Rail Service is the result. Check out my full review .
We round out the month with a review of Eric Bruun's excellent transit textbook Better Public Transit Systems .
Many freeways have rapid transit lines running in the median (or less common, the side) of them. Is a freeway a good or bad place to put rapid transit? Read on for more .
In the kind of research that Republicans hate because it tells us what we already "know", operation planners from the New York City Transit Authority recently conducted a study examining where their passengers like to sit while on the subway. It will not surprise anyone reading this that customers like window seats, hate middle seats, and congregate near the doorways. Some other results may surprise you, however. Read on for more .
How far will people walk to transit? The answer may surprise you .
Professor Robert Cervero was writing about the dangers of unchecked suburban office space expansion before anybody else knew there was a problem. Read my review of his seminal work Suburban Gridlock , now updated with a new introduction .