Boston: I can’t help but think the “community members” who forced Massachusetts to pass on $147 million in Federal funding for a BRT line into some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Boston were a tiny vocal percentage of the actual community. This smells a lot like New York councilwoman Leticia James and her ardent support of on-street parking in a district where 70% of her constituents use mass transit.
Toronto: It would be nice to see the NYPD start a dialogue with the cycling community in New York the way it’s happening up north. Instead, New York gets photo documentation of cars parked in bike lanes and radio silence from those who are supposed to enforce the law.
Northeast US: Intercity bus travel is getting a lot of attention lately with recent entrants BoltBus and Megabus. Time discusses the “hip” new options to travel in the Northeast, and the Boston Globe points out their strength in a down economy. I’ll be riding Megabus to Philadelphia tomorrow – at 30% less than the cost of NJ Transit/SEPTA, and 80% less than the cost of an Amtrak train.
National: I’m not going to link to any of the dozens of conservative news sites that showed up in my news aggregator this week claiming that the push to nationalize safety standards for rapid transit was another attempt at Obama socialism. But considering how many people seriously tried to make that claim, I wonder who they think runs and funds rapid transit systems now.