The Urbanophile has a must-read on how to fight a state Department of Transportation.
Also, on the Bus Rapid Transit front:
- Washington DC blogger Dan Reed rides, and envies, the Los Angeles Metro Rapid.
- The Transport Politic has an excellent post on fitting BRT into big, wide, one-way arterials, such as the Avenues of Manhattan.
Peter Christensen does a nice summary of the key barriers to transit productivity in North America. If you're a transit buff it's stuff you already know, but it's a good intro if you aren't. His most important sentence:
Basically, any city that’s building a light rail or subway line and not dramatically increasing the zoning around it is throwing money away.
True enough, though of course many anti-density suburban cities don't mind throwing money away, because their city councils care more about maintaining the low-density city than they do about money.