Corporate meddlers: The Koch brothers are trying to derail a Phoenix light rail project.

Unwise plot: California could end up shifting billions of dollars from high-speed rail to local rail projects in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

Fare-Free SLC: Salt Lake City could wind up making transit fare-free.

Locking out opportunity: Des Moines, Iowa is going out of its way to downzone areas of the city.

Pound foolish: Planned transit cuts in the middle of Pennsylvania appear to already be pushing business to find ways to get their employees to work.

Walk up, please: Minneapolis has followed Portland’s lead in banning drive-through windows at businesses.

Fail venture: Uber has managed to post another massive multi-billion-dollar quarterly loss.

Filling the gap: Virgin Trains USA (Brightline) is seeking $800 million in bonds to bankroll higher-speed rail between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Seattle Walk Report: A comic illustrator shows that the best way to fall back in love in Seattle is to explore it by walking.

A delicate dance: BikePortland highlights a good design for integration of bus and bike facilities at a transit stop.

Racial bias: Do police treat black and white suspects differently?

Trim their trips: Uber and Lyft are causing a lot of unnecessary traffic in cities.

New rolling stock: TransLink is putting out a bidding process for 205 new SkyTrain vehicles.

Inequality maintained: According to a recent study, the benefits of high-tech job growth do not provide spillover benefits to communities at large.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for promoting sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He advocates for smart policies, regulations, and implementation programs that enhance urban environments by committing to quality design, accommodating growth, providing a diversity of housing choices, and adequately providing public services. Stephen primarily writes about land use and transportation issues.


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