With major financial support in place, Detroit’s bike share program pedals into the fast lane

Philly Indego Bikeshare

Philadelphia’s IndeGo bike share program provides a model on which to base new start up programs in cities like Detroit. ( Tyree303/Wikimedia Commons)

Detroit will soon be joining the over 70 other U.S. cities with bike share programs. The 350-bike, 35-station system is on track to open in 2016, with recent monetary support from public and private sources.

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The long history of a tall sidewalk: How elevated skywalks have failed cities in the United States


The Minneapolis Skyway system near IDS in 1980 (City of Minneapolis Archives)

Skywalks, or elevated sidewalks, continually resurface as an urban solution to alleviate pedestrian traffic, provide additional retail space, and offer a safe alternative to sharing space with automobiles. However, each time a skywalk is actually realized, problems abound.

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New York opens the Randall’s Island Connector, linking the South Bronx to one of New York City’s best parks

East, News, Transportation, Urbanism
Monday, November 16, 2015
(Courtesy NYCEDC)

(Courtesy NYCEDC)

South Bronx cyclists, skateboarders, and pedestrians now have easy access to Randall’s Island, one of New York’s largest recreation areas. Initiated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) in 2013, the Randall’s Island Connector opened this Saturday, November 14.

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Japanese government to fund a maglev train line between DC and Baltimore

East, News, Transportation
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The JR Maglev train, used on the experimental Yamanashi railway that US state and federal officials rode in trip to Japan last spring (Courtesy t-mizo / Flickr)

The JR Maglev train, used on the experimental Yamanashi Maglev Test Track that US officials rode on trip to test the technology in Japan last spring (Courtesy t-mizo / Flickr)

You can do a lot in fifteen minutes: cook some surf-and-turf, blast through paperwork, star in a mediocre crime drama, or travel 40 miles between major East Coast cities. Well, not yet. Given the excruciatingly slow pace of infrastructure modernization in the U.S., there will be a wait on that last one, probably for decades.

Yet, the U.S. is taking small steps towards twenty-first century transportation. Last week, the U.S. Transportation Department granted $27.8 million in Federal Railroad Administration funds to the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Economic Development Corporation to conduct feasibility studies for a maglev train line that will run between DC and BaltimoreRead More

Tonight! Join AN’s Matt Shaw in exploring energy, politics, and architecture in New York

W57 by BIG, part of the "Lifestyle" section of the book. Drawing by Janette Kim and Erik Carver (Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press)

W57 by BIG, part of the “Lifestyle” section of the book. Drawing by Janette Kim and Erik Carver (Courtesy Princeton Architectural Press)

Tonight, Monday, November 9, at New York’s AIANY/Center for Architecture, AN Senior Editor Matt Shaw will be moderating a book talk between Janette Kim and Erik Carver, the authors of The Underdome Guide to Energy Reform, a new book released by Princeton Architectural Press. Stop by at 6:00p.m. tonight for light refreshments and beautiful drawings alongside a discussion about the future of ecologically minded architecture and urbanism.

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Cone PWN: Video captures Brits dressed as traffic cones blocking streets in southwest London

(Courtesy Chris Anson via the Evening Standard)

Cause of commotion. (Courtesy Chris Anson via the Evening Standard)

In the southwest London borough of Kingston upon Thames, police officers were left giggling at the sight of walking traffic cones early last Sunday morning. The police file even read: “Males dressed as traffic cones, blocking the street like traffic cones.” However, the Evening Standard has revealed that the act isn’t just a drunken parade, rather a protest against Über car service.

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Tunnel trouble under the Hudson River is an immanent threat to the New York region’s transit system

City Terrain, East, Transportation
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
The NY-NJ region would see more traffic if a Hudson River rail tunnel closed for repairs (Sumith R / Flickr)

The NY-NJ region would see more traffic if a Hudson River rail tunnel closed for repairs (Sumith R / Flickr)

Two rail tunnels connecting New Jersey to New York are the main arteries of the regional transit system. Riders usually don’t need to focus on the infrastructure that carries them to their destinations—unless something goes wrong. Each day, 500,000 commuters use mass transit—Amtrak, PATH, and NJ Transit—to travel from New Jersey to New York and back.

After more than one hundred years in service, the rail tunnels are rapidly deteriorating. “Tunnel Trouble,” a new video released by the Regional Plan Association (RPA), warns of the dire consequences for transit on the Eastern seaboard if one of the tunnels were shut down for extensive repairs.

Watch the video here.

Removal of Vancouver’s Viaducts: Making room for housing, culture, and parks

Vancouver without the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. (Courtesy City of Vancouver)

Vancouver without the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. (Courtesy City of Vancouver)

On October 27th, the Vancouver City Council voted 5–4 to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts, making space for housing, culture, and parks.

The viaducts were part of a proposed freeway system through East Vancouver in 1971, until residents protested, and the project was abandoned. In June 2013, the city council made a unanimous vote to study the potential impact of removing the viaducts that connect the downtown to neighborhoods on the city’s East side.

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Richard Rogers beats Norman Foster and UNStudio for Taoyuan International Airport terminal commission

The winning design by Richard Rogers

The winning design by Richard Rogers. (Michael Speaks)

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have fought off fellow British architecture practice Foster + Partners and Amsterdam-based UNStudio to design the Terminal 3 building at Taoyuan International, Taiwan’s largest airport. The firm won by a unanimous decision, AN has learned. In 2014, the airport was the world’s 11th busiest passenger airport.

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Oslo plans to make its city center free from cars in four years

Köpcentret Oslo City (Jenny Andersson, News Øresund / Flickr)

Köpcentret Oslo City (Jenny Andersson, News Øresund / Flickr)

Norway currently boasts three World Rally Championship drivers (second only to France), all of considerable pedigree, yet its capital city of Oslo is planning to remove cars for good. Along with the proposal to ban cars is the plan to build 37 miles worth of bike lanes by 2019 and a new system for handicap bus services and delivery vehicles.

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New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal is set for a $7 to $10 billion overhaul

City Terrain, East, News, Transportation
Monday, October 26, 2015
Port Authority Bus Terminal. (Flickr / Eric Allix Rogers)

Port Authority Bus Terminal (Flickr / Eric Allix Rogers)

Over the next 15 years, $7–10 billion dollars will be spent to overhaul one of the saddest, most depressing places on earth. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PANYNJ) voted this month to transform the 65 year old Port Authority Bus Terminal, on Eighth Avenue at 42nd Street, and build a new station on the next block.

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This tangle of highways in Providence, Rhode Island, could give way to a green boulevard

The 6/10 Connector today. (Courtesy Moving Together)

The 6/10 Connector today. (Courtesy Moving Together)

According to Moving Together Providence has the potential to be a “world model for urban design.” That is of course, if the city decides to go ahead with their ambitious proposal of tearing up the 6/10 connector which joins Routes 6 and 10 between Olneyville and the interchange with Interstate 95, replacing it with a bicycle- and bus-friendly green boulevard.

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