Lessons from South Florida’s Brightline Train

MiamiCentral Station

I recently took the new Brightline (now Virgin Trains) service between Miami and West Palm Beach. Touted as America’s first privately funded high-speed rail service, the first phase of service currently serves downtown Miami, downtown Ft. Lauderdale and downtown West Palm Beach. Expansion plans for […]

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Are Peak Hour Parking Restrictions Necessary?

Walk around the downtown of any major U.S. city and you’ll probably see signs indicating time-of-day restrictions for on street parking. Some streets have AM peak restrictions, while many have PM peak restrictions.  The rationale behind these policies is to better accommodate peak hour traffic […]

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Car Free in Miami

Car Free America has been on hiatus, but now it’s back. I relocated for work this past winter and I’m now car free in Miami. How does it compare to Dallas? Here’s my run down: Awesome things: I find myself using Miami’s metro for useful […]

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Interview with Streetfilm’s Clarence Eckerson

Streetfilm's Clarence Eckerson

Clarence Eckerson has spent more than a decade documenting complete street best practices all over the world with Streetfilms. Produced by OpenPlans, a 501c3 non-profit organization, Streetfilms produces educational videos about sustainable mobility and interviews the policy makers, planners, and engineers responsible for creating these […]

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On Why Dockless Bike Share Systems are the Future

Bike share station

Baltimore’s new bike share system was long awaited. Discussions between the city and various vendors had been ongoing for several years, and recently built  downtown cycle tracks indicated political will and ridership momentum for a successful roll out. While ridership had been solid since the […]

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