Tag: Transportation

A modest start for a bike share program in Savannah

An interesting development today. From Marcus Howard’s blog post Bike share program coming to Savannah at the Savannah Morning News: Chatham Area Transit is preparing to rollout a pilot bike share program to begin in conjunction with the completion of…

A generation from now, will enough buyers want homes in America’s suburbs?

Americans are driving less — a trend that started in 2005, before the recession. We’re increasingly seeing young American adults opt for living in places that provide a variety of transportation options, especially cities with significant infrastructure for bicycling and walking.

So what happens over the next decade or two, as aging suburbanites need to sell their homes? Will younger middle-class and upper middle-class Americans buy those homes in the numbers that will be necessary?

Dreaming of a streetcar network in Savannah

I was thrilled to see today that Chatham Area Transit has applied for a federal grant to expand the area currently covered by the streetcar on River Street. And I was thrilled to find out that there is considerable enthusiasm…

When it comes to biking and walking, Savannah is a tale of two cities

Thanks to Savannah Morning News reporter Eric Curl for his recent blog post Biking, walking website flunks Savannah. From that post: The average bike score given by the Walkscore.com was 48 out of 100, putting Savannah at 77 out of…

Bicycling downtown — is it worth it?

I got some interesting feedback to my Tuesday City Talk column: Bicycling in downtown Savannah: Is it worth it? I tried there to be honest about the costs and some of the hassles — including three times I was a…

Thinking about DeRenne Avenue — and east, west, north, and south

When I moved here in 1995, it was common to hear paranoid talk about Savannah’s artificial boundaries: a schoolgirl telling me that her parents told her she could never visit friends who lived on “numbered streets”; a friend telling me that Price Street is “the DMZ”; and, over and over, early readers of my columns telling me that they never go downtown because of crime. Back then, even some downtown people were really serious about not going south of Gaston Street.

Why are Americans driving less?

I’ve been following this trend for a while now. We are seeing a decline in driving in America that is unprecedented since the advent of the automobile. In the graph below, from Calculated Risk, you can see that we’re now…

T-SPLOST and the nonexistent Plan B for transportation in Georgia

I really don’t see how we get through this political dysfunction until a much larger percentage of voters understands that there simply isn’t money to address the very real transportation needs that we face.

AJC: “Atlanta streetcar project faces scrutiny,” but clearly moving ahead

From the AJC’s Atlanta streetcar project faces scrutiny: The project is already several months behind schedule and millions of dollars over the original budget. To avoid further delays, the three collaborators on the project — MARTA, the city of Atlanta…

What should Savannah name our bridge across the river?

Without belaboring it, I fully concur with those who want to rename the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge. I have little to add to these paragraphs from a guest editorial by the Georgia Historical Society’s Stan Deaton in the Savannah Morning…

National spotlight for Atlanta’s proposed BeltLine, which is converting old rail lines to multi-use paths

The BeltLine is an ambitious rails-to-trails project that would link 45 Atlanta neighborhoods.

With economic recovery underway, why are Americans still driving less?

From the AJC’s Economy better, but we still drive less by Ariel Hart: A national report released last week adds to a growing body of evidence of something nearly inconceivable to car-bound Atlantans. Not only has driving failed to increase…

Possible rail line from Savannah to Atlanta might get a tiny nudge forward

When talking about HSR, we’re usually focusing on moving people, not cargo. While there are express deliveries that might take advantage of HSR, most cargo can move on the slower lines just fine. HSR is largely about connecting people, ideas, and human capital, while minimizing time wasted on highway travel.

A Savannah intersection voted third worst in the nation

I drive through the intersection of Abercorn and White Bluff all the time, and it’s not the city’s worst by any stretch — as long as you’re in a car. I pretty much never see cyclists or pedestrians at that intersection, and for good reason.