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over 33 public transit projects in 2012
January 4, 2012, 5:11 am
Filed under: Cities, density, economy, Transit | Tags: , , ,

Here is a map showing the over 30 new municipal transit projects happening this year in the US and Canada.  These projects will make our cities more sustainable.  In the short term they will have an immediate and profound effect in reducing per capita energy consumption and pollution.  They will also have an immediate economic effect as municipalities can move more people with less money using public systems than they do with their gas and road expenditures.  The long term effects are also highly sustainable:  the intensification of buildings and activity around new stations will make socially and economically cohesive pedestrian based communities.  Win win.

Here are the details from the Transport Politic:

The uncertainty in Congress over the future of funding for the nation’s transportation programs has not yet hit local transit authorities, which will collectively spend billions of dollars this year on enhancements to their local public transportation networks. At least 33 metropolitan areas in the U.S. — and five in Canada — are planning to invest in new BRT, streetcar, light rail, metro rail, or commuter rail projects in 2012. Virtually every American project listed here is being at least partially funded through federal capital grants.

Opening and Construction Starts Planned for 2012, The Transport Politic

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