If developing countries can do it, why can’t we? When I served in a developing country in Africa and had no vehicle, I managed to quite efficiently and affordably get around major cities through a network of mini van transportation, which regularly served smaller communities for transport to larger hubs with bus lines. Some smaller cities were served this way by private contractors, who agreed to run any regular routes ...more »
I met a widow and mother who moved here to Huntsville, and who was trying to finish her degree at a local college. She was dependent on the bus system here to get back and forth to school. She can't afford to buy a car right now, and using taxis/Uber fares every day are a bit out of her budget. Huntsville is a city where you need to own a car to get around. It is fantastic that we have the Shuttle bus that allows our ...more »
I've been to several big picture events, and the popular item of discussion is the expanded roads plan, taking Huntsville thru the years of 2040. Although these are basically sound plans, they are almost exclusively increased car dominate solutions. In other cities, like seattle, their 2040 plan includes a reduction in automobile traffic. I can't help but wonder if Huntsville shouldn't be hedging their bets about ...more »
I've seen many new road projects in the works cited as congestion mitigation and efforts to preserve our short travel time. However, as good as this sounds new roads and expansion just attracts new car trips to add still more cars to the network. This article describes this concept of "induced demand" and how it is now a major item of consideration in the California DOT's decision making process:http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/11/californias-dot-admits-that-more-roads-mean-more-traffic/415245/?utm_source=nl__link6_111315 ...more »
Huntsville's transportation is abysmal. Point blank period. From the development of Memorial Parkway (which severely destroyed North Huntsville) to the shuttle bus I've literally seen maybe 40 times in 6 years of living here, the only serviceable way to travel is by car. Coming from the Atlanta area (Cobb County, Marietta) it is easy access to ride Cobb County Transit (CCT) to a MARTA station that will transfer me to ...more »
Huntsville has always been at the forefront of technology Solar roads, http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml are an incredible project that we can potentially implement in a small way and gradually work it up in scale across the city. Start off with parking lots as the experiment and maybe cover the Parkway as the solar roads can keep ice from forming. Check out the web site. it would be amazing to see and we would ...more »
It may have been taken out in the 50's when we fully shifted to solely automobile transportation, but a streetcar system could create a lively nodal network and create a sense of place.
Getting government out of the way: Andres Duany explains to CNU Atlanta a sensible strategy for urban development without "gold plated" infrastructure dictated by increasingly restrictive codes, green building standards and public process.
Hear his ideas on youtube
Implement a Rapid Bus Transit system similar to Cleveland's. Basically, add a ton of bus routes and buses to our current joke-of-a-bus system and give them dedicated lanes to encourage usage. Make the buses "green" by using propane or possibly electric buses.
This would be much cheaper and more flexible than rail.
A gondola system would provide much needed public transportation between major nodes of Huntsville. The implementation would be easier (and likely cheaper) than any type of train due to the reduced ground footprint. In addition, this could become an attraction of its own. There are a few examples of this type of public transportation. Green power could even be incorporated to run the stations.
The existing shuttle bus public transit routes are pretty good, but the system could use improvement. There is a bus route within walking distance from just about any point in the city. Each route goes by at least one grocery store and other shopping and business opportunities, so people of the city can meet their needs effectively. Here are my recommendations, in order of implementation. Each improvement should help ...more »
I'm all for bringing an Amtrak route to Huntsville, but it requires co-operation of other nearby communities, which may fall through. If we cannot get an Amtrak train route to go through Huntsville, a good alternative might be MegaBus. This bus service is gaining in popularity, and we already have a bus stop downtown. Megabus is more comfortable than Greyhound, has low cost rates similar to Amtrak and Greyhound, and ...more »