Linklist: February 17, 2012

Bathroom tile tube map
Bathroom tile tube map

The federal case for a transit bank | Urban ethics and theory:

“Here’s how you set it up to stop driving the anti-federalist Republicans crazy:
a) Move the FTA over to housing and urban development. Where, you know, urban development is, and where you might be able assemble big joint development projects via b, next:
b) Reassemble it as an transit-focused TIFIA (revolving loan) type program or infrastructure banking program (remember how much Obama wanted one of those) that provides federal guarantees for bond issues on proposals from states and regions alike, paid off with some percentage of the state’s own-source federal gas tax revenues and/or any other state/local/regional revenues committed to the bonds.
c) Whatever percentage of federal funding had been going into the Highway Trust Fund via dedicated transit funds, move that back to the states–revenue neutral. The ones that want it for their own highway projects, fine. The ones that want to use that to commit to paying off guaranteed transit bonds via b can do that.
d) Require that joint development proposals have their local approvals done before one dollar of loan goes forward.”

Via The Overhead Wire: Transit Maps: The Tube in Tile in Your Bathroom

Autopia: Peer-to-Peer Pioneer Warns India About Road Infrastructure : “Limewire founder and bicycle advocate Mark Gorton is on a mission to curtail cars.
Gorton has been fighting tirelessly to make cities friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians. He makes no effort to hide his disdain for cars, and he has lobbied endlessly for more equitable transportation polices. Even Gorton isn’t so naive as to call for the eradication of the automobile, but he wants to see policies that aggressively discourage their use.
To that end, he founded OpenPlans, a nonprofit focused on promoting transparent government and civic engagement, and he’s tried to bring an open source approach to urban planning. He also launched Streetsblog. Now he’s taking his act out on the road, making the rounds of India to promote bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly policies in a nation that is developing rapidly.”