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Tag Archives: Walter E. Allen

The Unsung Entrepreneurs of Cuba

Despite a nominally socialist economy, private enterprise is alive and well in Cuba, but what does “Cuban entrepreneurialism” mean for the future of the country?  On a second visit to the island recently as part of a delegation with Congresswoman Barbara Lee, here is what I see as Cuba’s path ahead for transportation and infrastructure […]

Trams, Trains and Automobiles: Transportation in Today’s Cuba

  In November of last year I traveled to Cuba with a delegation led by Congresswoman Barbara Lee to explore business and transportation development opportunities on the island. It was my second trip to Cuba, but my first since President Barack Obama’s historic reopening of diplomatic relations, so it was an inspiring time to be […]

Art and Transit: An Odd Couple That Works

Public transit reflects the soul of any city.  A public transit system provides major visual continuity for its city; much like branches flowing from a tree – it symbolizes an intimate, tangible connection to its base. Can you imagine San Francisco without its cable cars or BART; Portland, OR without its streetcars; or London without […]

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announces end of term

For the past four years, he has been advocating for high speed rail service, and expanding the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program that helped fund state road and bridge projects. Based on his unwavering support and deep understanding of where this nation should be on HSR, infrastructure investment, job creation, and sustainable […]

Smart Cards: Savvy Move for Small Transit Agencies

The transportation landscape for small, mid-sized and rural transit agencies is changing. Many of them want to take advantage of smart-card solutions — better fare management, ridership data, tracking and reporting capabilities — but they don’t necessarily have the infrastructure in place and cannot afford much of the functionality in high-end solutions. I’ve considered this […]