Yonah Freemark

In the Media

I’ve been quoted or mentioned in the press in the following articles. Archive pre-2018 is incomplete.

2019

  • “U.S. Public Transportation Sees Dip In Ridership,” by Steve Goldstein. KJZZ Phoenix. October 23, 2019. (Link)
  • “Nationwide transit ridership is plummeting: Can San Diego’s high-speed rail proposal buck the trend?” by Joshua Emerson Smith. San Diego Union-Tribune. October 20, 2019. (Link) Republished in Los Angeles Times. October 21, 2019. (Link)
  • “County leaders, advocates redouble support for South Side Metra pilot in face of Lightfoot’s opposition,” by Alex Nitkin. The Daily Line. September 26, 2019. (Link)
  • “France’s Transit Ridership Booms as the USA’s Busts,” by Casey Brazeal. Planetizen. September 15, 2019. (Link)
  • “Metro supporters have nine weeks to sell bond plan to voters,” by Dug Begley. The Houston Chronicle. September 3, 2019. (Link)
  • “Report Reveals That ‘Like Everything Else’ About GOP Tax Scam, Program Purported to Help the Poor Really ‘Just Another Handout to the Rich’,” by Jessica Corbett. Common Dreams. September 1, 2019. (Link)
  • “6 Transportation Goals Congress Should Be Thinking About,” by Daniel C. Vock. Governing. August 23, 2019. (Link)
  • “Welcome to housing Twitter, the shoutiest debate on the internet,” by Eillie Anzilotti. Fast Company. August 19, 2019. (Link)
  • “Finding Home: ‘Up-Zoning’ Can Have Mixed Results For Housing Costs,” by Lisa Worf. Charlotte WFAE 90.7. July 22, 2019. (Link)
  • “The LaGuardia AirTrain project is a truly stupendous waste,” by Connor Harris. New York Post. July 2, 2019. (Link)
  • “Rendezvous with Density,” by J. Brian Charles. Governing. July 2019. (Link)
  • “LaGuardia AirTrain project now estimated to cost $2B,” by David Meyer. New York Post. June 25, 2019. (Link)
  • “USA: Städte haben noch keine Pläne für die Einführung autonomer Fahrzeuge” (“US: Cities do not yet have plans for the introduction of autonomous vehicles”), by Florian Rötzer. Telopolis. June 11, 2019. (Link)
  • “From road repairs to transit expansions, $33 billion in capital bill will have ‘monumental’ impact,” by Mary Wisniewski. Chicago Tribune. June 7, 2019. (Link)
  • “What Happened When Larry Hogan Tried to Claim Wider Highways Would Help the Climate,” by Angie Schmitt. Streetsblog. June 6, 2019. (Link)
  • “What Does Autonomous Trucking Mean For The Industry And American Cities At Large?” by Lauren Gilger. KJZZ Phoenix Public Radio. June 3, 2019. (Link)
  • “Storstäderna oförberedda på de självkörande bilarna” (“Big cities are unprepared for the self-driving cars”), by John Edgren. NyTeknik. June 3, 2019. (Link)
  • “It’s Been a Rough Year for Mass Transit,” by Alan Ehrenhalt. Governing. June 1, 2019. (Link)
  • “How much will Minneapolis’ 2040 plan actually help with housing affordability in the city?” by Jessica Lee. MinnPost. May 31, 2019. (Link)
  • “Why Aren’t Cities Getting Ready for Autonomous Vehicles?,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab. May 30, 2019. (Link)
  • “How Housing Supply Became the Most Controversial Issue in Urbanism,” by Richard Florida. CityLab. May 23, 2019. (Link)
  • “Housing crisis has Seattle weighing end of single-family zoning,” by Ludwig Hurtado. NBC News. May 19, 2019. (Link)
  • “‘Disastrous’ State Capital Bill Would Allocate 7X as Much Money for Roads as Transit,” by John Greenfield. Streetsblog Chicago. May 17, 2019. (Link)
  • “Transportation is Politics: A Q&A with Yonah Freemark,” by Aaron Gordon. Signal Problems, April 21, 2019. (Link)
  • “SANDAG’s Techno-Futurist Transportation Vision May Run Into Reality Check,” by Andrew Keatts. Voice of San Diego, April 17, 2019. (Link)
  • “The Streets Were Never Free. Congestion Pricing Finally Makes That Plain,” by Emily Badger. The New York Times, April 4, 2019. (Link)
  • “Does ‘upzoning’— allowing taller, denser housing to be built — actually work?,” by Matt Levin. The Press Enterprise, March 27, 2019. (Link)
  • “Warning Bells,” by Mari Cohen. Chicago Reader, March 21, 2019. (Link)
  • “Why a Single Housing Study from Chicago Matters Right Now in SF,” by Alex Lash. The Frisc, March 16, 2019. (Link)
  • “Blanket Upzoning – A Blunt Instrument – Won’t Solve the Affordable Housing Crisis,” interview with Michael Storper. The Planning Report, March 15, 2019. (Link)
  • “What’s the Perfect Price for Public Transportation?,” by John Surico. CityLab, March 14, 2019. (Link)
  • “This Traffic-Ending Technology Would Have Worked, as Long as You Ignore the Reasons It Wouldn’t,” by Aaron Gordon. Jalopnik, March 12, 2019. (Link)
  • “Talking Headways Podcast: The Annual Yonah Freemark Prediction Show,” by Jeff Wood. Streetsblog, March 7, 2019. (Link)
  • “Studying transit oriented development,” by Michael Rudy. Multihousing Pro, March 6, 2019. (Link)
  • “How Arrivo Got Colorado to Back a Wild-Eyed Highway Scheme,” by Aaron Gordon. Wired, March 2, 2019. (Link)
  • “Cuomo and de Blasio’s Plan Doesn’t Fix the Biggest Subway Problem: Accountability,” by Josh Barro. New York, February 28, 2019. (Link)
  • “Maybe Upzoning Doesn’t (Always) Lead To Lower Home Prices,” by Pete Saunders. Forbes, February 22, 2019. (Link)
  • “Does “upzoning”—allowing taller, denser housing to be built—actually work?” podcast with Matt Levin and Liam Dillon. CALmatters, February 22, 2019. (Link). Also in “California housing crisis podcast: Will a boom in building make housing more affordable?” by Liam Dillon. Los Angeles Times. (Link)
  • “À Chicago, le plan d’urbanisme a fait augmenter les loyers,” by Henry Grabar. Slate France, February 22, 2019. (Link)
  • “No Backsliding: MHA Upzones Are a Crucial Step to Tackle the Housing Crisis,” by Doug Trumm and Ryan Packer. The Urbanist, February 21, 2019. (Link)
  • “Could this new bill help solve California’s housing crisis? New study suggests otherwise,” by Maddy Ashmun. The Sacramento Bee, February 20, 2019. (Link)
  • “Rezonings raise prices, housing study shows,” by Joe Anuta. Crain’s New York, February 19, 2019. (Link)
  • “Revised Residential Infill Project elicits hopes and fears,” by Chuck Slothower. DJCOregon, February 15, 2019. (Link)
  • “Where California High-Speed Rail Careened Off Track,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, February 13, 2019. (Link)
  • “LaGuardia AirTrain Panel Emphasizes Alternatives,” by Maya Kaufman. Patch, February 12, 2019. (Link)
  • “America’s trains are lame. The Green New Deal wants to fix that,” by Umair Irfan. Vox, February 8, 2019. (Link)
  • “Study: Up-zoning in Chicago sometimes does the opposite of what it intends,” by Evi Arthur. Chicago Agent Magazine, February 7, 2019. (Link)
  • “Episode 16: Mondays at the Overhead Wire,” with Jeff Wood, Chrissy Mancini Nichols, and Anna Muessig. Talking Headways: A Streetsblog Podcast, February 5, 2019. (Link)
  • “Uber, Lyft crushing bus and subway ridership in cities: Study,” by Dan Boylan. The Washington Times, February 5, 2019. (Link)
  • “Can Upzoning Increase Housing Supply and Affordability?” by Todd Litman. Planetizen, February 4, 2019. (Link)
  • “Upzoning might make neighborhoods less affordable in short term, study finds,” by Alex Nitkin. The Real Deal, February 4, 2019. (Link)
  • “Zoning Reform Alone Won’t Make Housing More Affordable,” by Noah Smith. Bloomberg Opinion, February 4, 2019. (Link)
  • “Chicago Tried to Make Neighborhoods Denser. Instead They Got More Expensive,” by Henry Grabar. Slate, February 1, 2019. (Link)
  • “New Study Complicates Zoning Reform.” Professional Builder, February 1, 2019. (Link)
  • “Does Upzoning Boost the Housing Supply and Lower Prices? Maybe Not,” by Richard Florida. CityLab, January 31, 2019. (Link)
  • “Another Study Blames Uber and Lyft for Public Transit’s Decline,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, January 24, 2019. (Link)
  • “The inequity of pay-by-distance transit in the Bay Area,” by Sam Raby. Curbed, January 9, 2019. (Link)

2018

  • “It’s time to fall in love with stuffy, crowded subways,” by Aaron Gordon. Medium: Transportation, December 19, 2018. (Link)
  • “Why Apple bet on Austin’s suburbs for its Next Big Expansion,” by Sarah Holder. CityLab, December 14, 2018. (Link)
  • “Talk aside, action on Gateway tunnel still stalled,” by Dan Zukowski. Trains, December 4, 2018. (Link)
  • “Advocates demand Amazon fund LIC’s transit improvements needed for HQ2,” by Vincent Barone. AM New York, November 13, 2018. (Link)
  • “How popular are Uber and Lyft in Seattle? Ridership numbers kept secret until recently give us a clue,” by David Gutman. The Seattle Times, November 5, 2018. (Link)
  • “Countdown clocks and the false prophet of innovation,” by Aaron Gordon. Signal Problems, October 19, 2018. (Link)
  • “Mayoral candidates urged to endorse Chicago Sustainable Transportation Platform,” by John Greenfield. Streetsblog Chicago, September 27, 2018. (Link)
  • “Transportation Troubles After Florence,” by Brianna Gurciullo. Politico, September 20, 2018. (Link)
  • “What Rahm got right about transportation, and what still needs to change,” by John Greenfield. Streetsblog Chicago, September 4, 2018. (Link)
  • “Elon Musk’s Most Exciting Company Is Boring,” by Carson Kessler. Fortune, July 22, 2018. (Link)
  • “KC streetcar extension brings strong case for federal funding,” by Jeff Boothe. Kansas City Business Journal, June 28, 2018. (Link)
  • “Plans for AirTrain to La Guardia Airport Move Ahead Amid Criticism,” by Emma G. Fitzsimmons. The New York Times, June 25, 2018. (Link)
  • “The Koch brothers hate public transit. But they can’t always stop projects in their tracks,” by Shannon Osaka. Grist, June 20, 2018. (Link
  • “The Boring Company’s Chicago project seems awfully cheap for something so big,” by Andrew J. Hawkins. The Verge, June 14, 2018. (Link)
  • “Instead of extending the Red Line, some see promise in the Metra Electric,” by LaRisa Lynch. The Chicago Reporter, June 11, 2018. (Link)
  • “New York City Will Cut Transit Fares for Low-Income Riders,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, June 8, 2018. (Link)
  • “More Routes = More Riders,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, June 4, 2018. (Link)
  • “Most people live in urban areas, but now all the transportation money is going rural,” by Lloyd Alter. Treehugger, March 29, 2018. (Link)
  • “Small Ontario town’s Uber partnership could signal shift for Canadian public transit,” by Ben Spurr. Toronto Star, April 15, 2018. (Link)
  • “Trump Shifts Focus of Transportation Grants From City to Country,” by Ted Mann. The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2018. (Link)
  • “Sound Transit seeks two light-rail stations in South Lake Union, only five blocks apart,” by Mike Lindblom. The Seattle Times, March 25, 2018. (Link)
  • “Transit Fares Surprisingly Well in House Spending Bill,” by Angie Schmitt. Streetsblog USA, March 22, 2018. (Link)
  • “The Real-Life Possibilities of Black Panther’s Wakanda, According to Urbanists and City Planners,” by Marc Malkin. Architectural Digest, February 28, 2018. (Link)
  • “China’s Subway Boom Slows Down,” by Linda Poon. CityLab, February 26, 2018. (Link)
  • “Uber wants to be public transportation, and I have some serious concerns,” by Andrew J. Hawkins. The Verge, February 15, 2018. (Link)
  • “Why Didn’t a Planned Safety System Stop Sunday’s Amtrak Crash?,” by David Z. Morris. Fortune, February 4, 2018. (Link)
  • “Transit expert: Nashville’s transit plan isn’t just about congestion, it’s about development,” by Meg Garner. Nashville Business Journal, January 26, 2018. (Link)
  • “Trump’s leaked infrastructure plan would deepen urban inequality in the US,” by Karen Hao. Quartz, January 24, 2018. (Link)
  • “Looking Back to Look Ahead for Public Transit,” by Betsy Phillips. The Nashville Scene, January 24, 2018. (Link)
  • “The long-promised Trump infrastructure plan may have just leaked,” by Jen Kirby. Vox, January 22, 2018. (Link)
  • “China’s Investment in Subways Puts the U.S. to Shame,” by Angie Schmitt. Streetsblog USA, January 18, 2018. (Link)

2017

  • “Companies offer private bus services to get young workers to commute from cities to the suburbs,” by Aaron Schachter. Marketplace, December 18, 2017. (Link)
  • “Elon Musk Sparks Heated Twitter Debate Over Boring Company’s Vision,” by Mike Brown. Inverse, December 15, 2017. (Link)
  • “Streetcar problems in Cincinnati provide lessons to be learned,” by Christopher Burbach. Omaha World-Herald, December 11, 2017. (Link)
  • “Can Elon Musk make subway tunnels cool again?,” by Matt McFarland. CNN, December 6, 2017. (Link)
  • “Demolition Day,” by Robert Scaramuccia. The Yale Herald, December 4, 2017. (Link)
  • “LaGuardia Airport AirTrain moves toward fruition, despite criticism,” by Vincent Barone. AM New York, November 16, 2017. (Link)
  • “Cities realize they must fix the sorry state of buses,” by Matt McFarland. CNN, October 27, 2017. (Link)
  • “Subway platform screen doors pilot slated for L train’s 3rd Avenue station,” by Vincent Barone. AM New York, October 24, 2017. (Link)
  • “Enough With the Streetcars Already,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, September 29, 2017. (Link)
  • “The real reason streetcars are making a comeback,” by Carlos Waters. Vox, August 9, 2017. (Link)
  • “Cities Say They Haven’t Approved Elon Musk’s East Coast Hyperloop,” by Aric Jenkins. Fortune, July 20, 2017. (Link)
  • “Elon Musk’s tunnel idea is sounding more like public transit every day,” by Alissa Walker. Curbed, July 3, 2017. (Link)
  • “Overcrowding Is Not the New York Subway’s Problem,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, June 28, 2017. (Link)
  • “Detroit’s new streetcar is OK, but it can’t save a city,” by Aarian Marshall. Wired, May 20, 2017. (Link)
  • “Proposed Trump budget makes billion-dollar cuts in city transportation, development funds,” by Patrick Sisson. Curbed, March 16, 2017. (Link)
  • “Anticipating a Big Year for Transit Expansion in 2017,” by Angie Schmitt. Streetsblog USA, January 12, 2017. (Link)

2016

  • “A One-Stop Data Shop For Transportation Wonks,” by Laura Bliss. CityLab, September 13, 2016. (Link)
  • “What’s Next for the New York Subway? Toronto Already Knows,” by Emma G. Fitzsimmons. The New York Times, August 22, 2016. (Link)
  • “Oh, Canada! Toronto beats Chicago on transit with more riders, funding,” by Mary Wisniewski. Chicago Tribune, June 19, 2016. (Link)
  • “Tunnels: the Plans, the Pitfalls, and the Promises,” by Lydia Brown and Heather Brandon. Connecticut Public Radio, March 18, 2016. (Link)
  • “Yonah Freemark explains how to build a streetcar,” by Lloyd Alter. Treehugger, February 12, 2016. (Link)

2015

  • “Why Isn’t The U.S. Adopting This Subway Car Design?.” Here and Now, October 14, 2015. (Link)

2014

  • “Is The Streetcar Craze A Waste of Public Dollars?.” Here and Now, December 3, 2014. (Link)

2013

  • “Can Mass Transit Solve City Sprawl?.” Science Friday, September 20, 2013. (Link)