The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (SSTI & SGA, 2014)

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SSTI and Smart Growth America continue working with state departments of transportation and tracking innovative strategies for meeting 21st century transportation needs. The 2014 edition of The Innovative DOT builds upon its predecessor with updated content and fresh new ideas from a growing number of states. Read More >

Getting the Goods Without the Bads: Freight Transportation Demand Management Strategies to Reduce Urban Impacts (SSTI, 2013)

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This project, funded by SSTI with a matching grant from the Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE), identifies and evaluates strategies to reduce the social costs associated with goods movement in urban areas by managing freight transportation demand. Read More >

Reimagining a legacy transit system: Lessons from Wilmington, Delaware (SSTI and DelDOT, 2013)

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At the request of the Delaware Department of Transportation, SSTI provided an independent review of transit services and transit routes in Wilmington, Delaware and was asked to made recommendations for improvements. This study lays out recommendations for system operations and infrastructure improvements, and points out directions that can help position DART to function as an integral part of the city’s and region’s transportation system. Read More >


VMT Inflection Point: Factors Affecting 21st Century Travel (SSTI, 2013)

For many decades, transportation planning has assumed continued increases in automobile use. Now, in a major reversal, the average American is driving considerably less. No one can predict the future with certainty, but there are many reasons to think that VMT trends will not revert to the 20th century trend. This paper lists some of those reasons, with references to supporting literature. More Resources...


Some urban roads are prime for bike lane retrofits

Despite concerns that adding bike lanes will lead to congestion on urban streets, recent research in Brooklyn and Minneapolis shows that many streets have excess capacity and can easily accommodate bike lanes. Read More >

Massachusetts and California DOTs endorse NACTO streets guide

The move away from “stroads”—urban streets designed to rural road standards—received new support this month, as Massachusetts and California DOTs endorsed new design guidance that treats urban streets as livable places as well as multimodal transportation facilities. Read More >

Feds tell rail companies to fix rail delays for Upper Midwest farmers

The Surface Transportation Board ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by April 18 to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring. Farmers and grain shippers have complained all winter that they could not get rail cars to ship grain, and fertilizer deliveries are also behind schedule. Read More >

Portland considering new parking lot tax to spur development

Portland is considering a new tax on surface parking lots to spur development in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. These taxes, in effect in 49 cities in the U.S., are most commonly assessed as a percentage of daily or monthly parking fees but may also be levied as a flat tax per parking space. Read More >

Texas DOT will study feasibility of removing I-345 in Dallas

Although TxDOT had previously considered only rehabilitation or another high-capacity road for the I-345 corridor, earlier this month the agency agreed to work with the City of Dallas to conduct a fast-tracked feasibility study looking at the possibility of removal. This makes TxDOT one of a growing number of agencies considering the option of converting urban freeways into surface-level boulevards. Read More >

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