In testimony to a Congressional committee on Accelerating Project Delivery, FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez gave examples of tools that save time and money on highway projects. These range from pre-fabricated bridge elements to design-build contracts to using flexibilities allowed under existing law: “We have built Every Day Counts on two pillars. First, we have a toolkit that includes a number of specific strategies to shorten project delivery time. This toolkit includes initiatives for using existing flexibilities in the law and not duplicating efforts in the planning and environmental review process. We also recommend a number of innovative contracting practices.”
News from 2014
March 10th, 2014 California travel surveys show big shift away from driving
March 10th, 2014 Not being evil: Google pays for bus passes for low-income kids
March 10th, 2014 Can the United States achieve zero road fatalities?
March 10th, 2014 Pacific Northwest cities consider air gondolas as public transport
March 10th, 2014 Safety concerns spur calls for improved oversight of rail shipments
February 24th, 2014 FHWA report details impact of occupancy exemptions on managed lanes
February 24th, 2014 Booming intercity bus industry brings benefits and regulatory questions
February 24th, 2014 ‘Vital streets’ funding plan gains support in Grand Rapids
February 24th, 2014 California launches major transportation-reform effort
February 24th, 2014 Do Safe Routes to School programs decrease injuries in school-aged pedestrians?
February 24th, 2014 The commute trade-off: Impacts on productivity and health
February 24th, 2014 Per capita VMT drops for ninth straight year; DOTs taking notice
February 10th, 2014 Canada to purchase land for new Detroit bridge before U.S. funding set
February 10th, 2014 Pacific Coast Sun Trail may lessen California EV range anxiety
February 10th, 2014 Get on the Bus! Balancing fixed-route and paratransit services
February 10th, 2014 In commuting world, traditional gender roles detrimental to women’s health
January 27th, 2014 Bixi bankruptcy a blow to bike sharing, but cities vow no disruption
January 27th, 2014 Transportation impacts of energy boom not limited to road maintenance
January 27th, 2014 Preparing for climate change in Massachusetts
January 27th, 2014 Right-size parking calculator showcased at TRB annual meeting
January 13th, 2014 Notice any suspicious people while you were driving today?
January 13th, 2014 Four minutes less walking to DC Metro worth 30 percent more rent
January 13th, 2014 Connecticut DOT earns national recognition for roundabout conversion
January 13th, 2014 SSTI and SGA update “The Innovative DOT”
January 13th, 2014 Milwaukee’s transit-jobs mismatch
January 13th, 2014 Redefining mobility in the Motor City—the fate of I-375
January 6th, 2014 INVEST workshops to be offered at TRB 2014
News from 2013
December 16th, 2013 CDOT study tests methodology for systematic bicycle traffic measurement
December 16th, 2013 River states explore shifting more oversized and overweight shipments via water
December 16th, 2013 Ann Arbor could become testing ground for network of driverless cars
December 16th, 2013 What do video games and transportation planning have in common?
December 16th, 2013 WSDOT accountability report replaces congestion with corridor capacity
December 2nd, 2013 MBTA uses ABC technique to replace bridge
December 2nd, 2013 States push for tolls to fund transportation; public opinion mixed
December 2nd, 2013 NCDOT rethinks project selection
December 2nd, 2013 Federal agencies unveil online housing and transportation pricing tool
December 2nd, 2013 Shifting the transit-funding paradigm: Transit finance grows up
November 11th, 2013 Increasing “reverse commuting” inspires innovative transit programs
November 11th, 2013 TOD and equity: Supporting core ridership “drives” success
November 11th, 2013 VA Supreme Court: Tunnel tolls are user fees, not taxes
November 11th, 2013 Tennessee DOT to cover 95 percent of costs for local multimodal access projects
November 11th, 2013 FRA safety standards could lead to sleeker trains on U.S. passenger railroads
November 11th, 2013 House T&I Committee issues freight report
October 27th, 2013 Cellphone data is helping to improve travel demand modeling
October 27th, 2013 The value of walkability
October 27th, 2013 With trend towards road tolling, demand forecasting critical
October 27th, 2013 Oregon DOT promotes Drive Less Challenge
October 27th, 2013 Private transit funding, public good?
October 27th, 2013 CalTrans offers grant to study freeway conversion in Long Beach
October 26th, 2013 Update: St. Louis area variable speed limits come down
October 14th, 2013 Motor vehicle pollution a major contributor to American deaths
October 14th, 2013 Signs alert drivers: Slow down; there’s congestion ahead
October 14th, 2013 MassDOT implements policies to increase walk, bike, and transit travel
October 14th, 2013 Walkable neighborhoods surge ahead
October 14th, 2013 Mode choice? There’s an app for that
September 30th, 2013 Reducing air pollution by targeting the most egregious emitters
September 30th, 2013 New York City reducing number of garbage trucks on its streets
September 30th, 2013 Can BRT drive TOD? Yes, with the right government support
September 30th, 2013 Factors affecting the decline in VMT: A new SSTI report
September 30th, 2013 California first state to regulate ridesharing
September 16th, 2013 California moves to reform traffic mitigation process
September 16th, 2013 FTA pushes to link transit and affordable housing
September 16th, 2013 A new future for downtown Rochester: Removing the Inner Loop highway
September 16th, 2013 Can parking lot capacity limit transit station capacity?
September 16th, 2013 HOT lane study points to importance of reliability over average delay
August 30th, 2013 American parking requirements: Massive (mostly), arbitrary, and costly
August 20th, 2013 FHWA to study safety and design of cycle tracks
August 20th, 2013 SSTI seeks input on bike-ped performance measures
August 5th, 2013 Unique storm surge bonds for MTA prove popular
August 5th, 2013 The winding road to self-driving cars
August 5th, 2013 Colorado fires will result in highway repairs and closures for years
July 15th, 2013 Two lawsuits seek to rein in transit data patent troll
July 15th, 2013 Automakers designing for pedestrian safety
July 15th, 2013 Are you being served? Reserving your space on the roadway
July 15th, 2013 New Yorkers find new uses for bike share docking stations
July 1st, 2013 Cell phone distraction: It’s not just for drivers anymore
July 1st, 2013 Rethinking the parking needs of people with disabilities
July 1st, 2013 Colorado’s U.S. 36 project breaks new ground
July 1st, 2013 Lower VMT of TOD the result of density more than rail
June 17th, 2013 At a crossroads: Complete streets and functional classification
June 17th, 2013 New transportation app to replace personal cars in Las Vegas
June 17th, 2013 Got the flu? Maybe you need to ride public transit more
June 17th, 2013 State DOT funding increases for public transportation
June 3rd, 2013 Judge cites lack of transit in ruling on freeway project
June 3rd, 2013 A viaduct or a wall: I-81 in Syracuse
May 20th, 2013 Report: Lower VMT trend is here to stay
May 20th, 2013 Tulsa turns the corner on surface parking
May 6th, 2013 Study highlights importance of travel time as a metric
May 6th, 2013 Trucking’s shift towards LNG picking up steam
May 6th, 2013 Improved walking environments can benefit mental health
April 22nd, 2013 New accessibility tools available from Walk Score
April 22nd, 2013 2013 on track to be the year of the bike share
April 8th, 2013 Public supports system preservation, why not politicians?
March 25th, 2013 Poverty in the suburbs exacerbated by auto-dependency
March 25th, 2013 SEPTA leads the way in fare collection technology
March 25th, 2013 NYPD language change signals increased emphasis on traffic safety
March 25th, 2013 Rural routes more dangerous than those in urban areas
March 11th, 2013 Tennessee DOT Commissioner halts I-69 project
March 11th, 2013 ASCE report card coming this month
March 11th, 2013 Bill would rein in patent trolling of transit systems
March 11th, 2013 Call for U.S. DOT to issue own standards causes a stir
March 11th, 2013 Red light cameras still popular with municipalities, but not drivers
March 11th, 2013 Senators call for action on freight rail rates and monopolies
March 11th, 2013 Devil’s Slide dangers soon to be bypassed by tunnels
February 25th, 2013 Per capita VMT ticks down for eighth straight year
February 25th, 2013 Planning for multi-generational communities
February 25th, 2013 The challenge of communicating bicycle comfort level on maps
February 25th, 2013 Disagreement over the environmental impacts of the Bayonne Bridge project
February 25th, 2013 Parking management – an unlikely economic development tool
February 25th, 2013 WSDOT weighs in on bill to make health a goal in transportation policy
February 11th, 2013 Does the travel-time index really reflect performance?
February 11th, 2013 Making room for the slugs
February 11th, 2013 Finding the middle – balancing public and private interests with P3s
February 11th, 2013 One-way or two-way streets more efficient? It depends on what you measure
February 11th, 2013 Connecting cars electronically may benefit BRT as well
February 11th, 2013 Washington business community ups support for operations, preservation
January 28th, 2013 An environmentalist’s call to curb the federal role in transportation
January 28th, 2013 Mexico City tackles congestion head-on
January 28th, 2013 Florida’s freight infrastructure investment named an innovation to watch
January 28th, 2013 App crash leaves Washington Metro riders in the lurch
January 11th, 2013 Silicon Valley shuttles change the face of public transit in San Francisco
January 11th, 2013 VMT fees, per-mile insurance make headway
January 11th, 2013 Pre-tax transit benefits return to parity with parking in 2013
News from 2012
December 11th, 2012 Business Insider, Nate Silver tackle VMT, and a request from SSTI
December 11th, 2012 Stockholm’s congestion charge still going strong
December 11th, 2012 Fuel saving technologies for truck fleets
November 13th, 2012 Cities feel left out of transportation discussion
November 13th, 2012 Michigan voters give green light to new bridge to Ontario
November 13th, 2012 Interactive map shows the cost of river lock failures
November 13th, 2012 Kansas City faces public backlash over traffic signal removal plans
October 30th, 2012 Solving the critter crossing problem
October 30th, 2012 Bike boxes and lanes may increase “right hook” crashes in some circumstances
October 30th, 2012 Buses, rail, and airlines compete for short-distance intercity travel
October 15th, 2012 MassDOT seeks to triple transit, bike and walk share
October 15th, 2012 Fighting transit fear with transit facts
October 15th, 2012 Carmaggedon leads to significantly better air quality
October 15th, 2012 Kansas City’s streetcar silver bullet?
October 1st, 2012 Have we hit Peak Car? What VMT data tell us
October 1st, 2012 Two new studies shed light on the link between transportation and health
October 1st, 2012 Wisconsin is most recent state to consider mileage-based user fee
September 21st, 2012 SSTI and SGA release “The Innovative DOT”
September 21st, 2012 New NACTO guide pushes U.S. innovation in bike facility design
September 21st, 2012 Budget woes force student transportation cuts
August 28th, 2012 Can we talk? How to communicate on transportation issues
August 6th, 2012 Highway congestion highest on Friday afternoon
August 6th, 2012 Productivity of trains as mobile offices a factor in mode selection
August 6th, 2012 “War on cars” (or bicycles) isn’t new
July 23rd, 2012 Reform STIP documents for greater transparency
July 23rd, 2012 The bus stigma: Why it exists, and should we care?
July 9th, 2012 SEPTA’s new program generates electricity and excitement
July 9th, 2012 “Dig once” advances via executive order
June 25th, 2012 Will drivers pay the price to use fastest road in the Americas?
June 25th, 2012 Strategies for using value capture to fund transit
June 11th, 2012 New Chicago plan aims for zero traffic deaths in ten years
June 11th, 2012 Investing in transit improves quality of life in rural areas
June 11th, 2012 First quarter of 2012 shows more people are switching to transit
May 25th, 2012 Crafting messages for funding system preservation
May 25th, 2012 Roads buckling under the weight of the shale gas industry
May 14th, 2012 Airports eyed as sites for alternative energy production
May 1st, 2012 The Onion features special transportation issue
April 16th, 2012 Michigan Odyssey reveals transit realities
April 16th, 2012 BRT workshop highlights best practices and marketing
April 2nd, 2012 Bike sharing: An on-demand mobility solution
April 2nd, 2012 New crosswalk technology improves pedestrian safety
April 2nd, 2012 Super commuters 2.0 — flying to work
April 2nd, 2012 Young people turning away from cars
March 16th, 2012 Transit ridership continues upward trend in 2011
March 16th, 2012 A transportation engineer rethinks congestion pricing
March 16th, 2012 Michigan DOT takes control of public-private bridge project
March 16th, 2012 More Americans commuting long distances to work
March 16th, 2012 Why “forgiving roadways” are not the solution in urban areas
March 5th, 2012 Google technology transforming transit use
March 5th, 2012 CNT unveils updated Housing + Transportation Affordability Index
March 5th, 2012 Off-street parking access linked to higher VMT
March 5th, 2012 Rhode Island DOT uses ITS to make commuting easier for drivers
February 20th, 2012 Motor vehicle travel demand continues long-term downward trend in 2011
February 20th, 2012 Public transportation’s hidden gender bias
February 20th, 2012 Oregon leads the way on use of solar installations for transportation facilities
February 17th, 2012 Congress is still wrestling with Positive Train Control requirements
February 6th, 2012 New performance dashboards released in Massachusetts and Michigan
February 6th, 2012 California’s New Emission Standards receive mixed reviews
February 6th, 2012 Report documents the continued rise of walking and biking
February 6th, 2012 Interactive Chart Tracks Obama’s Transportation Policy Changes in 2011
January 22nd, 2012 Gas consumption down to 2000 levels
January 22nd, 2012 A small city tries to fund sidewalk improvements
January 22nd, 2012 Golden, CO, stands firm against Denver’s Beltway expansion
January 22nd, 2012 The high speed rail quandry
January 22nd, 2012 Congress debates raising the 80,000 pound truck weight limit
January 8th, 2012 Take me out to the ballpark, but make me walk the last mile
January 8th, 2012 Bike sharing takes off in America
January 8th, 2012 Value capture fuels transit expansion in Charlotte area
January 8th, 2012 Transit funding shrinks despite increasing ridership
News from 2011
December 5th, 2011 Did previous TIGER grants allocate too much to bike-ped projects?
December 5th, 2011 New map shows each 2001-2009 traffic fatality with a dot
December 5th, 2011 Environmentalists challenge plans for expanded Miami port
December 5th, 2011 New TRB guidebook for sustainability measures released
November 18th, 2011 Capping urban highways can reconnect neighborhoods.
November 18th, 2011 Study: Grandma and Grandpa driving more safely
November 18th, 2011 High tech hitchhiking as an alternative to transit
November 18th, 2011 Pedestrians losing last refuge in the public right of way to bicycles
November 18th, 2011 CT paper cites PlanMaryland as good example
November 18th, 2011 Biking for short trips equals significant health benefits
October 24th, 2011 Rahm Emanuel orders Chicago employees to use public transit
October 24th, 2011 Britain to raise motorway speed limit to 80mph
October 24th, 2011 “30/10″ Plan: The right track for transportation
October 24th, 2011 Neither roads nor public transit will help?
October 24th, 2011 Golden ring or vicious circle?
October 10th, 2011 Can congestion create kilowatts? Good vibrations from California
October 10th, 2011 IBM Global Commuter Pain Survey: Congestion down, complaints up
October 10th, 2011 FHWA planning and environment linkages training webinar
October 10th, 2011 Reinventing the urban interstate
October 10th, 2011 Funding infrastructure repairs: Pennsylvania considers its options
October 10th, 2011 As gas tax yields less revenue, renewed focus is placed on a mileage tax
October 10th, 2011 Alaska “bridge to nowhere,” still on the table
September 26th, 2011 Where we are today: Five-year trend from 2005 to 2010 shows less commuting by car
September 26th, 2011 Virginia DOT begins public-private partnership to maintain state rest areas
September 26th, 2011 Reducing congestion – Some examples from FHWA of operational strategies
September 12th, 2011 Holland’s new ‘truck train’
September 12th, 2011 Court strikes down FMCSA’s E-log regulation
September 12th, 2011 Society pays more for trucking
September 12th, 2011 Performance measures for freight transportation
September 12th, 2011 From FHWA, a template
September 12th, 2011 From US EPA, other freight resources
September 12th, 2011 Testing now: Vehicles that communicate with each other to avoid crashes
August 22nd, 2011 No unanimity on Illinois Tollway proposal to increase tolls
August 22nd, 2011 And in Washington State: Anti-toll initiative heads to the ballot box
August 22nd, 2011 Indiana toll road trouble
August 22nd, 2011 San Diego to buy bankrupt toll road (Is it a good deal?)
August 22nd, 2011 Road pricing: public perceptions and program development
August 22nd, 2011 How do you get there from here?
August 22nd, 2011 Pennsylvania Transportation Funding Advisory Commission
August 8th, 2011 Failure to act will cost money, a lot of money
August 8th, 2011 The next roundabout?
August 8th, 2011 CAFE standard sound off
August 8th, 2011 Traffic volume trends: VMT down in 2011
July 25th, 2011 Pricing, our only feasible path to reduced congestion?
July 25th, 2011 San Francisco parking meters to adjust costs based on demand
July 25th, 2011 Achieving a state of good repair
July 25th, 2011 Maine approves law to reduce oil use
July 25th, 2011 Red light cameras dropped in L.A.
July 25th, 2011 Carpooling apps cut commuting costs
July 14th, 2011 Long commutes are worse than you thought
July 14th, 2011 Big fixes for our big transportation problems
July 14th, 2011 Complete streets in New York State
July 14th, 2011 GM CEO: “We ought to just slap a dollar tax on a gallon of gas.”
June 20th, 2011 A less mobile future for America’s baby boomers
June 20th, 2011 Tolling the interstates
June 20th, 2011 A bus by any other name
June 20th, 2011 Maximizing investments in work zone safety in Oregon
June 6th, 2011 Have TOD promoters been putting the cart before the horse?
June 6th, 2011 Big vision, big roads, what now?
June 6th, 2011 States’ work to make biking safer.
June 6th, 2011 VMT tax makes it to USA Today.
June 6th, 2011 Six ideas for fixing the nations infrastructure problems.
June 6th, 2011 More roads, more traffic, really dreary news.
June 6th, 2011 Car of the future.
May 23rd, 2011 More counting
May 23rd, 2011 California dreaming of better prognostications
May 23rd, 2011 NYC counts travel with greater detail.
May 23rd, 2011 Google lobbies Nevada to allow self-driving cars.
May 23rd, 2011 PAYD
May 2nd, 2011 The allure and price of “greenfield economics”
May 2nd, 2011 Survey: Americans support infrastructure investment
May 2nd, 2011 Glass roads?
May 2nd, 2011 What can bikes do during an emergency?
May 2nd, 2011 S.F. parking meters to alert drivers when spots are open
May 2nd, 2011 History of the parking meter
May 2nd, 2011 Avoiding traffic jams
May 2nd, 2011 Ready for $4 per gallon gas?
May 2nd, 2011 Do we need more highways?
April 12th, 2011 WSDOT quantifies the GHG reduction impact of sidewalk coverage.
April 12th, 2011 Finding a parking space, and more.
April 12th, 2011 Walk or drive and see how much it costs for gas.
March 23rd, 2011 VMT per capita declines in 2000s
March 23rd, 2011 The FREIGHT Act is back
March 23rd, 2011 GAO: Trucking the least efficient mode of freight shipping
March 23rd, 2011 Casual car sharing meets the app age
March 23rd, 2011 City of Chicago to save $400,000 by using Zipcars
March 23rd, 2011 Where are they going?
February 18th, 2011 A silver lining for austerity?
February 18th, 2011 Tools for accelerating project delivery
February 18th, 2011 Parking spaces add 10% to per-mile carbon emissions
February 18th, 2011 Green fees? Oregon, Washington mull electric vehicle fees
February 18th, 2011 Looking for a few good engineers
February 18th, 2011 What will this tell us about boomer drivers?
February 18th, 2011 California’s Green Trade Corridor project underway
February 11th, 2011 Shining a light: New York City’s new zoning handbook
February 11th, 2011 Dimming the lights without diminishing safety
February 11th, 2011 Public-private partnerships for transportation: A toolkit for legislators
February 11th, 2011 Older driver program five-year strategic plan
February 11th, 2011 CO2 emissions from transportation continue to rise
February 11th, 2011 What does it mean to be No. 1?
February 11th, 2011 What would be a good Super Bowl ad for the government?
February 11th, 2011 Streetcars dominate new batch of transit projects
January 28th, 2011 Pay by the Snowflake?
January 28th, 2011 New Report on Climate Change and Transportation
January 28th, 2011 511 Rules: Real-Time System Management Information Program Fact Sheet
January 28th, 2011 AASHTO Webinar on Prospects for Federal Legislation
January 28th, 2011 Gaming the System
January 28th, 2011 Falling VMT and Insurance Rates with PAYD?
January 28th, 2011 Falling Gas Demand
January 28th, 2011 More Ways to Pay Higher London Congestion Charging Fee
January 28th, 2011 Equitable VMT reduction is possible, WSDOT report finds
News from 2010
December 21st, 2010 Governor Abercrombie Approves Final Honolulu Rail Transit EIS
December 21st, 2010 The Invisible System
December 21st, 2010 Getting from Point A to Point B
December 21st, 2010 “Our apps are whiz kid certified.”
December 21st, 2010 GAO Reports on Transitioning to Performance-Based Planning.
December 6th, 2010 From the Community of Practice
December 6th, 2010 The Cost of Ending Rail Projects
December 6th, 2010 LEED certification for parking garage?
December 6th, 2010 Dear Cities: IBM Wants to Hang Out
December 6th, 2010 Examples of Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS)
December 6th, 2010 TOMORROW – ITS America on the New World of Performance Measures
December 6th, 2010 Kansas Increases Funding for Railroad Loan/Grant Program
November 22nd, 2010 Streamlining that we would like to see in person
November 22nd, 2010 From the Community of Practice
November 22nd, 2010 Sustainable Highways Self-Evaluation Tool
November 22nd, 2010 How Britain plans to cut spending while investing in infrastructure
November 22nd, 2010 Voters approve smart transportation referenda
November 22nd, 2010 Every Day Counts