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Drones could inspect bridges in Florida, saving divers from snakes and currents

By Mary Ebeling Florida DOT is working with a team at Florida Atlantic University College of Engineering and Computer Science to develop autonomous, waterborne drone vehicles to aid in bridge inspections. The National Bridge Inspection Standards requires publicly-owned bridges greater than 20

Urban truck traffic growing far faster than urban population growth

By Bill Holloway Urban truck traffic has boomed alongside the rise in e-commerce. As shown in a recent Brookings Institution blog post, while both urban truck and passenger VMT have been growing faster than urban populations since the 1960s, urban truck traffic diverged from urban car travel in

Transit: If you build it wrong, they might not come

By Robbie Webber Both the San Diego Mid-City BRT line and the DC-area Silver Line Metro are struggling with lower than expected ridership. Recent news coverage points out that both lines may suffer from poor implementation. The disappointing usage may hold lessons for other cities considering

Young adults want walkable, transit-accessible neighborhoods, say Realtors

By Chris McCahill The National Association of Realtors, in collaboration with researchers from Portland State University, just released the results of their 2015 Community Preference Survey. The survey reinforces other reports that younger generations are driving less and prefer communities with

NJDOT uses flexibility, community engagement to build context-sensitive interchange

By Bill Holloway When $17 million in funding was set aside for a new interchange on NJ Route 42 in suburban Camden County in 2005, NJDOT’s design concepts involved traditional clover leaf and diamond designs to improve automobile level of service and mobility. However, after engaging the

Expanding alternatives: Interregional express bus service hits the road in Colorado

By Mary Ebeling Bustang, Colorado DOT’s new interregional express bus service is part of the agency’s continuing effort to manage congestion on the I-25 and I-70 corridors. It is also part of the agency’s response to the growing public demand for transportation options for these congested

Politico examines Wisconsin’s “Love Affair with Overpasses”

By Eric Sundquist The transportation record of a prominent presidential candidate is the jumping off point for a lengthy, critical report on American transportation policy in Politico last week. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently proposed to dramatically increase borrowing in order to support

Internet-connected vehicles may put hackers in the driver’s seat

By Robbie Webber A pair of researchers remotely attacked a Jeep Cherokee and disabled the accelerator on the Interstate outside St. Louis to demonstrate that increasingly-wired cars need better security. Although they are sharing their software hack with Chrysler so the company can patch the

Study confirms that 10-foot lanes make safer intersections

By Chris McCahill Side impact- and turn-related crash rates are lowest at intersections where average lane widths are between 10 and 10.5 feet, according to a study presented at the Canadian Institute of Transportation’s annual meeting last month. This challenges the long-held, but often

Trombino: “System is going to shrink”

By Eric Sundquist Iowa DOT Secretary Paul Trombino created a minor wave in the blogosphere last week when he told an Urban Land Institute audience that the state’s highway and rail system was too big to maintain and would need to shrink. An excerpt of Trombino’s speech, as reported by Charles