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Beyond mobility—prioritizing accessibility in urban transportation

By Mary Ebeling The San Francisco Transit Accessibility Map is a new online tool showing how much of the city is accessible by transit or walking within a selected travel time. Designed for the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority primarily for agency use, the mapping tool is getting a

UC/UCLA report: Changes needed to align transportation spending and policy goals

By Robbie Webber A new report outlines steps that federal, state, and local decision makers can take to bring California’s transportation spending in line with its environmental and energy goals. The paper, from UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and

Urban highway fight gets political in Dallas

By Eric Sundquist I-345 is an aging, 1.4-mile-long elevated highway that separates downtown Dallas from Deep Ellum, a popular arts and entertainment district. It has also become a target for urbanists looking to remove downtown freeways. This month a group of civic leaders announced the formation

New research highlights the benefits of two-way communication for transit agencies

By Bill Holloway Transit agencies use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate with stakeholders, but they may be missing out on some of the biggest potential advantages of these platforms by using them primarily for one-way communications—service announcements, press releases,

State DOTs recognize benefits of supporting local land use planning

By Chris McCahill As part of a new grant program, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) recently funded three local projects aimed at better coordinating transportation and land use decisions. VTrans has partnered with the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to award

There’s more to roadway emissions than what comes out of the tailpipe

By Bill Holloway While the push to reduce vehicle emissions has focused on cleaner fuels, more efficient engines, and other technologies that can reduce or eliminate tailpipe emissions, non-tailpipe emissions have remained largely under the radar. Non-tailpipe emissions include dust generated

San Francisco Bay Area MPO launches interactive performance measure portal

By Eric Sundquist The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which has drawn attention for its rigorous performance measure-driven transportation plan (SSTI webinar here), is expanding its use of performance measures with a publicly accessible portal called Vital Signs. Launched on January 28,

USDOT urges nation to think beyond traffic

By Chris McCahill Last week, the USDOT announced Beyond Traffic—a framework for thinking about the nation’s transportation needs over the next 30 years. “As population concentrates around metropolitan areas around the country,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during an

CMAP’s new tool elevates the urgency for innovative transportation solutions

By Chris Spahr While the state of transportation funding remains uncertain both at the national and state levels, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is taking an innovative approach to bring public awareness to the degrading transportation infrastructure within the seven-county Chicago

The Syracuse I-81 Viaduct—an update and progress report

By Mary Ebeling The New York State DOT, the City of Syracuse, and the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council have been working collaboratively for several years to develop alternatives for the replacement of the I-81 viaduct that winds its way through downtown Syracuse. The construction of