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Virginia adopts multimodal, competitive project scoring process

By Eric Sundquist Last year Virginia enacted legislation to select state-supported transportation projects through a multimodal, competitive process. State-of-good-repair projects, such as bridge and pavement rehabilitation, as well as highway safety projects, were exempt. But a wide range of

New study links low-cost and free recreation facilities near work sites with active commuting

By Bill Holloway A recently released study from researchers at Washington University in St. Louis has added further detail to our understanding of the link between commuting mode choice and workplace and environmental variables. The study relied on phone interviews with 1,338 commuters living in

Equitable access to opportunity: The growing distance between people and jobs

By Mary Ebeling Recent studies show that travel times and costs for all commuters are increasing, particularly in the past five years. A recent Citi Premier commuter index documents commuting costs an average of $2,600 per year, or around $12 a day. These costs are regressive in nature, creating

Walking and biking form ‘third pillar’ of transportation in Wasatch Front plan

By Chris McCahill In its newly released 25-year Regional Transportation Plan, Utah’s Wasatch Front Regional Council—which controls more than half of available statewide transportation funds—makes active transportation one of its three major transportation pillars, in addition to highways

Oregon user-fee launches July 1 with three program options

By Robbie Webber The first program to charge a per-mile fee to drivers will launch July 1 in Oregon. Although beginning with only 5,000 volunteers, the program will continue to expand as an alternative to reliance on the gas tax. Other states are considering similar programs as gas tax revenues

Geographic preference in FHWA and FTA contracting—balancing competition with local hiring preferences

By Mary Ebeling For 40 years state, local, and tribal governments that wished to use local hiring preferences for transportation projects have been prevented from doing so by federal restrictions barring this consideration. The restriction prevents governments from offering workforce development

Insurers taken to task for ignoring drivers’ mileage when setting rates

By Bill Holloway A recently released study from the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has found that insurers rarely give low-mileage drivers much of a break on their rates despite the fact that mileage driven is one of the best predictors of insurance claims, and most consumers feel that

Busway sparks new interest in transit in Connecticut

By Chris McCahill Connecticut’s new bus rapid transit system, CTfastrak, has been operating for two months and is already exceeding its projected ridership numbers. Despite being highly controversial, largely because of escalating costs, the system appears to be attracting new riders and

FHWA releases separated bike lane guide

By Robbie Webber Following in the footsteps of the NACTO Urban Bikeways Design Guide and an ongoing effort by AASHTO to develop standards for separate bike lanes, FHWA has also released a guide for designing and building these types of facilities. The guide includes elements that are not found in

Beyond silos—Funding a multimodal transportation system

By Mary Ebeling There is an increasing urgency to addressing the transportation funding crisis, not simply for highways but system-wide. As urban areas—where most of the country’s population lives—become increasingly multimodal, a shift in the funding paradigm is required for such a system