Highway capacity won’t relieve congestion or lower emissions, studies conclude

By Eric Sunquist A commonly cited strategy to achieve lower emissions and energy use is highway capacity expansion intended to reduce delay. Such a strategy, which has justified many a CMAQ project, is straightforward and appealing to motorists who dislike traffic. But, as a new brief from

USDOT releases health and transportation tool

By Robbie Webber How does the transportation system affect the health of your community? The health impacts of transportation decisions are more than crash rates and air quality, as shown by the Transportation and Health Tool from USDOT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The

Intersections of equity in transportation

By Mary Ebeling Concern over equity in our transportation system is not new, but in 2012 the issuance of new guidance from the Federal Transit Administration increased attention to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This attention has sparked the USDOT, State DOTs, regional

Hands-free operation no cure for driver distraction

By Bill Holloway In a report released last month by the non-profit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, researchers at the University of Utah found that using even the least distracting voice-activated in-vehicle information systems (IVIS) generates a greater cognitive distraction than a typical

Can Florida design its way to safety? SSTI meeting highlight

By Chris McCahill Early this month, SSTI kicked off its Community of Practice meeting in Detroit with a discussion about road safety issues following this year’s surprising spike in traffic deaths. The discussion ranged from issues of alcohol- and cell phone-related crashes to the Tennessee

Study finds dynamic ridesharing can boost TDM effectiveness

By Chris McCahill The market for dynamic, taxi-like services is rapidly changing. On-demand ridesharing platforms like Uber and Lyft are growing in popularity, and automakers are clamoring to launch autonomous cars that could someday serve as self-driving taxis. That leaves many transportation

WHO: U.S. among countries needing tougher laws to improve road safety

By Dan Handel The U.S. is among the countries that need tougher traffic laws if we hope to reach the World Health Organization’s goal of halving the 1.25 million annual traffic deaths world-wide by 2020. The WHO argues that these deaths—49 percent of which occur among pedestrians, cyclists,

How a Chicago suburb became car-lite and lessons for other communities

By Robbie Webber In a provocatively titled article—The Suburb That Tried to Kill the Car—Politico digs into how the Chicago suburb of Evanston reinvented itself through transit-oriented development. With side trips to Curitiba, Brazil and Chicago, as well as examples from other U.S. cities,

Cincinnati and Kansas City streetcar systems near completion

By Bill Holloway Streetcar projects in both Cincinnati and Kansas City are nearing completion with service on both lines slated to begin next year. The final welds were completed on the Cincinnati streetcar track in mid-October and the first streetcar vehicle was delivered to the city’s

Frankenbike assessing the state of Seattle’s bike trails

By Bill Holloway While vans equipped with specialized measurement devices are used extensively by transportation agencies to assess roadway pavement conditions, the condition of bike trails has not generally received the same level of attention. However, Alta Planning + Design is now using a