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Access for the unbanked—equity with electronic tolling and contactless transit payment

State DOTs are increasingly moving to all electronic tolling (AET) for roads and bridges. Transit agencies nationwide are also updating fare collection systems, and the trend is towards contactless, cashless fare payment. For both highways and transit these electronic payments often involve

Florida evaluating road design standards over safety concerns

By Chris McCahill During the past decade, cities across Florida have ranked among the most dangerous in the nation for pedestrians. Florida DOT hopes to change that. In 2011, Billy Hattaway rejoined the agency as a district secretary and head of its bicycle and pedestrian program after several

Commuter tax benefits: Who wins and loses?

By Bill Holloway A new report from TransitCenter shines a light on the federal Commuter Tax Benefits program and the impact the program has on mode choice. The federal program allows employees to avoid paying taxes on certain bicycle, car, and transit commuting benefits provided by their

Brookings report provides insight into the impacts of congestion on the freight industry

A new report from the Brookings Institution, and its associated interactive tool, study the flow of freight among U.S. metropolitan areas. Findings from the report, authored by Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane, show that the 100 largest metropolitan areas transport 80 percent of all of the country’s

Accessibility moves out of the lab and into practice

By Eric Sundquist Accessibility, long considered a more robust measure of transportation system success than simple mobility, is moving out of research and into practice, according to panelists on an SSTI webinar. Accessibility measures the ease by which travelers can reach desired destinations,

Vision Zero spreads across the U.S.

By Robbie Webber In 1997, Sweden undertook a road safety project with an ambitious goal: No traffic fatalities or serious injuries. A core principle of Vision Zero was that, “Life and health can never be exchanged for other benefits within the society.” This is in contrast to the cost-benefit

Roads designed for speed undermine safety initiatives

By Chris McCahill A version of this article originally appeared on the League of American Bicyclists’ blog. Despite gradual improvements, the U.S. is falling behind its peers in terms of traffic safety. Making matters worse, our nation’s most vulnerable road users—pedestrians and

Walkable communities could improve cognitive ability among older adults

By Chris Spahr Numerous studies have supported the linkages between transportation planning and public health.  A new study out of the University of Kansas specifically addresses the cognitive benefits of walkable neighborhoods to older adults. Amber Watts, an Assistant Professor of Clinical

Pasadena development review moves away from auto delay and toward auto miles traveled

By Eric Sundquist The Southern California city of Pasadena is revising transportation performance measures it uses in development review, downplaying highway level of service and emphasizing vehicle miles traveled and multimodalism. The city’s existing measures include intersection LOS for

Better infrastructure boosts cycling rates

By Bill Holloway New research affirms the link between bicycle-friendly infrastructure and biking rates among nearby residents. The researchers analyzed a decade of bicycle commuting data in Minneapolis to determine the impact of the Greenway—a 5.5-mile grade-separated cross-town bicycle and