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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

Innovative infrastructure and bikes on trains encourage commuting

By Robbie Webber Cities and states are trying to make biking easier, safer, and more predictable. Across the country, improved connections with transit or installing cutting-edge, on-street bicycle facilities are encouraging more people to embark on non-auto commutes. Three examples illustrate

Bike share offers lessons in providing equitable transportation options

By Chris McCahill Bikes shares, which now offer expanded transportation options in cities around the nation, have also tested those cities’ abilities to serve their communities equitably. The placement and pricing of these systems are often barriers for low-income communities. Philadelphia’s

Nevada green-lights autonomous trucks

by Bill Holloway Truck platooning, connecting a chain of computer-controlled trucks electronically to follow a human-driven lead vehicle, is still at least 5 years away from being used commercially, but the next step in freight transport automation is already coming over the horizon. Earlier this

Major cost overruns common among megaprojects

By Chris McCahill Megaprojects, which have been in the news lately—see Bloomberg and the New Yorker—due to issues with Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, frequently experience significant delays and cost overruns, according to researchers at Oxford University. But this

April webinar recap: Intercity buses and state DOTs

By Robbie Webber The April 24 SSTI webinar on intercity buses and the role of state DOTs yielded exciting ideas about how states can facilitate improved connections and service. We were joined in the webinar by MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle and MassDOT staff member Kyle Emge, who runs the

Federal funding fears lead PennDOT to reassert authority over Philly highway billboards

By Bill Holloway The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently announced it will reassume its authority to regulate billboards along National Highway System (NHS) routes in Philadelphia. PennDOT, which had allowed the City of Philadelphia to regulate billboards along NHS routes since

Caltrans’ strategic plan embraces multimodalism, sustainability

By Eric Sundquist The nation’s largest state DOT, Caltrans, signaled a strong move toward multimodalism, sustainability, and customer focus in a new strategic management plan released last week. The plan, which comprises a series of performance measures, represents a step away from traditional

WSDOT’s longstanding TDM program getting much deserved recognition

By Bill Holloway Since 1991, the Washington State DOT has been working with employers to reduce the number of people driving to work alone through the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program. A recent CityLab article, by Eric Jaffe, highlights the program’s impressive impact on driving habits and

Drivers more likely to ignore crosswalks at speeds above 30 mph

By Chris McCahill High-speed travel in urban areas poses many risks, including a narrower field of vision, longer stopping distances, and increased risk of injury during a collision. According to a new study published by the Transportation Research Board, however, drivers traveling at higher