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FDOT makes strides in Complete Streets implementation: Former Dist. 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway weighs in

By Rayla Bellis The Florida Department of Transportation has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. In late April, FDOT issued a draft of the new FDOT Design Manual, which integrates a context-sensitive Complete Streets approach and will replace the

Sacramento public housing residents just got free Zipcars

By Sam Sklar As of early May, some residents of public housing projects in Sacramento have access to an on-demand vehicle service using electric cars, reports the Sacramento Bee. Through a partnership with Boston-based Zipcar, eight electric vehicles—two at each of four public housing complexes

A near miss: How cities are misinterpreting the safety of streets for bicyclists and pedestrians

By Logan Dredske Crash data on reported collisions may not be telling the whole story about whether our streets are safe for bicyclists and pedestrians. A recent study by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston revealed that crash data for road users may be

New transit models: Laguna Beach and Uber partner for senior transportation services

By Mary Ebeling In Laguna Beach, CA, bus ridership has experienced a steady decline in recent years, motivating elected officials to reduce main-line fixed-route bus headways from 30-minutes to 1-hour and eliminate service in some locations altogether. Starting in mid-June, the city will partner

Big data shines light on bike and pedestrian trips

By Chris McCahill New applications in big data could soon let us understand precisely how people move around by bike and on foot, for all types of trips, almost anywhere in the country. SSTI has worked with several providers to better understand the available trip data and its useful

Cities testing out autonomous buses, but is it worth the risk?

By Sam Sklar Six weeks ago, Arlington, TX, approved a 6-month lease (with an option to renew for another 6 months) of two EZ10 driverless shuttles to fill a gap for more precise transportation needs for residents of and visitors to the city. According to the city’s staff report, the EZ10 is a

Utah adopts the lowest drunk driving limit in the country

By Rayla Bellis Utah recently approved the nation’s strictest drunk driving standards. Republican Governor Gary Herbert signed legislation on March 23 that will reduce the maximum blood alcohol limit for drivers to .05 percent from the current threshold of .08 percent. The new standard is

VMT growth continued, slowed in 2016

By Chris McCahill The total number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the U.S. grew by 2.8 percent to 3.2 trillion in 2016, according to monthly estimates from USDOT. This marks the third year of notable growth following nine years of historical lows, but still shows slower growth than in the

Avoiding a government shutdown, Congress agrees to fund popular transportation programs

By Beth Osborne On May 4, Congress passed a spending deal to fund the government through the end of the current fiscal year (FY2017) that ends on September 30, 2017.  In this agreement, Congress accommodated President Trump’s requests for more defense and security spending but maintained and

Death by a thousand trucks: Managing urban freight congestion

By Mary Ebeling As urban residents place orders for online goods with increasing frequency, the challenge of managing urban freight deliveries grows. City street networks—designed for transit, walking, and biking—are unable to handle this level of freight traffic. Cities, freight haulers, and