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Crash fatalities climbing faster than VMT

By Bill Holloway Recent data indicate that the total number of traffic deaths in the U.S. in 2016 will be significantly higher than in 2015. According to an analysis by the National Safety Council, the number of traffic deaths during the first five months of the year (15,430) was 9 percent higher

September webinar: A guide for complete transportation—Arizona DOT’s new design guide

By Mary Ebeling In February, Arizona DOT published its much-anticipated Complete Transportation Guidebook, which ADOT views as a conversation about integrating sustainable transportation practices into the planning, scoping, and design of the project development process. The guide seeks to

California’s new fee on hazardous railroad shipments being challenged by railroads

By Bill Holloway California’s new fee on rail deliveries of certain hazardous chemicals, including crude oil, is being challenged in federal court by BNSF and Union Pacific railroads. As noted in the LA Times, the new state regulation, set to take effect this year, requires railroad companies

Building the infrastructure for zero emissions and alternative fuel vehicles

By Mary Ebeling A variety of electric and alternative fuel vehicles are increasingly available to consumers, which should be good news for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, adoption of these new, cleaner technologies is hampered by inadequate infrastructure needed to support

Study: One-way car-sharing reduces VMT, GHG emissions, and vehicle ownership

By Robbie Webber A recent study done by researchers at University of California-Berkeley has answered several questions many have had since car-sharing began: Does car sharing increase or decrease driving? What is the effect on overall VMT, vehicle ownership, and GHG emissions among car-sharing

Fatal crashes spike after red light cameras are removed

By Chris McCahill Red light cameras save lives despite frequent controversy about the way programs are administered. Fourteen cities turned off their red light cameras from 2010 to 2014, resulting in a 30 percent increase in fatal crashes due to red light violations and a 16 percent increase in

Traffic deaths rose 8% in 2015, more than 10% among non-motorized road users

By Chris McCahill Traffic deaths rose to 35,200 in 2015, a 7.7 percent increase from the previous year, according to preliminary estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is the highest number of deaths since 2008, when there were 37,400. Cyclist deaths increased by

New research reinforces the importance of the built environment to cycling mode share

By Bill Holloway A recently published study sheds new light on the importance of the built environment in influencing bicycle commuting and the resulting impacts on greenhouse gas emissions. The researchers first gathered household travel survey data for the years 1998, 2003, and 2008 for

Support for transportation taxes and fees: Gauging public opinion

By Mary Ebeling The Mineta Transportation Institute has released its seventh annual survey report of public opinion on a variety of tax policies for funding transportation. The current survey presents ten tax options, worded in general terms and touching on different formulations of a vehicle

Texas DOT considers major highway removal in new plan for Dallas

By Chris McCahill Earlier this month, the Texas DOT released CityMAP, a document outlining how the agency might handle Dallas’ aging highways over the next 24 years. Most notably, it could lead to the removal of two major freeways from the downtown entirely. In one scenario, Interstate 30,