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Motor vehicle dependence is making us sick: How transportation and urban planners are part of the solution

By Mary Ebeling A recent study published in the medical journal The Lancet focuses on prevention strategies for the global epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) stemming from an unsustainable reliance on a transportation system reliant on fossil fuels. Such diseases include such as traffic

U.S. scores poorly in relationship between transportation sustainability and human capital

By Robbie Webber A paper published by University of Connecticut Engineering and Geography faculty, titled Relationship between quality of life and transportation sustainability in the United States and selected European countries, offers a look at whether the burdens of transportation systems are

Right-of-way renewable energy resources available on SSTI website

By Bill Holloway At SSTI’s first Sustainability Directors’ Meeting in June 2015, a number of state departments of transportation were interested in siting renewable energy infrastructure (primarily solar arrays) in the highway right-of-way (ROW) but faced challenges in getting started. Two

Searching for policy responses to the promise and threat of automated vehicles

By Eric Sundquist Policy around automated vehicles is expressed more in questions than answers at this point. How should we design, build, and fund infrastructure? Will autonomous vehicles reduce traffic and emissions by rationalizing pricing in a transportation network company (TNC) model? Or

Completing the commute: Does Uber have a role in parking management?

By Mary Ebeling The rapid rise of Transit Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft has sparked a new round of innovations in transportation. While most early TNC success has been in large urban areas, the usefulness of these services for bridging first- and last-mile connections between home,

FHWA publishes toolkit for bike-ped performance measures

By Robbie Webber FHWA has released its Guidebook for Developing Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures. Establishing performance measures that go beyond delay, congestion, level of service, and safety for drivers—especially including good metrics for non-motorized modes—has been a

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