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North Carolina seeks to recoup costs of services to developers

By Robbie Webber The 2014 North Carolina budget bill mandated recommendations for new fees to cover the cost of services at many state agencies. This effort was supported by the DOT, and they have now released a proposed list of fees for services provided along state roads, possibly raising the

Leveraging parking supply to achieve TOD goals

By Mary Ebeling At the September Rail-Volution conference parking emerged as a popular topic of discussion. Yes, that’s right, parking, at a conference on public transit. The packed session rooms reflect the growing awareness that appropriate management of parking availability in transit-rich

State DOTs are beginning to embrace protected bike lanes

By Chris McCahill Protected bicycle lanes, which physically separate cyclists from automobile traffic using objects such as bollards or parked cars, are becoming popular among municipal transportation agencies, bicycle advocates, and less experienced cyclists. According to the Green Lane Project,

Living near a major roadway raises risk of cardiac death in women

By Robbie Webber A paper published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, outlines the dangers for women’s health of living near major roadways. Researchers following a group of nurses since 1976 found that those living within 50 meters of major roadways­—defined as

New forecast projects reduced VMT in Washington

By Eric Sundquist New analysis by Washington State DOT staff and published by the multiagency Transportation Revenue Forecast Council revises highway travel demand estimates sharply downward. The previous year’s estimate projected a return to rapid growth in vehicle miles traveled, despite

New study links community characteristics to bicycle ridership

By Bill Hollway A new study published in the Journal of Transportation Geography further confirms the impacts of land use and the built environment on bicycle ridership and explores the elasticity of bicycle ridership in relation to some of these variables. Researchers analyzed household travel

Using Life Cycle Cost Analysis to control costs and inform project selection and development

by Mary Ebeling A new report examining if and how state DOTs use Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) in project development and planning revealed that these types of tools see limited use by transportation agencies. New emphasis on performance-based planning and decision making is pushing more DOTs

Report ranks metropolitan areas by transit accessibility

By Chris McCahill Researchers at the University of Minnesota released a new report ranking major metropolitan areas in terms of their accessibility to jobs by transit. The new Access Across America report complements the group’s 2013 release, which measured job accessibility by automobile, and

New research confirms the benefits of the Safe Routes to School program

By Bill Holloway Recently published research in the Journal of the American Planning Association provides strong support for the Safe Routes to School program’s ability to increase rates of walking and biking among students. The authors analyzed changes in the number of students walking and

In preparing for autonomous vehicles, agencies can make needed changes

By Chris Spahr and Chris McCahill The potential impacts of autonomous and connected vehicles on travel behavior and transportation system design have been the focus of much discussion and speculation, including at SSTI’s recent Community of Practice meeting held in Salt Lake City. While it is