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Does urban sprawl inhibit upward mobility?

By Robbie Webber A study by Reid Ewing, Shima Hamidi, et al. published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning lends more support to the idea that sprawl can be a deterrent to upward mobility, making it difficult for low-income residents to improve their economic circumstances. Compact metro

New research on the benefits of ignition interlock devices

By Mary Ebeling New research from the University of Pennsylvania finds that states that have passed laws requiring ignition-interlock devices (IIDs) for all drivers convicted of drunk driving have seen a collective 15 percent drop in deaths from drunk-driving crashes compared with rates in states

Mobile apps gaining ground in trucking

By Bill Holloway Rapid growth in the use of mobile apps is changing the trucking business and could bring congestion reduction benefits as well as efficiency gains. As noted in Intransition Magazine, the way truckers with empty trailers find available loads has come a long way from notes on truck

U.S. 36: Changing commute habits through infrastructure, incentives, and education

By Mary Ebeling The Colorado Department of Transportation is putting the final touches on the reconstruction of U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder, and their efforts to both accommodate and encourage alternatives to driving alone in the corridor seem to be working. Completed by CDOT, the Regional

To improve transit in U.S., improve regional coordination: Lessons from across the pond

By Mary Ebeling Recent work out of Virginia Tech compares approaches in large metropolitan regions in Europe and the U.S., seeking to identify best practices for improving regional transit service. Case study examples for Europe include regional public transport associations—Verkehrsverbünde,

Megaships may be approaching their maximum size

By Bill Holloway The largest container ship ever to call at a North American port, the CMA CGM Benjamin Franklin, visited the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Seattle last month. At 1306 feet long, 177 feet wide, and 197 feet tall, the ship is among the largest in the world and can carry

Two reports examine progress and challenges for biking and walking

By Robbie Webber The Alliance for Biking and Walking has released its biennial benchmarking report, providing a wealth of information on programs, policies, data, and case studies from all 50 states, the 50 largest U.S. cities, plus 18 additional medium-sized cities. At the same time, a report

Economy, gas prices pushed driving upward in 2015, but less than in past years

By Chris McCahill The number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the U.S. increased by 4.4 percent in 2015, according to numbers released by FHWA last week, setting a new record of 3.1 trillion miles. VMT per capita, which adjusts for population growth, increased by 3.6 percent, meaning that the

Transportation network companies, public transit eye steps toward integrated mobility

By Mary Ebeling Transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber, Lyft, and Bridj continue to aggressively pursue the development of new markets, lately through partnerships with transit agencies eager to close that first and last mile gap. These partnerships promise to effectively increase

CBO report suggests changes to increase productivity of federal highway program

By Bill Holloway The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just released a new report, Approaches to Making Federal Highway Spending More Productive, which outlines problems with the way the federal government spends money on highways and suggests some potential fixes. The report argues that