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Nonmotorized transportation pilot program: Developing performance measures and future needs

By Mary Ebeling Performance-based planning and decision making for transportation investments has risen in prominence with passage of the current federal transportation bill. MAP 21 sets out six national goals for the federal transportation program and establishes a strong emphasis on

MassDOT charts course for a sustainable transportation system

By Chris McCahill In 2010, the Massachusetts DOT announced its GreenDOT initiative, which focuses on three main goals: reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting healthy transportation options, and encouraging smart growth development throughout the state. Early on the program manifested itself

Using Health Impact Assessments to shape transportation policy

By Chris Spahr Health Impact Assessments are increasingly being used to assess how transportation decisions will impact health outcomes. An HIA is an evidence-based research tool used to inform decision makers about the potential health risks and benefits of policies, programs, and projects

WebGIFT marks a promising step toward greener logistics

By Bill Holloway WebGIFT, developed by the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Delaware, is a web-based tool that allows users to optimize their shipping modes and routes based on time, distance, or emissions per twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) shipped. The tool allows users

With increasing fatalities and inadequate infrastructure, NDDOT looks for big picture solutions

By Bill Holloway Booming populations and truck traffic, driven by the surging oil and gas industry, have led North Dakota to embark on the state’s first comprehensive state freight plan. As drilling in the Bakken oil fields has accelerated, the costs of severe truck crashes in the state have

Private transit services offer commutes with amenities

By Robbie Webber Cities around the U.S. are seeing a new style of transit that is a cross between the (in)famous Google buses, smartphone-driven Uber and Lyft, and standard city transit systems. Neither exclusive to one company nor attempting to cover the city, these “pop-up bus services” are

How car sharing and ride sharing can help transportation agencies

By Chris McCahill The primary focus of transportation agencies for many years has been to keep pace with ever-rising levels of traffic. New policy goals focused on health and environmental impacts in California, Massachusetts, and elsewhere, as well as nationwide trends in travel behavior have

Urban Engines offers innovative congestion relief tools for transit

By Chris Spahr A unique approach to collecting and distributing transit data was recently unveiled. Publicly launched on May 15, Urban Engines uses spatial analytics and behavioral economics theory to improve city planning and operations. Urban Engines uses the concept of “crowd sensing,” a

The fate of Detroit’s Chrysler Freeway—the public considers alternatives

By Mary Ebeling Recently SSTI reported on the possibility of the City of Detroit removing I-375, also named the Chrysler Freeway. Now a consultant team has released six alternatives for what might replace it. A lively conversation about the fate of this interstate spur—measuring just over one

Building the market: Putting Zero-Emission Vehicles on the road

By Mary Ebeling We rarely give a second thought to the infrastructure of the humble gas station—its existence is taken for granted—but it took decades for the service station infrastructure to be built out, enabling longer- distance travel. As we enter an era where more drivers are