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MassDOT helps travelers make sense of regional bus, train, and ferry routes

By Bill Holloway Last month MassDOT announced the release of a comprehensive set of maps detailing privately operated bus, rail, and ferry routes throughout New England and connecting services to New York State. Recognizing that intercity travelers in New England often pass through multiple

Head’s Up! New tools to improve warning signs

By Mary Ebeling Roadway signs play an important role in our travel environment, influencing safety for auto, bicycle, and pedestrian modes. Yet in our daily travels these signs tend to fade into the background environment rather than heightening our awareness. A new study, published in the

Beyond mobility—prioritizing accessibility in urban transportation

By Mary Ebeling The San Francisco Transit Accessibility Map is a new online tool showing how much of the city is accessible by transit or walking within a selected travel time. Designed for the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority primarily for agency use, the mapping tool is getting a

UC/UCLA report: Changes needed to align transportation spending and policy goals

By Robbie Webber A new report outlines steps that federal, state, and local decision makers can take to bring California’s transportation spending in line with its environmental and energy goals. The paper, from UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and

Urban highway fight gets political in Dallas

By Eric Sundquist I-345 is an aging, 1.4-mile-long elevated highway that separates downtown Dallas from Deep Ellum, a popular arts and entertainment district. It has also become a target for urbanists looking to remove downtown freeways. This month a group of civic leaders announced the formation

New research highlights the benefits of two-way communication for transit agencies

By Bill Holloway Transit agencies use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate with stakeholders, but they may be missing out on some of the biggest potential advantages of these platforms by using them primarily for one-way communications—service announcements, press releases,

State DOTs recognize benefits of supporting local land use planning

By Chris McCahill As part of a new grant program, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) recently funded three local projects aimed at better coordinating transportation and land use decisions. VTrans has partnered with the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to award

There’s more to roadway emissions than what comes out of the tailpipe

By Bill Holloway While the push to reduce vehicle emissions has focused on cleaner fuels, more efficient engines, and other technologies that can reduce or eliminate tailpipe emissions, non-tailpipe emissions have remained largely under the radar. Non-tailpipe emissions include dust generated

San Francisco Bay Area MPO launches interactive performance measure portal

By Eric Sundquist The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which has drawn attention for its rigorous performance measure-driven transportation plan (SSTI webinar here), is expanding its use of performance measures with a publicly accessible portal called Vital Signs. Launched on January 28,

USDOT urges nation to think beyond traffic

By Chris McCahill Last week, the USDOT announced Beyond Traffic—a framework for thinking about the nation’s transportation needs over the next 30 years. “As population concentrates around metropolitan areas around the country,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during an