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Death by a thousand trucks: Managing urban freight congestion

By Mary Ebeling As urban residents place orders for online goods with increasing frequency, the challenge of managing urban freight deliveries grows. City street networks—designed for transit, walking, and biking—are unable to handle this level of freight traffic. Cities, freight haulers, and

How much more is a home worth if it’s near transit?

By Robbie Webber Is a home near transit really worth more? According to a Redfin study, the answer is, “Yes. And often it’s worth a lot more.” Real estate firm Redfin looked at 14 metro areas and compared homes that were otherwise similar except for their Transit Score. According to the

Shifting to driverless ride-hailing services—disruption, convergence, adaptation

By Mary Ebeling A new policy guide focusing on automated vehicle (AV) ride-hailing services argues convincingly for leaders in city government to set policies to govern this rapidly developing transportation service. AVs are not yet commercially available, but several ride-hailing, or Transit

We all break traffic laws. Why are bicyclists different?

By Robbie Webber Bicyclists break traffic laws, but they do so at a lower rate than either drivers or pedestrians. It would be safe to say that almost 100 percent of roadway users break traffic laws. Yet the general public’s perception of lawbreaking behavior by drivers and bicyclists is vastly

Fire codes threaten to undo urban street design

By Chris McCahill A local debate over on-street parking in Florida typifies how codes and standards can obstruct walkable urban street design and, apparently, put those designs in jeopardy even after they have been implemented. Celebration is a traditional-style development, created by Disney in

A preview of the driverless-vehicle future: Uber and other TNCs are cannibalizing New York’s transit ridership and worsening congestion and emissions

By Eric Sundquist The effect of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft is one of the central concerns of transportation planning, in part because TNCs can provide a hint about what might happen when driverless vehicles become widely available. In addition, to date the lack of

Unpacking the rise in traffic deaths

By Chris McCahill Traffic deaths shot up for the second straight year in 2016, according to recent estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC). Total fatalities are estimated to have surpassed 40,000 for the first time since 2007, marking a six percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent

Dividing the pie: Maryland lawmakers take on transportation project selection

By Mary Ebeling The Maryland legislature on April 8, 2016 overrode a gubernatorial veto in order to pass a transportation project scoring bill that will rank and ultimately help select major capital projects. The legislation and new ranking system is similar to Virginia’s Smart Scale, which

Downtown Seattle’s drive-alone commute share drops to 30 percent

By Robbie Webber Despite an influx of jobs in Seattle’s downtown area, the number of people driving to work has barely changed since 2010. According to a survey from Commute Seattle, a non-profit working with downtown employers, the working population in and around downtown increased by

SSTI research highlights built environment policies to reduce VMT

By Bill Holloway As part of a larger 2015 project for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, SSTI investigated the influence of six built environment variables on passenger vehicle miles traveled. Using data on average daily household VMT at the Census block group level from the Massachusetts