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BRT workshop highlights best practices and marketing

By Ann Grodnik  In late March, the Institute for Sustainable Communities, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, held a workshop for cities interested in expanding or establishing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. The event was hosted in Cleveland, home of the HealthLine, and covered a

New report proposes ways to increase municipal infrastructure investment

By Glenn  Halstead  A new report from IBM argues that the health of the country depends on the health of our cities. However, the current “business model” of most local governments is not sustainable in the current environment of budget cuts and little to no local revenue growth. Local

“Patent troll” targets transit agencies over vehicle tracking apps

For years, technology companies have battled “patent trolls,” individuals and firms that do not produce products, but instead sue to assert patent rights to various innovations. A working paper from Boston University Law School, charges that such lawsuits drained $500 billion from tech

Bike sharing: An on-demand mobility solution

During the National Bike Summit, and the following day at a special session sponsored by FTA and NACTO, local officials and advocates heard about bike sharing best practices, research, funding opportunities, and updates from existing programs. Dr. Susan Shaheen from the Transportation

U.S. Treasury report outlines need for road maintenance, transit investment, and alternatives to driving

A new report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury says that Americans are wasting gas and time every year due to traffic on congested roads. Maintenance costs due to poor road conditions add additional financial burdens to family budgets. In total, the report estimates that insufficiencies in

New crosswalk technology improves pedestrian safety

Congress’s ongoing debate over whether to include funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure in the next transportation bill does not change the fact that pedestrian traffic deaths are unacceptably high. Sixty-seven percent of the more than 47,000 pedestrian fatalities from 2000 to 2009

Super commuters 2.0 — flying to work

Along with the steep rise in normal super commuting — people commuting to a metropolitan area’s central county from homes outside the metro area — the number of people commuting across the country by plane has grown dramatically as well, at least in Manhattan. A recent article in

Young people turning away from cars

The University of Michigan has released a study that shows there has been a substantial decrease in the percentage of young people who possess a driver’s license. In addition, data from the Federal Highway Administration’s National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) shows that between 1994 and

Transit ridership continues upward trend in 2011

As Congress debated stripping dedicated transit funding from the new transportation bill, transit agencies around the country struggled with the choice of raising fares or cutting service. Meanwhile, VMT continued to decrease, and the American Public Transit Association announced that 2011 saw

A transportation engineer rethinks congestion pricing

Congestion pricing in New York City should be easy; there are only bridges and tunnels to get into the most congested areas of the city, and many already have tolls. Access is limited, and transit is plentiful once commuters arrive in congested Manhattan. Despite these facts, political pressures