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Are you being served? Reserving your space on the roadway

By Mary Ebeling For transportation professionals focusing on improving automobile commute times, the idea of enabling a driver to reserve space on a roadway at specific times may seem too good to be true—and it may be.  Such a scheme may be too complicated to implement—at least right

New Yorkers find new uses for bike share docking stations

By Robbie Webber Despite all the angst and dire predictions generated by the location of the Citibike kiosks, and concerns over safety and aesthetics, it appears that the docking stations are fast becoming just another piece of street furniture in New York. As noted in a recent New York Times

Ohio city may lose federal road funding over refusal to install bus stops

By Robbie Webber The city of Beavercreek, OH, a suburb of Dayton, could lose $10.7 million in federal transportation funding for roads because of its refusal to install bus stops requested by the RTA near a large mall. FHWA gave the city 90 days to take steps to comply with their request that the

Cell phone distraction: It’s not just for drivers anymore

By Mary Ebeling We’ve all seen it, the zombie-like pedestrian apparently blinded by their cell phone while using it for a conversation or texting. While incidents of distracted driving crashes involving cell phones are down, pedestrian injuries due to cell phone distraction while

Rethinking the parking needs of people with disabilities

By Bill Holloway Disabled drivers clearly need access to parking spaces near their destinations but do they also need to park for free? A recent article by Michael Manville and Jonathan Williams in the University of California Transportation Center magazine Access argues that policies allowing

Colorado’s U.S. 36 project breaks new ground

By Eric Sundquist One of the highlights of SSTI’s recent workshop on the Transportation Alternatives Program was former Boulder, CO, Mayor Will Toor’s account of a project to improve a key corridor between Boulder and Denver. The U.S. 36 project, now underway, will expand a four-lane

Lower VMT of TOD the result of density more than rail

By Robbie Webber A study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association argues that the rail transit frequently used to define transit-oriented development is not the most important factor in reducing vehicle miles traveled and car ownership. Overall density and the availability of

At a crossroads: Complete streets and functional classification

By Mary Ebeling As the demand for more complete, multimodal streets increases, so does the push to alter the functional classification system to allow for greater local flexibility in roadway design.  Principal arterial roadways commonly run through the heart of downtowns, and often serve as the

New transportation app to replace personal cars in Las Vegas

By Bill Holloway A new integrated transportation system of car and bike share, shuttle buses, and on-demand cars with drivers—all linked together with a smartphone app known as Project 100—will give residents of Las Vegas a convenient way to avoid owning their own cars. Project 100 is

Public health researchers: Bike guide leaves out facilities favored by many

By Robbie Webber A recent article by Harvard researchers published in the American Journal of Public Health concentrates on the lack of updated bicycle facilities standards in the official AASHTO guides. U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood voiced this same concern when he spoke to the AASHTO national