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Reaction to iPhone announcement points to popularity of transit apps

By Eric Sundquist Any time Apple announces new plans for its iPhone, the techie world pays attention. This month, when Apple rolled out version 6 of its iPhone operating system, the news also prompted concern from the transportation community. The worry stems from the map application that will

New Chicago plan aims for zero traffic deaths in ten years

By Robbie Webber The city of Chicago is going for zero in 2022. In an ambitious transportation plan released last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DOT Commissioner Gabe Klein lay out their vision of no traffic fatalities within ten years, down from the current average of 50. It’s a bold goal,

Investing in transit improves quality of life in rural areas

By Mary Ebeling Not all transit riders live in urban areas; in fact, 40 percent of transit riders live in areas defined by the census as rural. Addressing rural transit needs has emerged as a major challenge for transit agencies, municipalities, and human services agencies as greater numbers of

Report shows that higher congestion is associated with better economies

By Eric Sunquist While transportation agencies gamely battle to reduce congestion with diminishing resources, a new report suggests that traffic jams may have a good side. They are linked to strong economies. Eric Dumbaugh of Florida Atlantic University, writing in The Atlantic Cities,

With continued testing success, governments are embracing connected and self-driving vehicles

By Bill Holloway The California state senate recently voted unanimously to approve Senate Bill 1298, which would establish safety and performance standards for self-driving, or “autonomous,” vehicles. The bill now goes on to the state assembly. Florida and Nevada have already enacted

First quarter of 2012 shows more people are switching to transit

By Bill Holloway As per-capita VMT has begun to decline, an increasing number of people are riding the nation’s transit systems. According to APTA (American Public Transportation Association), transit ridership in the first quarter of 2012 increased 5 percent over 2011 levels. Light rail

AZ DOT report finds compact development reduces VMT without increasing localized congestion

By Eric Sundquist A first-ever analysis of land-use and transportation demand in Arizona contradicts fears that compact, “smart growth” development, while beneficial in moderating demand, will increase localized congestion. The report, produced for Arizona DOT in March, also suggests that

Walk/Transit/Bike Score now an important number for real estate

By Robbie Webber Ever since Walk Score debuted in 2007, savvy real estate and rental agents have used the number to sell properties to clients who want to be walking distance from amenities. Now there is evidence that simply being in a walkable neighborhood may increase the value of housing. A

Crafting messages for funding system preservation

By Beth Kanter Infrastructure is oblivious to shrinking budgets. Faced with decreasing dollars, state departments of transportation are forced to make difficult decisions about how to spend limited transportation funds. But voters understand how hard it is to make choices between competing

Non-motorized pilot program reports show small investment can mean big changes

By Mary Ebeling The final report for the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program (NTPP) has been submitted to Congress, and the numbers are impressive. Established as part of SAFETEA-LU, according to FHWA, “This program has provided over 25 million dollars each to four communities –