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The bus stigma: Why it exists, and should we care?

By Robbie Webber An article by Amanda Hess in Atlantic Cities asks why riding the bus is stigmatized in the United States. She delves into the history of U.S. transit and transportation policy and funding, which that has contributed to the view of buses as the least desirable way to travel and

SSTI releases economic analysis guide and tool for transportation agencies

By Eric Sundquist Demand for more accountability in the use of scarce transportation funds is pushing DOTs toward new performance measures, both to evaluate systems as whole as well as proposed projects. One key area for such analysis is economic impact, but until now agencies had no accepted

Faulty suburban parking assumptions not holding up at new East Harlem mall

By Bill Holloway A wild overestimation of parking demand at a mall in Manhattan has led to wasted space, reduced pedestrian accessibility, and undermining long term planning goals. Basing pre-construction traffic projections on the average share of drivers at suburban big-box stores in the

SEPTA’s new program generates electricity and excitement

By Robbie Webber As of the end of June, the Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) east-west subway line has started feeding electricity back into the power grid as well as using it to run its trains. With the installation of a battery bank next to the tracks, the energy generated by

“Dig once” advances via executive order

By Robbie Webber A Government Accountability Office report issued June 27 outlines the advantages and disadvantages of requiring fiber optic conduit to be installed during construction of certain federally funded highway projects. The report release was preceded on June 13 by an executive order

Train on wheels – the growing popularity of BRT in Los Angeles

By Mary Ebeling The east-west Orange line is just seven years old, but skyrocketing ridership on the original North Hollywood to Warner Center section, and proven ability to relieve freeway congestion, has already lead to a four-mile extension to Chatsworth.  The success signals to transit

Instant rewards, penalties, and feedback are shown to change driver behavior

By Robbie Webber A new study shows that tiny financial losses can improve motorists’ compliance with speed limits. The study’s researchers found that the psychology of losing money, even just a few pennies, as well as the instant feedback of seeing the money trickling away, almost completely

Will drivers pay the price to use fastest road in the Americas?

By Bill Holloway A new stretch of toll road through central Texas linking Austin to San Antonio, State Highway 130, may soon have the highest posted speed limit in the hemisphere. Once completed, sections five and six of the project, totaling 41 miles, may be the first to allow drivers to travel

Strategies for using value capture to fund transit

By Mary Ebeling Seventy-five percent of transit funding comes from state and local sources, pointing to a clear need to develop diverse revenue sources to support transit service. As vehicle miles traveled (VMT) continue to decline while transit use increases, the need for new revenues grows in

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