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Stockholm’s congestion charge still going strong

By Bill Holloway Stockholm’s congestion pricing system, which charges between €1 and €2 (US$1.30- $2.60) to drivers traveling into the central city during rush hour, is a continuing success six years after its initial implementation. While there was speculation that drivers would soon

Increasing bicycle mode share leads to growing need for bicycle-specific traffic signals

By Mary Ebeling Managing traffic flow at intersections presents challenges, regardless of mode. But as the popularity of transportation bicycling continues to grow, traffic engineers, planners, and lawmakers are recognizing the need to incorporate bicycle-specific infrastructure into intersection

Fuel saving technologies for truck fleets

By Bill Holloway According to a new report from Carbon War Room, the adoption of seven fuel-saving technologies by the U.S. trucking industry could reduce carbon emissions by 624 million tons over the next ten years and repay implementation costs within 18 months through reduced fuel

Cities feel left out of transportation discussion

By Robbie Webber Just before Super Storm Sandy came to town and made a mess of New York’s infrastructure, transportation officials from the largest U.S. cities gathered for the first national conference of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). Out of that

Michigan voters give green light to new bridge to Ontario

By Mary Ebeling There is an established need to address traffic congestion and improve operations at the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario, Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River – the busiest international border crossing in North America. Efforts to replace the bridge, or add a sister

Interactive map shows the cost of river lock failures

By Robbie Webber A new interactive map shows the importance of key locks on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Illinois Rivers and outlines possible economic shocks all across the country should one or more of them fail. Although our attention is often focused on roads, rail, and runways, the U.S. river

Kansas City faces public backlash over traffic signal removal plans

By Bill Holloway Kansas City, Missouri, is facing public backlash after embarking on a project to replace 144 of its aging traffic signals with stop signs at intersections where traffic has declined. As reported by the Kansas City Star, the signals that the City is planning to remove are 50–60

Light rail systems can raise nearby property values before completion even in low density areas

By Bill Holloway A new study in the Journal of Transport and Land Use documents changes in residential property values for homes located within one mile of Charlotte, North Carolina’s, new light rail line – formerly a freight rail facility. The study analyzed home values over a period of 11

Solving the critter crossing problem

By Mary Ebeling When state Departments of Transportation address safety concerns related to motor-vehicle/wildlife crashes, the agencies save lives and reduce economic costs. Crashes involving larger animals – including deer, elk, moose, and bear – are on the rise, and many states consider

Bike boxes and lanes may increase “right hook” crashes in some circumstances

By Bill Holloway Portland, Oregon, has been recognized throughout the U.S. for its efforts to both promote bicycling and retrofit its street network to be safer for and more appealing to bicyclists. But a new Portland Bureau of Transportation report seems to indicate that the new designs may be