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Pre-tax transit benefits return to parity with parking in 2013

By Bill Holloway The fiscal cliff deal signed by President Obama on January 2nd will make it cheaper to use transit in 2013 for many workers. The deal includes a provision raising the maximum monthly pre-tax benefit that employers can offer their employees for using transit, from the current $125

Fiscal Cliff legislation restores tax credit for short line rail infrastructure

By Bill Holloway The legislation signed by President Obama on January 2nd to avert the tax increases scheduled to take effect as a result of the “fiscal cliff” included a two-year extension of the Section 45G tax credit for short line railroads to improve their infrastructure. Under the

Business Insider, Nate Silver tackle VMT, and a request from SSTI

By Eric Sundquist Business Insider is the latest non-technical publication to highlight the trend toward flat overall vehicle miles traveled and declining per capita VMT. In a piece filled with useful charts, Doug Short of Advisor Perspectives shows that the current drop in per capita VMT, which

Different results for New York and New Jersey transit highlight storm preparations

By Robbie Webber A new study of the preparations for and recovery from Superstorm Sandy outlines why New York City’s transit system was able to resume operations so quickly. The report from the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU also points out the benefits of the city’s many

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