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A transportation engineer rethinks congestion pricing

Congestion pricing in New York City should be easy; there are only bridges and tunnels to get into the most congested areas of the city, and many already have tolls. Access is limited, and transit is plentiful once commuters arrive in congested Manhattan. Despite these facts, political pressures

Michigan DOT takes control of public-private bridge project

A decades-long plan to connect the Ambassador Bridge, one of the most important U.S.-Canada crossings, to U.S. interstates is on a fast track after a judge sided with Michigan DOT over its erstwhile private partner in the $230 million project. The bridge is privately owned by local billionaire

Infrastructure banks offer funding opportunities for transportation projects

In 2005, Congress established the federal State Infrastructure Bank (SIB) program for all states in SAFETEA-LU. States choosing to participate develop cooperative agreements with the Secretary of Transportation to establish revolving infrastructure funds that are capitalized with federal

More Americans commuting long distances to work

Between 2002 and 2009 the number of “super-commuters,” people who work in a metropolitan area’s central county while living outside the bounds of the metropolitan area, grew dramatically, far outpacing workforce growth rates, in all but two of the nation’s ten largest metropolitan labor

Why “forgiving roadways” are not the solution in urban areas

Roadway designers since the 1960’s have used the concept of “forgiving highways.” This design philosophy attempts to “forgive” driver error on interstates and freeways by providing wide, obstacle-free clear zones, burying the end of roadside guardrails and flattening or rounding slopes

Google technology transforming transit use

Google launched Google Transit, a public transportation trip planning tool, in 2006. Google Transit works by integrating transit agency data with Google Maps and Google Earth. By integrating transit stop, route, schedule, and fare information, Google makes planning a transit trip quick and easy.

CNT unveils updated Housing + Transportation Affordability Index

Last week, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) unveiled its updated Housing + Transportation Affordability (HTA) Index. The Index now includes 877 metro- and micropolitan areas, which are home to 89 percent of the  U.S. population. In addition, the Index now takes into account rail

Off-street parking access linked to higher VMT

When it comes to parking in new residential developments, planners often face stakeholders with two opposing viewpoints. Some want land-use authorities to require lots of off-street parking in order to avoid over-demand for street spots. Others complain that providing copious off-street parking

Impacts of light rail on property values vary by distance and income level

A new study on the economic effects of New Jersey’s River Line light rail system has shed some light on the complex relationship between transportation infrastructure and the housing market. Previous research in Portland, Santa Clara, and San Diego has shown that there is a general increase in

Rhode Island DOT uses ITS to make commuting easier for drivers

The Rhode Island DOT has begun using Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to make driving go more smoothly on major state-owned roads around Providence. The Transportation Management Center, which is responsible for monitoring the operation of state roads, has installed 130 cameras on major