MBTA uses ABC technique to replace bridge

By Chris Spahr On Friday, November 8, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority used an Accelerated Bridge Construction technique to replace a 102-year-old bridge that carries the Red Line trains over Clayton Street in Dorchester.  Using a Self-Propelled Modular Transporter, a new bridge

States push for tolls to fund transportation; public opinion mixed

By Chris McCahill As states struggle to fill budget gaps left by declining fuel tax revenues, many are turning increasingly to tolls. As reported recently by Stateline, a Pew news service, lower rates of driving and weak revenues from new toll-managed highways have pushed many states to consider

Rise in 2012 pedestrian-bicycle traffic deaths prompts call for safety metrics

By Robbie Webber Traffic fatalities in the U.S. are up for the first time since 2005, according to 2012 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But the increases are not rising evenly across modes. Even as fatalities of drivers and passengers in private autos continue to

NCDOT rethinks project selection

By Bill Holloway North Carolina has developed a new set of transportation project prioritization criteria officials hope will bring greater efficiency and objectivity to transportation investment. The criteria were developed in response to the passage last June of the state’s Strategic

Lack of transparency in use-based insurance may undercut demand management benefits

By Eric Sundquist One policy tool that holds promise in the effort to manage transportation demand is mileage-based insurance, also known as pay-as-you-drive insurance. Most motorists today pay premiums that are essentially fixed costs, with little or no connection to the amount of travel

Federal agencies unveil online housing and transportation pricing tool

By Eric Sundquist USDOT and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have launched a new online tool to help households and policy makers better understand and reduce the costs of transportation. The Location Affordability Portal joins a family of such tools, including Walk Score and the

Shifting the transit-funding paradigm: Transit finance grows up

By Mary Ebeling Development of creative financing and new revenue sources for transportation projects remains a hot topic in transportation circles. Public-private partnerships exist in highway transportation, often using tolls as the revenue source to attract private investment. Transit P3s,

Increasing “reverse commuting” inspires innovative transit programs

By Dan Moser Over the last decade, “reverse commuting”—travel from central city residential areas to suburban jobs—has increased significantly. Two trends—increased movement of employment to suburbs and growing preference by some employees for central city living—are driving the

TOD and equity: Supporting core ridership “drives” success

Transit-Oriented Development is growing in popularity. TOD’s appeal also brings the challenge of equity for both transit users and long-time neighborhood residents.  Many municipalities backing TOD are aware of the balance between rising real estate values and the need to not price

VA Supreme Court: Tunnel tolls are user fees, not taxes

By Robbie Webber In a ruling denounced by the Portsmouth business community and commuters, but applauded by VDOT, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously overturned a ruling by a lower court that held the tolls imposed to pay for tunnel expansions and maintenance in Portsmouth are