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Can BRT drive TOD? Yes, with the right government support

By Mary Ebeling Conventional wisdom asserts that rail does a better job of spurring transit-oriented development than a bus rapid transit line, but until now no one has quantified the return on investment with a BRT line. A new study released by ITDP this week attempts to quantify the TOD

Factors affecting the decline in VMT: A new SSTI report

By Chris McCahill SSTI has released a paper outlining factors contributing to the recent decline in American driving and the implications for transportation planning. As previously reported, per capita VMT has decreased steadily for the past eight years, resulting in a slight decrease in overall

California first state to regulate ridesharing

By Robbie Webber The popularity and use of ridesharing services and web sites, such as Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar, has risen as the near-ubiquity of smartphones and fast cell service has allowed passengers needing rides to quickly connect with drivers using their private cars to make a little extra

California moves to reform traffic mitigation process

By Eric Sundquist The California legislature last week passed a bill that will remove highway level-of-service and parking from traffic mitigation analyses. The bill applies to projects in many urban and suburban areas. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill, SB 743. The bill also provides

FTA pushes to link transit and affordable housing

By Chris Spahr In August, New and Small Starts Evaluation and Rating Guidance was released by the Federal Transit Administration. The New and Small Starts Programs are FTA’s primary grant program for funding major capital investments for rapid rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, commuter rail,

A new future for downtown Rochester: Removing the Inner Loop highway

By Mary Ebeling The City of Rochester’s prospects for removing a segment of their Inner Loop did not always look so rosy. Rochester twice before unsuccessfully applied for federal funds to redo this portion of the expressway in 2009 and 2011. But this was before the city committed to investing

Researchers assess performance of state transportation systems using sustainability index

By Chris McCahill New research from the University of Connecticut sheds valuable light on key policy objectives for improving the sustainability of state transportation systems. The research was just published in a special issue of Research in Transportation Business and Management and featured

Back to the future: crowded freeways and tight budgets lead some to call for a return to policies from 1984

By Bill Holloway With the Los Angeles area already infamous for its gridlocked freeways, and thousands of people heading to the city for the 1984 Olympics, local and state officials scrambled to devise a way to accommodate the visitors, journalists, and athletes who would be traveling between

Can parking lot capacity limit transit station capacity?

By Robbie Webber Greater Greater Washington recently outlined the cascade of implications of having poor pedestrian and bicycle connections to some DC-area transit stations in suburban locations. One of the problems they mention is that if walking or bicycling to a station is unappealing or

HOT lane study points to importance of reliability over average delay

By Eric Sundquist A new University of Minnesota study on driver behavior in managed lanes provides some findings that on the surface seem highly counter-intuitive, but that may have a simple explanation: travelers care more about reliability than delay. The study looked at prices and usage of