New report outlines steps needed to reduce petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions

By Bill Holloway A new report outlines what would be required to substantially reduce both petroleum usage and greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It concludes that the goals are ambitious but achievable; however, government incentives, mandates, and research funding will be needed. The goals are

Contrarian research: Transit relieves congestion, but park-and-rides do not

By Robbie Webber Research using the results of a 2003 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority strike shows that transit does indeed relieve congestion, but only along corridors that parallel heavily used lines. At the same time, research in the Netherlands indicates that

Brookings Institution report documents growth of Amtrak vs. air travel in key markets

By Chris Spahr A March 2013 report by the Brookings Institution discusses the renaissance of American passenger rail and shows that ridership on Amtrak is at record levels and continuing to grow. Additionally, the report notes that Amtrak’s passenger growth was more than double that of domestic

Free transit passes improve London’s youth and older riders’ mental health and sense of community

By Robbie Webber Two separate studies from London show that providing free transit passes can improve the sense of belonging, decrease isolation, and improve mental health in both youth and older adults. Adults over 60 and those with disabilities can obtain a Freedom Pass, which allows free

Poverty in the suburbs exacerbated by auto-dependency

By Chris Spahr A recent article by David Moser entitled Driven into Poverty: Walkable urbanism and the suburbanization of poverty, published on Citytank, proposes that, “Due to the scarcity and cost of urban housing, low-income people are being driven away from walkable urbanism and into

SEPTA leads the way in fare collection technology

By Mary Ebeling SEPTA’s new fare collection system, New Pavement Technologies, transitions SEPTA from being the last large transit agency in the U.S. using tokens to the agency with the most broad-reaching contactless fare system. SEPTA plans to launch NPT with a phased approach, with project

NYPD language change signals increased emphasis on traffic safety

By Robbie Webber Although many law enforcement agencies and media outlets have moved away from using the word “accident” for vehicle collisions, the New York Police Department has only recently made the change, instead substituting the word “collision.” “In the past, the term

Rural routes more dangerous than those in urban areas

By Bill Holloway Following a six-year decline, roadway deaths were up substantially in 2012 with preliminary data indicating a 5% increase over 2011. Texas had the largest increase with a total of 3,339 fatalities in 2012, up more than 400 over 2011. However, annual traffic deaths were up in 38

Economist urges less general revenue, more user fees to support air travel

By Eric Sundquist The use of general revenue to support highways, transit, and intercity rail is familiar. Now with the across-the-board cuts dictated by the federal budget sequester, it’s also clear how much air travel relies on non-user revenue. Disruption in air travel has been one of the

Tennessee DOT Commissioner halts I-69 project

By Chris Spahr In December, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced that TDOT would stop work on the segment of Interstate 69 in western Tennessee. Citing the high cost of the next segment of the so-called “NAFTA Highway,” Schroer pointed out the need to