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Michigan DOT takes an innovative approach to complete streets

By Chris Spahr The Michigan Department of Transportation has embraced the concept of “walkability reviews” and has been funding them in communities across the state for the past 10 years. The most recent round of walkability reviews was conducted April 21-25 in six communities. Walkability

Some urban roads are prime for bike lane retrofits

By Chris Spahr An April 11 post on FiveThirtyEight provides a thoughtful analysis of what happens when a bike lane is constructed on an urban road where commuters drive on a daily basis. This analysis counters opponents of a Brooklyn bike lane who made claims that it reduces room for cars and

Massachusetts and California DOTs endorse NACTO streets guide

By Eric Sundquist The move away from “stroads”—urban streets designed to rural road standards—received new support this month, as Massachusetts and California DOTs endorsed new design guidance that treats urban streets as livable places as well as multimodal transportation facilities. The

Feds tell rail companies to fix rail delays for Upper Midwest farmers

By Robbie Webber The Surface Transportation Board ordered BNSF and Canadian Pacific Railway to report their plans by April 18 to ensure delivery of fertilizer shipments this spring. The board also ordered the railroads to provide weekly status reports on fertilizer delivery for the next six

Portland considering new parking lot tax to spur development

By Bill Holloway Portland is considering a new tax on surface parking lots to spur development in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. John Russell, a Portland developer who owns buildings in the neighborhood and is pushing for the tax, claims that his planned restoration of a nineteenth century

Texas DOT will study feasibility of removing I-345 in Dallas

By Chris McCahill In February, the Texas DOT was considering only two options for a 1.4-mile stretch of Interstate-345 running through central Dallas: rehabilitating it, or replacing it with some other high capacity road such as a tunnel. Earlier this month, however, the agency agreed to work

Transferring ownership: Some states look to reduce their roadway inventory

By Mary Ebeling For state DOTs these days, revenues are hard to find. Agencies looking for ways to decrease spending for the short and long term are giving serious consideration to transferring ownership of state-owned roads to the local governments through which these roads run. At the same time

Colorado uses innovative strategies to catch hit-and-run drivers

By Chris Spahr As a result of disturbing hit-and-run statistics, Colorado will be the first state to use a notification system similar to Amber Alerts when serious hit-and-run crashes occur. There are an astounding number of hit-and-run crashes that lead to fatalities in the U.S. and the rate is

Virginia DOT aims to assess its core assumptions and reprioritize

By Chris McCahill Last month, Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Nick Donohue, updated the Commonwealth Transportation Board, which oversees VDOT, on the status of the agency’s long-term planning process. He indicated to the board that the agency is beginning to rethink its core

Signs of spring—volunteers filling potholes on local and state roads

By Mary Ebeling After a seemingly endless cold and snowy winter in much of the country, people are finally noticing signs of spring—crocuses, daffodils, potholes. Yes, potholes—by all accounts massive ones. The potholes may have gotten out of control this year because of the epic cold and