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New survey results highlight key obstacles to bike ridership

By Bill Holloway A new survey commissioned by People for Bikes finds that, along with concerns about infrastructure and cars, equity-related issues loom large among the obstacles to higher bike ridership. Among the more than 16,000 people surveyed, 48 percent lived in a household without an

For the first time in a decade, U.S. per capita highway travel ticks up

By Eric Sundquist and Chris McCahill After declining every year since 2004, vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) per capita in the U.S. ticked up by 0.9 percent in 2014 compared to 2013, according to figures released on Thursday, March 12, by FHWA. Accounting for the effect of population growth, total

Caltrans achieves first state road award from Greenroads

By Robbie Webber The Presidio Parkway Phase I in San Francisco is the first state highway to be awarded a Greenroads certificate, indicating a high level of environmental sensitivity and sustainability during design and construction of the roadway. The project received a Bronze Rating. For years

Researchers apply travel time reliability measures in modeling and project evaluation

By Chris McCahill Transportation planners and traffic analysts who typically measure road performance in terms of delay are beginning to incorporate measures of travel time reliability, which describe the hourly and daily variation in travel times due to congestion and transit delay. These

Oregon DOT uses TransitMix Pro to help improve statewide network

By Robbie Webber Transit fans, amateur transportation planners, and advocates for multimodal transportation loved the original TransitMix, a project of Code For America. The easy online tool allowed anyone to create a new transit route, alter an existing one, or change schedules in their city, at

Iowa DOT provides traveler info from plow cams

By Eric Sundquist As part of a 2-year-old project to modernize its approach to operations, Iowa DOT this winter has brought travelers new 511 information via dashboard-mounted iPhones on its snowplows. The DOT’s “Track a Plow” service is believed to be the first to offer such real-time

MassDOT helps travelers make sense of regional bus, train, and ferry routes

By Bill Holloway Last month MassDOT announced the release of a comprehensive set of maps detailing privately operated bus, rail, and ferry routes throughout New England and connecting services to New York State. Recognizing that intercity travelers in New England often pass through multiple

Head’s Up! New tools to improve warning signs

By Mary Ebeling Roadway signs play an important role in our travel environment, influencing safety for auto, bicycle, and pedestrian modes. Yet in our daily travels these signs tend to fade into the background environment rather than heightening our awareness. A new study, published in the

Beyond mobility—prioritizing accessibility in urban transportation

By Mary Ebeling The San Francisco Transit Accessibility Map is a new online tool showing how much of the city is accessible by transit or walking within a selected travel time. Designed for the San Francisco Metropolitan Transit Authority primarily for agency use, the mapping tool is getting a

UC/UCLA report: Changes needed to align transportation spending and policy goals

By Robbie Webber A new report outlines steps that federal, state, and local decision makers can take to bring California’s transportation spending in line with its environmental and energy goals. The paper, from UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and