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Insurer files, withdraws warning suits on climate change and infrastructure

By Eric Sundquist Farmers Insurance Group filed class action suits against hundreds of Chicago-area governments in May, claiming that they knew of risks caused by climate change yet did not prepare well enough for 2013 flooding that resulted in customer damages and claims. “During the past 40

How Paris is making the pedestrian a priority

By Chris Spahr Paris recently made the bold move of implementing a citywide 20 mph speed limit. While some smaller cities across the globe have implemented this policy and others have put stricter speed limits on certain streets, Paris is the first city of its size to enforce a citywide 20 mph

Bicycle data: Filling the gaps

By Chris McCahill A decade’s worth of data now shows bicycle commuting and trip-making continuing to rise around the nation. A recent report from the U.S. Census—the first report of its kind—reveals that the number of people biking to work has increased by 60 percent since 2000, more than

Guest post: Settlement in case alleging transportation project discriminates against urban minorities

By Rachel Granneman and Andrew Armstrong Wisconsin DOT and U.S. DOT recently reached a landmark agreement to settle a lawsuit brought in 2012 by the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope, challenging the $1.7 billion Zoo Interchange highway

Regulation catching up with the ride-sharing industry

By Bill Holloway As Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft ride-sharing services have expanded their reach into cities across the world, questions about if and how they should be regulated have followed close behind. Taxi drivers have been concerned that the new services will be unfairly advantaged if they are

Recent VMT trends changing DOT investments

By Bill Holloway Oregon is set to save an estimated $6.2 million by scaling back part of a Eugene area interchange expansion project on Interstate 5. The first three phases of the I-5/Randy Papé Beltline Interchange project have proceeded as planned but the final phase is being scaled back based

Tennessee DOT breaks ground on nation’s largest traffic incident training facility

By Chris McCahill The Tennessee Department of Transportation started construction early this month on a Traffic Incident Management Training Facility just outside of Nashville, the first of its kind in the country. The project—worth close to a million dollars—is a joint effort between TDOT

The next 100 years: New York State’s push to develop climate resilient transit

By Mary Ebeling “The clear evidence of a changing climate in our nation makes more major storms like Superstorm Sandy a real and present threat.” With these words, New York Governor Cuomo recently called on the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority to look strategically at developing a

States to get more information about oil train traffic

By Bill Holloway USDOT recently issued an emergency order requiring that railroads moving large amounts of crude oil from the Bakken formation notify the states through which their trains travel. Railroads must notify each state’s emergency response commission of the route the trains will

Children killed in DUI crashes likely to be in car with drunk driver

By Robbie Webber Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children under 15 years of age, and drunk driving is involved in about one-fifth of these crashes. However, contrary to common perception, the child is likely to be riding in the same car as the drunk driver, and the rate of