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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

New Bay Area TDM mandate expands benefits to commuters

By Bill Holloway The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission have launched a joint pilot program requiring employers with more than 50 full-time employees in the District’s nine-county area to offer one or more commuter benefits to their employees

Should bike sharing be self-supporting?

By Robbie Webber Are bike sharing programs part of the city transportation system, or are they businesses disconnected from city services? That seems to be the question raised most recently in response to the financial problems of New York City’s Citibike, the largest and most prominent bike

Alphabet soup? An update on transit finance

By Mary Ebeling Across modes, the funding paradigm for transportation projects is shifting. As Congress exhibits a lack of appetite for addressing the impending crisis in the gas tax funding model, states and local governments are developing new ways to assemble financing packages for needed

SSTI researcher: ‘Parking requirements transform cities, cost millions in tax revenues’

By Chris McCahill Colleagues from the University of Connecticut and I recently completed a pair of studies examining the long-term, citywide impacts of parking facilities and minimum parking requirements. Our research shows how parking minimums can physically transform urban centers, stifle

Phoenix aims for slower, more pedestrian-friendly downtown streets

By Robbie Webber A new study of transportation options in downtown Phoenix aims to improve walking, biking, and transit, as well as prioritize amenities for pedestrians, in order to revitalize the area and encourage people to spend time downtown instead of just getting in and out quickly.