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Hands-free operation no cure for driver distraction

By Bill Holloway In a report released last month by the non-profit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, researchers at the University of Utah found that using even the least distracting voice-activated in-vehicle information systems (IVIS) generates a greater cognitive distraction than a typical

Can Florida design its way to safety? SSTI meeting highlight

By Chris McCahill Early this month, SSTI kicked off its Community of Practice meeting in Detroit with a discussion about road safety issues following this year’s surprising spike in traffic deaths. The discussion ranged from issues of alcohol- and cell phone-related crashes to the Tennessee

Study finds dynamic ridesharing can boost TDM effectiveness

By Chris McCahill The market for dynamic, taxi-like services is rapidly changing. On-demand ridesharing platforms like Uber and Lyft are growing in popularity, and automakers are clamoring to launch autonomous cars that could someday serve as self-driving taxis. That leaves many transportation

WHO: U.S. among countries needing tougher laws to improve road safety

By Dan Handel The U.S. is among the countries that need tougher traffic laws if we hope to reach the World Health Organization’s goal of halving the 1.25 million annual traffic deaths world-wide by 2020. The WHO argues that these deaths—49 percent of which occur among pedestrians, cyclists,

How a Chicago suburb became car-lite and lessons for other communities

By Robbie Webber In a provocatively titled article—The Suburb That Tried to Kill the Car—Politico digs into how the Chicago suburb of Evanston reinvented itself through transit-oriented development. With side trips to Curitiba, Brazil and Chicago, as well as examples from other U.S. cities,

Cincinnati and Kansas City streetcar systems near completion

By Bill Holloway Streetcar projects in both Cincinnati and Kansas City are nearing completion with service on both lines slated to begin next year. The final welds were completed on the Cincinnati streetcar track in mid-October and the first streetcar vehicle was delivered to the city’s

Frankenbike assessing the state of Seattle’s bike trails

By Bill Holloway While vans equipped with specialized measurement devices are used extensively by transportation agencies to assess roadway pavement conditions, the condition of bike trails has not generally received the same level of attention. However, Alta Planning + Design is now using a

Research points to factors affecting crash rates among states

By Chris McCahill The transportation industry is constantly working to improve safety on America’s roads—often through in-vehicle improvements, infrastructure design, new technologies, education, and enforcement. But without looking at safety trends and factors more broadly, we risk missing

New tool estimates transit’s effect on VMT and emissions

By Eric Sundquist Transit often fails to get the credit it deserves for reducing traffic and emissions. In most U.S. cities, transit’s mode share is in the single digits, so the direct effect of ridership seems small. And while it’s clear that even in places with low mode share transit plays

Indiana DOT testing signs to help drivers avoid red lights

By Bill Holloway Indiana DOT is beginning to test dynamic message signs that tell drivers how fast to go to avoid hitting a red light. According to INDOT spokesperson Harry Maginity, the signs are currently located only along State Road 37 in Morgan County, starting about 2 miles ahead of the