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

FHWA proposing new road design policies for greater flexibility

By Dan Handel Earlier this month the FHWA announced a proposed change to its design standards that are currently applied to all highway projects. The changes are intended to give engineers and planners much more flexibility and autonomy by eliminating outdated standards. For roads with a speed

Research shows advantages, use patterns for different car-sharing models

By Mary Ebeling Car sharing is maturing, expanding options beyond the initial model of a station-based system structured around accessing and returning cars parked at designated location. Of particular interest is the free-floating car share model, or FFCS, which allows members to pick up and

Seattle to take over and expand bike-sharing system

By Robbie Webber The Seattle Department of Transportation is proposing to take over Pronto, the year-old non-profit bicycle-sharing system, in order to better integrate it with the transit system and invest in a significant expansion. The system has seen low per-bike usage, and city officials

To cut automobile travel, locate jobs near transit

By Chris McCahill When people live and work near transit stations, transportation service providers have a much easier job of providing essential first- and last-mile connections. While both ends of the trip matter, the location of jobs may be more important to consider in cutting automobile

Not just speed and land use: considering directness of travel

By Eric Sundquist Improving access to destinations means raising travel speed or reducing travel distance. Because of siloing within government, transportation agencies have traditionally worried about speed while leaving distances to land use authorities (though that is beginning to change with

High-speed rail pushes on without federal funding

By Bill Holloway Xpress West, the high-speed rail developer that had been seeking federal loans and private investors to support its plan to build a high-speed rail line from Southern California to Las Vegas, has formed a partnership with China Railway International USA to move the project