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Total VMT and fatalities are up

By Bill Holloway Total 2015 U.S. motor vehicle travel is expected to reach record levels, and crash-related fatalities have been climbing as well. According to a new post in Fastlane, the official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation, based on data through last November, it is likely

Parking increases citywide car use, SSTI researcher finds

By Chris McCahill Automobile use has been on the rise in cities for nearly a century and so has the supply of parking. Because driving often seems unavoidable, policymakers, developers and the public push endlessly for more parking to meet demand. That push, however, might only be making matters

Do HOV to HOT conversions decrease carpooling?

By Robbie Webber A study from Texas A&M asks whether carpooling decreases when lanes are converted from high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to lanes allowing solo drivers to pay a toll. Their conclusion: it depends. The researchers studied eight roadway segments in six states and found that

Accommodating interregional travel: Insights and opportunities

By Mary Ebeling The Transportation Research Board Special Report 320, Interregional Travel: A New Perspective for Policy Making, offers important insights into interregional travel. This category, defined as trips between 100 and 500 miles, makes up approximately three-quarters of long distance

Agencies must embrace new design standards to improve safety, according to federal report

By Chris McCahill The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a report addressing the recent increase in deaths and injuries among pedestrians and bicycle users. The report outlined the causes, responses from transportation agencies, and remaining challenges to address the disparity in

Uber offers slugging and fixed-route service

By Eric Sundquist The distinction between transit and transportation network companies (TNCs) got smaller in early December, as Uber rolled out a version of “slugging” and fixed-route services. Uber’s slugging service is called UberCOMMUTE. Previously piloted in China, it launched this week

Northeast looks at GHG reductions that boost the economy

By Eric Sundquist Clean transportation investments funded by market-based user charges would reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also providing a net economic benefit, a study for five Northeastern states and the District of Columbia contends. The study was released to coincide with

California city loses lawsuit after death of bicyclist on road with substandard bike lanes and no lighting

By Robbie Webber In June 2012, Dr. Gerald Brett Weiss, a nationally known neurosurgeon, was killed when he was hit from behind while riding his bicycle in the community of Indian Wells, CA. In mid-November of this year his family won a $5.8 million judgment against Indian Wells, claiming that the

The psychology of public acceptance of gas tax increases

By Dan Handel Raising gas taxes is a perennial issue for states, and getting public acceptance is always front and center in the debate. Raising gas taxes serves the dual purpose of generating revenue for much-needed infrastructure maintenance, as well as incentivizing other modes of

Conflict over drunk driving penalties divide safety advocates

By Bill Holloway As Congress hashed out the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, one area of heated debate centered on how to effectively reduce drunk driving. As described in Governing, the debate has focused on whether states should require that everyone convicted of drunk