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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.

Fitch urges policymakers to plan for changing travel demands

By Chris McCahill Fitch Rating—the third largest credit rating agency in the U.S.—acknowledged earlier this month that we may be entering a new era in travel demand, which will likely have a major impact on transportation infrastructure spending. In a recent commentary article, they point to

Weak transportation data stifles analysis

By Bill Holloway The Dallas News reports that the Texas Department of Transportation is upset with a recent report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense. TxDOT claims that the report overestimates the amount being spent on expansion relative to maintenance. According to Repair

Saving lives, money and time—with corn?

By Mary Ebeling Standing corn row windbreaks, used in northern Midwest and Plains states, are part of a larger program supporting living snow fences. These windbreaks benefit DOTs and communities by reducing winter road closures and the associated costs, decreasing crashes, and reducing the use

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the drive: An update on autonomous vehicles

By Mary Ebeling Since we last wrote about driverless cars in December, several states have taken a detailed look at legislation to phase in operation of this new type of vehicle. These new laws focus on testing, safety, and operations. Conversations addressing the thorny issues around liability

California travel surveys show big shift away from driving

By Chris McCahill Last year the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) released the findings from its decennial household travel survey. The data are used mainly to update travel demand models and did not make major news. But the survey, which involved a huge sample of more than