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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

Partnering improved highway design and behavior interventions for increased safety

By Mary Ebeling After a spike in traffic deaths in the first half of 2015, USDOT and NHTSA have offered a response that fast tracks the development of safety technologies and strives to improve driver behaviors. However, it is silent on roadway design. These familiar strategies could help

New Jersey DOT: no more roadway expansions

By Dan Handel Richard Hammer, New Jersey’s newly appointed Department of Transportation Commissioner, announced the agency will pursue a ‘fix-it-first’ mindset toward transportation spending. “The days of system expansion in New Jersey are long over, we don’t have the funds,”

San Francisco approves Transportation Sustainability Fee

By Dan Handel San Francisco hopes to generate nearly $20 million annually with a recently updated transit impact fee on new development. The city is experiencing immense growth and is projected to add over 190,000 jobs and over 100,000 new homes by 2040. The new Transportation Sustainability Fee

Highway capacity won’t relieve congestion or lower emissions, studies conclude

By Eric Sunquist A commonly cited strategy to achieve lower emissions and energy use is highway capacity expansion intended to reduce delay. Such a strategy, which has justified many a CMAQ project, is straightforward and appealing to motorists who dislike traffic. But, as a new brief from

USDOT releases health and transportation tool

By Robbie Webber How does the transportation system affect the health of your community? The health impacts of transportation decisions are more than crash rates and air quality, as shown by the Transportation and Health Tool from USDOT and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The

Intersections of equity in transportation

By Mary Ebeling Concern over equity in our transportation system is not new, but in 2012 the issuance of new guidance from the Federal Transit Administration increased attention to compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. This attention has sparked the USDOT, State DOTs, regional

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