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Federal agencies unveil online housing and transportation pricing tool

By Eric Sundquist USDOT and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have launched a new online tool to help households and policy makers better understand and reduce the costs of transportation. The Location Affordability Portal joins a family of such tools, including Walk Score and the

Shifting the transit-funding paradigm: Transit finance grows up

By Mary Ebeling Development of creative financing and new revenue sources for transportation projects remains a hot topic in transportation circles. Public-private partnerships exist in highway transportation, often using tolls as the revenue source to attract private investment. Transit P3s,

Increasing “reverse commuting” inspires innovative transit programs

By Dan Moser Over the last decade, “reverse commuting”—travel from central city residential areas to suburban jobs—has increased significantly. Two trends—increased movement of employment to suburbs and growing preference by some employees for central city living—are driving the

TOD and equity: Supporting core ridership “drives” success

Transit-Oriented Development is growing in popularity. TOD’s appeal also brings the challenge of equity for both transit users and long-time neighborhood residents.  Many municipalities backing TOD are aware of the balance between rising real estate values and the need to not price

VA Supreme Court: Tunnel tolls are user fees, not taxes

By Robbie Webber In a ruling denounced by the Portsmouth business community and commuters, but applauded by VDOT, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously overturned a ruling by a lower court that held the tolls imposed to pay for tunnel expansions and maintenance in Portsmouth are

Tennessee DOT to cover 95 percent of costs for local multimodal access projects

By Chris McCahill Tennessee DOT recently announced the creation of a $30 million Multimodal Access Fund to support local projects that improve pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access to state routes and transit hubs. As part of the program, TDOT will cover 95 percent of costs for selected local

FRA safety standards could lead to sleeker trains on U.S. passenger railroads

By Chris Spahr Final implementation of the Rail Safety and Improvement Act of 2008 could pave the way for sleeker trains on American passenger railroads by 2015.  The RSIA mandated that the Federal Railroad Administration implement safety regulations related to hours of service requirements for

House T&I Committee issues freight report

By Bill Holloway A new report from the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, Improving the Nation’s Freight Transportation System, recommends a series of steps for Congress to take in order to modernize the national freight transportation system to increase transportation efficiency and

Cellphone data is helping to improve travel demand modeling

By Chris Spahr The Moore County Transportation Committee, working with the North Carolina DOT, has significantly increased the accuracy of its data collection for its long-range transportation plan thanks to the cutting edge technology of aggregated cell phone data developed by AirSage . The

The value of walkability

By Bill Holloway Is a home worth an $850 price premium for each additional Walk Score point? That’s the value that Emily Washington and Eli Dourado came up with using a fixed-effects model to analyze home sales across all metro and micropolitan areas in the U.S. Along with that finding,