New MassDOT separated bike lane guide another step to encourage healthy transportation

By Robbie Webber At the November 4 Moving Together conference on healthy transportation, MassDOT will unveil their new design and planning guide for separated bike lanes. But details of the new guide, developed by Toole Design Group, have already been released via news stories and a presentation

Majority of commercial truck drivers would use paid parking reservations

By Dan Handel A recent survey by the American Transportation Research Institute found that over half of commercial truck drivers are willing to pay to reserve a parking space at a rest stop. This survey was part of ATRI’s technical memo Understanding Truck Driver Perspectives on Parking

Surgeon General calls on Americans to walk more

By Bill Holloway The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a “call to action” encouraging Americans to walk more as a way to improve health and wellbeing, and to spur improvement in the walkability of American communities. The document identifies five specific

Capturing value for transit improvements

By Mary Ebeling A new transportation enhancement fund assessment on real estate developers in Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Kendall Square will help fund transit improvements in that area, including possible enhancements to the Red Line Kendall/MIT station. Some at the MBTA are looking at

Transit agencies and advocates focus attention on last-mile solutions

By Chris McCahill With transit systems gaining riders, and new systems being launched throughout the U.S., many service providers now face the challenge of ensuring sufficient access to transit stations. In Minneapolis-St. Paul, Metro Transit partnered with a local car-sharing company to provide

Traffic deaths surge as Americans return to the roads

By Chris McCahill U.S. traffic deaths increased by 14 percent in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014, to nearly 19,000 deaths through June, according to the National Safety Council. If the trend holds, this year will be the deadliest for road users since 2007. At the same

As federal government mulls performance measures, the TTI congestion report returns

By Eric Sudquist The timing is apparently coincidental, but the Texas Transportation Institute issued its latest estimate of traffic congestion costs in late August, just as US DOT seems to be finishing work on its MAP-21-mandated performance measures on congestion and system performance. The TTI

FHWA: We are not a barrier to safer, slower, innovative road design

By Robbie Webber On August 20 the Federal Highway Administration posted a new page on its website. The title, Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding, Design, and Environmental Review: Addressing Common Misconceptions, belies the importance of the clarifications FHWA is trying to make. The page addresses

Transformative transit: Houston’s reconfigured transit system

By Mary Ebeling The City of Houston Metro Transit Agency, after years of declining transit ridership associated with dispersal of jobs and other destinations away from the city’s core service area, embarked on an ambitious multi-year effort to redesign its system to better serve the

States seek more information and control over oil train shipments

By Bill Holloway As shipments of crude oil by rail have climbed dramatically in recent years, high profile derailments and explosions—the worst being the 2013 Lac-Megantic disaster—have put the issue high on the list of public concerns. As noted in a recent article by Daniel Vock in