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Do Safe Routes to School programs decrease injuries in school-aged pedestrians?

By Chris Spahr A study published January 13 in PEDIATRICS, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, provided important evidence to support the effectiveness of Safe Routes to School programs. The research, conducted by Charles DiMaggio, PhD, MPH, and Guohua Li, MD, DrPH, of

The commute trade-off: Impacts on productivity and health

By Mary Ebeling Americans are making trade-offs between commuting time, housing costs, and health related activities. The trade-offs push individuals to make decisions negatively affecting personal health (physical and psychological), which in turn correlates with reduced productivity in the

Per capita VMT drops for ninth straight year; DOTs taking notice

By Chris McCahill Estimates released by FHWA on Friday suggest that per capita vehicle miles of travel dropped again in 2013, making it the ninth consecutive year of decline (Figure 1). Total VMT in the United States increased by 0.6 percent from 2012, hovering just below 3 trillion, and per

Canada to purchase land for new Detroit bridge before U.S. funding set

By Robbie Webber Determined to keep the New International Trade Crossing moving forward, Canada has announced they will begin purchasing property in the distressed Delray neighborhood of Detroit. While Canada is already planning on paying for almost the entire bridge, including the approaches and

Regional accessibility metric offers powerful approach to transportation system planning

By Chris McCahill Researchers at the University of Minnesota developed a measure of multimodal accessibility for the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, which they hope can be implemented in metropolitan areas around the nation as an alternative to commonly-used congestion metrics for prioritizing

Pacific Coast Sun Trail may lessen California EV range anxiety

By Bill Holloway A planned network of electric vehicle charging stations along the California coast, from Eureka to Malibu, will make trips to scenic coastal areas more feasible for EV owners. As reported by the Press Democrat, Richard Sachen, the entrepreneur behind the plan, refers to it as the

Get on the Bus! Balancing fixed-route and paratransit services

By Mary Ebeling Transit agencies typically struggle, logistically and financially, to provide service to those unable to ride fixed-route buses. These riders need access to transportation, but the additional costs of paratransit can drain agency coffers and result in reductions to the operating

In commuting world, traditional gender roles detrimental to women’s health

By Chris Spahr While still in the early phases of being incorporated into transportation policy making, the health effects associated with commuting are becoming more apparent to public health officials and transportation researchers. Most often, these studies focus on the very relevant issues of

Bixi bankruptcy a blow to bike sharing, but cities vow no disruption

By Robbie Webber Bike sharing has rapidly become a part of the urban transportation mix, easily supplementing both transit and walking for trips less than five miles. But financial problems for a large system supplier have cities wondering if their planned or already operating systems will also

Transportation impacts of energy boom not limited to road maintenance

By Bill Holloway The booming oil and natural gas industry is bringing jobs and economic development to states across the U.S. But along with the money and jobs come lots and lots of trucks. Particularly in rural areas with historically low traffic volumes, the huge numbers of trucks—often more