Multimodal

Nimble transit planning needed during the pandemic, says Transit Center analysis

By Michael Brenneis Transit agencies have experienced steep bus ridership declines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bus ridership in greater Boston dropped about 80 percent, for example. But the drop wasn’t uniform: Essential workers still needed to get to work, and many relied on transit. That

“Centerline hardening” protects pedestrian from left-turning vehicles

By Rayla Bellis Left turns pose a significant danger to pedestrians, but a solution could be simple. A recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates that “centerline hardening” features―like bollards and rubber curbs that prevent drivers from cutting across

County wants to make informal paths safer, more formal

By Robbie Webber Montgomery County, MD, is asking residents to mark the informal paths that they have been using to reach destinations. Many paths are worn through woods, cul-de-sac ends, and beaten into the grass where good pedestrian connections don’t exist. The county is updating its

Recent trends in school travel mode choice

By Rayla Bellis A recent study analyzed trends in travel to school in the U.S. using 2017 National Household Travel Survey Data and explored factors that impact mode choice. Among the findings, the study shows that the share of students walking and biking to school has increased since 2009 and

“Dear diary, I took the bus today!” – Cost-efficient travel behavior influencers

By Saumya Jain “Soft” transportation policy measures can influence a significant reduction in personal car use, according to a new research published in Transportation Research Part D. The Behavioral Toolkit identifies six psychological variables that can affect travel behavior: attitudes;

Is bigger better?

By Michael Brenneis New analysis of Fatality Analysis Reporting System data by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) points to crashes being more survivable for drivers of large SUVs than for drivers of smaller cars. Per million registered vehicle miles, driver deaths have been

Post-COVID travel patterns—a survey by the MassINC Polling Group

By Saumya Jain In a recent public opinion survey conducted by the MassINC Polling Group, Massachusetts residents expected to travel less in the future due to COVID-19’s impact. However, many residents expect to increase their trips by car and decrease trips by transit. A majority of residents

Researchers look at the transportation future as the country reopens

By Robbie Webber As the economy recovers from COVID-19, how can we emerge with a better, stronger, and more resilient transportation system? Three recent reports analyzing the impact of the pandemic on transportation and personal attitudes toward transportation may offer some clues. Vanderbilt

In the midst of nationwide transit service cuts, more than one million rural households do not have a car

By Rayla Bellis Many transit agencies have been forced to drastically scale back services due to rapidly declining revenues, and rural providers are no exception. Many were already operating on incredibly tight budgets, serving large geographic areas with a small staff of part-time drivers. While

Active travel: A mental health solution

By Saumya Jain A recent study from the Netherlands found that while active travel might not affect body weight, it does have a significant positive impact on a traveler’s mental health. In a global health crisis, where it is crucial to stay home to slow the spread of the virus, many of us have