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Ecommerce fulfillment centers increasing freight pollution, congestion in rural towns

By Chet Edelman As of 2018, about 5 percent of total retail sales in the United States occurred through online shopping. For the upcoming holiday season that share is temporarily expected to jump to 16.7 percent. In order to keep up with ever-increasing demand, ecommerce companies such as Amazon

A systemic approach to pedestrian safety analysis

By Saumya Jain [caption id="attachment_11796" align="alignright" width="147"] Figure by NCHRP: A systemic approach addresses sites with similar risk factors, regardless of crash history. The approach falls along a spectrum of other approaches to safety that are more or less proactive in treating

Gas stations venting ten times more gas vapor than once believed

By Michael Brenneis Exposure to the chemicals contained in gasoline vapor poses serious risk to human health. Technologies have been implemented to reduce the amount of gasoline vapor released along the supply chain and during the routine fueling of vehicles. The evaporative loss during storage

Utah lowers BAC limit; majority of Americans support stricter limits

By Brian Lutenegger On December 30, Utah will become the first U.S. state to reduce its blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for driving from 0.08 percent—still the standard in all other states—to 0.05 percent. The lower limit is on par with other countries, including some European nations and

Accessibility analysis highlights transit deficiencies in New Orleans

By Chris McCahill The average transit user in New Orleans can access only a fraction of the opportunities that drivers can, according to a local advocacy group, and recent transit investments aren’t helping much. The group, Ride New Orleans, just released its annual State of Transit 2018

Nudge science being used to encourage transit use

By Robbie Webber In England, the Nudge Unit—officially called the Behavioural Insights Team—encourages positive social behaviors via behavioral economics and psychology. Now cities in North America are using the lessons of the Nudge Unit to encourage people to use transit and reduce vehicle

Is working from home really reducing VMT?

By Saumya Jain Several companies worldwide are now trying various strategies for reducing energy consumption, environmental impacts, overhead costs, etc. One such up and coming strategy involves transportation demand management solutions like teleworking and flexible schedules. With advancement

Extending opportunity & promoting equity through apprenticeship

By Emily Miota Apprenticeships build skills, extend opportunity, and confront the coming wave of retirements. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, with Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 265, created the Joint Workforce Investment (JWI) to address just this within their transit

Study finds improving bike, pedestrian infrastructure cuts driving, CO2 emissions

By Chet Edelman In an attempt to meet CO2 reduction targets, both mandatory and self-administered, cities worldwide are attempting to overhaul their transport infrastructure to limit private vehicle use and encourage more active forms of travel (i.e., walking and biking). While the common

85th percentile speed limits: “Fast, Furious & Fatal”

By Eric Sundquist In 2017, when the City of Los Angeles reviewed operating speeds across its system, it ended up raising speed limits on 89 miles of roadway. Why would a city with a Vision Zero goal raise speed limits in corridors with a history of crashes? Because of a California statute that