Governor Abercrombie Approves Final Honolulu Rail Transit EIS

Hawaii’s Governor Abercrombie accepted the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Honolulu Rail Transit project on December 16.  With the governor’s acceptance, the City of Honolulu anticipates that the FTA will issue a record of decision (ROD), which will allow the City

Getting Back on Track: Aligning State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goals

A new report by NRDC and Smart Growth America analyzes each state’s transportation policies and evaluates how they support efforts to reduce GHG emissions.  The report can be found on both the NRDC and Smart Growth America websites. NRDC describes the criteria for evaluating state policies to

The Invisible System

A recent report on the impact of public policy decisions on freight sheds light on a system that is invisible to most Americans, and on policy decisions that may have unexpected consequences: “The freight system is largely a private-sector enterprise, but public policy decisions have major

Getting from Point A to Point B

Using insiders as well, cities and states are creating communication tools to make sure that their citizens know what transportation options are available to them.  A video for Idaho, is available at the I-way web site. The Raspberry Express is a ridesharing service on the Hibiscus Coast

“Our apps are whiz kid certified.”

New York City touts the transit technology created by outsider whiz kids when it switched to an open data policy.

GAO Reports on Transitioning to Performance-Based Planning.

State DOTs have made progress in developing performance measures to inform their planning, but they face several challenges, including identifying indicators for qualitative concepts such as livability, according to a new U.S. Government Accountability Office report. And while many states have

From the Community of Practice

A new presentation from the Pennsylvania borough of Carlisle shows the approach of a smaller municipality to Smart Transportation.  The Power Point can be downloaded here: [PPT]

The Cost of Ending Rail Projects

New Jersey must pay $217 million after terminating a rail project, according to a Washington Post article.  

Warning system shows potential for alleviating crashes at dangerous rural intersections

From the University of Wisconsin, a note about ongoing research states that:  “In 2005, more than 9,200 Americans died in intersection crashes, and nearly half of those crashes occurred at rural intersections,” quoting Madhav Chitturi, an assistant researcher in the University of

LEED certification for parking garage?

The Chicago Tribune’s architectural writer asks if it is absurd to call a garage “green.”