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Why hasn’t Denver seen an increase in transit ridership?

By Rayla Bellis Denver, CO, has one of the top transit systems west of the Mississippi today, thanks to major investments that have drastically expanded the regional transit network over the past decade. The region currently boasts the eighth largest rail system nationwide despite being the

Free bike share for transit users

By Logan Dredske Increasing bike share usage and improving first- and last-mile connections are the goals of Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s updated bike share program. It is receiving an update thanks to its partnership with Port Authority, the city’s transit authority. Healthy Ride 2.0 lets

Where people walk: Two new studies improve “walkability” measurement

By Chris McCahill In planning and designing for pedestrians, sidewalks are often a good start but rarely make a place walkable on their own. Measuring pedestrian accessibility (the topic of a recent SSTI webinar) depends on two important pieces of information: 1) where destinations are located,

What is ride-hailing doing to our transportation system?

By Robbie Webber A new study from the Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California–Davis delves into the effects of ride-hailing (Uber and Lyft) use on other parts of our transportation system. What they find confirms some assumptions and disproves others. Interrelationships

Offsetting loss of public transit revenue due to ride-hailing services

By Logan Dredske Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an increase in the city’s fee charged to ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to offset the loss of revenue from public transit users who switched to ride-hailing services. Currently, the city charges Uber and Lyft 52 cents per

Auto disruptor looks to shake up car insurance

By Sam Sklar Along with other disruptions to the car industry, Tesla is now poised to change the auto insurance market. Tesla has partnered with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company to roll out a Tesla-specific insurance product called InsureMyTesla. This insurance package includes benefits like

U.S. gets “F” for design and policy to support walking while pedestrian fatalities rise

By Robbie Webber A national coalition of prominent health organizations issued a failing grade to the country as a whole and the vast majority of states when they looked at whether community designs and policies support walking. At the same time, recently-released traffic safety data show a

Is congestion pricing equitable? Data suggests “yes” in the Portland metro region

By Rayla Bellis Critics of congestion pricing sometimes raise equity as a concern. They question whether charging a higher fee during congested times of day places a disproportionate burden on lower-income individuals who may have no choice but to travel during those times. Economist Joe

Traffic enforcement observations target Uber and Lyft drivers as largest offenders

By Sam Sklar A recent scan from San Francisco’s Police Department found that Uber and Lyft drivers were responsible for nearly 65 percent of traffic infractions in bike- and transit-only lanes. The overwhelming majority of these tickets, for all vehicles and for Uber and Lyft vehicles, cited

FDOT to deploy innovative transportation technologies for increased safety

By Logan Dredske The Orlando area has received a grant of close to $12 million to utilize innovative transportation system technologies to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists and to ease congestion. The grant was awarded by the Federal Highway Administration’s “Advanced