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Exposure to particulate pollution shown to increase COVID-19 death rate

By Michael Brenneis Coming at a time when the current federal administration continues to relax pollution controls, a new paper under review presents evidence that exposure to pollution—including that from motor vehicles—reduces the survival rate of individuals who have contracted COVID-19.

Has reduced travel during the COVID-19 crisis made streets safer?

By Rayla Bellis As more data begins to emerge, COVID-19’s impact on traffic crashes and severity is proving complicated. Collisions and fatalities have declined in many places with data available, though not everywhere. However, collision rates and injury and fatality rates appear to be up in a

Cities open streets to create more space for walking, biking during pandemic

By Robbie Webber Cities across the country are restricting motor vehicle use on some streets and reallocating road space to give residents more space to move by foot and bicycle while still maintaining appropriate distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. From New York to Burlington, VT, cities

Voters across the political spectrum want better transportation options and improved transit

By Rayla Bellis Polling data collected in November and released in March by Data for Progress, Transportation for America, TransitCenter, and other partners show voters want better transportation options across geographic and party lines. The results indicate that a majority of voters wish they

Major American automakers eying SUVs over electric vehicles

By Chris McCahill Transitioning to electric power has been a major focus of state and local agencies trying to meet ambitious emissions reduction goals. That involves rolling out more charging stations, bolstering the grid, and offering incentives for drivers to go electric; but consumers will

The relationship between bus stop amenities, ridership, and paratransit demand

By Saumya Jain Can improvements in the amenities at individual transit stops both increase bus ridership and decrease the demand for paratransit? Apparently so, as a study from the University of Utah shows. Between 2013-2016, the Utah Transportation Authority invested in improving infrastructure

Cyclists at elevated risk of injury over non-active commuters

By Michael Brenneis From the UK comes more evidence that improving cycling infrastructure has the potential to advance health. A new paper in the BMJ concludes that while commuting by bicycle has more risk of injury than commuting by non-active modes, active commuting offers substantial benefits

VMT ticks up again in 2019

By Eric Sundquist Driving mileage in the United States climbed by just under 0.9 percent in 2019. On a per capita basis, the increase was just under 0.6 percent. The VMT figures come from FHWA’s latest Travel Volume Trends release. The per capita figure is 2 percent below the peak historic

Transit also in need of federal stimulus support

By Eric Sundquist Pictures of parked airplanes and dire warnings from airlines seem to have dominated the coronavirus-stimulus conversation around transportation. But just as the bottom has fallen out of the of the air travel market, so it has for local and regional transit and intercity rail

Commuters won’t drive far to access park-and-ride

By Chris McCahill People using park-and-ride (PNR) stations don’t seem to mind a longer overall commute, according to new research, as long as the station is close to home. In other words, it’s probably better to think of park-and-ride lots more like local feeders than as regional access