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Lowering speed limits can reduce crashes

By Chris McCahill Speed limits are often based on observed 85th percentile free flow speeds. Setting them lower, even to address safety concerns, can be difficult once engineering recommendations have been made. A new study, however, bolsters the case for doing so by showing that setting limits

Will advances in autonomous technology degrade job quality in the trucking industry?

By Michael Brenneis While advances in autonomous technology may net additional jobs in the trucking sector, without thoughtful public policy and a commitment to equitable private practices, they may end up being some of the worst the industry has to offer, and come at the expense of jobs at the

An app that rewards commuters for their travel choices

By Chet Edelman Everyday navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze use real-time traffic data to help millions of people find the fastest route to work. A new app called incenTrip emulates the same model but with a twist—it incentivizes commuters to take greener, more eco-conscious trips.

Can we bring back the golden era of transit in the U.S.?

By Saumya Jain “One hundred years ago, the United States had a public transportation system that was the envy of the world.” – Jonathan English, Citylab. A recent statistics brief by Union Internationale des Transports Publics compares transit ridership and metro infrastructure development

Study finds risky driving still a problem around schools

By Saumya Jain Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among school children. Although some cities and schools that have implemented safety programs around schools have seen decreases in dangerous driving in school zones, those improvements have been more than offset by worsening driver

States may look to leaders in regulating electric bicycles

By Brian Lutenegger Electric bicycles (e-bikes) are becoming more popular as more options become available. So far, ten states have updated their laws to reflect this trend and accommodate the technology. An additional 20 states have defined e-bikes but have not fully defined their operation

Do mileage-based congestion fees hit low-income drivers harder?

By Chet Edelman While there is mounting evidence that demand-based pricing—or congestion tolling—can more efficiently manage highway use, serious concerns continue to arise regarding the system’s disproportionate impacts on low-income drivers. However, a recent study by researchers at

Houston paper: Metro area worst in nation for traffic fatalities, speeding at fault

By Robbie Webber Reporters from the Houston Chronicle looked at 16 years of national data for traffic fatalities, and they were shocked by the statistics for their area. Houston has the deadliest overall traffic safety record for the 12 largest metro areas studied, and ranks in the top half in

Speeding up buses with automated enforcement

By Michael Brenneis Transit-exclusive lanes can speed buses or other transit vehicles and make the services more appealing and predictable. But those nearly-empty lanes can seem appealing to the drivers of private vehicles stuck in traffic or looking for short-term parking or loading, so keeping

Webinar recap: How TDOT is attracting and retaining staff

By Rayla Bellis Many state DOTs around the country are currently grappling with the question of how to attract and retain a talented workforce. On the one hand, they are facing an upcoming wave of retirements that could mean a major loss of institutional knowledge. At that same time, they are