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Transit futures in an Uber world

By Sam Sklar Bus ridership in Philadelphia is down an average of 2.7 percent from 2014 to 2016 and down even further from a ridership high in 2012, according to a recent article on Philly.com. This decline is correlated with the rise of Uber and other ridesharing apps in the city that provide

Work remains: Reducing bus travel times to increase ridership

By Logan Dredske Fixed-route buses are the most common form of public transit in the United States; however, bus ridership has been falling in recent years after enjoying a surge in the early- to mid-2000s. Efficiency in all aspects of the transit network is important if transportation agencies

Yes, BRT can contribute to TOD in smaller cities

This article was originally posted on TOD Technical Assistance Initiative blog Investments in high-capacity public transit such as light rail and subways continue to demonstrate their ability to substantially increase property values along transit alignments. But can we say the same about

SSTI releases Connecting Sacramento: A trip-making and accessibility study

By Chris McCahill For several years, SSTI has worked to advance best practices in the use of two emerging technologies: accessibility metrics and trip-making data from mobile devices. Our recently completed study, Connecting Sacramento, was an essential part of that effort. This study brings

Who pays for roads? Users, but only partly

By Eric Sundquist Most readers of this blog are well aware that subsidies are common across transportation modes. But it’s useful to have the numbers, and so periodic reports by the Tax Foundations, which supports “simplicity, neutrality, transparency, and stability” in the tax code, are

How much does parking really cost (in time, fuel, and frustration)?

By Robbie Webber INRIX, a company that provides both software and data services in the realm of transportation and mobility, has issued a report on the cost of “parking pain.” Instead of focusing on the cost of a parking spot, the report looks at the time, wasted fuel, and congestion caused

Real-time travel information: Better for businesses, better for travelers

By Logan Dredske Real-time travel information on digital screens placed in popular gathering areas allows for more efficient time management by transportation users of all modes. Tysons Corner Center, a shopping center in northern Virginia, uses Traveler Information Displays (TIDs) that provide

What HOV requirements in Jakarta can teach us about congestion

By Sam Sklar According to a new paper from three researchers at Harvard and MIT, removal of a strict High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) policy had negative effects on traffic in Jakarta, Indonesia, the world’s second largest metropolitan area. Congestion increased even on streets with no

Cleaning up the commercial diesel truck industry

By Logan Dredske In 2011, U.S. EPA and NHTSA established a national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and set new fuel efficiency standards for commercial vehicles starting in 2014. The requirements of this program are a driving force that is causing manufacturers to advance diesel

A toolkit to measure and value “community severance” due to traffic

By Erin Evenhouse A high-traffic road can divide a community in more ways than one. Researchers haven’t always been able to show to what extent such roads can harm a community’s access, health, or quality of life. A new study outlined in the latest volume of the Journal of Transport and