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VMT tax makes it to USA Today.

With all its complexity (or at least newness) and administrative and privacy concerns, the vehicle miles travelled tax is a subject of much more common discussion today than when the Oregon pilot project was initiated three years ago. However, there are no predictions on how it will fare in

Six ideas for fixing the nations infrastructure problems.

Two writers for Governing, Russell Nichols and Ryan Holeywell, have come up with a thoughtful set of ideas, ranging from revamping the highway trust fund to empowering state and local governments to “get cities to think big.” All with the aim to plan, fund and make a safer and more efficient

More roads, more traffic, really dreary news.

Many analyses of road network expansion and congestion have challenged the notion that increasing highway capacity relieves traffic. A recent study of American cities emphasizes that you can’t build your way out of congestion. The analysis by Professors Gilles Duranton and Matthew Turner of the

Car of the future.

To make the car of the future, we need to make the city of the future, says an MIT designer. In his article in The Futurist Ryan Chin describes a new breed of lightweight, compact, alternative-fueled, shared-use vehicles that he expects to radically alter urban mobility and the future of cities.

More counting

The Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institute has developed a comprehensive database and accompanying report that provides a detailed look at transit coverage and connectivity across and within the nation’s major metro areas. Top performers include some cities that may not be the

California dreaming of better prognostications

Time, money and gas are wasted in traffic jams. Citing figures of 28 gallons of gas and $808 lost each year because of traffic, a new project to develop ways to avoid these losses was announced: “With private-sector backing, California’s state government and the state’s flagship public

NYC counts travel with greater detail.

Accurate figures about who is using the road, and the sidewalk, are one of the many elements in allocating transportation dollars. New York City is not content with the way the census counts how people get around. A recent New York Times article quotes the city’s transportation commissioner:

Google lobbies Nevada to allow self-driving cars.

Google has been testing cars that drive themselves, known as autonomous vehicles, and is now looking for a state that will allow them on the roads. Legislation to allow them has been introduced in Nevada and Google has hired a lobbyist to support the bill. According to a leader of the development

PAYD

This acronym may become increasingly common as insurance companies and consumers try out Pay-As-You-Drive insurance. PAYD ties insurance pricing to the amount of driving. A recent study by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions looks at the costs of implementation and the potential benefits

TRB Webinar: A Community Visioning Approach to Support the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework for Transportation Investments

TRB will hold a webinar on May 25, 2011, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT that will explore a project developed by TRB’s second Strategic Highway Program (SHRP 2) about ways to incorporate community visioning into collaborative planning of new highway capacity projects. SHRP 2 is developing a