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The allure and price of “greenfield economics”

In a recent series of articles, Aaron Renn provides some fascinating insights into the initial economic advantages of suburban expansion and the long-term costs of such development. Initial economic advantages for new suburbs constructed on undeveloped land include: All construction is new and

Survey: Americans support infrastructure investment

Seventy-seven percent of Americans think the federal government should increase spending to repair the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems, according to a report from HNTB Corp. The survey found that Americans would be willing to spend more on transportation expenses or

TRB webinar on climate change adaptation features California and Michigan DOTs

“State departments of transportation are modifying their planning efforts and practices to adapt to the effects of climate change on facilities and operations. Transportation providers are seeking to learn what other states and regions are doing to address these issues. This webinar is the

Glass roads?

“There’s 25,000 square miles of road surfaces, parking lots and driveways in the lower 48 states. If we covered that with solar panels with just 15 percent efficiency, we’d produce three times more electricity than this country uses on an annual basis, and it’s almost enough to power the

What can bikes do during an emergency?

In Your Bike – the coolest part of your disaster kit, a San Francisco bicyclist reports on bicycle usefulness after natural disasters, including recently in Japan: “Having a bike available as a secondary or even main form of transport will get you more places. Weeks later, more bikes are

S.F. parking meters to alert drivers when spots are open

The new meters will send messages to smart phones to help drivers avoid cruising in search of a parking space. Read more here.

History of the parking meter

NJ.com offers a brief history of the parking meter, as Somerville, New Jersey phases out its penny parking meters.

Avoiding traffic jams

Going beyond smart parking meters, a software application looks at your personal travel patterns over a period of time and makes predictions about the best way to get to where you are going. “According to Fast Company’s Ariel Schwartz, ‘Instead of slogging through the traffic, your phone

Ready for $4 per gallon gas?

That is the question posed by a new Planetizen article. Scott Bernstein of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the article’s author, says the most effective solution is to reduce the demand by creating more “location-efficient” communities: “Our research shows that

Do we need more highways?

This question should provoke an interesting debate on the National Journal‘s transportation blog. The question is raised in the context of a survey done by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, showing, not surprisingly that mayors are fans of transit. As the discussion is framed by Fawn Johnson: