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Falling VMT and Insurance Rates with PAYD?

In its Clean Energy and Climate Plan, the authors assert that a mandatory charge-per-mile system for the entire state would reduce VMT by up to 9.5%. Massachusetts would like to find out. For a voluntary system, the reduction would be approximately 2%.  

Falling Gas Demand

After decades of increasing demand for gasoline, the decline that began in 2007 is expected to accelerate, according to a experts from consulting, industry and environmental groups cited in this article.  

More Ways to Pay Higher London Congestion Charging Fee

The BBC reports that London’s charge for entering the center city has been increased from 8 pounds to 10 pounds in 2011, but the area to which it applies has been reduced in size. There are more options for paying, including license plate recognition technology.  

Equitable VMT reduction is possible, WSDOT report finds

An effective statewide VMT reduction program would not necessarily harm the poor and other vulnerable groups, a new report from the Washington State Department of Transportation finds.  The report counters objections that such programs would be inequitable. The report estimates the potential

From the Community of Practice: Impacts of VMT Reduction Strategies on Selected Areas and Groups

The Washington State Department of Transportation released a report [PDF] that examines impacts of VMT reduction strategies on selected groups and geographic areas.  As described in the report’s abstract:  “The State of Washington has established benchmarks for reducing vehicle miles

Governor Abercrombie Approves Final Honolulu Rail Transit EIS

Hawaii’s Governor Abercrombie accepted the final environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Honolulu Rail Transit project on December 16.  With the governor’s acceptance, the City of Honolulu anticipates that the FTA will issue a record of decision (ROD), which will allow the City

Getting Back on Track: Aligning State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goals

A new report by NRDC and Smart Growth America analyzes each state’s transportation policies and evaluates how they support efforts to reduce GHG emissions.  The report can be found on both the NRDC and Smart Growth America websites. NRDC describes the criteria for evaluating state policies to

The Invisible System

A recent report on the impact of public policy decisions on freight sheds light on a system that is invisible to most Americans, and on policy decisions that may have unexpected consequences: “The freight system is largely a private-sector enterprise, but public policy decisions have major

Getting from Point A to Point B

Using insiders as well, cities and states are creating communication tools to make sure that their citizens know what transportation options are available to them.  A video for Idaho, is available at the I-way web site. The Raspberry Express is a ridesharing service on the Hibiscus Coast

“Our apps are whiz kid certified.”

New York City touts the transit technology created by outsider whiz kids when it switched to an open data policy.