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Maximizing investments in work zone safety in Oregon

In 2008, 720 fatalities occurred in work zones throughout the nation. This figure is two percent of all roadway fatalities for the year. With limited funds for safety, the Oregon Department of Transportation initiated a study to determine how it could be more strategic in planning how the

Oregon Senate passes bill to ease the way for car-sharing programs

If a car owner wants to rent a car to someone for a day when it is not being used, what happens with the car insurance? Under a bill passed by the Oregon senate, the car would continue to be insured as a personal vehicle by its owner, while a car-sharing company would insure it during its time as

Have TOD promoters been putting the cart before the horse?

Building on its previous publication, Transit and Employment (2008), the Center for Transit-Oriented Development recently released a new report, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Employment. The report challenges the assumption that employment dispersal outside of central business districts

Big vision, big roads, what now?

We are used to thinking about American’s interstate system beginning with the Eisenhower era’s creation of a national defense highway system in the 1950’s. A new book “The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways”

States’ work to make biking safer.

The good news on bicycling is that states are moving to make bicycling safer, according to a report in USA Today (available here) that describes measures that states are taking and links to a “ranking on bicycle friendliness” done by the League of American Bicyclists. (Top Five: Washington,

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