Economic Impact

Has motorization in the U.S. peaked? Part 5: Update through 2012 (Michael Sivak, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, 2014)

Following on previous reports, this paper updates driving and fuel consumption trends through 2012. The author examines 11 trends in all, including less driving per capita, per licensed driver, per household, and total VMT. Fuel consumption has also declined, and is now lower than the rates in

Autonomous Vehicle Legislation (Council of State Governments, 2014)

This brief from the Council of State Governments examines the issues states will need to consider as they prepare for autonomous and self-driving vehicles. The brief argues that, with rapidly changing technology, some legislation may be premature. Download the full paper.

Automated Cars: A smooth ride ahead? (Independent Transport Commission, 2014)

This paper, by researchers at the Imperial College London, raises a wide range of important public policy questions regarding vehicle automation, from safety issues to the effects on public transport and the movement of goods. This is still a rapidly developing area of transport, and the

Repair Priorities 2014 (Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, 2014)

How much would your state need to repair its roads? Most likely the answer to that question is “a lot.” In some cases, state DOTs could spend their entire annual budget on repair and maintenance and still have work left to do. So why are many states making the problem even worse by

Civil rights guidance and equity analysis methods for regional transportation plans: a critical review of literature and practice (Journal of Transportation Geography, 2013)

Metropolitan planning organizations typically undertake an analysis of regional transportation plan equity to comply with federal anti-discrimination law, most prominently Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In this critical review, the authors examine the law, regulatory guidance, academic

The Future of Transportation Infrastructure Investments: Determining Best Practices for States’ Funding and Financing Mechanisms (Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy – College of William & Mary, 2014)

Federal funds account for a significant portion of transportation investment, with states responsible for almost half of transportation infrastructure revenues. In an era of tight federal budgets and growing debt, states will likely have to shoulder more of the burden. This report concludes that

Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook (Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, 2013)

The Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook has ideas to make local streets accommodate all users. It includes checklists at the end for different components of the street. The city intends to update it as comments come in and the document is used by planners and city staff. Download the

Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan (Hawaii Department of Transportation, 2013)

Hawaii’s Statewide Pedestrian Master Plan was recognized with a National Planning Excellent and Achievement Award by the American Planning Association which helps to make pedestrians safer and provide a more connected, multi-modal transportation system in the state. HDOT’s

The Economic Benefits of Sustainable Streets (New York City DOT, 2013)

NYCDOT has been a leader in transforming urban streets to improve the environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. But when they tried to evaluate the impact of street design improvements on neighborhood economies, they found no well-established, objective methodologies. Therefore, they set out

The Bike-share Planning Guide (ITDP, 2013)

Cities around the world are developing bike sharing programs. This guide evaluates international best practice in bike-share, helps to bridge the divide between developing and developed countries’ experiences to provide guidance on planning and implementing a successful bike-share system