Economic Impact

Infrastructure 2011: A Strategic Priority (Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, 2012)

Based on extensive research and interviews with industry leaders, this report surveys global infrastructure trends and activities in 2011, then examines in depth current U.S. infrastructure policy and the outlook for meeting the nation’s significant repair and rebuilding challenges. The U.S.

Economic Effects of Public Investment in Transportation and Directions for the Future (CNT and SSTI, 2012)

This report examines current economic analysis practices in state Departments of Transportation (DOTs) through examples in nine state transportation agencies and an extensive literature review. For additional understanding of the methods in practice, we also incorporated information obtained

The Shifting Nature of U.S. Housing Demand (The Demand Institute, 2012)

The Demand Institute is jointly operated by The Conference Board and Nielsen. This is their first major publication. They believe the trajectory of the housing market has now reached a true turning point; the worst of the housing crash is over, and a recovery has now started. This housing

Land Use Impacts of Bus Rapid Transit (National BRT Institute, 2009)

This report is among the first in recent years in the United States to examine property value impacts from proximity to BRT stations. A hedonic regression model was estimated to isolate the effect of distance from a BRT station on property values of single-family homes along the Pittsburgh

The Life and Death of Urban Highways (Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and EMBARQ, 2012)

Case studies of cities which have removed elevated urban highways, as well as an examination of why urban highways should be removed. Download the full report.

The BRT Standard (Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2012)

The BRT Standard is an effort by leading technical experts to come to a common understanding of what constitutes internationally recognized best practice in Bus Rapid Transit system design. The best BRT systems are ones that combine efficiency and sustainability with passenger comfort and

Prospering in Place: Linking Jobs, Development, and Transit to Spur Chicago’s Economy (Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2012)

This report presents a blueprint for revitalizing specific neighborhoods within the Chicago urban area by focusing on the transit and rail networks already in place. It calls for investment in the places with the best chance of success that can create the greatest value, strengthen the regional

Traffic Congestion: Road Pricing Can Help Reduce Congestion, but Equity Concerns May Grow (GAO, 2011)

Traffic Congestion: Road Pricing Can Help Reduce Congestion, but Equity Concerns May Grow is a report issued by the Government Accountability Office. It examines whether road pricing can reduce congestion, both for those who use toll lanes and for those that do not. It also examines concerns

Active Transportation Beyond Urban Center (Rails to Trails Conservancy, 2012)

Biking and walking for transportation is not confined to large urban centers. This report examines the many benefits for rural areas and small communities when they invest in active transportation. An interactive map allows zooming in on a particular region, and the full report can be downloaded

Cost of Alternative Revenue Generation Systems (TRB, 2011)

This report evaluates and measures the administrative, collection, and enforcement costs associated with five revenue-generating policies: fuel tax, tolling, VMT fees, congestion pricing, and parking fees. Download the full report here.