Environment

A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation (Transit Center, 2015)

In the past decade, several cities have transformed their streets by adding bus and bike lanes, creating new pedestrian plazas, and emphasizing the movement of people instead of cars. But these changes can be difficult to initiate and challenging to present to the general public. This new report

Cities Safer By Design (World Resources Institute, 2015)

A new report examines cities around the world to discover why some have safer streets than others. The report documents design elements that make streets safer for all users. Traffic safety has become a public health concern in many countries, and the fatalities can have a significant economic

Revising the Vermont State Standards; M2D2: Multimodal Development and Delivery (Vermont Agency of Transportation and Smart Growth America, 2015)

This new report from the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Smart Growth America identifies specific modifications to the Vermont State Standards, recommends changes to other related VTrans guidelines and policies, and presents an implementation plan and schedule for conducting the

Safer Streets, Stronger Economies (SGA, 2015)

Smart Growth America’s recently released report provides a strong evidence-based arguement for complete streets projects, supported by the analyses of transportation and economic data from before and after the implementation of 37 complete streets projects across the nation. These

Analysis of Public Policies that Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Sprawl (Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, 2015)

Urban sprawl costs the American economy more than $1 trillion annually. These costs include greater spending on infrastructure, public service delivery and transportation. This report details planning and market distortions that foster sprawl, and smart growth policies that can help correct

Close to Home: A Handbook for Transportation-Efficient Growth in Small Communities and Rural Areas (TRB, 2015)

While hundreds of studies have investigated how land use affects daily driving in urban and suburban areas, very few of those studies have looked at small communities and rural areas. This handbook is intended to help fill that gap by providing insights into the relationship between a

Autonomous Vehicle Technology A Guide for Policymakers (Rand Corporation, 2014)

In this study, Rand Corporation investigated the possible implications of autonomous vehicle technology on our roads. There are many policy and technological changes that will be necessary as these vehicles become more prevalent. This report is intended as a guide for state and federal

A Resident’s Guide for Creating Safer Communities for Walking and Biking (FHWA, 2015)

This new guide from FHWA will assist residents, parents, community association members, and other concerned citizens who want to make their communities safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. The guide includes facts, ideas, and resources to help residents learn about traffic problems that affect

Analysis of a Carbon Fee or Tax as a Mechanism to Reduce GHG Emissions in Massachusetts (Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, 2014)

This study was commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) to analyze how a possible revenue-neutral carbon tax (or fee) could be implemented in the Commonwealth. A carbon fee/tax is a simple and transparent way to create a price for emitting carbon dioxide (and

The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (SSTI & SGA, 2015)

SSTI and Smart Growth America continue working with state departments of transportation and tracking innovative strategies for meeting 21st century transportation needs. The 2015 edition of The Innovative DOT builds upon its predecessors with updated content from a growing number of states. The