Land Use

Measuring Urban Transportation Performance: A Critique of Mobility Measures and a Synthesis (CEOs for Cities, 2010)

While peak hour travel is a perennial headache for many Americans — peak hour travel times average 200 hours a year in large metropolitan areas — some cities have managed to achieve shorter travel times and actually reduce the peak hour travel times. The key is that some metropolitan

Midsize Cities on the Move: A Look at the Next Generation of Rapid Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, and Streetcar Projects in the United States (Reconnecting America, 2012)

Transit agencies in large cities receive significant attention because they both move so many people and are so complex, often with bus, light rail, subways, commuter rail, and other modes tied into one system. In more rural areas, transit serves to overcome large geographic distances and

Expanded Transportation Performance Measures to Supplement Level of Service (LOS) for Growth Management and Transportation Impact Analysis (University of Florida Transportation Research Center, 2012)

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that details a framework for selecting performance measures that support a transition to multimodal transit options and that are consistent with the communities’ goals and desired quality of life. New performance measures are

The Correlates of Housing Price Changes with Geography, Density, Design and Use: Evidence from Philadelphia (Congress for the New Urbanism, 2012)

University of Pennsylvania economist Kevin Gillen analyzes the stability of Philadelphia-area home prices from 2007-2012 as they correlate to walkable, urban neighborhoods versus exurban, auto-centered locales. In a reversal of trends from past recessions, the walkable, urban neighborhoods have

Losing Ground: The Struggle of Moderate-Income Households to Afford the Rising Costs of Housing and Transportation (Center for Housing Policy and the Center on Neighborhood Technology, 2012)

An update of the 2006 report, A Heavy Load: The Combined Housing and Transportation Burdens of Working Families, this report looks at the increasing burden of the combination of housing and transportation on moderate-income households. Six years later, the idea that housing and transportation

Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America (Reconnecting America, 2012)

This report tracks progress in America’s regions toward a vision of complete communities. The report highlights the benefits that complete communities offer all Americans, tells stories about the work being done across the country to create complete communities, and measures progress in every

Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities: Traveler Response to Transportation System Changes (TRB, 2012)

This report is an update to a series from TRB examining how travelers respond to different types of transportation infrastructure, facilities, and policies. This chapter examines pedestrian and bicyclist behavior and travel demand outcomes in a relatively broad sense. It  focuses on the

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities (Partnership for Sustainable Communities and USDA, 2012)

This guide to HUD, DOT, EPA, and USDA programs highlights federal resources rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life. It provides key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from the

The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (SSTI & SGA, 2012)

SSTI and Smart Growth America have updated The Innovative DOT with new content and case studies. The 2014 edition of the handbook can be found here. The Innovative DOT: A handbook of policy and practice Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking. Yet state Departments of Transportation (DOTs)

Land Use Impacts on Transport: How Land Use Factors Affect Travel Behavior (Victoria Transportation Policy Institute, 2012)

This paper examines how various land use factors such as density, regional accessibility, mix and roadway connectivity affect travel behavior, including per capita vehicle travel, mode split and nonmotorized travel. This information is useful for evaluating the ability of smart growth, new