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Windshield bias among transportation professionals shifts safety burden onto pedestrians

By Chris McCahill Transportation professionals who spend more time behind the wheel tend to believe distracted walking plays an overstated role in pedestrian deaths, according to a new Rutgers study. This belief can steer professionals toward trying to correct pedestrian behavior, rather than

Advancing congestion pricing: a new report

By Michael Brenneis A new ENO report on congestion pricing suggests that having a clear purpose and vision in place before implementation is the key to success. In addition, placing revenue as the primary goal, and sending that revenue into general funds, is largely unsustainable. The

Resources for managing streets during COVID response, recovery, and beyond

By Rayla Bellis Cities have rapidly implemented new street design and management strategies in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. These emerging best practices can provide a roadmap for other cities to follow as they respond to current needs, reopen their economies, and adjust to

Post-COVID travel patterns—a survey by the MassINC Polling Group

By Saumya Jain In a recent public opinion survey conducted by the MassINC Polling Group, Massachusetts residents expected to travel less in the future due to COVID-19’s impact. However, many residents expect to increase their trips by car and decrease trips by transit. A majority of residents

“Spillover” effects reinforce VMT effects from transit and parking subsidies

By Eric Sundquist We know that employer-provided free parking tends to increase auto-commute trips and that employer-provided transit passes tend to reduce auto-commute trips. Research is less clear about the effect on vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), however, in part because we don’t know whether

Researchers look at the transportation future as the country reopens

By Robbie Webber As the economy recovers from COVID-19, how can we emerge with a better, stronger, and more resilient transportation system? Three recent reports analyzing the impact of the pandemic on transportation and personal attitudes toward transportation may offer some clues. Vanderbilt

Teleworking’s hidden environmental costs

By Eric Sunquist Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place orders, more Americans are teleworking. This has drastically reduced VMT and air emissions. Policymakers may be tempted to try to encourage teleworking post-COVID-19 in order to keep the traffic down and the air

Comparing the car travel of Millennials and Generation X

By Michael Brenneis According to data retrieved from the FHWA’s National Household Travel Surveys, in 2017 Millennials drove less than their Gen X counterparts did in 2001. A new study in the Journal of Planning Education and Research compares the 2017 VMT patterns of Millennials (birth year

What states and cities can do to mitigate speeding during the pandemic

By Rayla Bellis Traffic volumes have plummeted since the pandemic. While that has led to fewer crashes overall in some states and cities, a growing number report large increases in speeding citations. In California, the number of tickets issued for driving above 100 miles per hour is 87 percent

In the midst of nationwide transit service cuts, more than one million rural households do not have a car

By Rayla Bellis Many transit agencies have been forced to drastically scale back services due to rapidly declining revenues, and rural providers are no exception. Many were already operating on incredibly tight budgets, serving large geographic areas with a small staff of part-time drivers. While

Active travel: A mental health solution

By Saumya Jain A recent study from the Netherlands found that while active travel might not affect body weight, it does have a significant positive impact on a traveler’s mental health. In a global health crisis, where it is crucial to stay home to slow the spread of the virus, many of us have

With traffic down, Oregon DOT can move more vehicles at twice the speed

By Chris McCahill With overall traffic down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one highway in Oregon is now moving higher traffic volumes at twice the typical speed, according to an analysis by Joe Cortright at City Observatory. This might seem counterintuitive, but it perfectly illustrates the

Oregon moves toward a safer speed-limit approach

By Eric Sundquist The Oregon Transportation Commission last month approved a revised speed-limit guidance that abandons the long-standing-but-arbitrary 85th percentile rule in many cases. Instead of relying on drivers to set speeds by their behavior, the new guidance provides context-based safe

The risk of premature death from transportation noise

By Michael Brenneis The health risks of exposure to transportation noise may not command the same attention as those of exposure to particulate matter or motor vehicle crashes. But it turns out that prolonged exposure to noise is a serious matter, with numerous deleterious health effects—from

Effective prioritization of curbside usage: data gaps and infrastructure limitations

By Saumya Jain Owing to the rising popularity of ecommerce, expedited deliveries, ride-hailing services, and micromobility options, curb space is in demand now more than ever. Because curbside is a public property, the burden of efficiently allocating this commodity comes down to city officials.