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Auto-braking is becoming more common, but the tech is still evolving

By Eric Sundquist One hope for reversing the growing death toll among pedestrians and cyclists lies in technology that senses crashes before they happen and avoids them. In 2015, NHTSA, with support from the insurance industry, reached an agreement with most automakers to ramp up installation of

Gender biases in transit planning

By Saumya Jain “The default human that is the basis for research and design projects is usually a white adult male.” Despite efforts to close the gender gap in many aspects of life, there are still some industries and activities where the gap hasn’t even been identified properly. One such

Some bias is evident when ticketing speeders in Burlington, Vermont

By Michael Brenneis The negative safety effects of speeding are well established. The enforcement of speed limits is justified to reduce crashes. But does officer discretion when giving tickets result in bias against one group or another? The results of an analysis of speeding stops in

TRB provides playbook to TNC-transit partnerships

By Robbie Webber Transit agencies have increasingly partnered with transportation network companies, such as Uber and Lyft, to supplement fixed-route services. TNCs are used to extend service to less-dense areas of a community, provide first- and last-mile connections, operate on weekends or

Transportation affordability key to housing market resilience

By Chris McCahill A new study looked at more than 300 metropolitan areas across the U.S. to understand which ones saw foreclosure rates drop the fastest during the economic recovery period between 2011 and 2014. The authors call this “housing market resilience.” It found that some of the most

Bellevue, WA, plans to use AI to leverage cameras for safety

by Michael Brenneis Agencies that aspire to achieve zero traffic fatalities need to know where to invest for the biggest crash reductions. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are allowing DOTs to leverage their existing camera technology in order to extract large quantities of data that can

Does active transportation add to overall physical activity, or substitute for other exercise?

By Rayla Bellis New research in the Journal of Transport and Health investigates whether people who spend more time walking and biking daily to work and errands in the U.S. and the Netherlands spend less time exercising overall. The study findings indicate the opposite—the likelihood of

It’s not distracted walking that is killing NYC pedestrians

By Michael Brenneis “[NYC]DOT found little concrete evidence that device-induced distracted walking contributes significantly to pedestrian fatalities and injuries.” So concludes a recent report examining whether device-distracted walkers are killing themselves by stepping out in front of

People weigh risk versus convenience in whether to use pedestrian bridges

By Chris McCahill Pedestrian bridges may help keep people away from heavy traffic, but only if people are willing to use them. And that often isn’t the case, according to a new study in Accident Analysis & Prevention. People will cross at street level to avoid tall or narrow, constrained

More evidence that TNCs are clogging downtown streets (and what NYC is doing about it)

By Rayla Bellis In August, Uber and Lyft jointly released an analysis conducted by Fehr & Peers examining how their vehicles are contributing to VMT in six major cities: Boston, Chicago, L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. The study found that Uber and Lyft vehicles account for

Transit-oriented development, VMT, and induced gentrification

By Saumya Jain In the last two decades, transit-oriented development (TOD) has become more than just a “jargony buzz phrase” and has caused the housing market to explode near transit hubs. Many cities are focusing their future development plans around transit connectivity, encouraging people

Growth near transit is key to connecting smaller cities, SSTI finds

By Chris McCahill A new study by SSTI and the Traffic Operations and Safety Lab at UW-Madison provides a partial roadmap to the future for transit in smaller cities. The study gave Eau Claire, Wisconsin—a city nearing 70,000 people—a look into emerging transit technologies and insight on

More highways, more congestion

By Eric Sundquist In pursuit of congestion relief, the United States added 63 percent more urban freeway lane-miles between 1990 and 2017. That rate far outstripped the 46 percent growth in urban population. It didn’t work. As widely reported last month, the Texas Transportation Institute’s

PennDOT CEO emphasizes community engagement, active transportation

By Robbie Webber Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Transportation wants more diversity in decision making; more equal concern for people walking, biking and driving; and more early communication with communities about PennDOT projects. These were the themes of an interview with Leslie Richards

AAA: Red light running is killing us

By Robbie Webber The AAA Foundation reports that fatalities due to red light running is at a 10-year high, and more than half of the deaths were outside the offending car, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and those in other cars. In 2017, the last full year for which statistics are available,