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Researchers re-evaluate how we value transportation

By Chris McCahill Transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations often wrestle with how to properly value transportation investments, especially when it comes to things that can’t be measured in terms of vehicle delay, such as multimodal access and environmental justice. Some

Chicago opens TNC data to the public

By Eric Sundquist Getting data from transportation network companies for planning and other purposes has been a challenge. Agencies want to understand where TNCs are operating in order to address curb management, congestion, and transit-cannibalization issues. “It’s not necessarily that we

NYSDOT chooses the grid for Syracuse freeway replacement

By Robbie Webber After 10 years of community meetings, studies, and fierce debate, the New York State DOT has chosen the “community grid” as the preferred alternative for I-81 through Syracuse. The elevated viaduct had reached the end of its useful life and did not meet modern standards for

Oregon regulators require public utilities to adopt plans for electric vehicles

By Chet Edelman While electric vehicles only make up a small share of the current U.S. vehicle fleet, by 2040 they are expected to comprise approximately 55 percent of all new vehicle sales. Accommodating for growing EV demand, however, will require major changes in how utilities supply

Sidewalk evaluation app Project Sidewalk launches in Seattle

By Michael Brenneis Project Sidewalk, newly launched in Seattle, is crowdsourcing the evaluation of sidewalks and ramps with the intent to help DOTs locate and prioritize needed repairs and improvements, educate the public, and collect data to train AI. Poorly planned sidewalks and ramps, those

School site selection: considering transportation impacts on students

By Brian Lutenegger Safe Routes to School programs help make it easier and safer for students to walk or bike to school. The problem is that schools are often sited on previously undeveloped, inexpensive land at the edge of the community, far from where students live. This means it may be

Safety and speed management: Speeding into a crash?

By Saumya Jain According to a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in the past 25 years 37,000 additional people have died due to increased speed limits in the United States. However, Canada is taking a very different approach to speed, as detailed in the

Some drivers are more distracted by phones than others

By Michael  Brenneis With vehicle-related fatalities exceeding 40,000 annually, the search is on to isolate causes. On the distraction front, the driver behavior analytics company Zendrive has released its 2018 Distracted Driving Snapshot. The study looks at 4.5 million Zendrive users, driving

Cambridge enshrines protected bike lanes into law

By Robbie Webber Cambridge has become the first city in the U.S. to require protected bike lanes on reconstructed streets, if those streets are part of the city’s 20-mile bicycle network plan. This is not just an internal policy, but is included in municipal ordinance. And being legally

New study looks at the system-level factors that impact BRT ridership

By Brian Lutenegger A new study by researchers at Hanyang University in Korea and the Georgia Institute of Technology examines the factors that affect bus rapid transit (BRT) ridership at the system level. The researchers’ analysis examined 111 BRT systems around the world. Service supply

TDOT puts Complete Streets policy into practice

By Rayla Bellis The Tennessee Department of Transportation adopted a “multimodal access” policy in 2015, but recognized that the policy alone would have limited impact without a more comprehensive approach to improving safety for everyone. Since then, TDOT has taken steps to update

New York approves plan to implement congestion tolling: Beginning of a new trend?

By Chet Edelman As part of its recently passed $175 billion budget, the state of New York is allowing for congestion tolling to be implemented in New York City. While several key questions remain unanswered, the basic plan calls for charging vehicles entering Manhattan south of 60th Street a $9

Maryland designs for calmer traffic on urban highway

By Michael Brenneis Arterials bounded by urban or suburban development cease to function exclusively as throughways, and are good candidates for reconfiguration to support the land uses that surround them. As more bicyclists and pedestrians use a corridor, conflict with motor vehicles and

Netflix-of-transportation app guiding users toward sustainable mode choices

By Saumya Jain The Whim app , which some call the “Netflix of transportation,” is now a year old. The app works on the principle of mobility as a service (MaaS) and partners with local public and private transportation providers, bundling transit and taxi fares, bikeshare trips, and other

Shorter commutes make for more reliable workers

By Chris McCahill There’s no shortage of research suggesting that longer commutes can take a toll on workers’ health and happiness. But if that doesn’t concern employers and public officials, a new study out of Australia shows that longer commutes also translate into lower job performance