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Millennials are driving more, but only those making the least money

By Chris McCahill The new 2017 National Household Travel Survey gives us our first look at changing travel habits since the recession. From what we can tell, the average American drives less in 2017 than eight years earlier. Driving also seems to have increased considerably among

Florida’s pedestrian record could have been much worse

By Robbie Webber Until recently, Florida had the dubious distinction of being rated the most dangerous state for pedestrians, but it now has competition from Arizona. However, a new study shows that things could have been even worse in Florida. Researchers writing in the American Journal of

Seattle’s parking reforms

By Rayla Bellis The Seattle City Council passed a number of parking reforms earlier this month to further support the city’s ongoing efforts to become less car-oriented, advance local climate change goals, and reduce housing costs in the city. Seattle is one of many cities to recognize that its

Dynamic tolling benefits highway users in congested areas

By Michael Brenneis Congestion pricing is gaining a foothold in the management of highway vehicular travel, and with good reason. Congestion pricing, sometimes called demand-based pricing or dynamic tolling, is in the early stages of adoption by state DOTs as a congestion-management practice.

Anticipating the costly impacts of climate change in Hawaii

By Logan Dredske Many states are considering what climate change is going to mean for their infrastructure, and Hawaii says their estimated price tag is $15 billion. According to Ed Sniffen, Hawaii’s Department of Transportation (HDOT) deputy director for highways, the state is estimating it

Does telecommuting increase vehicle miles traveled?

By Logan Dredske Recent research published in the Journal of Transport & Health analyzed the impact telecommuting has on vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The research, conducted by Sandip Chakrabarti, used the 2009 National Household Travel Survey to compare daily VMT for those who frequently

Federal bill continues support for transportation programs

By Alex Beckmann The new federal “omnibus” appropriation bill, enacted March 23, provides over $86 billion for the U.S. Department of Transportation, a record funding amount and an increase of almost $10 billion from U.S. DOT’s FY ‘17 funding levels. Road, transit, and rail programs all

Curbs: A new data frontier

By Chris McCahill State and local transportation agencies have long focused on what’s happening between the curbs—collecting data about the speed, volume, and types of vehicles moving along each road—but growing competition for curb space from parked cars, bikes, taxis, TNCs, and deliveries

Opportunities and potential bias in new transportation data

By Brian Lutenegger A new issue brief from the Center for American Progress examines congestion on roadways in the United States and considers the potential and pitfalls of new data sources, such as those provided by private ride hailing companies including Uber and others. Although cities are

Livable arterials, not necessarily an oxymoron

By Eric Sundquist Perhaps nowhere is the conflict between mobility and livability more apparent than along arterials. One problem in improving livability is that, while practitioners have multiple well-established standards for mobility, they have none for livability. Since “what gets measured,

Bicycle level of stress and equity as factors in project selection

By Robbie Webber A paper published in the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation suggests integrating accessibility by bicycle, equity, and project selection to tackle the isolation and segregation of low-income neighborhoods in Baltimore. Using bicycle Level of Traffic Stress (LTS)

Household car travel dropping steadily

Update: Our original post noted a major decrease in household vehicle miles traveled from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey to the 2017 survey. Due to methodological changes from year-to-year, we’re looking deeper into the new data to validate any apparent trends in travel

Pedestrian deaths are a systemic problem in the U.S.

Bu Chris McCahill Pedestrian deaths hovered around 6,000 in 2017, according to a new report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. That’s a slight drop from the previous year but still 45 percent higher than in 2009. Media reports have hyped a handful of theories to explain the

Downtown parking: A declining business

By Logan Dredske What effect do Uber and Lyft have on parking demand in urban areas? Just ask Ace Parking CEO John Baumgardner. Ace Parking—which provides a range of services from parking garage management to valet—has experienced a sizeable drop in demand for parking in the company’s San

Research finds R1-6 gateway treatment can rival RFFB and PHB lights at pedestrian crossings

By Robbie Webber Research in Michigan has shown that in-street, yield-to-pedestrian signs can affect both yielding behavior and driver speeds approaching crosswalks to the same degree as installation of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RFFB) or Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB.) This is good