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Multimodal transportation and income equity fit hand-in-glove

By Beth Osborne One recent study finds that cities offering diverse transportation options have the lowest income inequality, while another study finds that transit systems may begin to struggle as lower income families are pushed away from the city center. These works demonstrate that preserving

FL city tickets black population, misses on pedestrian safety

By Robbie Webber Jacksonville, Florida, has consistently been named among the most dangerous cities in the U.S. for pedestrians, ranking fourth in the 2016 Dangerous By Design report by Smart Growth America. A new report by ProPublica and the Florida Times-Union details how efforts to ostensibly

California blocks parking requirements where housing needs aren’t met

By Chris McCahill In an effort to streamline affordable housing development, a new California law (SB-35) will preclude cities from requiring parking on certain projects, beginning January 1. As the New York Times recently reported, zoning ordinances such as parking requirements are central to

Access to jobs by transit is on the rise

By Chris McCahill In most large metropolitan areas, the typical worker could reach more jobs by transit in 2016 than in 2015, according to the newest Access Across America report from the University of Minnesota’s Accessibility Observatory. Accessibility increased in 36 out of 49 regions. The

Cities and airports look to develop best practices for rideshare pick-ups and drop-offs

By Brian Lutenegger The demand for ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft is exploding in many U.S. cities, particularly in larger cities where households are less likely to own a car or drive to work. In high-traffic locations with limited open curbside space, pick-ups and drop-offs can

In Ohio, speed limits go up—and with them crashes, injuries, and deaths

By Eric Sundquist Like many other local, state, and federal transportation agencies, the Ohio DOT has a zero crash death goal. However, a 2013 law to raise speed limits on nearly 1,000 centerline miles is making that goal harder to reach, according to a recent study by the state Department of

Compact fire trucks: A controversial issue simplified

By Logan Dredske The San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) is welcoming new and compact fire trucks that will allow for more pedestrian-friendly street design throughout the city. The new trucks are a result of a partnership between the fire department, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Walk San

NACTO releases Blueprint for Autonomous Urbanism

By Robbie Webber The National Association of City Transportation Officials has released a guide for cities to prepare for a future with autonomous vehicles. Unlike their previous design guides for bikeways, transit, storm water, and overall streets, this blueprint does not present specific design

Researchers highlight city-centered practices in “roadmap for the 21st century”

By Chris McCahill Our National Highway System was built on two major pillars—popular support for new highway construction and federal funding from gas taxes—according to a new paper published in Research in Transportation Business and Management. Both have recently shown signs of weakening,

Google’s incomplete information affects transit ridership

By Brian Lutenegger Google Maps has transformed how people get around, making it relatively simple for even a first-time visitor to navigate a new city. But there is one area where Google Maps fails: if there are transit options that haven’t published their data in the General Transit Feed

Why hasn’t Denver seen an increase in transit ridership?

By Rayla Bellis Denver, CO, has one of the top transit systems west of the Mississippi today, thanks to major investments that have drastically expanded the regional transit network over the past decade. The region currently boasts the eighth largest rail system nationwide despite being the

Free bike share for transit users

By Logan Dredske Increasing bike share usage and improving first- and last-mile connections are the goals of Healthy Ride, Pittsburgh’s updated bike share program. It is receiving an update thanks to its partnership with Port Authority, the city’s transit authority. Healthy Ride 2.0 lets

Where people walk: Two new studies improve “walkability” measurement

By Chris McCahill In planning and designing for pedestrians, sidewalks are often a good start but rarely make a place walkable on their own. Measuring pedestrian accessibility (the topic of a recent SSTI webinar) depends on two important pieces of information: 1) where destinations are located,

What is ride-hailing doing to our transportation system?

By Robbie Webber A new study from the Institute of Transportation Studies at University of California–Davis delves into the effects of ride-hailing (Uber and Lyft) use on other parts of our transportation system. What they find confirms some assumptions and disproves others. Interrelationships

Offsetting loss of public transit revenue due to ride-hailing services

By Logan Dredske Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing an increase in the city’s fee charged to ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft to offset the loss of revenue from public transit users who switched to ride-hailing services. Currently, the city charges Uber and Lyft 52 cents per