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COMMUTE bill would boost accessibility metrics

By Eric Sundquist A new bipartisan bill in Congress would provide funding for DOTs and MPOs to apply innovative accessibility metrics to decision-making. The COMMUTE bill, S.B. 654 and H.B. 1517, was introduced March 5 by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Reps. Mark

Parking, ride-hailing, and shifting traveler needs

By Chris McCahill According to a new study out of Denver, one-quarter of ride-hailing trips replace driving, which reduces the need for parking, particularly at specific land uses. Difficulty parking is also a key reason people are shifting to ride-hailing services, which suggests that places

Report presents best practices guide for implementing Tactical Transit Lanes

By Chet Edelman Bus Rapid Transit or BRT has gained popularity in recent decades as a more cost-effective alternative to light rail. In its simplest form, BRT entails setting aside an exclusive lane of traffic for buses so they can travel unencumbered by other vehicles. However, a recent report

Yes, communities can be sued for their unsafe streets

By Robbie Webber Cities can be sued if they don’t provide a safe environment for pedestrians or bicyclists. Two cases in recent years—including one before the New York Court of Appeals (New York’s highest court)—prove that. But winning a lawsuit against a city is quite uncommon, and the

A method for quantifying risks imposed on cyclists while sharing road with motor vehicles

By Saumya Jain Keeping vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe via engineering standards and street warrants is common practice around the world. But in spite of the growing level of support for bicycling for both commuting and recreation, bike facility design standards are rarely backed by

Smartphone app promises crowdsourced road roughness index and fuel efficient routing

By Michael Brenneis The ability of smartphones to collect reams of data is significantly expanding crowdsourcing opportunities. An accelerometer is used by smartphones to change screen orientation or count footfalls, among other uses. But it is also capable of recording the force of

To meet clean energy goals, everyone will need better transportation options

By Chris McCahill The proposed Green New Deal, like many local green energy and climate action plans across the country, aspires to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. As SSTI’s Beth Osborne and other writers have pointed out, transportation presents some of the biggest challenges. Meeting

ITE takes on parking minimums and manuals

By Saumya Jain Once considered a pure public good, parking is now known as a public problem as well. Among other drawbacks, it occupies valuable land and curb space, and it encourages auto trips and emissions, in part by spreading out destinations so that non-auto travel is difficult. The

Study: Carlessness drives incomes down

By Chet Edelman New York City has its share of income disparity problems. However, in terms of transportation, at least parts of New York stand out as places that live up to the idea of providing equity through multimodal choice. A new paper by David King of Arizona State University and two

NTSB priority: Roadway speed management

By Eric Sundquist When it comes to speed, delay and congestion usually get more attention than the flip-side problem of excessive speed. Under statute, for example, the federal government requires agencies to track speed reliability and delay. There is no similar requirement for tracking

Washington, DC, improves parking and traffic with “asset-lite” pricing program

By Chris McCahill Washington, DC, just released the results from its four-year pilot program, parkDC, which applied dynamic pricing for on-street parking in Penn Quarter and Chinatown. Based on its success, the city is now working to expand the program beyond the pilot area. The program, which

New study finds that road closures can alleviate congestion in dense urban areas

By Chet Edelman Historically, transportation policy addressing vehicle congestion has entailed increasing road capacity—whether it be through widening existing roads or building new roads altogether. However, research consistently reveals that these policies have the opposite effect. Rather

Can road pricing be used to make LA’s transportation system more equitable?

By Rayla Bellis California nonprofit TransForm and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently released a new report and toolkit with guidance for bringing equity into the implementation of congestion pricing. While conversations about congestion pricing and equity often focus on

Evidence from Toronto: Well-designed bike lanes encourage cycling, improve safety for all

By Michael Brenneis People need no encouragement to use transportation networks that connect them to the places they need to be, if the networks are comfortable, convenient, and safe to use. This has certainly been the case for the use of motor vehicles on North American roads, with the possible

Speeding contributes to one-quarter of fatalities, but remains culturally acceptable

By Michael Brenneis As a vehicle’s speed increases, it’s kinetic energy increases exponentially. Should a vehicle crash, its kinetic energy is transferred, often catastrophically, into the structure of the vehicle, its occupants, other vehicles, the surrounding built environment, or nearby