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A troubled marriage between safety research and practice

By Chris McCahill Road design often is not as science-based as we like to think, according to a new study in Accident Analysis & Prevention. Years of biased or misreported research findings inform many of the design practices that are common today. And while there is plenty to be learned from

In Denmark, bicyclists more law abiding when facilities present

By Robbie Webber We have written before about studies that find bicyclists in the U.S. break the law at about the same rate as motorists, although for different reasons. Now a study in Denmark finds that, although Danish cyclists break the law at a far lower rate than in the U.S., the prevalence

Chicago parking concession big win for investors, hard on curb management

By Michael Brenneis As reported by the Chicago Sun Times, the 2018 audit of the Chicago Parking Meters LLC (CPM) financial statement shows parking meter revenue of $132.7 million, down slightly from $134.2 million in 2017. In 2008, before the on-street parking lease to CPM began, and prior to a

State DOT officials discuss how to prioritize repair

By Rayla Bellis Transportation for America and Taxpayers for Common Sense has released Repair Priorities 2019, a new report analyzing pavement conditions, state spending trends, and unmet repair needs nationwide. The report indicates that pavement conditions are getting worse, contributing to a

Hawaii moves toward road usage charge and a clean energy future

By Saumya Jain With continuously declining fuel tax revenues and growing interest in sustainable modes of transportation, many states have initiated conversations around vehicle miles traveled fees. Hawaii has addressed this topic more aggressively than many others. A decade ago, Hawaii set an

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