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Utah stepping up multimodal planning and investment under new law

By Chris McCahill Transportation decisionmaking is changing in Utah, thanks to the state’s SB136, which passed earlier this year. The bill garnered attention in part because it reforms the governance of the Utah Transit Authority, but UDOT is also moving forward on other important aspects,

Smart intersection technology may improve safety for all road users

Michael Brenneis The promise of smart intersection technology goes beyond increased operational efficiency and encompasses its potential to improve safety for all road users, including those using the crosswalk. But it does not fulfill this promise if it is only used to reduce congestion and

How Denver and Seattle are working to preserve affordable housing near transit

By Rayla Bellis The Denver and Seattle regions are experiencing a challenge common to a number of cities around the country: despite an influx of transit-oriented development projects, much of that new housing is unaffordable to the people who rely on transit the most. In a recent guest post for

Uber and Lyft look toward electric vehicles

By Brian Lutenegger Uber is testing new actions to help its drivers who use electric vehicles. The company says it wants to increase the number of electric vehicle trips it provides each year, as well as the charging infrastructure required to do this. Lyft is also looking to increase electric

Pricing mechanisms key to reducing transportation emissions

By Chris McCahill Cities, counties, and states are setting ambitious emissions reduction goals, requiring them to cut transportation sector emissions, which account for more than a quarter of the national total. Electric vehicles powered by clean energy could make a big difference, but it is

Could transit service cuts be responsible for declining ridership?

By Rayla Bellis It is no secret that transit ridership has declined in recent years in many cities in the U.S. after years of increases. Ridership dropped by 2.5 percent nationwide from 2016 to 2017. While some have speculated that this decline is due to decreasing gas prices or competition from

New multimodal trip data on the horizon

By Chris McCahill StreetLight Data, which provides trip-making data compiled from cellphones and mobile devices, recently announced a new multimodal data initiative called “M2.” The company has offered data from personal and commercial vehicles for several years. SSTI used these data for a

Phoenix struggles with its pedestrian safety record

By Robbie Webber Phoenix has a problem with pedestrian fatalities. The city, along with the entire state of Arizona, has an exceptionally high rate of pedestrian fatalities compared to the rest of the country. It looked like the city was ready to tackle this problem, with a city staff naming 11

Is traffic congestion a good thing?

By Brian Lutenegger Researchers at the University of Colorado at Denver and Florida Atlantic University sought to answer this question: Is the fear of the negative economic effects of traffic congestion justified, or is congestion merely a nuisance with little economic impact? The researchers

Federal grant to increase efficiency in Midwest rail network, untangle Chicago bottleneck

By Michael Brenneis Chicago has become a notorious rail bottleneck, responsible for delays that impede freight delivery, Amtrak, Metra passenger service, and even drivers trying to cross rail lines. Now, one of the worst tangles—the 75th Street corridor—is about to get a little better thanks

Vancouver commission recommends decongestion fees

By Robbbie Webber A new report released by the Vancouver, BC, Mobility Pricing Independent Commission does not provide a single solution for congestion and delay in Metro Vancouver, but it has undoubtedly generated the type of discussion the authors wanted. The report carefully lays out an

Portland guide to streamline protected bicycle lane design

By Michael Brenneis In the United States, bicycling mode share hovers in the single-digits, while many European countries enjoy double-digit cycling mode share. The difference may be due to the attention European planners and engineers pay to cycling infrastructure. Increasing the active

Florida brings dynamically priced express lanes to an already tolled road

By Rayla Bellis The Veterans Expressway in Tampa (State Route 589) will soon be the latest highway in the country to get a dynamically priced express lane in each direction. However, unlike most other managed lanes around the nation, which are typically implemented on an untolled roadway, the

Lessons for the U.S. from Norway’s success with electric vehicles

By Brian Lutenegger Norway is the world’s leader in electric vehicle adoption, and the country has set a goal to be 100 percent electric by 2025. But their experience with the transition to electric vehicles holds some lessons for other countries, including the U.S. Norway has the highest

Estimating the amount people drive based on accessibility measures

By Logan Dredske How does the built environment influence the amount people drive? Research by SSTI’s Logan Dredske worked to answer this very question. The focus of his research was to create a framework for estimating vehicle miles traveled based on conditions of the built environment. His