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TDOT puts Complete Streets policy into practice

By Rayla Bellis The Tennessee Department of Transportation adopted a “multimodal access” policy in 2015, but recognized that the policy alone would have limited impact without a more comprehensive approach to improving safety for everyone. Since then, TDOT has taken steps to update

New York approves plan to implement congestion tolling: Beginning of a new trend?

By Chet Edelman As part of its recently passed $175 billion budget, the state of New York is allowing for congestion tolling to be implemented in New York City. While several key questions remain unanswered, the basic plan calls for charging vehicles entering Manhattan south of 60th Street a $9

Maryland designs for calmer traffic on urban highway

By Michael Brenneis Arterials bounded by urban or suburban development cease to function exclusively as throughways, and are good candidates for reconfiguration to support the land uses that surround them. As more bicyclists and pedestrians use a corridor, conflict with motor vehicles and

Netflix-of-transportation app guiding users toward sustainable mode choices

By Saumya Jain The Whim app , which some call the “Netflix of transportation,” is now a year old. The app works on the principle of mobility as a service (MaaS) and partners with local public and private transportation providers, bundling transit and taxi fares, bikeshare trips, and other

Shorter commutes make for more reliable workers

By Chris McCahill There’s no shortage of research suggesting that longer commutes can take a toll on workers’ health and happiness. But if that doesn’t concern employers and public officials, a new study out of Australia shows that longer commutes also translate into lower job performance

VMT moderates after recession-driven swings

By Eric Sundquist U.S. vehicle-miles traveled (VMT), which had declined during the recession and then spiked, returned to a more normal level in 2018. According to FHWA’s Travel Monitoring Trends data, total VMT grew by 0.4 percent in 2018. That rate was slower than population growth, resulting

A tool to estimate the added VMT from highway expansions

By Michael Brenneis and Eric Sundquist Since passage of S.B. 743 in 2013, California agencies have wrestled with questions around the added travel and emissions resulting from land use and transportation projects. On the land use side, see SSTI’s recent webinars about land-use review reforms in

Lessons from nine states bringing ‘practical solutions’ from policy to practice

By Rayla Bellis Smart Growth America recently concluded two years of technical assistance with nine state DOTs (Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Iowa, Virginia, Maine, and Delaware). The projects focused on “Accelerating Practical Solutions,” and addressed

Methodology for prioritizing streets for multimodal treatments

By Robbie Webber Building Complete Streets can assure that our transportation network is safe and comfortable for all road users: people biking, walking, and taking transit, as well as drivers of cars. But which streets are most appropriate for Complete Streets treatments—to encourage

Larger cities offering TNC trips to improve transit options

By Chet Edelman As transit ridership continues to fall in urban areas nationwide, several cities are turning to an unlikely ally to make transit service more appealing and convenient: TNCs. In cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles, and Denver, transportation agencies are partnering with Lyft, Uber,

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