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S.F. parking meters to alert drivers when spots are open

The new meters will send messages to smart phones to help drivers avoid cruising in search of a parking space. Read more here.

History of the parking meter

NJ.com offers a brief history of the parking meter, as Somerville, New Jersey phases out its penny parking meters.

Avoiding traffic jams

Going beyond smart parking meters, a software application looks at your personal travel patterns over a period of time and makes predictions about the best way to get to where you are going. “According to Fast Company’s Ariel Schwartz, ‘Instead of slogging through the traffic, your phone

Ready for $4 per gallon gas?

That is the question posed by a new Planetizen article. Scott Bernstein of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the article’s author, says the most effective solution is to reduce the demand by creating more “location-efficient” communities: “Our research shows that

Do we need more highways?

This question should provoke an interesting debate on the National Journal‘s transportation blog. The question is raised in the context of a survey done by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, showing, not surprisingly that mayors are fans of transit. As the discussion is framed by Fawn Johnson:

WSDOT quantifies the GHG reduction impact of sidewalk coverage.

“If you build it, they will come” seems to hold for building sidewalks. A recent report for the Washington State Department of Transportation found that increasing sidewalk coverage from 30 percent to 70 percent of all streets was estimated to reduce VMT by 3.4 percent and GHG emissions by

New direction for the Highway Capacity Manual: Include active traffic management and a multimodal approach

The latest edition of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) updates how engineers and planners assess the traffic and environmental effects of highway projects. According to TRB: • It is the first HCM to provide an integrated multimodal approach to the analysis and evaluation of urban streets from

Finding a parking space, and more.

Roadify.com, a parking, traffic and public transportation real-time information application for mobile smartphones, won a $10,000 prize from New York City for the best new app. Not only does it help you find a parking space, get real time traffic and transit times, it also has a social component

Walk or drive and see how much it costs for gas.

MapQuest’s gas pricing tool gives gas prices for your town and nationally. As of April 11, the lowest priced gas is $3.19 in Mt Holly, NJ and the highest price tops out at $5.04 in Shoshone, CA. Choose a city and state or type in a zip code to find the lowest-priced gas in that area. If the

Road pricing: Guidelines for analysis and for communication with the public.

TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 686: Road Pricing: Public Perceptions and Program Development explores road pricing concepts and their potential effectiveness and applicability. The report has a dual mission: creating guidelines for integrating pricing

From the Community of Practice: Washington State applies for Florida’s high-speed-rail funding.

Washington state applied for approximately $120 million in federal high-speed-rail stimulus money, part of $2.4 billion returned by Florida. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will use the money to continue improving and expanding Amtrak Cascades service between Portland,

VMT per capita declines in 2000s

In 2010, the 10-year rolling average for change in U.S. per capita VMT went negative. The decline was slight — .01 percent — but it stands in stark contrast to the growth that was the norm for decades before. [caption id="attachment_551" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Figure

The FREIGHT Act is back

Senators Lautenberg (NJ), Murray (WA), and Cantwell (WA) have reintroduced the Focusing Resources, Economic Investment, and Guidance to Help Transportation (FREIGHT) Act, which was originally introduced by Lautenberg during the 2010 session. As reported in ProgressiveRailroading.com, the act

GAO: Trucking the least efficient mode of freight shipping

Would roads be better used with fewer trucks? D.C. Streets Blog reports: “The Government Accountability Office published a study finding that the costs of freight trucking that are not passed on to the consumer are at least six times greater than the equivalent rail costs and at least nine

Casual car sharing meets the app age

Although casual car sharing has a long history, “The rise of cellphones and now smartphones has brought a whole new dimension to the process. Piggybacking on the casual-carpool model, Web sites and smartphone apps have been creating virtual gathering spots to match drivers and passengers.”