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“Mr. Obama has the historic opportunity to begin solving three of the nation’s most vexing problems: global warming, the thirst for oil and high gas pump costs.”

How? Obama should adopt tough car mileage rules, according to a New York Times editorial by Daniel Becker and James Gerstenzang: “Under standards that Mr. Obama set last year, cars and S.U.V.’s and other light trucks must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 5 percent a year,

San Francisco parking meters to adjust costs based on demand

San Francisco’s advanced parking management project, SFPark, is moving forward with its first tweak of parking meter rates. After analyzing parking demand data from the past year, rates are being changed to maximize the utility of public parking across the city. Within the program’s pilot

Achieving a state of good repair

Dr. Michael Meyer from Georgia Tech University (and an expert panel member for several SSTI reports) made a presentation (available here) to USDOT officials about the importance of performance management in improving U.S. highway and transit systems. The webinar was part of RITA’s

Maine approves law to reduce oil use

A Republican-led legislature passed An Act to Improve Maine’s Energy Security, which the HuffPost Green calls “great news for energy independence. It sets ambitious goals for reducing economy-wide oil use in Maine: by at least 30 percent by 2030, and 50 percent by 2050. The law directs

Red light cameras dropped in L.A.

Photoenforcement of red light violations has never been popular and, in L.A., has not been enforced by traffic courts. As a result, the project has been losing money and the city’s police commission has decided to drop the program. writer Girard Miller comments on the safety

Carpooling apps cut commuting costs

An article published earlier this month on the Cartech blog details ways that smartphone applications can facilitate ridesharing. “Now that hybrid vehicles lost their single-occupancy privileges in California carpool lanes, ride sharing could start to sound a lot more appealing to commuters. To

Bookends on the highway era: A view at the start and a look back from today

Fortune magazine has republished a September 1958 article that takes stock of the Interstate construction boom, just then beginning. It’s a thorough and surprisingly prescient take, and one that reminds us that our highway system didn’t just happen by some invisible hand of the market or

Long commutes are worse than you thought

Divorce, stress, loneliness, and medical problems are just a few of the negative effects of long commutes. As Annie Lowrey details in a recent Slate article, a growing body of research has found the negative impacts of lengthy commutes to be wide-ranging and potentially severe. Interestingly, it

Big fixes for our big transportation problems

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Robert Puentes suggests several big changes that could boost the economy and improve transportation decision-making: Encourage collaboration between the federal government, states, metro areas, and shippers and develop a comprehensive plan to improve the

Policy options for reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. transportation: No silver bullet

Transportation accounts for 2/3 of the nation’s oil consumption and produces between ¼ and 1/3 of all the CO2 emitted from the nation’s energy consumption. TRB established a special committee of experts to explore policy options for reducing emissions from the transportation sector. The

Complete streets in New York State

New York State’s legislature passed a complete streets bill to require that planners consider bike and pedestrian friendly features when designing and building roads. Over the last ten years, 3000 pedestrians have died on New York roads. While advocates for safer street design wanted more

Charged for what you use? Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation Schroer proposing pay-per-mile idea.

The downside of fuel efficiency is that fuel tax revenues decline with increased efficiency, while wear and tear on the roads does not. Tennessee is predicting it will lose tens of millions of dollars over the next 10 years with more and more fuel-efficient cars on the road. As the Williamson

GM CEO: “We ought to just slap a dollar tax on a gallon of gas.”

“Well, it’s unanimous – everyone agrees the country needs a significant hike in the gas tax. Everyone outside of Congress, that is. Last week, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson told The Detroit News that a higher gas tax would help solidify the market for more fuel-efficient cars.” Read the

A less mobile future for America’s baby boomers

A new report by Transportation for America, Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boom Generation, investigates the growing problem of senior citizens who, having lived in car-dependent communities and “aged in place,” face isolation, economic

Variety of approaches to transportation governance and finance in the laboratories of democracy

The National Conference of State Legislatures and the AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance recently released a joint study, A 50-State Review of State Legislatures and Departments of Transportation, a valuable resource, which represents the first nationwide comparative review of