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Car of the future.

To make the car of the future, we need to make the city of the future, says an MIT designer. In his article in The Futurist Ryan Chin describes a new breed of lightweight, compact, alternative-fueled, shared-use vehicles that he expects to radically alter urban mobility and the future of cities.

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The Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institute has developed a comprehensive database and accompanying report that provides a detailed look at transit coverage and connectivity across and within the nation’s major metro areas. Top performers include some cities that may not be the

California dreaming of better prognostications

Time, money and gas are wasted in traffic jams. Citing figures of 28 gallons of gas and $808 lost each year because of traffic, a new project to develop ways to avoid these losses was announced: “With private-sector backing, California’s state government and the state’s flagship public

NYC counts travel with greater detail.

Accurate figures about who is using the road, and the sidewalk, are one of the many elements in allocating transportation dollars. New York City is not content with the way the census counts how people get around. A recent New York Times article quotes the city’s transportation commissioner:

Google lobbies Nevada to allow self-driving cars.

Google has been testing cars that drive themselves, known as autonomous vehicles, and is now looking for a state that will allow them on the roads. Legislation to allow them has been introduced in Nevada and Google has hired a lobbyist to support the bill. According to a leader of the development


This acronym may become increasingly common as insurance companies and consumers try out Pay-As-You-Drive insurance. PAYD ties insurance pricing to the amount of driving. A recent study by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions looks at the costs of implementation and the potential benefits

TRB Webinar: A Community Visioning Approach to Support the Collaborative Decision-Making Framework for Transportation Investments

TRB will hold a webinar on May 25, 2011, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT that will explore a project developed by TRB’s second Strategic Highway Program (SHRP 2) about ways to incorporate community visioning into collaborative planning of new highway capacity projects. SHRP 2 is developing a

The allure and price of “greenfield economics”

In a recent series of articles, Aaron Renn provides some fascinating insights into the initial economic advantages of suburban expansion and the long-term costs of such development. Initial economic advantages for new suburbs constructed on undeveloped land include: All construction is new and

Survey: Americans support infrastructure investment

Seventy-seven percent of Americans think the federal government should increase spending to repair the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems, according to a report from HNTB Corp. The survey found that Americans would be willing to spend more on transportation expenses or

TRB webinar on climate change adaptation features California and Michigan DOTs

“State departments of transportation are modifying their planning efforts and practices to adapt to the effects of climate change on facilities and operations. Transportation providers are seeking to learn what other states and regions are doing to address these issues. This webinar is the

Glass roads?

“There’s 25,000 square miles of road surfaces, parking lots and driveways in the lower 48 states. If we covered that with solar panels with just 15 percent efficiency, we’d produce three times more electricity than this country uses on an annual basis, and it’s almost enough to power the

What can bikes do during an emergency?

In Your Bike – the coolest part of your disaster kit, a San Francisco bicyclist reports on bicycle usefulness after natural disasters, including recently in Japan: “Having a bike available as a secondary or even main form of transport will get you more places. Weeks later, more bikes are

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 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