best practices

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

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

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2012 (Smart Growth America, 2013)

Communities across the country are making roads safer and more accessible for everyone who uses them, and more communities are using these strategies now than ever before. This guide from Smart Grown America, released today, examines all the Complete Streets policies passed in the last year and

Delivering on the Promise: Improving the Performance of Massachusetts Transportation Agencies (SSTI and Massachusetts Taxpayer Foundation, 2013)

SSTI performed a program review of MassDOT’s three-year-old reorganization and consolidation to document efficiencies and better outcomes achieved, as well as continuing challenges and opportunities for improvement. The full report can be downloaded here.

Midsize Cities on the Move: A Look at the Next Generation of Rapid Bus, Bus Rapid Transit, and Streetcar Projects in the United States (Reconnecting America, 2012)

Transit agencies in large cities receive significant attention because they both move so many people and are so complex, often with bus, light rail, subways, commuter rail, and other modes tied into one system. In more rural areas, transit serves to overcome large geographic distances and

Model Design Manual for Living Streets (Los Angeles County, 2011)

A new design manual was issued by Los Angeles County for use by all municipalities to improve the livability of streets. The manual encourages transportation engineers to apply flexible standards to accommodate all modes of travel, encourage economic development, and revitalize

Uses of Social Media in Public Transportation (TCRP, May 2012)

This synthesis explores the use of social media among transit agencies and documents successful practices in the United States and Canada. Social media provide transit agencies with an unparalleled opportunity to connect with their customers. Download the full report.

Peer-to-Peer Information Exchange on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Bus Priority Best Practices (FTA, 2011)

The purpose of this effort has been to foster a dialogue among peers at transportation and planning agencies about their experiences with promoting public transit and, in particular, the challenges they face related to bus rapid transit (BRT) projects, as well as the solutions that they have

Recapturing Global Leadership in Bus Rapid Transit: A Survey of Select U.S. Cities (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, 2011)

Bus Rapid Transit was first implemented in Curitiba, Brazil in 1974, and has become a global phenomenon in the twenty-first century. BRT holds great promise for the United States. This report outlines what it would take to build high-quality, or “gold-standard,” BRT here. Download the full

The BRT Standard (Institute for Transportation & Development Policy, 2012)

The BRT Standard is an effort by leading technical experts to come to a common understanding of what constitutes internationally recognized best practice in Bus Rapid Transit system design. The best BRT systems are ones that combine efficiency and sustainability with passenger comfort and