California

Yet more evidence: “If you build it they will drive”

By Eric Sundquist There’s new evidence, from academia and a prominent real-world case, that ever-expanding highway capacity is a futile strategy for reducing congestion. First, the specific example: Eight years ago Southern Californians famously endured “Carmageddon,” a temporary closure on

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

States may look to leaders in regulating electric bicycles

By Brian Lutenegger Electric bicycles (e-bikes) are becoming more popular as more options become available. So far, ten states have updated their laws to reflect this trend and accommodate the technology. An additional 20 states have defined e-bikes but have not fully defined their operation

California meets GHG goals, but transportation progress faces uncertain future

By Robbie Webber As reported in the Los Angeles Times, California has met its target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions below 1990 levels four years early, an impressive feat, and one that comes while the California economy continues to flourish. But the reductions come almost entirely from

California curbs drivers’ cell phone use, but crashes remain steady

By Logan Dredske Beginning in January of 2017 a California law prohibited drivers from holding their phone in their hands for any reason. Analysis by California’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) found that in 2017 four percent of drivers were picking up and using their phones, compared to the

California’s new fee on hazardous railroad shipments being challenged by railroads

By Bill Holloway California’s new fee on rail deliveries of certain hazardous chemicals, including crude oil, is being challenged in federal court by BNSF and Union Pacific railroads. As noted in the LA Times, the new state regulation, set to take effect this year, requires railroad companies

Learning from transit performance measures and data in California

By Mary Ebeling The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) sponsored a newly released report, Transit Performance Measures in California, by the Mineta Transportation Institute, as part of the agency’s efforts to understand what data and performance measures are being used by MPOs

Race and class disparities in driver’s license suspension and consequences in California

By Bill Holloway Driver’s license suspension, at least in California, is highly correlated with race and income. Ninety two percent of zip codes with higher than average license suspension rates due to failure to pay (FTP) or failure to appear (FTA) for previous infractions have below average

Transit: If you build it wrong, they might not come

By Robbie Webber Both the San Diego Mid-City BRT line and the DC-area Silver Line Metro are struggling with lower than expected ridership. Recent news coverage points out that both lines may suffer from poor implementation. The disappointing usage may hold lessons for other cities considering

Innovative infrastructure and bikes on trains encourage commuting

By Robbie Webber Cities and states are trying to make biking easier, safer, and more predictable. Across the country, improved connections with transit or installing cutting-edge, on-street bicycle facilities are encouraging more people to embark on non-auto commutes. Three examples illustrate