commuting

WSDOT’s longstanding TDM program getting much deserved recognition

By Bill Holloway Since 1991, the Washington State DOT has been working with employers to reduce the number of people driving to work alone through the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) program. A recent CityLab article, by Eric Jaffe, highlights the program’s impressive impact on driving habits and

San Francisco Bay Area MPO launches interactive performance measure portal

By Eric Sundquist The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which has drawn attention for its rigorous performance measure-driven transportation plan (SSTI webinar here), is expanding its use of performance measures with a publicly accessible portal called Vital Signs. Launched on January 28,

Commuter tax benefits: Who wins and loses?

By Bill Holloway A new report from TransitCenter shines a light on the federal Commuter Tax Benefits program and the impact the program has on mode choice. The federal program allows employees to avoid paying taxes on certain bicycle, car, and transit commuting benefits provided by their

Private transit services offer commutes with amenities

By Robbie Webber Cities around the U.S. are seeing a new style of transit that is a cross between the (in)famous Google buses, smartphone-driven Uber and Lyft, and standard city transit systems. Neither exclusive to one company nor attempting to cover the city, these “pop-up bus services” are

Bicycle data: Filling the gaps

By Chris McCahill A decade’s worth of data now shows bicycle commuting and trip-making continuing to rise around the nation. A recent report from the U.S. Census—the first report of its kind—reveals that the number of people biking to work has increased by 60 percent since 2000, more than

New Bay Area TDM mandate expands benefits to commuters

By Bill Holloway The Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission have launched a joint pilot program requiring employers with more than 50 full-time employees in the District’s nine-county area to offer one or more commuter benefits to their employees

The commute trade-off: Impacts on productivity and health

By Mary Ebeling Americans are making trade-offs between commuting time, housing costs, and health related activities. The trade-offs push individuals to make decisions negatively affecting personal health (physical and psychological), which in turn correlates with reduced productivity in the

In commuting world, traditional gender roles detrimental to women’s health

By Chris Spahr While still in the early phases of being incorporated into transportation policy making, the health effects associated with commuting are becoming more apparent to public health officials and transportation researchers. Most often, these studies focus on the very relevant issues of

CDOT study tests methodology for systematic bicycle traffic measurement

By Robbie Webber As bicycling and walking have become more popular methods of transportation, cities and states are searching for better techniques for estimating traffic from these non-motorized modes. Both on individual corridors and throughout transportation systems, traffic volumes are

WSDOT accountability report replaces congestion with corridor capacity

By Robbie Webber Washington State Department of Transportation has been rightfully proud of their accountability and transparency with their quarterly Gray Notebook, which details system performance and project delivery. As part of that, they have issued an Annual Congestion Report. But the 2013