commuting

Increasing “reverse commuting” inspires innovative transit programs

By Dan Moser Over the last decade, “reverse commuting”—travel from central city residential areas to suburban jobs—has increased significantly. Two trends—increased movement of employment to suburbs and growing preference by some employees for central city living—are driving the

Does the travel-time index really reflect performance?

By Eric Sundquist and Bill Holloway Last week’s release of the Texas A&M Urban Mobility Report, with its charts and lists, prompted the usual flurry of general interest media coverage. This year’s report, however, carries more importance than usual, as it comes at a time when FHWA is

Making room for the slugs

By Bill Holloway The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is now taking slugs—otherwise known as “casual carpoolers”—into account when designing commuter parking lots. Although Virginia law prohibits people from soliciting rides on the side of the road, when it comes to slugging,

Highway congestion highest on Friday afternoon

By Eric Sunquist Car commuters in most large metro areas face the highest level of highway congestion on Friday afternoon, according to Inrix data provided to Governing magazine. In Los Angeles – the city with the worst traffic – a 30-minute auto trip in traffic-free conditions becomes a

The Shifting Nature of U.S. Housing Demand (The Demand Institute, 2012)

The Demand Institute is jointly operated by The Conference Board and Nielsen. This is their first major publication. They believe the trajectory of the housing market has now reached a true turning point; the worst of the housing crash is over, and a recovery has now started. This housing

Cycling to work in 90 large American cities: New evidence on the role of bike paths and lanes (Beuhler and Pucher, 2011)

This article analyzes the variation in bike commuting in large American cities, with a focus on assessing the influence of bike paths and lanes, which have been the main approach to increasing cycling in the USA. Download the full article.

Super commuters 2.0 — flying to work

Along with the steep rise in normal super commuting — people commuting to a metropolitan area’s central county from homes outside the metro area — the number of people commuting across the country by plane has grown dramatically as well, at least in Manhattan. A recent article in

More Americans commuting long distances to work

Between 2002 and 2009 the number of “super-commuters,” people who work in a metropolitan area’s central county while living outside the bounds of the metropolitan area, grew dramatically, far outpacing workforce growth rates, in all but two of the nation’s ten largest metropolitan labor

Rhode Island DOT uses ITS to make commuting easier for drivers

The Rhode Island DOT has begun using Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to make driving go more smoothly on major state-owned roads around Providence. The Transportation Management Center, which is responsible for monitoring the operation of state roads, has installed 130 cameras on major

Promoting Bicycle Commuter Safety (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2012)

This report examines the “five Es” for increasing bicycle commuter safety, but focuses on education and engineering. Case studies from California and Portland, OR give first hand information about bicycle safety. Download the full report.