costs

Get on the Bus! Balancing fixed-route and paratransit services

By Mary Ebeling Transit agencies typically struggle, logistically and financially, to provide service to those unable to ride fixed-route buses. These riders need access to transportation, but the additional costs of paratransit can drain agency coffers and result in reductions to the operating

Costs for Pedestrian and Bicyclist Infrastructure Improvements: A Resource for Researchers, Engineers, Planners, and the General Public (Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, 2013)

Costs for pedestrian and bicycle safety infrastructure often vary greatly from city to city and state to state. This document (and associated database) is intended to provide meaningful estimates of infrastructure costs by collecting up-to-date cost information for pedestrian and bicycle

The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice (SSTI & SGA, 2012)

SSTI and Smart Growth America have updated The Innovative DOT with new content and case studies. The 2014 edition of the handbook can be found here. The Innovative DOT: A handbook of policy and practice Revenues are falling and budgets are shrinking. Yet state Departments of Transportation (DOTs)

Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to Economic Development (GAO, 2012)

GAO was asked to examine (1) features included in BRT projects funded by the FTA; (2) BRT project performance in terms of ridership and service and how they compare to rail transit projects; (3) how BRT-projects’ costs differ from rail transit project costs; and (4) the extent to which

Who Pays for Roads in Wisconsin? (1000 Friends of Wisconsin and COWS, 2011)

Transportation is one of the biggest-ticket items for state and local government. The cost is high, and so is misunderstanding of who pays for what. Taxpayers cover costs that should be borne by road users and these road subsidies push up tax rates, squeeze government services, and skew the

Bus Rapid Transit Practitioner’s Guide (Transit Cooperative Research Program, 2007)

This guide explores the costs, impacts, and effectiveness of implementing selected bus rapid transit (BRT) components. The report examines planning and decision making related to implementing different components of BRT systems, and highlights the costs and impacts of implementing various BRT

The high speed rail quandry

The future of high speed rail in America continues to be uncertain. Before a last minute vote by a senate committee to restore $100 million for the program, Congress was ready to vote in September to cut all funding for high speed rail programs. But this is only a fraction of the $2 billion a

Montana tries a biodegradable corrosion inhibitor to save money, reduce maintenance, and be more environmentally friendly

Many states and municipalities are trying new mixtures to keep their roads safe in nasty winter weather. Montana is developing yet another blend to inhibit the corrosion of bridges and vehicles, this time with corn sugar, one product that the U.S. has in abundance. Road salt is notorious for the

Underfunded Wyoming DOT says it will stop highway expansion to concentrate on maintenance.

Under financial strain, the Wyoming Department of Transportation has said it will stop approving highway expansion projects. Instead, the Department’s resources will be directed toward maintaining a state of good repair for the current road system. In this 2 minute video WYDOT told AASHTO that

Biking for short trips equals significant health benefits

A new study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has discovered that there are significant health benefits to commuters who replace short car trips with biking. The study concluded that if Midwesterners ran half of their short distance errands by bike rather than car, 1100 deaths