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Work remains: Reducing bus travel times to increase ridership

By Logan Dredske Fixed-route buses are the most common form of public transit in the United States; however, bus ridership has been falling in recent years after enjoying a surge in the early- to mid-2000s. Efficiency in all aspects of the transit network is important if transportation agencies

Mobile apps gaining ground in trucking

By Bill Holloway Rapid growth in the use of mobile apps is changing the trucking business and could bring congestion reduction benefits as well as efficiency gains. As noted in Intransition Magazine, the way truckers with empty trailers find available loads has come a long way from notes on truck

Growing a Culture of Transportation Sustainability in Massachusetts (McCahill, Ebeling and Codd, 2014)

The transportation sector is a growing focus of sustainability efforts, given the large scale of its impacts, and yet it remains one of the more difficult sectors to reform. Private automobiles powered by petroleum-based fuels dominate transportation in the U.S. and the primary mission of most

Indiana DOT testing signs to help drivers avoid red lights

By Bill Holloway Indiana DOT is beginning to test dynamic message signs that tell drivers how fast to go to avoid hitting a red light. According to INDOT spokesperson Harry Maginity, the signs are currently located only along State Road 37 in Morgan County, starting about 2 miles ahead of the

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

Reimagining a legacy transit system: Lessons from Wilmington, Delaware (SSTI and DelDOT, 2013)

At the request of the Delaware Department of Transportation, SSTI provided an independent review of transit services and transit routes in Wilmington, Delaware and was asked to make recommendations for improvements. This study lays out recommendations for system operations and infrastructure

Population growth in San Francisco creates challenges for transit

By Chris Spahr A recent long-term transit strategy proposal by San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) Director Ed Reiskin aims to cut travel times on some bus and light rail routes in half.  However, this is far from the first time an idea like this has been proposed and many of

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.

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)

ACEEE finds U.S. ranks last in energy efficiency in transportation

By Mary Ebeling A new report from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy finds that, among 12 major world economies analyzed for the report, the U.S. ranks dead last in the energy efficiency of its transportation sector. Improving transportation’s energy efficiency hinges on