infrastructure

County wants to make informal paths safer, more formal

By Robbie Webber Montgomery County, MD, is asking residents to mark the informal paths that they have been using to reach destinations. Many paths are worn through woods, cul-de-sac ends, and beaten into the grass where good pedestrian connections don’t exist. The county is updating its

How best to get our economy and jobs back: Lessons from ARRA

By Beth Osborne The current COVID-19 pandemic has created unique transportation challenges for cities and states. This includes everything from maintaining transit with plummeting ridership to facing a needed economic recovery with major decreases in the taxes that pay for transportation

Cities open streets to create more space for walking, biking during pandemic

By Robbie Webber Cities across the country are restricting motor vehicle use on some streets and reallocating road space to give residents more space to move by foot and bicycle while still maintaining appropriate distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. From New York to Burlington, VT, cities

Voters across the political spectrum want better transportation options and improved transit

By Rayla Bellis Polling data collected in November and released in March by Data for Progress, Transportation for America, TransitCenter, and other partners show voters want better transportation options across geographic and party lines. The results indicate that a majority of voters wish they

New resource offers guidance and tools for right-sizing transportation investments

By Rayla Bellis NCHRP has released a new guidebook to help state DOTs systematically integrate a right-sizing approach into their decision-making. The practice of “right-sizing” involves modifying the size, extent, function, and composition of existing or planned infrastructure and services

Researchers say investment in infrastructure has the potential to move short trips out of cars

By Robbie Webber Can the rise of new personal mobility options lure drivers out of their cars for short trips? Several recent reports say, “yes,” but only if cities resolve both infrastructure and legal issues surrounding their use. At the same time, examination of walking and biking rates

Planning for resilience in Vermont

By Michael Brenneis The Vermont Agency of Transportation, along with a list of partners (p. iv), has developed a planning tool to identify and prioritize parts of the transportation network most at risk of flooding, fluvial erosion, landslides, or other natural disasters. The need for a

The persistence of pedestrianism

By Robbie Webber An investigation of the “persistence of pedestrianism,” written by Peter Norton and published by Cambridge University Press, explores the history of both the rise of the dominance of automobiles as personal transportation and the continuing pushback by pedestrian advocates

ITE Journal: advisory bike lanes are safe and effective

By Eric Sundquist Since 2010, a new design for accommodating active transportation has been slowly growing in popularity in North America. The “advisory bike lane” (ABL) or “advisory shoulder” design, also known as “edge lane roads,” provides bike and/or pedestrian space on each side

Why didn’t the turtles cross the road?

By Rayla Bellis A study from Ohio University evaluating the impacts of a new bypass on Eastern Box Turtles found unexpected results: turtles living next to the bypass did not exhibit heightened stress levels, but not one of them crossed the road over a two year period, including via a