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California blocks parking requirements where housing needs aren’t met

By Chris McCahill In an effort to streamline affordable housing development, a new California law (SB-35) will preclude cities from requiring parking on certain projects, beginning January 1. As the New York Times recently reported, zoning ordinances such as parking requirements are central to

California first state to regulate ridesharing

By Robbie Webber The popularity and use of ridesharing services and web sites, such as Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar, has risen as the near-ubiquity of smartphones and fast cell service has allowed passengers needing rides to quickly connect with drivers using their private cars to make a little extra

California moves to reform traffic mitigation process

By Eric Sundquist The California legislature last week passed a bill that will remove highway level-of-service and parking from traffic mitigation analyses. The bill applies to projects in many urban and suburban areas. Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill, SB 743. The bill also provides

PennDOT begins posting bridge weight limits in light of failure of transportation funding

By Robbie Webber In late June, as the Pennsylvania legislature debated whether or not to raise the wholesale gas tax, PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch warned that he would likely have to place weight restrictions on bridges across the state in order to extend their useful life if additional funding

Legislative inaction prompts possible bridge weight limits, cancels signature megaproject

By Eric Sundquist While several states successfully passed transportation revenue packages this year, in two states the failure of such bills will have immediate effects on infrastructure. In Pennsylvania, the Legislature’s inability to agree on a transportation revenue package has triggered a

WSDOT weighs in on bill to make health a goal in transportation policy

by Eric Sundquist The Washington State DOT currently has six statutory goals: economic vitality, preservation, safety, mobility, environment, and stewardship. H.B. 1233, introduced by a Tacoma legislator whose day job is with the county health department, would add health as a seventh

Maine approves law to reduce oil use

A Republican-led legislature passed An Act to Improve Maine’s Energy Security, which the HuffPost Green calls “great news for energy independence. It sets ambitious goals for reducing economy-wide oil use in Maine: by at least 30 percent by 2030, and 50 percent by 2050. The law directs

Complete streets in New York State

New York State’s legislature passed a complete streets bill to require that planners consider bike and pedestrian friendly features when designing and building roads. Over the last ten years, 3000 pedestrians have died on New York roads. While advocates for safer street design wanted more

Variety of approaches to transportation governance and finance in the laboratories of democracy

The National Conference of State Legislatures and the AASHTO Center for Excellence in Project Finance recently released a joint study, A 50-State Review of State Legislatures and Departments of Transportation, a valuable resource, which represents the first nationwide comparative review of

Green fees? Oregon, Washington mull electric vehicle fees

From Stateline.org writer Josh Goodman: Both the Oregon and Washington legislatures are considering bills imposing fees on electric car owners, moves designed to make up for revenue that’s lost when drivers don’t pay gas taxes because they don’t use gas. The bills have key