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New mindset needed to address congestion, says MassDOT

By Chris McCahill A new report from the Massachusetts DOT dives into the state’s growing traffic congestion to understand the causes and potential solutions. It points to the rapid outward growth around Boston as one of the main causes, and suggests the current situation calls for bold new

SSTI research highlights built environment policies to reduce VMT

By Bill Holloway As part of a larger 2015 project for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, SSTI investigated the influence of six built environment variables on passenger vehicle miles traveled. Using data on average daily household VMT at the Census block group level from the Massachusetts

FHWA encourages ROW solar facilities

By Eric Sundquist As DOTs look to meet environmental goals and bring in revenue, several have turned to using building roofs and surplus ROW to site solar-electric generating systems. Leaders in this field include Oregon DOT and Massachusetts DOT. Launching such a program, however, may put DOTs

New MassDOT separated bike lane guide another step to encourage healthy transportation

By Robbie Webber At the November 4 Moving Together conference on healthy transportation, MassDOT will unveil their new design and planning guide for separated bike lanes. But details of the new guide, developed by Toole Design Group, have already been released via news stories and a presentation

Capturing value for transit improvements

By Mary Ebeling A new transportation enhancement fund assessment on real estate developers in Cambridge, Massachusetts’ Kendall Square will help fund transit improvements in that area, including possible enhancements to the Red Line Kendall/MIT station. Some at the MBTA are looking at

MassDOT implements policies to increase walk, bike, and transit travel

By Eric Sundquist In support of its goal to triple walking, biking and transit travel by 2030, the Massachusetts DOT has issued a Healthy Transportation Policy Initiative with several implementation steps. Among the actions required by the document: All MassDOT-funded projects must seek to

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.

Planning for multi-generational communities

By Ceri Jenkins Visionary local governments are broadening their focus to ensure that city planning and services meet the needs of residents across generations. By 2040, half our population will be either under 18 or over 65. Currently few cities sufficiently meet residents’ needs across their

An environmentalist’s call to curb the federal role in transportation

By Eric Sundquist In the post-Interstate-building era, questions about the role of the federal government in funding surface transportation have become more common. Critics from donor states, for example, have argued that they should just keep their money at home, avoiding the transaction costs

MassDOT seeks to triple transit, bike and walk share

By Eric Sundquist The Massachusetts Department of Transportation last week announced a goal of tripling the share of trips in the state taken by transit, bike, and walking by 2030. “I have news for you. We will build no more superhighways in this state. There is no room,” Transportation