mode shift

Evidence from Toronto: Well-designed bike lanes encourage cycling, improve safety for all

By Michael Brenneis People need no encouragement to use transportation networks that connect them to the places they need to be, if the networks are comfortable, convenient, and safe to use. This has certainly been the case for the use of motor vehicles on North American roads, with the possible

Big data enables new tool for analyzing and diagnosing traffic congestion

By Chris McCahill StreetLight Data, which provides trip-making data from mobile devices and smartphone apps, has just launched a new interactive Congestion Analysis tool. The tool lets subscribers identify congested roads by time of day, break down the traffic in terms of trip length, trip

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

Research shows advantages, use patterns for different car-sharing models

By Mary Ebeling Car sharing is maturing, expanding options beyond the initial model of a station-based system structured around accessing and returning cars parked at designated location. Of particular interest is the free-floating car share model, or FFCS, which allows members to pick up and

To cut automobile travel, locate jobs near transit

By Chris McCahill When people live and work near transit stations, transportation service providers have a much easier job of providing essential first- and last-mile connections. While both ends of the trip matter, the location of jobs may be more important to consider in cutting automobile

New York City reducing number of garbage trucks on its streets

By Chris Spahr New York City took a big step last month in its efforts to reduce the number of garbage trucks on city streets when it signed a 20-year, $3 billion contract with the waste-to-energy firm, Covanta. The firm plans to send about 30 percent of the city’s solid waste to

Bike share both reduces use of other modes and induces new trip-making

By Eric Sundquist The transportation literature on mode choice is robust, though not complete. One emerging issue is the bike share system, a mode that is not only new to the scene, but one that is purposely designed to work in concert with other modes as a first- or final-mile

Washington State Energy Efficiency Education Campaign (Spitfire Strategies, 2012)

As part of Spitfire’s work with SSTI and the Washington State Department of Transportation to develop a collaborative transportation energy efficiency campaign, Spitfire conducted a series of research activities to inform campaign planning. Through stakeholder interviews, case studies, mode