multimodal

Light rail debate could put an end to the Columbia River bridge project

By Chris Spahr Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has taken the position that the new Columbia River Crossing bridge project will die if Washington State attempts to remove light rail from the project. “Governor Kitzhaber has been clear from the start: No light rail. No project. No kidding,” said

2013 on track to be the year of the bike share

By Robbie Webber While bike share has grown across North America since the first program was launched here in 2008, 2013 looks to be the year with the largest roll-out yet. Twenty or more new systems are planned to open this year in this country and Vancouver, BC, although programs do not always

Different results for New York and New Jersey transit highlight storm preparations

By Robbie Webber A new study of the preparations for and recovery from Superstorm Sandy outlines why New York City’s transit system was able to resume operations so quickly. The report from the Rudin Center for Transportation at NYU also points out the benefits of the city’s many

Expanded Transportation Performance Measures to Supplement Level of Service (LOS) for Growth Management and Transportation Impact Analysis (University of Florida Transportation Research Center, 2012)

The Florida Department of Transportation has released a report that details a framework for selecting performance measures that support a transition to multimodal transit options and that are consistent with the communities’ goals and desired quality of life. New performance measures are

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities (Partnership for Sustainable Communities and USDA, 2012)

This guide to HUD, DOT, EPA, and USDA programs highlights federal resources rural communities can use to promote economic competitiveness, protect healthy environments, and enhance quality of life. It provides key information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from the

Bike share programs’ support of transit constrained by FTA funding rules

By Mary Ebeling The benefits to transit riders of having bike racks on buses and trains and bike storage at transit stops are well known. New bike share programs offer another opportunity to provide better access to public transit, bridging the important “last mile” between trip origins and

Land Use Impacts on Transport: How Land Use Factors Affect Travel Behavior (Victoria Transportation Policy Institute, 2012)

This paper examines how various land use factors such as density, regional accessibility, mix and roadway connectivity affect travel behavior, including per capita vehicle travel, mode split and nonmotorized travel. This information is useful for evaluating the ability of smart growth, new

New Chicago plan aims for zero traffic deaths in ten years

By Robbie Webber The city of Chicago is going for zero in 2022. In an ambitious transportation plan released last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DOT Commissioner Gabe Klein lay out their vision of no traffic fatalities within ten years, down from the current average of 50. It’s a bold goal,

Guidelines for Providing Access to Public Transportation Stations (TRB, 2012)

This report provides a process and spreadsheet-based tool for effectively planning for access to high capacity transit stations, including commuter rail, heavy rail, light rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and ferry, including  trade-off analyses among the various access modes (automobile, transit,

Bike sharing takes off in America

Cities across the country, from large (Chicago) to small (Spartanburg, SC) have implemented bike sharing programs over the last few years, but 2011 seems to be the year that these programs really took off. Most urban bike-sharing programs have similar characteristics. They are intended to