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Contrarian research: Transit relieves congestion, but park-and-rides do not

By Robbie Webber Research using the results of a 2003 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority strike shows that transit does indeed relieve congestion, but only along corridors that parallel heavily used lines. At the same time, research in the Netherlands indicates that

Parking management – an unlikely economic development tool

By Mary Ebeling During the era of interstate highway construction, and the resulting demographic shift from city to suburb, municipalities worked to provide auto access to their downtowns, hoping this access would support economic growth. However, mounting evidence shows that greater automobile

Contemporary Approaches to Parking Pricing: A Primer (FHWA, 2012)

The failure of cities to price parking based on demand has resulted in an under-performing parking system, the impacts of which include lost revenue, increased congestion, decreased access to businesses, environmental harm, and inconveniences to travelers. Under-priced and free parking also

Finding the middle – balancing public and private interests with P3s

By Mary Ebeling Many agencies have been slow to adopt a Public Private Partnership (P3) model for transportation and infrastructure financing. As traditional revenue sources dry up, governments at all levels are taking an increasingly hard look at using a P3 funding model. P3s offer enormous

Mexico City tackles congestion head-on

By Mary Ebeling As recently as 2011, Mexico City ranked among the world’s worst for traffic congestion. But now, Mexico City’s improvements to their transportation system can serve as a model for other municipalities to learn from. The city shines as an international example of a rapidly

Pre-tax transit benefits return to parity with parking in 2013

By Bill Holloway The fiscal cliff deal signed by President Obama on January 2nd will make it cheaper to use transit in 2013 for many workers. The deal includes a provision raising the maximum monthly pre-tax benefit that employers can offer their employees for using transit, from the current $125

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

Faulty suburban parking assumptions not holding up at new East Harlem mall

By Bill Holloway A wild overestimation of parking demand at a mall in Manhattan has led to wasted space, reduced pedestrian accessibility, and undermining long term planning goals. Basing pre-construction traffic projections on the average share of drivers at suburban big-box stores in the

Off-street parking access linked to higher VMT

When it comes to parking in new residential developments, planners often face stakeholders with two opposing viewpoints. Some want land-use authorities to require lots of off-street parking in order to avoid over-demand for street spots. Others complain that providing copious off-street parking

San Francisco drivers still park on congested blocks despite variable pricing

Even though parking can be significantly cheaper on adjacent blocks, people keep parking in the same spots, regardless of cost. That’s the conclusion after the most recent adjustment in an innovative program to even out parking demand in San Francisco. An article out of Washington, DC,