reports

Young adults want walkable, transit-accessible neighborhoods, say Realtors

By Chris McCahill The National Association of Realtors, in collaboration with researchers from Portland State University, just released the results of their 2015 Community Preference Survey. The survey reinforces other reports that younger generations are driving less and prefer communities with

Austin, Texas sees road safety and operations improvements with “right sizing”

By Robbie Webber Austin, Texas has released a report detailing their 15-year effort to “right size” streets throughout the city, and the results have been positive. Travel times on the studied segments have not increased, crashes are down by as much as 38 percent, and high-risk speeding has

Transportation engineers question the use of common practices and metrics

By Chris McCahill This month, for at least the second time in a year, the Institute of Transportation Engineers has challenged its members to rethink common practices and metrics that are often thought of as objective and unbiased, but that convey values that aren’t necessarily in line with the

UC/UCLA report: Changes needed to align transportation spending and policy goals

By Robbie Webber A new report outlines steps that federal, state, and local decision makers can take to bring California’s transportation spending in line with its environmental and energy goals. The paper, from UCLA School of Law’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and

Commuter tax benefits: Who wins and loses?

By Bill Holloway A new report from TransitCenter shines a light on the federal Commuter Tax Benefits program and the impact the program has on mode choice. The federal program allows employees to avoid paying taxes on certain bicycle, car, and transit commuting benefits provided by their

Brookings report provides insight into the impacts of congestion on the freight industry

By Chris Spahr A new report from the Brookings Institution, and its associated interactive tool, study the flow of freight among U.S. metropolitan areas. Findings from the report, authored by Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane, show that the 100 largest metropolitan areas transport 80 percent of all of

Using Life Cycle Cost Analysis to control costs and inform project selection and development

by Mary Ebeling A new report examining if and how state DOTs use Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) in project development and planning revealed that these types of tools see limited use by transportation agencies. New emphasis on performance-based planning and decision making is pushing more DOTs

New tools for estimating biking and walking demand

By Robbie Webber As part of the biennial Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference, Rich Kuzmyack of Renaissance Planning Group presented on new techniques for estimating travel demand for bicycling. He was a principal author of the recently published NCHRP Report 770: Estimating Bicycling and

Nonmotorized transportation pilot program: Developing performance measures and future needs

By Mary Ebeling Performance-based planning and decision making for transportation investments has risen in prominence with passage of the current federal transportation bill. MAP 21 sets out six national goals for the federal transportation program and establishes a strong emphasis on

FHWA report details impact of occupancy exemptions on managed lanes

By Robbie Webber States with high-occupancy vehicle lanes or high-occupancy toll lanes may also allow certain categories of vehicles to use the lanes without having the required number of occupants. However states are required to show that allowing these vehicles does not degrade the speed and