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COMMUTE bill would boost accessibility metrics

By Eric Sundquist A new bipartisan bill in Congress would provide funding for DOTs and MPOs to apply innovative accessibility metrics to decision-making. The COMMUTE bill, S.B. 654 and H.B. 1517, was introduced March 5 by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Reps. Mark

To meet clean energy goals, everyone will need better transportation options

By Chris McCahill The proposed Green New Deal, like many local green energy and climate action plans across the country, aspires to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. As SSTI’s Beth Osborne and other writers have pointed out, transportation presents some of the biggest challenges. Meeting

Accessibility in practice: A new guide from SSTI

By Chris McCahill The Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment recently released its new report, Accessibility in practice: A guide for transportation and land use decision making, developed by SSTI with several partners. The guide describes ways of measuring accessibility and, more

California launches major transportation-reform effort

By Eric Sundquist California’s State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) and Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have launched a thorough-going reform to modernize practice at Caltrans. The move follows the release of a CalSTA-sponsored report by SSTI. The report calls for an update of the

SSTI and SGA update “The Innovative DOT”

SSTI and Smart Growth America continue working with state DOTs and tracking innovative strategies for meeting 21st century transportation needs. These strategies are outlined in a newly updated edition of The Innovative DOT: A Handbook of Policy and Practice, released this week. Transportation

New report from SSTI discusses freight transportation demand management strategies

By Chris Spahr A new report, funded by SSTI with a matching grant from the Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education, identifies and evaluates freight transportation demand management strategies to improve transportation efficiency by reducing the social costs associated with

Getting the Goods Without the Bads: Freight Transportation Demand Management Strategies to Reduce Urban Impacts (SSTI, 2013)

This project, funded by SSTI with a matching grant from the Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE),  identifies and evaluates freight transportation demand management (TDM) strategies to improve transportation efficiency by reducing the social costs associated with

Factors affecting the decline in VMT: A new SSTI report

By Chris McCahill SSTI has released a paper outlining factors contributing to the recent decline in American driving and the implications for transportation planning. As previously reported, per capita VMT has decreased steadily for the past eight years, resulting in a slight decrease in overall

VMT Inflection Point: Factors Affecting 21st Century Travel (SSTI, 2013)

For many decades, transportation planning has assumed continued increases in automobile use. Now, in a major reversal, the average American is driving considerably less. According to the most recent FHWA travel-volume report for July, total vehicle miles traveled showed no increase compared to

Light rail systems can raise nearby property values before completion even in low density areas

By Bill Holloway A new study in the Journal of Transport and Land Use documents changes in residential property values for homes located within one mile of Charlotte, North Carolina’s, new light rail line – formerly a freight rail facility. The study analyzed home values over a period of 11