sustainability

Creating a transportation decision-making process that is equitable for everyone

By Logan Dredske The Greenlining Institute, a policy, research, organizing, and leadership institute working for racial and economic justice, released in March their newly published Mobility Equity Framework: How to Make Transportation Work for People. The focus of their publication is to

Pedestrians First: Tools for a Walkable City (ITDP, 2018)

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy recently released Pedestrians First: Tools for a Walkable City. The toolkit, aimed at governments, city planners, NGOs, and developers, notes that “Walkability is the foundation of any type of transportation; all trips require walking at

U.S. scores poorly in relationship between transportation sustainability and human capital

By Robbie Webber A paper published by University of Connecticut Engineering and Geography faculty, titled Relationship between quality of life and transportation sustainability in the United States and selected European countries, offers a look at whether the burdens of transportation systems are

Materials from the June 2016 Sustainability Directors meeting

The agenda and meeting materials from the June 14-15, 2016 meeting of state Sustainability Directors can be found here.

Sustainability rating tools studied for use in Colorado

By Robbie Webber Researchers at University of Colorado and Colorado State University looked at the suitability of 11 transportation sustainability rating tools (TSRTs) for use by the Colorado Department of Transportation based on agency use preferences. They found that the INVEST tool from FHWA

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

Urban truck traffic growing far faster than urban population growth

By Bill Holloway Urban truck traffic has boomed alongside the rise in e-commerce. As shown in a recent Brookings Institution blog post, while both urban truck and passenger VMT have been growing faster than urban populations since the 1960s, urban truck traffic diverged from urban car travel in

Caltrans’ strategic plan embraces multimodalism, sustainability

By Eric Sundquist The nation’s largest state DOT, Caltrans, signaled a strong move toward multimodalism, sustainability, and customer focus in a new strategic management plan released last week. The plan, which comprises a series of performance measures, represents a step away from traditional

Caltrans achieves first state road award from Greenroads

By Robbie Webber The Presidio Parkway Phase I in San Francisco is the first state highway to be awarded a Greenroads certificate, indicating a high level of environmental sensitivity and sustainability during design and construction of the roadway. The project received a Bronze Rating. For years

Which transportation sustainability rating system works for your state?

By Robbie Webber The practice of developing highway projects sustainably by paying attention to the societal, environmental, and economic impact of projects has become increasingly common. States are using transportation sustainability rating systems (TSRSs) to assess the impacts of their