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School site selection: considering transportation impacts on students

By Brian Lutenegger Safe Routes to School programs help make it easier and safer for students to walk or bike to school. The problem is that schools are often sited on previously undeveloped, inexpensive land at the edge of the community, far from where students live. This means it may be

SSTI webinar and AASHTO article highlight DOT workforce development and retention

By Robbie Webber Attracting and retaining talented staff at state DOTs has been on the minds of many transportation leaders, as noted in a recent AASHTO Journal article. It was also a topic at the July SSTI Community of Practice meeting and will be the topic of our webinar next week on September

Tennessee DOT to cover 95 percent of costs for local multimodal access projects

By Chris McCahill Tennessee DOT recently announced the creation of a $30 million Multimodal Access Fund to support local projects that improve pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access to state routes and transit hubs. As part of the program, TDOT will cover 95 percent of costs for selected local

Tennessee DOT Commissioner halts I-69 project

By Chris Spahr In December, Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced that TDOT would stop work on the segment of Interstate 69 in western Tennessee. Citing the high cost of the next segment of the so-called “NAFTA Highway,” Schroer pointed out the need to

SSTI Report on State and Local Transportation Revenue Sources (SSTI, 2013)

This SSTI report examines innovative, sustainable transportation funding models to assist decision-makers in identifying policies and practices to augment the current fuel tax revenue system. The report provides a broad account of these funding methods, where they have been implemented or

Removing Barriers to Smarter Transportation Investments (Smart Growth America, 2012)

A technical assistance report from Smart Growth America aims to increase the Tennessee DOT’s efficiency and ensure the greatest possible return on transportation investments. As a result, TDOT has compiled a series of recommendations designed to pin down areas for improvement, prioritize

Smart Growth America helps Tennessee with familiar problem: Many projects and limited funds

By Robbie Webber A technical assistance report from Smart Growth America revealed that Tennessee DOT has a problem: nine times more projects in its work plan than it has funding. They needed an analysis of which projects were a priority and how some needs might be addressed by less expensive

Charged for what you use? Tennessee Commissioner of Transportation Schroer proposing pay-per-mile idea.

The downside of fuel efficiency is that fuel tax revenues decline with increased efficiency, while wear and tear on the roads does not. Tennessee is predicting it will lose tens of millions of dollars over the next 10 years with more and more fuel-efficient cars on the road. As the Williamson

States’ work to make biking safer.

The good news on bicycling is that states are moving to make bicycling safer, according to a report in USA Today (available here) that describes measures that states are taking and links to a “ranking on bicycle friendliness” done by the League of American Bicyclists. (Top Five: Washington,