traffic

USDOT urges nation to think beyond traffic

By Chris McCahill Last week, the USDOT announced Beyond Traffic—a framework for thinking about the nation’s transportation needs over the next 30 years. “As population concentrates around metropolitan areas around the country,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx during an

How car sharing and ride sharing can help transportation agencies

By Chris McCahill The primary focus of transportation agencies for many years has been to keep pace with ever-rising levels of traffic. New policy goals focused on health and environmental impacts in California, Massachusetts, and elsewhere, as well as nationwide trends in travel behavior have

Fitch urges policymakers to plan for changing travel demands

By Chris McCahill Fitch Rating—the third largest credit rating agency in the U.S.—acknowledged earlier this month that we may be entering a new era in travel demand, which will likely have a major impact on transportation infrastructure spending. In a recent commentary article, they point to

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

Highway congestion highest on Friday afternoon

By Eric Sunquist Car commuters in most large metro areas face the highest level of highway congestion on Friday afternoon, according to Inrix data provided to Governing magazine. In Los Angeles – the city with the worst traffic – a 30-minute auto trip in traffic-free conditions becomes a

Road traffic injuries leading cause of fatalities among 10-24 year-olds

By Bill Holloway Every year 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads, while another 50 million are injured. Among people 10 to 24 years old worldwide, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death. Among children 5 to 14 years old, road traffic injuries cause more deaths than

Bookends on the highway era: A view at the start and a look back from today

Fortune magazine has republished a September 1958 article that takes stock of the Interstate construction boom, just then beginning. It’s a thorough and surprisingly prescient take, and one that reminds us that our highway system didn’t just happen by some invisible hand of the market or

California dreaming of better prognostications

Time, money and gas are wasted in traffic jams. Citing figures of 28 gallons of gas and $808 lost each year because of traffic, a new project to develop ways to avoid these losses was announced: “With private-sector backing, California’s state government and the state’s flagship public

Avoiding traffic jams

Going beyond smart parking meters, a software application looks at your personal travel patterns over a period of time and makes predictions about the best way to get to where you are going. “According to Fast Company’s Ariel Schwartz, ‘Instead of slogging through the traffic, your phone

Finding a parking space, and more.

Roadify.com, a parking, traffic and public transportation real-time information application for mobile smartphones, won a $10,000 prize from New York City for the best new app. Not only does it help you find a parking space, get real time traffic and transit times, it also has a social component