transit

Two new studies shed light on the link between transportation and health

By Bill Holloway Two new studies affirm the links between transportation, urban design, and health. One study, conducted in England, determined that providing free transit passes to senior citizens significantly increased their level of physical activity, and a second study in Canada affirmed the

Decentralized by design: When should we consider ditching exclusive radial bus routes?

By Mary Ebeling In the past, development and commute patterns required transit—bus or rail—to bring commuters into densely developed central cities. However, over the last 50 years, many metropolitan areas in the U.S. experienced a decentralized urban settlement and growth into less dense

Financing Transit Systems Through Value Capture: An Annotated Bibliography (Victoria Transportation Policy Institute, 2012)

This paper summarizes the findings of more than 100 studies concerning the impacts transit service has on nearby property values, and the feasibility of capturing a portion of the incremental value to finance transit improvements. The results indicate that proximity to transit often increases

Complete Streets: Policy Analysis 2011 and Local Policy Workbook (Smart Growth America and National Complete Streets Coalition, 2012)

Smart Growth America has released a report that summarizes surveys of the more than 350 complete streets policies that have been approved by communities across the United States. Also available is the latest edition of the Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook, which is intended to assist

Bus Rapid Transit: Projects Improve Transit Service and Can Contribute to Economic Development (GAO, 2012)

GAO was asked to examine (1) features included in BRT projects funded by the FTA; (2) BRT project performance in terms of ridership and service and how they compare to rail transit projects; (3) how BRT-projects’ costs differ from rail transit project costs; and (4) the extent to which

New generation of transit hubs redefining train stations’ place in communities

By Bill Holloway Whereas the grand train stations of yesteryear were monuments to transportation with their soaring cathedral-like ceilings, huge open spaces, and rows of wooden benches – today’s transit hubs have both a new aesthetic and role in their communities. They often link multiple

Bike share programs’ support of transit constrained by FTA funding rules

By Mary Ebeling The benefits to transit riders of having bike racks on buses and trains and bike storage at transit stops are well known. New bike share programs offer another opportunity to provide better access to public transit, bridging the important “last mile” between trip origins and

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

Productivity of trains as mobile offices a factor in mode selection

By Robbie Webber Although driving or flying may be faster door-to-door, trains offer something those modes do not: uninterrupted time to work. And this additional work time is starting to be a factor in transportation mode choice for many workers. Although many people attempt to work while

Land Use Impacts on Transport: How Land Use Factors Affect Travel Behavior (Victoria Transportation Policy Institute, 2012)

This paper examines how various land use factors such as density, regional accessibility, mix and roadway connectivity affect travel behavior, including per capita vehicle travel, mode split and nonmotorized travel. This information is useful for evaluating the ability of smart growth, new