Big fixes for our big transportation problems

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Robert Puentes suggests several big changes that could boost the economy and improve transportation decision-making: Encourage collaboration between the federal government, states, metro areas, and shippers and develop a comprehensive plan to improve the

A less mobile future for America’s baby boomers

A new report by Transportation for America, Aging in Place, Stuck without Options: Fixing the Mobility Crisis Threatening the Baby Boom Generation, investigates the growing problem of senior citizens who, having lived in car-dependent communities and “aged in place,” face isolation, economic

A bus by any other name

Since its introduction in 1974 in Brazil, bus rapid transit (BRT) has made big inroads in mass transit internationally. Cities find BRT systems attractive for the reasons noted by ITDP in Recapturing Global Leadership in Bus Rapid Transit: A Survey of Select U.S. Cities: “Speed of

Have TOD promoters been putting the cart before the horse?

Building on its previous publication, Transit and Employment (2008), the Center for Transit-Oriented Development recently released a new report, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Employment. The report challenges the assumption that employment dispersal outside of central business districts

More roads, more traffic, really dreary news.

Many analyses of road network expansion and congestion have challenged the notion that increasing highway capacity relieves traffic. A recent study of American cities emphasizes that you can’t build your way out of congestion. The analysis by Professors Gilles Duranton and Matthew Turner of the

More counting

The Metropolitan Policy Program of the Brookings Institute has developed a comprehensive database and accompanying report that provides a detailed look at transit coverage and connectivity across and within the nation’s major metro areas. Top performers include some cities that may not be the

Do we need more highways?

This question should provoke an interesting debate on the National Journal‘s transportation blog. The question is raised in the context of a survey done by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, showing, not surprisingly that mayors are fans of transit. As the discussion is framed by Fawn Johnson:

Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Employment (CTOD, 2011)

An exploration of the relationship between transit and job concentrations in evolving regions, in order to emphasize the importance of the destination side of the trip for both transit operations and land use planning in station areas. Download TOD and Employment

Missed Opportunity: Transit and Jobs in Metropolitan America (Brookings, 2011)

An analysis of data from 371 transit providers in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas describing the accessibility of jobs via transit for urban and suburban residents of varying incomes and job skill levels. Download Transit and Jobs analysis

Finding a parking space, and more., 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