transit

CMAP’s new tool elevates the urgency for innovative transportation solutions

By Chris Spahr While the state of transportation funding remains uncertain both at the national and state levels, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is taking an innovative approach to bring public awareness to the degrading transportation infrastructure within the seven-county Chicago

Leveraging parking supply to achieve TOD goals

By Mary Ebeling At the September Rail-Volution conference parking emerged as a popular topic of discussion. Yes, that’s right, parking, at a conference on public transit. The packed session rooms reflect the growing awareness that appropriate management of parking availability in transit-rich

Recent study supports the case for transit oriented development

By Chris Spahr The total effect of transit on VMT may be much greater than it appears on the surface. Using a transit multiplier, Reid Ewing and Shima Hamidi estimated that the Portland Westside Max light rail transit (LRT) extension indirectly reduces VMT by three vehicle miles for every one

Considering bike share’s role in public transit

By Mary Ebeling Lately the question of whether public bike share is helping transit systems or taking a bite out of ridership has been on many transit planners’ minds. The answer that is emerging seems to be that both cases can be true depending on the situation, but that, overall, bike share

Location, location, location: Financing transit with real estate assets

By Mary Ebeling The recent economic recession reduced available funding for every transportation mode. For transit, however, these funding reductions coincided with marked increases in ridership. This has pushed agencies to take a broad look at available funding options. Tapping agency-owned real

Helsinki integrates transportation services to reduce reliance on cars

By Bill Holloway As transportation agencies across the U.S. slowly adjust to new infrastructure, revenue, and policy challenges, Helsinki, Finland is embarking on a radical plan to help its transit system outcompete private car travel. The city plans to transform its transit system into a

Using Health Impact Assessments to shape transportation policy

By Chris Spahr Health Impact Assessments are increasingly being used to assess how transportation decisions will impact health outcomes. An HIA is an evidence-based research tool used to inform decision makers about the potential health risks and benefits of policies, programs, and projects

Urban Engines offers innovative congestion relief tools for transit

By Chris Spahr A unique approach to collecting and distributing transit data was recently unveiled. Publicly launched on May 15, Urban Engines uses spatial analytics and behavioral economics theory to improve city planning and operations. Urban Engines uses the concept of “crowd sensing,” a

Guest post: Settlement in case alleging transportation project discriminates against urban minorities

By Rachel Granneman and Andrew Armstrong Wisconsin DOT and U.S. DOT recently reached a landmark agreement to settle a lawsuit brought in 2012 by the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Inner-city Congregations Allied for Hope, challenging the $1.7 billion Zoo Interchange highway

The next 100 years: New York State’s push to develop climate resilient transit

By Mary Ebeling “The clear evidence of a changing climate in our nation makes more major storms like Superstorm Sandy a real and present threat.” With these words, New York Governor Cuomo recently called on the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority to look strategically at developing a