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Accessibility moves out of the lab and into practice

By Eric Sundquist Accessibility, long considered a more robust measure of transportation system success than simple mobility, is moving out of research and into practice, according to panelists on an SSTI webinar. Accessibility measures the ease by which travelers can reach desired destinations,

Walkable communities could improve cognitive ability among older adults

By Chris Spahr Numerous studies have supported the linkages between transportation planning and public health.  A new study out of the University of Kansas specifically addresses the cognitive benefits of walkable neighborhoods to older adults. Amber Watts, an Assistant Professor of Clinical

Federal agencies unveil online housing and transportation pricing tool

By Eric Sundquist USDOT and the Department of Housing and Urban Development have launched a new online tool to help households and policy makers better understand and reduce the costs of transportation. The Location Affordability Portal joins a family of such tools, including Walk Score and the

The value of walkability

By Bill Holloway Is a home worth an $850 price premium for each additional Walk Score point? That’s the value that Emily Washington and Eli Dourado came up with using a fixed-effects model to analyze home sales across all metro and micropolitan areas in the U.S. Along with that finding,

Walkable neighborhoods surge ahead

By Robbie Webber While many Americans are currently discouraged from walking because their neighborhoods are not built for travel by foot, communities that facilitate walking may be the future of new development. A survey by GfK Research for Kaiser Permanente shows that over 90 percent of

New accessibility tools available from Walk Score

By Eric Sundquist For agencies that want to address the land use-transportation connection, Walk Score now provides a new form of accessibility measure, as well as data to help measure trends over time. Walk Score, which actually produces measures for biking and transit as well as walking, has

Poverty in the suburbs exacerbated by auto-dependency

By Chris Spahr A recent article by David Moser entitled Driven into Poverty: Walkable urbanism and the suburbanization of poverty, published on Citytank, proposes that, “Due to the scarcity and cost of urban housing, low-income people are being driven away from walkable urbanism and into

Walk/Transit/Bike Score now an important number for real estate

By Robbie Webber Ever since Walk Score debuted in 2007, savvy real estate and rental agents have used the number to sell properties to clients who want to be walking distance from amenities. Now there is evidence that simply being in a walkable neighborhood may increase the value of housing. A