What are cities doing to make transportation solutions a reality?
The transportation sector is rapidly shifting from the status quo of previous decades — not only in the availability of federal funding for new investments, but also in new technologies and demographic preferences.
It is clear that states and localities will have to be inventive in finding funding sources to supplement federal support, and must plan for coming trends in greater connectivity between riders and their options.
And even the latest transportation funding bill will not come close to covering the need for maintenance and replacement of crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems.
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In bustling city cores, people driving alone in their personal cars can be the worst thing for local merchants. Many of them simply didn’t know it before, but they’re slowly beginning to figure it out. Three new stories out of California show that the state is taking the concept of transportation demand seriously. Take this example:… Read more »
Montgomery County, Md., revisits how it plans bike lanes Creating safe biking connections between low-stress streets can pay off in improved access to a broad network of bike lanes. Montgomery County, Md., is seeking to do just that in its forthcoming Bicycle Master Plan. It includes about 1,000 miles of separated bike lanes in the next… Read more »
It’s encouraging to see that, even in car-centric suburbs, more and more people are starting to open their eyes to the possibilities of more and better transportation options. Take Plano, Texas, for example, right outside of Dallas, where a new study finds that 41 percent of the population is interested in options other than traveling… Read more »
Stanford is a leader on transportation demand management, and the university has a robust “No Net New Commute Trips” goal to back it. That goal seeks to accomplish “no additional automobile trips during the peak commute time in the campus commute direction in the morning and evening.” On top of the goal, Stanford has posted… Read more »
While many in the industry understand that bikeshare systems are a true transit option and should be treated as such, that distinction has been slow to be codified in federal law. Namely, bikeshare is missing from pre-tax transit benefits that offer many commuters savings on transit passes. Last month, Reps. Joe Crowley (D – N.Y.)… Read more »
This is part one of a two-part series on a report by George Mason University graduate students. Students were tasked by Mobility Lab with creating a new transportation blueprint for Arlington, Va., geared toward connecting more people to its transportation network. This part focuses on passenger transportation – part two will examine freight and deliveries…. Read more »
With more people moving to urban areas and doing more shopping online, delivery vehicles are becoming a serious concern in traffic congestion. The Federal Highway Administration says 947,000 hours of vehicle delay can be attributed to delivery trucks parked curbside in dense urban areas. The U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast predicts a truck freight increase by… Read more »
This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Each parking space in a garage can take up as much as 400 square feet, or 36 percent of an average Arlington County, Va., apartment, and spaces can cost anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 each to build. The availability of parking also has a strong… Read more »
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its final rules for highway and interstate performance measures, which will play a role in the evaluation of and decision-making process for future federal projects. The enumeration of the measures themselves was mandated through the Move Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012,… Read more »
This is part 1 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities, examining how public agencies can reshape their priorities. Part 2 will detail how they can then move beyond conventional projects. Smartphone owners feel connected much of the time, for better or worse. But shouldn’t that be the goal for physical… Read more »
I like WIRED’s take on the topic of TDM, which they semi-smartly term “alternative-transport perks.” Semi because perks is a nice way to describe what “transportation demand management” really is all about. But “alternative” does a disservice to the need to continue along the path of normalizing things like bicycling and transit. And “transport” sounds… Read more »
While Arlington County’s transportation network benefits from being directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county has worked hard to get people moving in ways other than by car. “We have the lowest drive-alone rate for commuters in the state,” noted Larry Filler, bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services. But that rate… Read more »