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A decade ago, NYC was planning a congestion charge. What happened?

A decade ago, NYC Mayor Bloomberg began to move forward with a plan to implement congestion charging, an effective TDM policy, in Manhattan. The plan would have limited the influx of cars into the already-gridlocked island with a simple $8 charge for all cars traveling in the borough. So what happened? Writes WRI’s Jacob Sacks:… Read more »

Portland looks to add accessible bikes to its bikeshare system – Better Bike Share

As Portland looks into adding adaptive bikes to its Biketown bikeshare system, it’s learned that the needs of users with disabilities extend beyond prior assumptions. As such, the city is planning to partner with bike shops that can offer assistance. “A partnership with private bike shops met a lot of potential needs,” says Hoyt-McBeth. “They… Read more »

On transportation (un)conferences and transportation un-gineers – Atlanta Bicycle Coalition

TransportationCamp means a lot of different things to people. That’s the beauty of it. And the spirit of the recent TransportationCamp South comes to light in this blog post from Ambar Johnson. She wisely suggests that expanding outreach about future TransportationCamps to new and less-obvious audiences could help put more emphasis on the country’s many public-transportation needs…. Read more »

What happens when pedestrians and bicyclists are afraid of certain routes? – Urban Edge

A survey of 183 Houston riders from the Rice Kinder Institute identified intersections where “close-calls” were common, creating stressful conditions that are barriers to biking and walking. The data helps fill in gaps in crash records, finding problem areas where there had been no official crash but many close-calls. The Kinder Institute’s Dian Nostikasari explains: That extra… Read more »

London experiments with color-coded buses and maps – Design Week

Looking to make its bus system more user-friendly and intuitive to navigate, Transport for London, the region’s transportation agency, recently announced a trial effort to color-code simpler bus maps, and even the buses themselves. The goal, ultimately, is to bring the buses more line with the Tube in terms of simplicity, as Design Week notes:… Read more »

Why bikeshare and open street should partner up – Better Bike Share

Even though bikeshare systems are taking off around the country, getting people of all ages, backgrounds and incomes to try them for the first time and become comfortable with the option is still a challenge for many advocates. Better Bike Share notes that systems in Atlanta and Minneapolis have found success through their cities’ frequent… Read more »

Nearly 9 in 10 Americans see benefits of public transportation – Government Issues

A new public-opinion poll has a wealth of interesting findings. The main reasons cited for using public transportation are money savings, avoiding traffic, convenience, and relaxing and being productive. The poll, from HNTB Corp., also has some interesting findings on whether people will use autonomous vehicles. The HNTB survey found 48 percent of respondents with… Read more »

Bridj’s on-demand bus service shuts down; AAA starts a carsharing service- Boston Globe

Bridj announced its closure after three years of trying to make its on-demand bus service work. The company was in service in Washington D.C., along with San Francisco and Kansas City. Interestingly, another transportation option launched at the same time Bridj was closing: AAA announced Gig in Berkeley and Oakland, but it’s a lot less… Read more »

The latest from Louisville’s traffic experiment – Strong Towns

An interesting traffic experiment continues apace in the Kentucky city. The earliest part of the experiment showed that adding tolls reduced traffic. And now, through this data collection, the city is finding that “it isn’t just that traffic has shifted to the ‘free’ alternative. It’s that, with tolling in place, apparently many other trips just… Read more »