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Different needs throughout U.S. complicate Congressional transportation policy

City, suburb, and rural differences present policy dilemmas No matter how divided politicians are across the U.S., Republicans and Democrats can still agree that sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic is something worth fixing. That said, the recently passed, five-year FAST Act transportation bill does represent a slight increase in funding, but has been largely criticized by… Read more »

When it comes to local solutions, the UK isn’t putting its transportation money where its mouth is

[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTIONS OPPORTUNITY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]As the national government supports roads and long-distance transportation over smaller-scale needs, localities must become creative with their transportation funding solutions.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Once in every UK parliamentary term (currently fixed at five years), the chancellor of the exchequer, the UK finance minister, publishes a spending review. This is a weighty document detailing… Read more »

Answers to transportation ills need to come from unexpected funding

This is the second of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looked at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 examines ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding. [quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Ideas abound for ways we can fund transportation, but our leaders need… Read more »

How Transportation Funding Fails to Work the Way Anyone Intended

This is the first of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looks at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 will examine ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding.[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTIONS OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Even with a bleak outlook for federal funding, state and local leaders… Read more »

How Broader Thinking Can Broaden Your Funding Sources

Arlington County, Virginia, with the help of a grant from the Virginia DOT, recently rolled out a cutting-edge multimodal trip planner, CarFreeAtoZ.[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]When local transportation officials think creatively, they can get out from under some of the limitations presented by federal laws.[/feature_box][/quote_right] In 2014, Salt Lake City launched the Hive Pass, a reduced-cost monthly… Read more »

Cities must understand bikeshare is transit

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Bikeshare is relatively inexpensive, but to truly expand a local transportation network with this new option, cities must take on some of the burdens of its costs.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion… Read more »