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Archive for the ‘Congestion’ Category

Empty Spaces: Real Parking Needs at Five TODs

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
Estimated vehicle trips versus actual vehicle trips

The goal of this study was to determine how much less parking is required at transit-oriented developments (TODs) and how many fewer vehicle trips are generated than standard industry estimates. It is clear that TODs require less parking than development without transit, or transit without development. This study sought to gather information about how much parking is used at TOD to help developers and engineers make more-informed decisions in the future.

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Practicality of Private Sector Funded Infrastructure

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Figure 1: Urban Share of Total Vehicle and Total Lane Miles (1980-2014)

Modernizing America’s infrastructure is a key plank in the next Administration’s economic platform, and transportation infrastructure should be central to this effort. The case can be made that American roadways are inadequate, even as there are more vehicles on the road than ever. The consequence is congested roads and poor road quality. However, President Trump’s plan relies heavily on private sector finance; specifically leveraging less than $200 billion in federal funds for $800 billion in private funds. (Then-candidate Hillary Clinton similarly proposed establishing an infrastructure bank involving the private sector.) Is it feasible to modernize the surface transportation network without greater taxpayer involvement?

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Beyond Traffic 2045

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Beyond Traffic 2045

Beyond Traffic 2045 is U.S. DOT’s most comprehensive assessment of current and future conditions in decades—it is a call to action. After years of chronic underinvestment and policy choices that, in some cases, have actually worked at cross purposes with the broader economic and social goals held by most Americans, now is the time for a report like this one to be read, understood, considered—and used, to breathe new life into funding and policy discussions at all levels.

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Thanksgiving 2016: AAA Holiday Travel Forecast

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
AAA Travel Forecast: Thanksgiving 2016

Consumers are expected to open their wallets this Thanksgiving, with steady income gains fueling strong consumer spending growth. This will drive holiday travel up 1.9 percent, the eighth consecutive year of growth.

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Transit Trends Episode 8: Traffic sucks, so why do we sit in it?

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Transit Trends Episode 8: Traffic sucks, so why do we sit in it?

Sitting in traffic is super annoying, but most Americans do it every single day. We wanted to know why? And who better to ask than two psychologists?

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How Not to Get Stuck in Traffic

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
How Not to Get Stuck in Traffic

Some tips on how to minimize traffic! Created by Mitchell Moffit (twitter @mitchellmoffit) and Gregory Brown (twitter @whalewatchmeplz).

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Impacts of Carsharing in Five North American Cities

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016
Table 1 Vehicle and GHG Impacts from Free-Floating One-Way Carsharing

TRANSPORTATION SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH CENTER Impacts of Car2Go on Vehicle Ownership, Modal Shift, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: An Analysis of Five North American Cities Executive Summary Carsharing is the shared use of a vehicle fleet by members for tripmaking on a per trip basis. There are four forms of carsharing in North America today: […]

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The Interstate Highway System turns 60: Challenges to Its Ability to Continue to Save Lives, Time and Money

Thursday, June 30th, 2016
Percent Urban Interstates Congested

TRIP
In this report, TRIP looks at the history and benefits of the Interstate Highway System, its current use and condition, and the future needs of the nation’s most critical transportation system. Sources of data for the report include the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the U.S. Census Bureau.

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State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Figure 2.1: Greater Boston Roadway Composition by Road Type

A BETTER CITY
Based on our projections, the conclusion is pretty straightforward. As a region we must find ways to expand our infrastructure, enhance the efficiency with which we use it, and find ways to conserve energy, water, and open space in order to accommodate the population growth and expanded economic output we project through 2030. The complexity lies in determining which course to take and ultimately how to pay for it.

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San Francisco: A Trip Down Market Street, 1906 – With Sound!

Monday, May 30th, 2016
San Francisco: A Trip Down Market Street, 1906 – With Sound!

A Trip Down Market Street, 1906 – With Sound!

Historic pre-earthquake San Francisco, 1906, with full sound design.

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