Teleworking’s hidden environmental costs

By Eric Sunquist, SSTI, Teleworking’s hidden environmental costs, May 18, 2020 Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shelter-in-place orders, more Americans are teleworking. This has drastically reduced VMT and air emissions. Policymakers may be tempted to try to encourage teleworking post-COVID-19 in order to keep the traffic down and the air clean. But as we’ve reported before, telework is probably not a great …

Destination access as a performance measure + reviewing highway projects for induced travel demand

Posted on April 20th, 2020 accessibility, federal legislation By Eric Sundquist, SSTI, Destination access bills introduced in U.S. House A trio of representatives along with 10 co-sponsors have introduced a pair of bills that would set destination access as a national performance measure. Both bills describe destination access, aka “accessibility,” in terms of travel times by auto, transit, walking, and biking, …

Lost time, health, stress and the other high costs of traffic

Stuck and Stressed: The High Costs of Traffic, New York Times, March 2020 According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spends 42 hours per …

Before COVID 36% of people worked remotely at least once a week, up from less than 10% in 2010: Who succeeds in the coronavirus-driven shift to remote work?

Roberto Torres@TorresLuzardo, CIO Dive, March 16, 2020  POST The Remote Playbook is a regular column for people who manage and oversee remote teams. As a remote worker, CIO Dive’s Roberto Torres can help shed light on the issues and trends impacting the management relationship. Want to read more on a topic? Email him directly at rtorres@industrydive.com. Prior to the novel coronavirus …

Legal Tools for Achieving Low Traffic Zones

LEGAL TOOLS FOR ACHIEVING LOW TRAFFIC ZONES (LTZS): NEW SABIN CENTER WHITE PAPER February 10th, 2020 by Amy Turner An increasing number of U.S. cities are seeking to limit the flow of vehicular traffic in designated areas as a means to reduce greenhouse gas and other emissions from cars and trucks and to help achieve their municipal climate goals. The creation of …

Large cities may cut emissions by a third based on improvements in housing density alone. Reducing driving is essential

Patrick Sisson at Curbed pointed out recently that some studies have estimated that large global cities could cut their emissions by a third based on improvements in housing density alone. We have to start talking about these solutions and making them part of mainstream environmental policy, Hankins says. Time is running out. “We can’t afford to ignore significant climate mitigation measures just …

City green transport planning: Promote shared-use EVs, create a robust system of multiple efficient modes, & ensure smart, optimized use of public space

Shruti Vaidyanathan, GreenBiz, Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Autonomous vehicles could help cities address their climate goals, if they start planning now Cities need to lay the groundwork now for the arrival of autonomous vehicles (AVs) to ensure that AVs contribute to rather than detract from their transportation and climate objectives. An ACEEE toolkit highlights fundamental strategies that cities can pursue and gives …

How Will the Growing Popularity of Telecommuting Impact Public Transit?

With more people working remotely, some experts speculate that transportation systems could feel the effects.BY MIKE MACIAG, GOVERNING / NOVEMBER 1, 2017 SHUTTERSTOCK Americans haven’t really altered their commuting habits all that much recently, at least not nationally. The Census Bureau’s latest estimates find that the vast majority of workers — 76 percent — drove alone to work last year, the same …