Avoided trips and energy efficiency with the internet

CS Monitor, 2008 and study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)  All America’s servers – the computers that direct traffic on the Internet – and the systems that cool them use about 1.2 percent of the nation’s electricity, according to a study last year. That’s still a lot of power, comparable to the energy used by color TVs in …

TDM strategies and resources

8 Feb 2017 – see tables of TDM strategies San Francisco’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program applies to projects with 10 units or more of new residential development, 10,000 square feet or more of commercial development, and large (25,000 square feet) changes of use. Residential projects that are 100 percent affordable are exempt. “This is the most progressive Transportation Demand Program in our …

Three Forces Fighting Local Renewable Energy and Three Ways to Fight Back

24 July 2017. By John Farrell The content that follows was originally published by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance  If you’re reading energy news of late, you might have come across three new ways that forces are aligning against local renewable energy. State governments are increasingly pre-empting local authority on a range of issues, including energy. Utility companies are undercutting state …

Highlights from The Great Convergence: radical change will happen when cost of moving people falls as much as the cost of moving ideas in recent years

Understanding the First Unbundling’s Stylized Facts Chapter 2 identified five top-line facts that marked globalization’s first unbundling: The North industrialized while the South deindustrialized Trade boomed Growth took off worldwide but sooner and faster in the North than in the South The Great Divergence happened Urbanization accelerated, especially in the North. Falling trade costs produced industrialization in the North and …

Pilot Data as a Service, Mobility as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

Data as a Service Data as a Service is the rapid exchange of real-time condition and service information between customers, service providers, government and the supporting infrastructure to optimize safety, efficiency and the transportation experience.  Pilots in Data as a Service provide staff experience in managing and optimizing data-sharing partnerships, exploring the value of analytics, and testing new tools. Analyze …

All transportation infrastructure is heavily subsidized. What’s not? Avoiding travel, providing internet, etc.

Who pays for roads? Users, but only partly By Eric Sundquist, Posted on July 24th, 2017  on SSTI.com Most readers of this blog are well aware that subsidies are common across transportation modes. But it’s useful to have the numbers, and so periodic reports by the Tax Foundations, which supports “simplicity, neutrality, transparency, and stability” in the tax code, are helpful. The most recent …

Traveler Info Displays: Real-time travel information, better for businesses, better for travelers

By Logan Dredske, SSTI, Sept 2017 Real-time travel information on digital screens placed in popular gathering areas allows for more efficient time management by transportation users of all modes. Tysons Corner Center, a shopping center in northern Virginia, uses Traveler Information Displays (TIDs) that provide traffic conditions and transit schedules to help customers plan their departures from the mall. VDOT, …

700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking

August 7th, 2017, By Chris McCahill, SSTI, 700,000 carless renters pay extra 13 percent for unused garage parking A new study finds that garage parking costs the average renter an additional $1,700 per year (17 percent) nationwide. For the average carless renter, the extra cost of unused parking is $621 per year (13 percent). That amounts to $440 million in losses across …

People cut back on driving when they pay daily rather than monthly.

By Brian Lutenegger, SSTI News, 28 Aug 2017 The psychology of daily versus monthly parking fees The Seattle Times recently reported on the experiences of several major employers trying innovative ways to charge for commuter parking. These employers found that how parking for commuters is priced—on a daily vs. a monthly basis—makes a big difference in their employees’ commuting habits. By allowing their employees the …