Latest from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute

“The Best Tool for Reducing Traffic Deaths? More Transit!” (https://bit.ly/2QgB6yZ ). This StreetBlog column uses research from the report, “A Hidden Traffic Safety Solution” (https://bit.ly/2DS23z6 ). “A New Traffic Safety Paradigm” (www.vtpi.org/ntsp.pdf ), provides additional information on the traffic safety benefits of more multimodal transport planning. “Why the Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings Matters” (https://bit.ly/2E9B455 ), by Alex Wilson and Paula Melton. …

How Transit Is Turning to Tech to Cut Through Congestion: TriMet, which manages public transit in Portland, Ore., is exploring a range of advancements so vehicles can operate more efficiently and cut through congestion

BY SKIP DESCANT / NOVEMBER 15, 2018, Government Tech TriMet, the transit agency serving Portland, Ore., is exploring a next-generation transit signal prioritization system, among other technology improvements to reduce traffic congestion(FLICKR/TRIMET)  Solving the pervasive problem of traffic congestion will require an approach  that extends beyond bans on ride-hailing services, but looks to more nuanced solutions like better managing street right-of-ways and technology …

Riding the world’s first autonomous shuttle in regular route public transportation

For Intelligent Transport, Paul Comfort of Trapeze Group details the processes Switzerland took to introduce an autonomous shuttle into the regular public transport system in Neuhausen Rheinfall. One of the most promising developments in the public transportation sector is the use of driverless or autonomous shuttle buses. Much has been made of recent tests of these vehicles in places like Las …

35 California mayors representing a quarter of state’s population sign on to support transition to 100% EV state transit

By Iulia Gheorghiu Aug. 23, 2018, Utility Dive A coalition of 35 California mayors submitted comments today to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in support of the proposed Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) measure, which would transition the state to 100% zero-emission buses by 2040. The mayors represent nearly 25% of the state’s population, and several of the transit agencies serving them have already …

More than two dozen transit agencies have launched partnerships with transportation network companies, with varying degrees of success

BY SKIP DESCANT / AUGUST 20, 2018,  Transit and Ride-Sharing Partnerships on the Rise, Despite Growing Pains, Government Tech What Do Transit Riders Prize Even More than Cheap Tickets? Convenience Think Uber and Lyft Are Killing Transit? Think Again Airport Parking Takes Hit From Uber, Lyft A woman awaits a ride via a ride-hailing app like Uber or Lyft. Roughly two-dozen transit agencies have launched …

EV buses expected to be half of city fleets in the 2020s and 80% by 2040

It is true that electric buses cost more up front than their diesel-powered counterparts. However, those costs are falling, and when considering the entire life cycle of the vehicle — purchase price, fuels, operational and maintenance expenses — electric buses prove to be cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, according to BNEF, the projected decline in battery costs likely make electric …

With the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year.

The news was announced by the Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, Jürgen Stackmann, at an event held in Berlin today that with the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year. Stackmann said: “We are convinced that the car …

Lyft and Uber Won’t Be Happy Until They’re Your One-Stop Transit Guide

Lyft is buying the parent company of CitiBike and other bike-sharing programs.CreditGabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times By Michael J. de la Merced July 3, 2018 Uber and Lyft came to prominence with their ride-hailing services. But increasingly they’re betting on other modes of transportation — with the aim of becoming the only service people need to get around cities. Lyft …