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 …

School carpooling in the US gets a high-tech makeover

If there’s a change in plans, Figure8’s app updates everyone at once and even sends a picture of the replacement driver so there are no surprises. By Brian Blum 7 Oct 2018 in UNCOVER ISRAEL – Get the ISRAEL21c  School carpooling illustration by Lena Bely/Shutterstock.com Aviv Matzkin teaches at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Silicon Valley. He’s also in charge of dismissal at …

Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050

Robert Walton,  Utilities, carmakers launch campaign to cut US transportation energy use 50% by 2050, on Utility Dive, Sept. 26, 2018 A diverse group of transportation stakeholders launched a new campaign pressing for significant advances in efficiency and vehicular systems, with a goal of slashing transportation energy consumption 50% by 2050, while simultaneously improving mobility. Recommendations include improving efficiency for all vehicle types, …

US Census Bureau: Americans’ commute times increased; transit ridership dropped, telecommuting now exceeds all forms of public transportation

Data from 2017 shows more commuters are driving, and a shift in where people work is affecting commutes. By Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Oct. 1, 2018 An increasingly common refrain is being voiced again with the release of new governmental data sets: American workers’ commutes are getting longer. Plus, fewer commuters are using public transit for the trips. Those insights come …

first the disruptive technology arrives, then the suitable environment follows. Early roads, early cell networks have adapted. Bike lanes are already growing worldwide

 GeorgeMonbiot@GeorgeMonbiot  It takes less time to cross a city on a vehicle you can lift with one hand than in a vehicle that weighs a tonne. Why isn’t cycling the top priority for urban transport planners? 4:45 AM – Mar 5, 2018  2,719  1,145 people are talking about this Excerpt from Lloyd Atler, Sept 2018 Bikes are climate action George Monbiot gets it. …

Toward livable streets: A review of recent improvements in practice and four general principles of livable streets engineering

By Eric Sundquist, SSTI, 20 Aug 2018 Toward livable streets: A review of recent improvements in practice In the last decade a number of project development and design guides, such as ITE’s “Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares,”  NACTO’s “Urban Street Design Guide,” and city design guide manuals, have emerged. A new article by Eric Dumbaugh of Florida Atlantic University and Michael King of BuroHappold Engineering, reviews these updated …

MPOs revising planning to prioritize projects that help access, equitable and affordable transportation, and safer biking and walking

Aging Boomers could cause transportation shakeup September 3rd, 2018 By Chris McCahill Suburban Baby Boomers hoping to age in place are beginning to put new demands on our transportation system, according to a recent New York Times article. Once they can no longer drive, many older folks find themselves needing in-home services or drivers that can offer more assistance than many taxi or TNC …

U.S. traffic fatalities rise while international numbers improve. US not yet engaged with “freedom from death and injury on roads”

U.S. traffic fatalities rise while international numbers improve  Posted on August 20th, 2018 By Robbie Webber A new report by the International Transport Forum highlights how the United States is losing the battle to reduce traffic fatalities, while other countries improve their safety records. Out of 41 countries contributing to the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group, most reported a reduction in …

Interview with Robin Chase, Aug 2018

From The Beam and Clean Technica, 24 Aug 2018 An interview with ZipCar founder Robin Chase, by Anne-Sophie Garrigou Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur who became famous for co-founding Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world. The successful entrepreneur wasn’t about to stop there, going on to co-found Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); as …