We need Protected Mobility Lanes

Lloyd Alterlloydalter June 21, 2019 The number of people using alternative mobility devices is exploding, and they will be demanding safe routes. The people at Bike Newton tweet: Bike Newton  #mobilitylanes #2019Goals@BikeNewtonReplying to @bryanbarash Bike Newton doesn’t want bike lanes. We want protected mobility lanes. These would be appropriate for almost anyone not in a car. If we had those maybe …

Want to increase transit ridership without adding service? Make it easy to get to the stations. Also shift performance measurement from LOS to VMT (or better yet, space use) for roads.

Shifting from LOS to VMT would save time, money, and better support local goals Two recent studies suggest that California’s change in assessing the impact of development—from level of service (LOS) to vehicle miles traveled (VMT)—can reduce costs for developers and streamline the review of projects. Under the new guidelines, both studies to determine transportation impacts and any mitigation measures …

Sacramento to offer students free transit starting this fall: expected to raise student ridership 600% and help those without transport get to school. Joins Seattle, DC, Boston, Germany and Paris.

The action in Sacramento reflects a sentiment growing across the nation and the world to make public transportation free, especially for underserved, vulnerable and mobility-challenged populations. Washington, DC offers free public transit trips to students traveling to and from school and school-related activities. Last year Seattle’s city council approved free transit passes for all high school students, and earlier this year Boston’s mayor proposed providing free …

ITF Decarbonising Transport. Also, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) success factors for integrated mobility solutions

With technologies today, we can definitely reduce transport emissions 30% with existing technologies (instead of letting transport emissions increase by at least 50%) by 2050. 60% projected growth means we have an increasing challenge. Netherlands has a 49% reduction target by 2030. Start directing message to how you get there and build public support. Not every company has the same …

Shell, BP and Centrica have talked of backing EU emissions target but withheld support for carbon free by 2050

The European commission said a climate-neutral future is in line with the Paris climate agreement objective to keep the global temperature increase to well below 2C and pursue efforts to keep it to 1.5C. Although BP and Shell have both voiced public support for the Paris commitments, neither backed the EU’s plans for a net zero carbon target by 2050 in their response to …

Giving fair warning: state/province/national bans on sale of gas-powered vehicles, now in BC and proposed by Senator from Oregon

British Columbia has just passed the Zero-Emission Vehicles Act (ZEVA) into law, and it could transform the Canadian province’s roads in the coming years. Under the new rules, 10 percent of all light-duty cars and trucks sold in BC by 2025 must be emission-free (electric, plug-in hybrid electric or hydrogen fuel cell) vehicles. By the time 2040 rolls around, the province will …

Latinos are being pushed to urban edges, rural areas with few transportation options

By Robbie Webber at SSTI, Latinos are being pushed to urban edges, rural areas with few transportation options, posted on June 3rd, 2019: affordable housing, job access, Latino, transportation options A study by researchers at UT Health San Antonio details the barriers that Latinos in the U.S. face because of poor access to transportation options. Inadequate transit options, unreliable or spotty schedules, long commutes, and a …

FHWA and USDOT Planning, Environment, Realty, and Human Environment Research and Resources (Spring 2019)

Welcome to the Spring 2019 edition of the FHWA’s Office of Planning, Environment and Realty’s (HEP) quarterly research newsletter. This issue of the newsletter focuses on HEP’s efforts to ensure transportation planning decisions are made using a comprehensive process. The Office of Planning (HEPP) together with The Office of Project Development and Environmental Review (HEPE) promotes greater efficiency by fostering …