Trump says fund infrastructure from a new mileage tax

Supporters say a vehicle miles traveled tax is more fair than increasing the gasoline tax because it would apply to electric and hybrid vehicles. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File) The Trump administration suggested Wednesday it could support a tax on drivers for the amount of miles they drive, as a revenue source to pay for its $200 billion infrastructure investment plan. …

Sat 27 Jan 2018 The Guardian   London’s cycle superhighway squeezes cars on Victoria Embankment. Photograph: Martin Godwin for the Guardian Imagine a healthy future. That we need to change radically was shown by a mass study of the health of 300,000 people that was at once entirely shocking and wholly predictable. Newcastle University found obesity and the lack of exercise (the two go …

What Can Transit Agencies Learn from TNCs’ Late-Night Popularity?

By Colin Murphy January 25, 2018 Research, Ridesourcing, Shared-Use Mobility (Research) A new study by SUMC for the Transit Cooperative Research Program finds that peak use of transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft comes on weekends and evenings, not during rush hours when public-transit use is highest. SUMC’s findings were based on one of the first uses of origin-destination trip data provided by …

Southern Californians purchased cars at a rate four times higher than they did during the 1990s

The UCLA authors weren’t able to conclusively link gentrification-driven displacement in central Los Angeles to ridership loss—the data needed to draw such a conclusion isn’t readily available—but they did say there are plenty of indicators that show such neighborhood change might be linked transit declines. The topic, they say, “warrants substantial further research.”  The lion’s share of Metro’s ridership loss is taking …

Commuter benefits report. Currently 76% of commuters drive alone. Pre-tax commuter benefits, available with the Lyft Line carpooling service, expands from four cities to 18 cities.

 Kristin Musulin@kristinmusulin on Smart Cities Dive, Feb. 6, 2018   Last week, Lyft was one of 15 leading mobility companies to sign the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities, a pledge designed to “prioritize people over vehicles” and “support the shared and efficient use of vehicles.” The Brookings Institution reports that 76.3% of commuters drive alone to work every day, a statistic that dramatically impacts GHG emissions, …

Angelenos spent 102 hours in peak hour traffic on average, last year. Traffic speed in London hasn’t risen in 150 years (was 3.5 mph then and is still)

Americans are driving farther and longer than ever before, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. For 2017 through September, Americans drove 1.3% more — or 32 billion more miles — than in the same period in 2016.1 That’s equivalent to about 170 round trips between the Earth and the Sun. Other countries are seeing a similar trend.2  Economics are a contributing factor, …

Uber, the “Metropocalypse,” and Economic Inequality

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Working-Class Perspectives, Georgetown, DC Public transit infrastructure in Washington, D.C. is crumbling. Metro and bus services have been cut. Fares have gone up. And, safety remains a problem. After 40 years of deferred maintenance, poor management, and the lack of decent, long-term funding, the Metro system needs $1.4 billion worth of repairs, and it must close …

“Providing a core network of low-stress bikeways that connect various neighborhoods will encourage success, as comfort and safety is a large factor in people’s willingness to try bike share.”

Excerpt from Motherboard, Feb 2018 It takes some planning to get a bike-share system right. The city of Rochester, New York put together an extensive report in 2015 studying the feasibility of a bike-share system, which made recommendations about how to make the city more bike friendly. “Providing a core network of low-stress bikeways that connect various neighborhoods will encourage success, as comfort …

Cities: Digitize curb assets today

CURBED DEMANDS: The humble curb is fast becoming the city’s hottest asset, by Karen Hao, 26 Jan 2018, Quartz Curbed Could this be the key to solving urban congestion? (Rikki Chan/Unsplash) SHARE WRITTEN BY Karen Hao January 26, 2018 In the city of the future, the ability to get people from point A to point B will be as much about …