Congestion Pricing Will Help Stop Climate Change, but the direct tailpipe emissions impact of congestion pricing is outweighed by its force multiplier effect

By Charles Komanoff, StreetsBlog, Jan 12, 2018 With congestion pricing, New York will function better, enabling many more people to live and do business in low-carbon NYC instead of Anytown, USA. Photo: TransitCenter Will congestion pricing deter climate change? I ponder that a lot, both as an ordinary citizen and as founder-director of the Carbon Tax Center, which promotes robust carbon taxes as …

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

By Howard Jennings – May 30, 2017 Mobility Lab 7 The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system.They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin to …

Congestion pricing and new revenue for transit in Virginia and DC

By Aarian Marshall, 9 Dec 2017 Drivers who choose to drive alone on Northern Virginia’s Interstate-66 express lanes get charged based on how far they’re traveling—and how much traffic is already on the road. GETTY IMAGES THERE ARE PLENTY of reasons for outrage coming out of Washington, DC, these days, but this week the divided region found a common enemy. The …

Canadian study ranks ZEV mandates as the gold standard of policy to make the EV shift

More stringent vehicle emissions standards won’t necessarily push automakers to ZEVs ZEV mandates were rated the gold standard of policy, ranking first in all criteria except policy simplicity, as noted above. Researchers at Simon Fraser University modeled three ways Canada could achieve 40% ZEV market share in 2040 (corresponding roughly to 30% market share in 2030). The three options, as …

Just energy policies and practices from the NAACP

The NAACP advocates for equity, economic justice, and environmental justice within the energy sector, especially in the broader context of climate change. Take Action We believe everyone has a right to safe and affordable energy. Unfortunately, energy companies and the energy industry do not operate under this principle. The way they do business not only impacts the environment but the people who …

NACTO City Data Sharing Principles: Integrating New Technologies Into City Streets, also 10 rules for cities about automated vehicles,

There are a number of ways that cities will need to regulate AVs if they are to be a boon and not a bane, including owning the data, protecting transit, prohibiting empty (circling) trips, setting speed limits, and protecting traditional urbanism.  Traditional urbanism evolved over millennia to meet human needs. The adoption of AVs should not be allowed to replace time-tested …

Incorporating Health into Long-Range Transportation Planning

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth region, has integrated health into its transportation planning process, including its most recent long-range transportation plan. By considering health in the transportation planning process, NCTCOG recognized the health benefits of initiatives it was already pursuing, such as those related to safety and air quality. …

Raymond Dehn’s progressive policies on criminal justice, housing and more are resonating across the city. Ginger Jentzen inspires in Ward 3

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn received the most delegate votes of every competitor, including the city’s incumbent mayor, at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Endorsing Convention in July. (Tony Webster / Flickr / Creative Commons) Raymond Dehn’s progressive policies on criminal justice, housing and more are resonating across the city. BY VALERIE VANDE PANNE, In These Times, 4 Nov 2017 “I don’t believe …

AV symposium seeks to develop policy for cities and address mobility for all

How will driverless cars and other autonomous vehicle (AV) technology change the way we plan cities? On October 6, 2017, 85 of the nation’s top thinkers on AV gathered at the National League of Cities (NLC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss and plan for the impacts of AV on cities and regions. This event — a collaboration between APA, …