Is Free Public Transit an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

By SANDY SMITH, Next City, MAY 19, 2021 New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is one of several large public-transit agencies contemplating a fare-free future. (Photo by Adjoajo/CC BY-SA 4.0) The debate over transportation equity has heated up, given the sharp change in transit-rider demographics once the COVID-19 pandemic took most whiter and wealthier riders off of buses and (especially) …

People frequently visit locations that are geographically closer to them: the number of visitors to any location decreases as the inverse square of the product of their visiting frequency and travel distance

Millions of People’s Location Data Revealed a ‘Universal’ Pattern In Study, Joint MIT Senseable City Laboratory and Santa Fe Institute Study analyzed cell phone data and found what the researchers describe as a new “universal visitation law of human mobility” that “opens up unprecedented possibilities” to predict flows between locations and that can be applied to cities as diverse as …

Rural planning for VMT reduction

By Ruth Miller, 415-373-6442, ruth@blinktag.com and Christopher Ganson, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, 916-324-9236, Email: chris.ganson@opr.ca.gov for National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting 2015 Vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) as an environmental review metric is more effective at combating climate change than level of service (LOS), and policymakers are beginning to advance its adoption for this purpose. Years of …

FHWA Air Quality, Sustainable Transportation and Resilience Team, also EDC: Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian

FHWA Headquarters Air Quality and Transportation Conformity Team Cecilia Ho, Cecilia.Ho@dot.gov (202) 366-9862, Team Leader Edward Dancausse, Edward.Dancausse@dot.gov (919) 747-7026 Mark Glaze, Mark.Glaze@dot.gov (202) 366-4053 David Kall, David.Kall@dot.gov (202) 366-6276 Victoria Martinez, Victoria.Martinez@dot.gov (787) 771-2524 Karen Perritt, Karen.Perritt@dot.gov (202) 366-9066 Aileen Varela-Margolles, a.varela-margolles@dot.gov, (305) 978-7780, noise specialist FHWA Headquarters Sustainable Transportation and Resilience Team Mike Culp, Michael.Culp@dot.gov, (202) 366-9229, Team Leader John Davies, JohnG.Davies@dot.gov, (202) 366-6039 Elizabeth Habic, Elizabeth.Habic@dot.gov, (202) 366-1701 Connie Hill Galloway, Connie.Hill@dot.gov, (804) 775-3378 …

RTD freed from farebox requirement

CO: Gov. Polis signs law giving RTD flexibility to reduce bus and train fares, charge for parking in lots https://www.masstransitmag.com/management/news/21224129/co-gov-polis-signs-law-giving-rtd-flexibility-to-reduce-bus-and-train-fares-charge-for-parking-in-lots It will be up to metro Denver’s transit system to make those decisions, but House Bill 1186 removes several restrictions in state law that had limited RTD’s options. Jon Murray, The Denver Post (TNS) May 25th, 2021 The Regional Transportation …

How To Design Life-Saving, Low-Speed Zones

By Nikita Luke and Siba El-Samra, May 24, 2021 This piece originally appeared on City Fix. https://usa.streetsblog.org/2021/05/24/how-to-design-life-saving-low-speed-zones/ As the COVID-19 pandemic has altered urban landscapes and pushed many people toward active mobility, there’s increased urgency to make roads safer for walking and cycling. Many cities are now tasked with protecting more vulnerable users in addition to creating safe public spaces that will enable economic …

In-utero pollution exposure leads to asthma risks

[Boston] study ties in-utero pollution exposure to asthma risks E&E News | Sean Reilly Small children were much more likely to develop asthma if their mothers were exposed during pregnancy to high levels of exceptionally tiny specks of pollution, researchers found in a newly released study. The study, published online today in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care …

Access and 20 minute neighborhoods

Ann Arbor, Mich., has set a goal of having 100 percent of residents live in 20-minute neighborhoods by 2030. For now, the 12 percent of residents who don’t have access to a car are at a big disadvantage — 109,000 jobs can be reached within a 20-minute drive, but only 30,000 jobs are within a 20-minute walk or transit ride. …

Biden proposal…before he went to Republicans

One of the best summaries of what’s in the Biden proposal comes from David Roberts in his Volts newsletter: he highlights the “coolest” features, from electrifying the postal-service delivery fleet (and a fifth of the nation’s school buses) to a national climate lab situated at a historically Black college and a major transmission grid for renewables that may follow existing …