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Commutes are getting longer; automated options on the horizon

Commutes are getting longer; automated options on the horizon

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Technology stands to transform workers’ commutes even more over the next few years than it has in the recent past. Consider one recent study out of the University of Cincinnati, which finds that almost everyone has experienced a jump in commute length over the last 20 years, or the opinion of expert Antonio Loro, an urban […]

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In school zones, sign saturation isn’t a problem, according to study

In school zones, sign saturation isn’t a problem, according to study

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

How does the density of traffic signage impact school safety? A new study, “Driver behavior and accident frequency in school zones: Assessing the impact of sign saturation,” investigates — and disproves — the theory that “if a driver observes too many of the same signs, he or she may no longer pay attention to those signs.” […]

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Oregon debuts first pay-per-mile driving tax in the U.S.

Oregon debuts first pay-per-mile driving tax in the U.S.

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

OReGO, a new pilot program in Oregon, is attempting to change the way road and bridge infrastructure is funded, reports the Portland Business Journal. The Oregon Road Usage Charge will charge drivers on a per-mile basis, monitoring drivers’ use of roads, and charging a fixed fee per mile driven. Cars will be provided with mile-tracking […]

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Public transportation key to keeping drunks off the roads

Public transportation key to keeping drunks off the roads

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anyone who’s ever been egged on by friends to do shots might know this instinctively, but science is now backing it up: just the presence of super-intoxicated friends may encourage clubgoers to get drunker than they normally would. Not only that, but knowing they won’t be getting behind the wheel also encourages partiers to imbibe more. […]

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Identifying the most desirable communities in America

Identifying the most desirable communities in America

| June 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

What’s the most desirable community in the U.S.? In a recent study titled “Driving to Opportunity: Local Rents, Wages, Commuting, and Sub-Metropolitan Quality of Life,” researchers investigated differences in local rents, pay, commuting costs, household characteristics and amenities in nearly 2,100 areas within metro areas throughout the U.S., creating an index based on “willingness-to-pay,” which “indicates the quality […]

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Bike share program launches in newly bike-friendly Pittsburgh

Bike share program launches in newly bike-friendly Pittsburgh

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

Historically car-centric Pittsburgh is becoming cyclist-friendly. The city’s bike share program launched its Healthy Ride program on May 31, stocking stations with public-use bikes that will reach and connect 11 of the city’s neighborhoods to encourage exercise, and to reduce both traffic and pollution. While the launch didn’t go quite as smoothly as possible (some […]

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Are toll roads the answer?

Are toll roads the answer?

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

The debate over toll roads, which is making headlines and begging questions over who is financially responsible for maintenance and construction, may seem a recent one. But the concept actually has a storied past in the U.S.: with origins in colonial America’s turnpikes, tolls were banned in 1921 from being implemented on federally-funded highways, and, […]

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New apps for drivers contact DUI lawyers, punish bad parking, and more

New apps for drivers contact DUI lawyers, punish bad parking, and more

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

An array of apps for drivers are showing up on the market, with functions that range from DUI prevention and parking policing to valet service and coin-free payment. Our latest roundup: GoParkIt GoParkIt may phase out currency, or at least pocket change, faster than BitCoin. The app lets drivers pay for their parking meters via smartphone; they […]

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Self-braking cars reduce rear-end accidents by 38%

Self-braking cars reduce rear-end accidents by 38%

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Self-driving cars, long hailed for their safety benefits, are on the horizon (consider the Cadillac, for one). But one new study claims that just a single driver-free feature could reduce accidents by a staggering 38%. Recent research from the European road safety research organization Euro NCAP concludes that self-braking cars (which automatically hit the brakes to […]

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Study: Companies near highways should pay for employees’ driving

Study: Companies near highways should pay for employees’ driving

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just how much can a highway impact the local economy? A new study, “Infrastructure and the shaping of American urban geography,” from Yonn Dierwechter and Ali Modarres aims to find out to what degree businesses benefit from their proximity to the national highway system by studying Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Given nearly 60 years of investment […]

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New app for finding accessible parking in Hawai’i

New app for finding accessible parking in Hawai’i

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new smartphone app is helping drivers find accessible parking in the state of Hawai’i, according to Maui Now. DPark, an app supported by the Hawai’i State Disability and Communication Access Board, displays 500 photos of accessible spots that are available at airports, government office parking, certain malls, medical facilities, local venues, and state parks. App […]

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