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Urban density not denting CO2 emissions, sadly

Urban density not denting CO2 emissions, sadly

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

You’ve heard it before: The U.S. is urbanizing, and younger generations are becoming less and less car-reliant. It’s logical that CO2 emissions would drop as people move into the cities and, presumably, opt for less environmentally-damaging transportation. So why are CO2 emissions still climbing? A Boston University paper authored by Conor K. Gately, Lucy R. […]

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How New York’s transit system may become car-funded

How New York’s transit system may become car-funded

| March 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Could cars fund the New York City public transit system? A new Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) report proposes vehicle-based fees to fund the MTA for the next five years. The report, More than Fare: Options for Funding Future Capital Investments by the MTA, investigates the MTA’s existing financial obstacles and pinpoints methods of raising capital […]

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How policy leads to sprawl

How policy leads to sprawl

| March 23, 2015

Development policy leads to urban sprawl, and the resulting costs are enormous. A new report, Analysis of Public Policies That Unintentionally Encourage and Subsidize Urban Sprawl, authored by Todd Litman of the Victorian Transport Policy Institute, investigates. Sprawl results in drops in ecological and agricultural productivity, higher public infrastructure and service costs, and greater transportation […]

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The poverty-public transit connection

The poverty-public transit connection

| March 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Seattle, which last year upped its minimum hourly wage to $15, just launched an innovative concept in public transit: income-based fares for its impoverished population. While fare hikes always make the news, Seattle’s King County Metro and Sound Transit has begun offering transit riders income-based discounts, which can drop fares by more than 50%. As […]

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Denver’s park-and-rides increase emissions, says study

Denver’s park-and-rides increase emissions, says study

| February 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Park-and-rides — parking lots located near transit depots where drivers drop off their cars and embark on public transit — are meant to limit car-produced pollution, but they may not be all they’re cracked up to be, according to a recent study. The study, “Are park-and-rides saving the environment or just saving parking costs?”, hails from the University […]

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New transit models account for both passenger comfort and profit maximization

New transit models account for both passenger comfort and profit maximization

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just how comfortable and costly public transit service is has a lot to do with both vehicle capacity and frequency, according to a study published by Elsevier and written by Avi Herbon and Yuval Hadas of Bar-Ilan University in Israel. Happily for transit aficionados and urban planners alike, the study, Determining optimal frequency and vehicle capacity […]

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Transportation roundup 10/28/14

Transportation roundup 10/28/14

| October 28, 2014

A juicy new academic study from Health & Place [paywall] reports that “lower income tracts have higher prevalence of active commuting in all three modes [walking, biking, public transit] compared with higher-income tracts.” This flies in the face of a more tightly focused study alleging that lower income communities in Washington D.C. were less active. Is D.C. atypical, […]

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Millennials leading the way in carless commuting

Millennials leading the way in carless commuting

| October 13, 2014

While baby boomers continue to drive to work en masse, recently released census data suggests that transportation-related change is afoot. Commuters, led by young workers, are moving towards carless transportation, opting increasingly for public transport and walking, reports the Brookings Institution. Census information from the 2013 American Community Survey points out the specifics: workers aged […]

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