Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
Critics argue that smart growth reduces housing affordability. Their criticisms are partly legitimate and largely wrong, based on incomplete and biased analysis.
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 10:40am PDT
A new paradigm is expanding transport safety strategies to include demand management and smart growth, but the old paradigm is alive and deadly as illustrated by two new traffic safety guidance documents.
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 6:49am PDT
Cities are, by definition, places where many people and activities locate close together. Their economic success and livability benefits from policies that favor space-efficient modes (walking, cycling, ridesharing and public transit).
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 6:49am PDT
Many people assume incorrectly that road tolls and parking fees harm poor people. In fact, they are usually less regressive than other funding options, and benefit poor people overall, particularly if some revenues are invested in alternative modes.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 4:36am PST
The world is changing, and so must we. Do we wait for external influences to force change, or can we lead our organizations to do better?
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 3:06pm PST
New tools are becoming available to help people evaluate the quality of walking, cycling, public transit and automobile accessibility when making home location decisions. This information can help create more efficient and sustainable communities.
Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 6:41am PST
Transportation system performance is often evaluated using congestion intensity indicators, which favor automobile-dependency and sprawl. Strategic planning requires more comprehensive and multi-modal indicators which measure congestion costs.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:15am PST
The best solution to many transportation problems is to improve transport system diversity so travelers can choose the best option for each trip. This requires more comprehensive and multi-modal planning. Not everybody is ready.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 5:01am PST
Each January Washington DC hosts a huge gathering of the transportation planning tribe. What do we do? Read about it here.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 5:15am PST
A new study claims that public transit does not reduce traffic congestion. It is a good example of how not to evaluate this impact. When measured correctly, high quality transit is found to reduce congestion and increase transport system efficiency.
Friday, January 3, 2014 - 6:31am PST