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Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
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Road Tolls Are Fair and Benefit the Poor

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.

Change Management: Do Planners Lead Or Follow?

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?

Location Optimization Tools: Toward More Comprehensive and Multi-Modal Indicators

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.

How Should We Measure Traffic Congestion?

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.

More Bicycle Route Debate, Or Valuing Multi-Modalism

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.

Greetings from TRB!

Each January Washington DC hosts a huge gathering of the transportation planning tribe. What do we do? Read about it here.

Smarter Congestion Evaluation – An Example

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.

Smarter Congestion Solutions in 2014

It is time to find better solutions to congestion problems. This requires more comprehensive evaluation in order to identify win-win solutions: the congestion reduction strategies that help achieve other planning objectives.

Positive Reports on New Transit System Performance

Critics claim that public transit projects consistently exceed their budget projections and fail to meet ridership targets, based on old research. New analysis indicates that recent transit services generally perform better than predicted.

Who Subsidizes Whom?

This column expands on issues raised in a previous Planetizen blog, "Mythbusting: Exposing Half-Truths That Support Automobile Dependency," which examined criticisms of cycling facility investments and justifications for automobile-oriented planning.

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