Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
Transportation engineers currently evaluate urban transport system performance using roadway level of service (LOS) ratings. Here are six good reasons to change.
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 6:00am PDT
A significant portion of vehicle travel consists of chauffeuring: additional travel to transport a non-driver. The new Chauffeuring Burden Index calculates its direct and indirect costs. Why do these costs receive such little attention in planning?
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 6:00am PDT
Demographia's International Housing Affordability Surveys are widely used to compare cities and evaluate urban development policies, but there are good reasons to question their analysis methods, starting with their definition of "house."
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 11:00am PDT
New research can help planners understand how specific decisions will affect transport activity (how and how much people travel), and their ultimate economic, social, and environmental impacts.
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 5:00am PDT
Conventional evaluation often exaggerates congestion costs by using baseline travel speeds which exceed speed limits. This assumes that traffic speed compliance is a congestion cost that justifies major infrastructure investments to alleviate.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 3:49pm PDT
My recent column, "Evaluating Public Transit Funding Options," described various ways to finance public transit improvements. Such funding is sometimes criticized. This column examines and responds to common criticisms.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 4:49am PDT
Many jurisdictions need additional funding to improve, or just maintain, their public transport services. A timely new study evaluates eighteen potential funding options according to eight criteria.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 10:01pm PDT
The “Status of the Nation’s Highways, Bridges, and Transit: Conditions and Performance, Report To Congress” is intended to provide a comprehensive and objective evaluation of our transportation system. Let’s evaluate this evaluation.
Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 5:35am PDT
New research indicates that smart growth helps residents become wealthier and healthier.
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:49am PDT
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