Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
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
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.
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:06pm PST
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.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 8:03pm PST
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.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 9:25pm PST