Todd Litman is the executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.
Abu Dhabi is updating its strategic development plan. Consultant Todd Litman reports on the city's recent urban planning charrette.
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 1:56pm PDT
Good planning requires clear problem and goal statements. Calling a problem an “issue” is ambiguous, which is a real problem.
Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 9:54pm PDT
Conventional transportation planning tends to exaggerate congestion costs and roadway expansion benefits, and undervalues other transportation solutions such as improving alternative modes, pricing reforms and smart growth policies.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 11:31am PDT
Planners are futurists, but with less pretension and jargon. Our work requires predicting how current trends are likely to affect future conditions and activities, and how communities should prepare. For example, let's predict self-driving cars.
Friday, August 16, 2013 - 2:31pm PDT
Many people believe that cities are dangerous due to exaggerated fears of urban crime. Cities are actually far safer and healthier than suburban and rural locations, and smart growth policies can further enhance their safety and health advantages.
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 5:19am PDT
Critics claim that smart growth policies are ineffective at reducing vehicle travel and achieving intended to objectives. This column critiques their arguments.
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 6:13am PDT
Changing demands justify policies and programs that encourage people too choose efficient travel options and smart growth locations. Are these coercive?
Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 3:13pm PDT
Planners must anticipate how people would respond to new options, such as better walking, cycling and public transit services. This requires imagination.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 2:44am PDT
Many people assume incorrectly that motorists pay their share of roadway costs through fuel taxes. Not so. Fairness would require much higher motor vehicle user fees to finance roadways.
Monday, April 29, 2013 - 6:19am PDT
The "Urban Mobility Report" produces widely-cited congestion cost estimates. It is biased in various ways that exaggerate congestion costs and roadway expansion benefits. Few users of these cost estimates seem aware of these problems.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 10:34pm PST