Transport Planning

One of the burdens of living in an automobile-dependent community is the significant amount of time and money that motorists must devote to chauffeuring non-drivers, including adolescents and adults with disabilities or low incomes who would travel independently if they had better transport optio Opinion
16 hours ago   By Todd Litman
It’s premature to fire the chauffeur: the Jetson’s future has not yet arrived. Opinion
Aug 16, 2013   By Todd Litman
Planners are professional do-gooders. Our job is to improve the world by helping decision-makers choose optimal solutions. Specifically, we develop analysis frameworks that define problems and goals, and evaluate potential improvements. Opinion
Jan 1, 2013   By Todd Litman
One of planners’ most important jobs is to help develop the indicators and frameworks use to define problems and evaluate potential solution. Often, a particular solution will seem cost effective and beneficial when evaluated one way, and wasteful and undesirable if evaluated another. Opinion
Nov 27, 2012   By Todd Litman
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), the new U.S. federal transportation law, has the following main goals: Opinion
Oct 21, 2012   By Todd Litman
Despite many studies confirming the effect of induced traffic, the effect is often ignored in the transport models used for project appraisal, says a team of Scandanavian researchers creating an extreme bias in the assessment of new projects.
Jun 25, 2012   European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research
Planners strive to anticipate future needs, which sometimes creates self-fulfilling prophecies: by preparing for a situation we help cause it. This is particularly true of automobile Opinion
Apr 8, 2012   By Todd Litman
Once again the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) published its annual Urban Mobility Report (UMR), and once again I feel obliged to warn planners that it is based on faulty assumptions and biased analysis methods. This is not to deny that traffic congestion is a significant problem, but the UMR significantly exaggerates its importance compared with other transport costs and exaggerates roadway expansion benefits. Opinion
Oct 2, 2011   By Todd Litman
A few weeks ago the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) released its latest Urban Mobility Report, and yesterday INRIX released its National Traffic Scorecard 2010 Annua Opinion
Mar 9, 2011   By Todd Litman
  Why didn't the chicken cross the road? Because pedestrian Level-Of-Service was below "C". Opinion
Sep 22, 2010   By Todd Litman
The graph below shows the most recent USDOT vehicle-travel data covering the last 25 years. Although vehicle-miles of travel (VMT) grew steadily during most of the Twentieth Century, in recent years the growth rate stopped and even declined a little. It is now about 10% below where it would have been had past trends continued. Opinion
Aug 22, 2010   By Todd Litman