Transportation Policy

August 4, 2010, 5am PDT
<em>National Journal</em> asks its panel of transportation experts whether the car is really threatened by the rise in policy focus on pedestrians and cyclists.
National Journal
August 3, 2010, 7am PDT
Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is paying close attention to the link between transportation options and obesity in America. <em>Next American City</em>'s Willy Staley looks at whether this attention will fight the epidemic.
Next American City
January 22, 2010, 12pm PST
In the 2nd part of an expose featured previously on Planetizen, reporter Matthew Lewis uncovers the significant number of lobbyists influencing transportation policy in Washington.
Center for Public Integrity
Feature
August 10, 2009, 5am PDT
Amber Hawkes
July 27, 2009, 11am PDT
A new report identifies ways to incorporate health objectives into transportation and land use planning.
The Convergence Partnership
July 19, 2009, 7am PDT
Cyclists hear a lot about how much better the biking is in Europe. The Brooklyn Paper takes a look at why, and whether or not the lessons of Amsterdam are applicable in the US.
The Brooklyn Paper
Blog post
November 17, 2008, 10am PST
The election is behind us. A Democratic administration headed by President-elect Barack Obama and a heavily Democratic Congress will assume power next January. How will this influence the direction of federal surface transportation policy and programs? To gain some insight, we have solicited the views of a number of people, including some who are familiar with the thinking of President-elect Obama’s transition team. While the views expressed below are our own, they have been influenced by the observations and speculations expressed in these interviews. By common agreement, all conversations were held off the record and not for attribution in order to allow for the freest possible expression of views.

Kenneth Orski
Blog post
October 17, 2008, 9am PDT

A recent report that I coauthored, "Managing Transport Challenges When Oil Prices Rise" provides practical policy guidance on how to manage the risks of rising oil prices by increasing transport system efficiency. People with short attention spans might think that this report is already outdated, since global financial uncertainty has replaced rising fuel prices as the crisis-of-the-month. Leading businesses are bankrupt, employees are frightened, consumers are cautious, and fuel prices plummeting.

Todd Litman
June 9, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Toronto environmental lawyer Albert Koehl believes that Canada's Conservative government should embark on a national bicycle strategy.</p>
The Globe & Mail
May 31, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Transit ridership is spiking across the country as gas prices go up. Is this a tipping point for America's car culture?</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Blog post
May 18, 2008, 8am PDT

People’s response to death typically proceeds through various stages: disbelief, denial, anger, bargaining, guilt, and eventually acceptance and hope. Motorists’ response to increased fuel price seems to follow similar stages:

Todd Litman
Blog post
May 7, 2008, 11am PDT

It turns out that the “law of demand” (the tendency of higher prices to reduce consumption) and the principles of urban economics (that improved accessibility increases land values) still apply. If we are smart, we can use these to help solve problems and benefit consumers.

Todd Litman
March 22, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>Why Americans don't cycle in the cold and rain, and why they do in Amsterdam.</p>
Streetsblog
March 17, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>The Department of Transportation under President Bush has placed an emphasis on market-based measures such as toll roads to alleviate congestion, and this has public transit advocates worried that the Federal government sees no role for transit.</p>
The Washington Post
March 3, 2008, 8am PST
<p>Transportation planners and public officials have begun to consider ways to reconfigure cities and alter driving patterns in order to reduce vehicle miles traveled and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.</p>
InTransition Magazine
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