Transportation Planning

August 18, 2015, 2pm PDT
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution checks in with new leadership at the state's department of transportation.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 11, 2015, 7am PDT
The rhetoric is heating up as Los Angeles considers its most significant upgrade to transportation policy since 1999.
Los Angeles Times
August 4, 2015, 6am PDT
An op-ed calls for an end to five examples of them planning status quo, and recommends four new "rule of thumbs" that can provide a better model for the transportation planning of the future.
City Observatory City Commentary
July 27, 2015, 6am PDT
All the talk about the Highway Trust Fund can make it seem like the U.S. transportation system. Robert Puentes and Adie Tomer argue that funding is only a symptom of the deeper problem.
July 24, 2015, 12pm PDT
The federal government surveyed the country to recognize the best (multi-modal) transportation planning projects.
Fast Lane (DOT blog)
July 14, 2015, 1pm PDT
Recent controversies have inspired county and city officials in Miami-Dade County looking to overhaul the process by which transportation projects are planned, approved, and funded.
Miami Herald
Blog post
July 14, 2015, 7am PDT
Imagine on your phone being able to wake up and with a simple click be able to arrange all of your transportation needs for the day. Soon your bus pass, carsharing pass, bikesharing pass, and your personal vehicle will go away—replaced by an app.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
May 5, 2015, 6am PDT
In anticipation of the expected opening of the H Street/Benning Road streetcar line in Washington, D.C., Peter Dovak examines the evolution of streetcar planning over the past 20 years.
Greater Greater Washington
May 2, 2015, 9am PDT
The Dallas Morning News investigated over promising and under delivering by regional mobility authorities in Texas.
The Dallas Morning News
March 25, 2015, 9am PDT
The unfolding saga of Cleveland's proposed Opportunity Corridor project has a new twist: community development organizations and bike advocates would like to add a protected bike path alongside the route.
The Plain Dealer
January 29, 2015, 2pm PST
As communities are rethinking the dominant paradigms of the last 60 years of transportation planning, traditional funding mechanisms are coming up well short of needs. A new guidebook will help state DOTs sort it all out.
Smart Growth for America
January 8, 2015, 7am PST
The Federal Highway Administration has quietly acknowledged the end of the Driving Boom, cutting its VMT forecast by 24-44 percent. This represents a major change in travel forecasting and planning.
U.S. Pirg
June 16, 2014, 5am PDT
In a recent review of the state-of-the-art, two planning researchers conclude that traffic forecasts often fail to accurately predict that demand for new transportation infrastructure.
Transport Reviews
Blog post
May 8, 2014, 5am 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.
Todd Litman
February 15, 2014, 9am PST
Plan documents tend to be static, long, and—let's face it—boring. See how three planning organizations started thinking outside the PDF box to encourage more informed citizen participation.
Engaging Cities
Blog post
February 11, 2014, 3pm 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?
Todd Litman
Blog post
November 28, 2013, 9am PST
Some commentators recently expressed outraged that governments spend money on cycling facilities. Their arguments are largely wrong, I’ll call them "half-truths" to be charitable, presented with great certitude and self-righteous anger.
Todd Litman
August 8, 2013, 8am PDT
This week, the Illinois DOT kicked off a set of public meetings to "redefine" Chicago's Lake Shore Drive. At the first meeting, a decidedly pro-car and anti-bicyclist sentiment crept into the comments.
Chicago Tribune
Blog post
February 25, 2013, 3am PST
Transportation system users rate inaffordability as a top concern, but conventional planning ignores this issue. Increasing transport affordability requires changing planning practices to favor more affordable modes and more accessible development.
Todd Litman
January 24, 2013, 9am PST
In the first entry in an eight-part series, Aparna Piramal Raje explores the challenges facing an urbanizing India that lacks sufficient planning to ease the country's transition from a nation of villages.
Live Mint