Traffic Congestion

The Texas Transportation Institute's latest Urban Mobility Scorecard claims, that "TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK SETS NEW RECORDS FOR TRAVELER MISERY." This critique by the Frontier Group puts their hyperbole into perspective. No need to panic!
Yesterday   Frontier Group
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Today the Texas Transportation Institute released the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, an annual report that measures the intensity of traffic congestion in 370 U.S. cities. Blog Post
Yesterday   By Todd Litman
Facing record-level population growth and a booming job market, the city of San Francisco wants luxury developers to pay into the public transit system.
Aug 9, 2015   CityLab
Certain intersections stand to gain from losing their traffic lights. According to this study, cities can save money and improve safety by uninstalling signals in low-traffic zones.
May 7, 2015   CityLab
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.
Jan 8, 2015   U.S. Pirg
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INRIX provides traffic data that drivers can use to anticipate and avoid congestion. Many motorists and businesses willingly pay for this valuable information. So why must they exaggerate congestion costs? It’s a classic case of overselling. Blog Post
Oct 14, 2014   By Todd Litman
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Imagine that during your annual physical your physician measures just one health indicator, such as blood pressure, ignoring all others including weight, reflexes, cognitive function, diet, exercise and blood chemistry. It’s time for a new physician! Blog Post
Sep 29, 2014   By Todd Litman
California planning expert Bill Fulton discusses a long-awaited proposal from the Governor's Office of Planning and Research that would shift the state's traffic impact assessments away from their current focus on traffic congestion.
Aug 10, 2014   California Planning and Development Report
A new study finds that Salt Lake City's TRAX light-rail system significantly reduces traffic on parallel roadways. It estimates that a LRT line reduces daily from 44,000 (if it did not exist) to 22,300 (what actually occurs) on one arterial.
Jun 26, 2014   Effect of Light-Rail Transit on Traffic in a Travel Corridor
Although transport planners consider traffic congestion economically harmful, economic productivity tends to increase with congestion and decline with increased road supply. This paradox can be explained by more nuanced analysis of accessibility.
Jun 24, 2014   The Vancouver Sun
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I will be speaking about ways to identify truly optimal solutions to traffic congestion at the Solving Gridlock Forum next Monday in Toronto. Blog Post
Jun 11, 2014   By Todd Litman