Todd Litman's Posts

Critics argue that smart growth reduces housing affordability. Their criticisms are partly legitimate and largely wrong, based on incomplete and biased analysis. Opinion
5 days ago   By Todd Litman
A new paradigm is expanding transport safety strategies to include demand management and smart growth, but the old paradigm is alive and deadly as illustrated by two new traffic safety guidance documents. Opinion
Apr 7, 2014   By Todd Litman
The USDOT's "Conditions & Performance Report" predicts that VMT will grow between 1.36% and 1.85%, although current demographic and economic trends have resulted in flat or negative growth in recent years. Why won't they learn?
Mar 11, 2014   State Smart Transportation Initiative
Cities are, by definition, places where many people and activities locate close together. Their economic success and livability benefits from policies that favor space-efficient modes (walking, cycling, ridesharing and public transit). Opinion
Mar 10, 2014   By Todd Litman
Many people assume incorrectly that road tolls and parking fees harm poor people. In fact, they are usually less regressive than other funding options, and benefit poor people overall, particularly if some revenues are invested in alternative modes. Opinion
Feb 26, 2014   By Todd Litman
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? Opinion
Feb 11, 2014   By Todd Litman
New tools are becoming available to help people evaluate the quality of walking, cycling, public transit and automobile accessibility when making home location decisions. This information can help create more efficient and sustainable communities. Opinion
Feb 6, 2014   By Todd Litman
Demographic and economic trends, and improving transport options, including more carsharing services, are contributing to a long-term decline in automobile ownership and use.
Feb 5, 2014   The Wall Street Journal
Transportation system performance is often evaluated using congestion intensity indicators, which favor automobile-dependency and sprawl. Strategic planning requires more comprehensive and multi-modal indicators which measure congestion costs. Opinion
Jan 30, 2014   By Todd Litman
The best solution to many transportation problems is to improve transport system diversity so travelers can choose the best option for each trip. This requires more comprehensive and multi-modal planning. Not everybody is ready. Opinion
Jan 23, 2014   By Todd Litman