Congestion

Yellow taxis and white cars in traffic on New York City street.

Congestion Pricing: New York City’s Next Hero

Big problems need big solutions.

January 24, 2024 - Marcelo Remond

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How Cities Are Tackling Delivery Emissions

As the popularity of delivery services grows, regulation and tech can address pollution challenges and limit congestion.

January 17, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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The Promise of Congestion Pricing

New York's long-awaited congestion pricing program could break open the controversial practice in the United States.

November 20, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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NYC Bus Service Hindered by Congestion

Sharing lanes with car traffic may make it impossible for the MTA to increase service frequency.

November 16, 2023 - StreetsBlog NYC

Green road sign with "Welcome to Texas" above Texas flag and "Drive Friendly - the Texas Way" below.

Federal Carbon Reduction Funds Could Finance Highway Projects in Texas

Transit advocates say the state’s carbon reduction strategy reveals a continued preference for car-oriented infrastructure.

November 7, 2023 - Texas Tribune

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Twin Cities Commutes Faster Than Pre-Pandemic

Workers who have returned to in-person jobs are still experiencing less traffic congestion than in 2019.

October 27, 2023 - Axios

A line of cars wait at the drive-thru window of a starbucks.

More Cities Ponder the End of Drive-Thrus

Drive-thru fast food restaurants might be a staple of American life, but several U.S. cities are actively considering prohibiting the development of new drive-thrus for the benefit of traffic safety, air quality, and congestion.

August 31, 2023 - The Denver Post

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Feared Traffic Increase From New Bike Lanes Failed to Materialize

Data from a much-criticized bike lane project in Montgomery County shows no noticeable decrease in vehicle capacity and a sharp decrease in bike fatalities.

August 13, 2023 - Greater Greater Washington

Bike Parking

What Is Transportation Demand Management?

When a government creates incentives or disincentives to influence how and when you travel—that's transportation demand management.

July 19, 2023 - James Brasuell

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Sioux Falls Multi-Family Development Outpaces Transportation Improvements

Sioux Falls, South Dakota is undergoing a multi-family development boom. Residents are increasingly concerned about the traffic the development brings, according to local news reports.

June 25, 2023 - KELO

A highway sign reads with directions to reach San Francisco to the north and San Jose to the south--both on Highway 101.

101 Freeway in California Slower Than Ever After Widening, Locals Say

Induced demand strikes again.

April 19, 2023 - Streetsblog SF

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Congestion Growing in Sunbelt Cities

Cities with rapidly growing populations and inadequate public transit systems are seeing more gridlock despite changes in commuting patterns and the rise of remote work.

March 15, 2023 - The Wall Street Journal

Empty Road

Driving Still Below Pre-Pandemic Levels in the U.S., Study Says

Congestion is increasing much faster than vehicle miles traveled, suggesting that the “new normal” of hybrid work and an influx of suburban residents is taking a toll on the nation's transportation system.

March 13, 2023 - State Smart Transportation Initiative

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Opinion: Induced Travel Demand Induces Media Attention

Induced demand is a popular concept among urbanists, but does its pervasiveness obscure the true costs of mobility?

February 22, 2023 - Steven Polzin

UPS delivery truck parked by urban sidewalk

Mitigating the Impacts of Delivery Services

How cities can minimize the impact of delivery vehicles on air quality and congestion through effective curb management and zero-emission delivery zones.

November 28, 2022 - The City Fix

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How to Beat the Turkey Day Traffic

The best and worst times to undertake your Thanksgiving drive.

November 23, 2022 - The Washington Post

Bike on bridge in Minneapolis with skyline in background

Study: Biking Brings Happiness

A Minneapolis study showed cyclists experienced the highest rates of satisfaction during their commute.

October 5, 2022 - Forbes

A crowd of people cross the street with a sign for the entrance of Disneyland in the background

Disneyland Is Too Crowded. Is More Capacity Needed?

Disneyland has a plan to create more supply to meet contemporary demand, a strategy reminiscent of contemporary debates surrounding housing and transportation.

September 29, 2022 - James Brasuell

Self-Driving Cars

Will Autonomous Cars Live Up to Their Potential?

A new report details the promise and perils of the growing autonomous vehicle industry.

September 23, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

Bikes on Marcy Ave, new York

Centering Bikes in the Future of Mobility

Those in search of high-tech solutions for urban congestion and pollution often overlook the bicycle as a powerful, if simple, tool for reducing both and improving urban transportation.

September 12, 2022 - Next City

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