Driving

Traffic

Study: Without Fewer Cars, Cities Will be 'Overrun by Gridlock'

Local leaders must invest in public transit and other incentives to reduce the number of private vehicles and congestion in cities.

July 15, 2021 - Gizmodo

Traffic

Can Pandemic-Era Changes Ease Painful Rush Hours?

If even a small fraction of workers continue to work remotely or have more flexible hours, the resulting reduction in rush hour travelers could have a significant impact on peak hour congestion.

June 16, 2021 - The New York Times

Red Light Camera

Texas Lawmakers Want to Shut Down Grandfathered Red-Light Cameras

Despite a statewide ban approved by the Texas State Legislature in 2019, four Texas cities still have active contracts with photographic enforcement companies.

May 7, 2021 - The Houston Chronicle

Street Traffic

Despite Stay-at-Home Orders, U.S. Traffic Deaths Rose in 2020

Dangerous behaviors picked up during the early, low-traffic days of the pandemic are partly to blame.

February 2, 2021 - The Washington Post

Metro Rapid Bus

Causes of the Pre-COVID Decline in Bus Ridership

Even before the effects fo the coronavirus pandemic drastically reduced ridership, transit riders were declining in cities across the country. The reasons for the downward trend were varied.

April 8, 2020 - The New York Times

Gold Line alongside 210 Freeway

As Coronavirus Spreads, Air Pollution Plummets

More people are driving less and staying at home. The result is significant improvements in air quality in cities across the country.

April 2, 2020 - The New York Times

Beijing Traffic

Study Shows Link Between Car Ownership and Decrease in Physical Activity

A study of residents in Beijing, China who became car owners indicates that they used alternative transportation modes less after buying cars.

February 14, 2020 - MinnPost

Dallas Freeways

When Cities Are Designed for Driving, Car Bans Are Not the Solution

Banning cars will not be effective as long as U.S. cities continue to prioritize transportation systems where mobility is dependent on driving.

January 13, 2020 - Brookings

Traffic

Opinion: Car Culture Will Shift in the Next Decade

Cars and vehicle emissions are undoubtedly central to the climate change problem. The solution, however, might not be cleaner vehicles but rather a drastic change in our relationship to automobiles and driving.

January 6, 2020 - The Guardian

Los Angeles BRT

'The Future of Transportation Is Not About Inventions. It’s About Choices.'

While much attention is focused on new technologies, the potential of existing transportation modes has never been fully realized.

November 7, 2019 - Slate

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