Mobility

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How Transportation Costs Vary Across US Cities

A new analysis reveals how annual transportation costs compare around the country.

June 12, 2024 - yahoo! Finance

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Utah DOT to Expand ‘Connected Vehicle’ Program

The state is testing a data-gathering system that could help improve road safety and alert transportation authorities to mobility trends.

June 5, 2024 - GovTech

Cyclists riding on green painted bike lane protected by flexible post delineators in Chicago, Illinois.

Study: Lack of Safe Infrastructure Keeps People Away From Active Transportation

Roughly two-thirds of respondents to an REI Co-op survey said they would ride bikes more if protected bike lanes and other safety measures were more prevalent in their communities.

May 15, 2024 - REI Co-op

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Planning for Accessibility: Proximity is More Important than Mobility

Accessibility-based planning minimizes the distance that people must travel to reach desired services and activities. Measured this way, increased density can provide more total benefits than increased speeds.

April 14, 2024 - Todd Litman

Blue Metra train bike car.

Chicago Trains Make More Room for Bikes

Since Metro launched a new bike-friendly policy in February, the number of bikes on its trains rose by 70 percent.

April 11, 2024 - Streetsblog Chicago

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Making TOD More Viable

Tying housing and land acquisition funding to transit projects could make dense, walkable development easier and more cost-effective.

April 9, 2024 - Smart Cities Dive

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Shifting the Male Perspective on City Planning

Urban spaces and transportation system are largely designed and managed by men, but cities are starting to recognize the unique challenges women and children face.

April 3, 2024 - Forbes

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State DOTs Don’t Resemble Their Constituencies — And That’s a Problem

Streetsblog calls attention to the lack of representation of women, people of color, and other groups in state departments of transportation that are largely dominated by white men.

April 1, 2024 - Streetsblog USA

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How to Improve Transit Accessibility

Over 13 million Americans face mobility challenges that limit their travel experience.

March 21, 2024 - Prism

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How Nonprofits Are Shaping Sustainable Cities

Learn about nonprofits' pivotal role in urban sustainability, from policy advocacy to launching eco-initiatives that are transforming cityscapes for the better.

March 19, 2024 - Devin Partida

CLose-up of bottom of lamp post with NY CITY plaque on cobblestone sidewalk in Central Park, New York City.

Central Park Sidewalk Restoration Project Balances Accessibility, Preservation

The original tile and brick sidewalks now pose safety hazards and don’t fully serve modern accessibility and mobility needs.

March 17, 2024 - The New York Times

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Website Streamlines Michigan Transit Information

The tool is designed to help people with disabilities navigate the state’s complex public transit network.

March 12, 2024 - Second Wave Michigan

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Opinion: Tempe ‘Diamond in the Rough’ for Walkability

One Arizona State University student urges peers to take advantage of the city’s growing public transit system to get to class without paying for costly parking.

February 27, 2024 - The State Press

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Despite Funding Challenges, Chapel Hill Offers Extensive Free Transportation Network

The North Carolina college town boasts free transit and dozens of miles of bike lanes and greenways.

February 21, 2024 - Yahoo News

An adult man, stopped on a Seattle, Washington street corner, preparing for a rainy morning bike commute.

Seattle Mobility Advocates Say City Should Triple Transportation Levy

A measure set to go before voters in November will fund road safety and mobility projects, but advocates say a much bigger investment is required to meet the city’s needs.

February 19, 2024 - The Urbanist

Pedestrianized street in Milan, Italy with outdoor dining tables and umbrellas.

Did the Pandemic Spur Radical Urban Change?

The Covid era highlighted social inequities and prompted new paradigms for urbanism and mobility. Will they stick around?

February 14, 2024 - LinkedIn

Colorful streetcar on street in downtown Detroit, Michigan.

The Link Between Transit Access and Employment

Inadequate access to transportation hinders many Americans’ access to job opportunities.

February 12, 2024 - Capital News Service

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How Cities Still Fail People With Disabilities

Even when accessibility is taken into account, transit stations and pedestrian infrastructure often still fail to make appropriate accommodations.

February 8, 2024 - The Conversation

Close-up of Bike Lane Closed sign on street in downtown Los Angeles with orange traffic cones blocking lane in background.

LA’s Mobility Plan Implementation Up to Voters

A measure on the local ballot in March could force the city to implement its own mobility plan, which city officials call “a guide, not a mandate.”

February 7, 2024 - Los Angeles Times

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Linking Transportation Access and Public Health

Millions of Americans miss medical care and other important day-to-day appointments due to a lack of access to reliable transportation.

January 17, 2024 - U.S. News & World Report

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