National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Nighttime view of empty gas station

Biden Proposes Gas Tax Holiday to Reduce Gas Prices

President Biden asked Congress on June 22 to suspend federal fuel taxes, unchanged since 1993, for three months to provide motorists 'relief' at the pump. Additionally, he asked states to follow suit and for oil companies to increase refining.

June 30, 2022 - Smart Cities Dive

A busy urban street is seen from the vantage point offered by looking straight down from the top of a high-rise.

Considering Geographic Equity

What do we owe poor cities?

February 6, 2022 - Angie Schmitt

Trick or Treat

Halloween a Deadly Reminder of the Failures of U.S. Traffic Safety

When it comes to pedestrian safety, Halloween has never been so frightening.

November 1, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Electric Scooter Share

136 Million Rides and Counting: E-Scooter, Shared Bikes Gaining Riders Until the Pandemic Hit

New data from National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) shows the number of rides on electric scooters and shared bikes rising by 60 percent between 2018 and 2019.

September 8, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive


It's Time To Reconsider How Speed Limits Are Set

Speed limits are currently determined by a calculation that considers only the status quo of vehicular velocity. Standard practices for speed limit setting and legislators should prioritize the safety of community members, according to this article.

August 9, 2020 - Forbes

Parking and Driving

NACTO Recommends Default Safety Setting for Speed Limits

A step toward an overhaul of the way speed is managed on city streets around the country.

August 2, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

George Floyd Protests

Advocates Respond to the Role of Public Transit in Protests and Arrests

The commandeering of buses for police to transport arrested protestors is raising questions about the allegiances of transit agencies in the United States.

June 4, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Public Transit Ridership

Transportation Response Center Launched by NACTO, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Track the response of local transportation strategies responding to the massive shift in travel demand as a result of the pandemic.

March 31, 2020 - Bloomberg Philanthropies

NACTO Releases Updated Guidelines for Shared Micromobility

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is providing guidance for cities struggling to reckon with the sudden evolution of transportation modes in urban areas.

September 18, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Pop Up Protected Bike Lanes

NACTO Guide Aids Bike Safety in the Intersection

Despite massive progress in building out new protected bike lanes, many communities are still coming up short with safety improvements at intersections, the location of most vehicle-bike conflicts.

May 22, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Colorado Multi-Modlaism

NACTO to Help Five Cities Design and Build Low-Carbon Transportation Infrastructure

Five cities will help the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) prove that urban streets can provide the location for a drastic shift in the carbon emissions status quo.

May 16, 2019 - National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Pop Up Protected Bike Lanes

What Type of Bike Lane Does Your Street Need?

A new guide seeks to answer that question for any street in the world.

November 9, 2017 - Streetsblog USA

No Dumping

NACTO Releases New 'Urban Stormwater Guide'

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) adds a logical supplement to their library of street design guides: a guide to stormwater infrastructure that is often built alongside or as part of road infrastructure.

June 19, 2017 - Next City


'Green Light for Great Streets' Initiative Aims to Remove Traffic Safety Roadblocks

Too often, the word "streamlined" is applied to transportation projects at the expense of safety and liveability. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) would like to switch that dynamic.

June 13, 2017 - National Association of City Transportation Officials


NACTO Releases Principles for Transportation Data Sharing

New "Data Sharing Principles," by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), provide guidance for municipalities hoping to make use of new data sharing opportunities.

January 19, 2017 - National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Self-Driving Car

Will First Fatality Affect the Development of Self-Driving Cars?

A May 7 crash of a Model S Tesla in Florida may have outsized implications for the future of driverless technology. The details of the single-fatality crash were made public in a June 30 blog by Tesla though they were reported immediately to NHTSA.

July 9, 2016 - Planetizen

Google Self-Driving Car

Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Recommendations From NACTO

The National Association of City Transportation Officials has spoken out on the ned to begin preparing for a future of automated vehicles.

June 25, 2016 - National Association of City Transportation Officials

Janette Sadik-Khan at Manhattan Bridge Archway opening

Janette Sadik-Khan Previews NACTO's Street Design Guide

Janette Sadik-Khan, NYC DOT Commissioner and president of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), discusses NACTO's mission and forthcoming Street Design Guide: a "permission slip" for cities to change their streets.

August 25, 2013 - Future Cities

Green Lights for Bike Traffic Signals

With bicycling growing in popularity while driving decreases, should a city install "bicycle-specific traffic signals"? Mary Ebeling of State Smart Transportation Initiatives provides guidance and helpful designs from city transportation officials.

January 6, 2013 - The State Smart Transportation Initiative

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