Sustainable Transportation

A bustling tree-lined pedestrian bolevard down the middle of a city street, filled with walkers and bikers, protected from lanes of traffic on both sides and surrounded by high-rises.

Study: AI Can Help Build Support for Car-Free, Car-Lite Infrastructure

Study participants were more likely to support sustainable transportation projects when shown AI images of what the completed real-life infrastructure would look like, suggesting generative AI could be a useful tool for planners.

May 16, 2024 - PetaPixel

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Industry Leaders: Automakers Must Cut EV Battery Weight in Half

Experts call for lighter batteries, diversification of fuels, and a shift away from private cars and towrad public transit.

April 10, 2024 - Transport Topics

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

People on bikes and walking on 606 Bloomingdale Bike Trail on sunny day in Chicago, Illinois.

A Framework for Effective Transit-Oriented Development

Six principles for building vibrant, accessible communities with a focus on sustainable transportation.

January 16, 2024 - Momentum Magazine

Streetscape in old neighborhood of Brussels, Belgium with bikes parked in bulb-out.

Paris Is Great, But Here's Where the Green Mobility Revolution Is Happening

A movement toward sustainable mobility is taking place across Europe, not just in the City of Lights.

January 10, 2024 - Scott Shepard

Blurred bicyclists riding through crosswalk with blue bus behind them.

Streetsblog’s Best and Worst of 2023 Transportation

While American roads didn’t get much safer by the numbers, new policies indicate a shift toward a more sustainable transportation future.

December 25, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Walkways and escalator at crowded transit station, with one person walking a bike in foreground.

10 Best, Worst States for Climate-Friendly, Equitable Transportation

California and Kentucky bookend a recent ranking of how well states are using federal infrastructure money to address climate change and racial inequities in their transportation networks.

December 12, 2023 - Route Fifty

Side-by-side images of a bike share station and a bus-only lane.

Vehicle Miles Traveled as a Metric for Sustainability

Motor vehicle travel benefits users but also imposes large economic, social, and environmental costs. With better planning, our needs can be met with less vehicle travel. A new ITE report describes why and how to optimize the amount we drive.

October 24, 2023 - Vehicle-Miles Traveled as a Metric for Sustainability

Rear view of man riding electric bike wearing business suit with large leather messenger bag slung across his back

Taking on the Bad E-Bike Takes

How to spot a bad-faith e-bike story.

August 10, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Aerial view of downtown Baltimore, Maryland with freeways in foreground

Baltimore 2050 Transportation Plan Perpetuates Auto-Centric Planning

The region’s long-range transportation plan fails to boost investment in transit, opting to fund road expansions instead.

July 30, 2023 - The Baltimore Sun

Citi Bike station in New York City

Shared Mobility Starts to Reach Critical Mass

The growing popularity of shared mobility modes, many small and highly efficient, could soon begin having a significant impact on urban transportation patterns.

July 3, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

Two people on bikes on a riverbank trail in Melbourne, Australia with city skyline in background

WTPP June Issue Spotlights Livable Cities, Essential Transportation Components

The June 2023 issue of World Transport Policy & Practice spotlights livable cities and features articles about three essential components of livable cities: public transit, bicycling, and reducing car use.

June 19, 2023 - World Transport Policy and Practice

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Cargo Bikes: A Smart, Sustainable Choice for Urban Transport

Five reasons why cargo bikes are the ‘future of urban transportation.’

April 23, 2023 - Momentum Magazine

Aerial view of downtown Denver, Colorado with freeway in foreground

Colorado Emissions Reduction Plan Ties Sustainable Transportation to State Funding

The state’s Greenhouse Gas Planning Standard uses tangible financial penalties to prioritize transportation projects that reduce emissions.

February 6, 2023 - TransitCenter

Chicago Transit Authority Green Line Train at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT

Chicago Updating its Climate Action Plan for 2022

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Earth Day announced the forthcoming release of a new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare communities for the effects of climate change.

April 28, 2022 - Streetsblog Chicago

A group of cyclists rides on a green painted bike line on the Embarcadero in Sa Francisco.

Report: Sustainable Transportation Proposals Face Costly, ‘Time-Consuming’ Environmental Studies

In another blow to California’s Environmental Quality Act, a new analysis shows that many green transportation projects are delayed or halted by an expensive, onerous review process and the threat of lawsuits.

April 14, 2022 - San Francisco Examiner

I-84 to I-5 Interstate Freeway in Portland Oregon with Long Exposure Vehicle Traffic Motion

Oregon Youth Activists Protest Highway Expansion

A group of young climate activists are demanding an end to traffic-inducing road expansion projects and a renewed commitment to sustainable, transit-oriented transportation.

January 27, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Utah

'15-Minute City' To Be Built in Utah

A community that focuses on reducing the need for car ownership and providing effective multimodal transportation and diverse land uses will be built from scratch on the site of the decommissioned Utah State Prison.

January 19, 2022 - Streetsblog USA

Electric Cars

'Green Raiteros' Bring EV Transport to Farm Worker Community

An innovative electric car program in a small Central Valley town provides much-needed rides to low-income migrant workers.

January 16, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Highway Construction

Federal Memo 'Gently' Discourages Highway Construction

The Federal Highway Administration is urging states to prioritize climate-friendly projects and put federal funds toward repairs and active transportation infrastructure.

December 21, 2021 - Wired

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