Urban Transportation

Texas Highways

Smart Congestion Costing: A Critical Evaluation of the 'Urban Mobility Report'

The new "Urban Mobility Report" provides widely-cited congestion cost estimates. However, its analysis is neither comprehensive nor objective. Anybody using these estimates should understand its omissions and biases.

August 29, 2019 - Todd Litman

Link and Bus Seattle

Reducing Motor Vehicle Traffic in Cities

The World Resources Institute's Transformative Urban Mobility program has produced two new guides that succinctly describe why and how cities can implement transportation demand management policies and programs.

March 21, 2019 - WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities

Multi-Modalism

For Tiny Vehicles, Safety Comes With Numbers

Motorists tend to look out for hazards they expect. If tiny vehicles proliferate, including electric scooters, greater safety will follow.

October 11, 2018 - Streetsblog USA

Highway Living

Outcomes of the Federal Highway Program: Inequality and Polarization

It's a vicious cycle: highways enable white flight, establishing a power base for a political party opposed to urban transportation systems.

March 28, 2018 - Stanford News

Cambridge Bike Lane

Researchers Develop 7 Metrics to Evaluate Bike And Pedestrian Projects

New research lays the groundwork for a universal standard by which to measure effectiveness of bike and pedestrian infrastructure projects.

June 2, 2016 - Next City

Delhi to Implement Complete Streets Policies

Dehli's Aam Aadmi Party-led government announced steps to ensure that pedestrians, cyclists, and public transport users get preference over car users.

October 22, 2015 - The Hindu

Surveying the Weakest Arguments Against Bike Lanes

According to a recent newspaper editorial, "Egged on by the hardcore enthusiasts, New York City is spending lots of money, confiscating lots of lane-miles and basing its transportation policy on a fantasy." Who knew white paint is so threatening?

October 11, 2015 - Mobilizing the Region

Same Source Data, 'Contradictory Conclusions' on Congestion

A curious discrepancy between two major congestion reports using the same data: There is a profound and unexplained discrepancy between the travel trends in the latest Urban Mobility Scorecard report and the data provided by Inrix.

September 3, 2015 - City Commentary

Congestion versus mobility

2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard: Still Measuring Urban Travel Conditions Incorrectly

The new Urban Mobility Scorecard measures traffic congestion with greater precision, but incorrectly. As with previous editions, it exaggerates congestion costs and undervalues the congestion reduction benefits of alternative modes and Smart Growth.

August 26, 2015 - Todd Litman

Bike Shed Netherlands

Lessons from Overseas Cycling Infrastructure

LennyBoy (civil engineering professor Glen Koorey) posts terrific information concerning bicycle planning best practices, based on his three-month tour of North American and European cities.

July 5, 2015 - Cycling In Christchurch - Overseas Learnings

New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

New Case Study Posted on HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Hand Drawing Master Plans

This course aims to provide an introduction into Urban Design Sketching focused on how to hand draw master plans using a mix of colored markers.