Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
The two states both approved measures that will set VMT reduction goals and create enforcement mechanisms to promote more climate-friendly policies.
State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI)
Secretary Pete Buttigieg's statement that the per-mile-tax concept "shows a lot of promise" caused a stir, but a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Transportation later claimed it won't be part of Biden's forthcoming infrastructure package.
Even supporters of Vision Zero—a goal to eliminate traffic fatalities from roadways adopted by cities and states all over the United States—doubt that such lofty ambitions are possible. But there are plenty of reasons to believe in the cause.
New research published in Transport Policy finds that ride-hailing companies increase vehicle miles traveled of users by 97 percent in Chicago, 114 percent in New York City, and 118 percent in San Francisco.
The map of metropolitan areas that drive least, and thus emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions, has been completely redrawn by the pandemic, according to a recent report.
Smart Cities Dive
Vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gasoline production trends point to VMT in the United States staying ten to 12 percent lower than in 2019 for the next few months, at least.
Eno Center for Transportation
Reports last week that the U.S. economy is about 30 percent smaller than before the pandemic aren't reflected in driving trends.
Smart Cities Dive
At long last, California law will consider the amount of driving, rather than vehicle delay, when evaluating the environmental impacts of new developments. This is a more common-sense approximation of their environmental impacts.
City Observatory research shows that urban regions where residents drive less and rely more on other travel modes have more independent restaurants and more varied dining options. Bon appetit for walking, bicycling and public transit.
Many jurisdictions have vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction targets, intended to reduce congestion and pollution. They can also provide large but often overlooked traffic safety benefits.
A new report estimates the cost of inaccurate maps for delivery companies in the billions of dollars.
Smart Cities Dive
This performance ranking separates the fakers from the legit operation to reduce carbon emissions from transportation.
A small group of test subjects, enabled with the use of a chauffeur, increased driving distances by a collective 83 percent.
A new report looks at how the increase of ride-hailing in Chicago is affecting infrastructure and mobility.
European researchers have published a new study in the journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment that might be a hard pill to swallow for some transit advocates.
Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
The Los Angeles City Council voted to officially end the use of Level of Service in measuring environmental impact in favor of a more people-friendly measure: vehicle miles traveled.
Streetsblog Los Angeles
A few graphs provide insights into factors that affect the amount of motor vehicle travel in a community, and how driving can be reduced.
In a powerful opinion in The New York Times, state Senator Scott Wiener and UC Berkeley energy professor Daniel Kammen make the case that transportation emissions are rising in the Golden States because of the shortage of housing in coastal cities.
The New York Times
Minneapolis and Seattle bucked national trends by increasing active transportation and use of public transit in recent years.
Ride-hailing companies have yet to deliver on many of the transportation system improvements that they, and their supporters, have been promising. Streetsblog USA provides a scathing critique of the consequences of widespread ride-hailing.