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San Francisco Traffic

A Critical Evaluation of the Urban Mobility Report

The Urban Mobility Report (UMR) evaluates traffic congestion problems and recommends congestion reduction solutions. How well does it reflect travelers' priorities?

July 13, 2021 - Todd Litman

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

Caffeine

If Traffic Costs Americans Billions, What About Waiting for Coffee?

The folks over at City Observatory brew up a "Cappuccino Congestion Index" to show that anything can be shown to cost Americans vast sums of money.

April 20, 2018 - City Observatory

Traffic

Early Review of the U.S. DOT's New Performance Measurement Rule

An initial review by City Observatory's Joe Cortright doesn't find much to indicate that the new U.S. DOT 's performance measurement rule for transportation systems will set a new transportation policy agenda.

April 21, 2016 - City Observatory

Traffic Light

Good Congestion and Bad

The phrase "traffic congestion" can be misleading; some reductions in traffic speed are less harmful than others.

October 13, 2015 - Michael Lewyn

The 2nd Worst Traffic Congestion in the U.S.

That would be Chicago, falling from the number one spot but holding strong at #2, according to the latest figures from the Texas Transportation Institute. Washington, D.C. gains the crown.

September 27, 2011 - The Chicago Tribune

Measuring the Broader Impacts of Transportation

CEOs for Cities recently published a blistering criticism of The Texas Transportation Institute's "Urban Mobility Report", saying that the way they measure mobility helps justify sprawl. Norman W. Garrick says CEOs for Cities doesn't go far enough.

October 11, 2010 - Norman Garrick

Transportation Research Helped Create Sprawl, New Report Says

We've been measuring traffic congestion all wrong, a new report shows, and that's been making more highways look like the solution to long commutes. They're not.

October 3, 2010 - Streetsblog

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