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Sustainable Transportation Advocates Need to Talk About Sustainable Urban Design

A new book hopes to act as a "magic decoder ring" to our built environment — and a powerful tool to understand how sustainable transportation networks can fit within them.

July 15, 2024

Delivery Worker Minimum Wage Shows Promise … For Some, Data Shows

New data from New York City's Department of Consumer and Worker Protection shows minimum wage is bringing order to a previously wild industry.

Long Beach Leads in Traffic Circles

Traffic circles aren't quite ubiquitous in Long Beach, but they're around. Riding and walking through the city one encounters circles in neighborhoods rich and poor, new and old.

This week's headlines

Monday’s Headlines Go Through Basic Training

An NYU study looks into why the U.S. is lagging behind on high-speed rail, and one transportation expert ponders the impact on growth.

Friday’s Headlines Take Me to the River

Politico reports that the Biden administration is investing $2.5 billion in updating aging Mississippi River locks and dams like this one in Iowa. Transporting freight by barge produces less emissions than trucks or even rail.

Thursday’s Headlines Drive Less

Seems obvious that the more people drive, the more likely they are to die in a crash or kill someone else, but traditional thinking on traffic safety doesn't always follow that logic, according to Planetizen.

Wednesday’s Headlines Raise the Roof

RAISE grants funded by the 2021 infrastructure act will go to nearly 150 sustainable and equitable transportation projects in all 50 states, the U.S. DOT announced.

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Six Reasons Why Native Americans Have the Highest Rate of Pedestrian Deaths

American Indians and Alaska Natives consistently report the highest rates of pedestrian deaths per capita. A recent panel unpacked why, and what to do about it.

In Praise of Traffic Congestion

On a recent visit to North America, a bad traffic jam forced international pop start Niall Horan to do the unthinkable: walk 300 meters on a public sidewalk.

What the Fall of the Chevron Doctrine Could Mean for Auto Safety

The Supreme Court's overturning of the Chevron doctrine may have deadly consequences for road safety regulations.

Where Would the Bay Area Be Without BART?

Answer: up a creek, according to a new study that attempts to quantify BART's significance to the region.

Tuesday’s Headlines Read Rapidly

Bloomberg reports on a new type of transit called rapid regional rail that is faster than light rail but stops as frequently as a subway.

Central Virginia Bus Riders Reap Benefits of Zero Fare and New Services

"We see the benefit [of fare-free transit], but also the financial necessity that bus riders are having and experiencing because we know that rent is up, the cost of groceries is up. But what hasn’t gone up is people’s incomes. And so this is a backdoor boost in wages.”

Historic Settlement Will Force Hawai’i DOT to Decarbonize and De-Center Cars

The first-of-its-kind legal settlement will force Hawai'i DOT to decarbonize and de-center cars. Which state will be next?

Monday’s Modest Headlines

A new online atlas looking at nine metrics for sustainable transit shows that it's not the size of the system that matters, it's how many people it serves.

Riding on Chicago’s new all-green protected Clark Street “brat lane”

“Fancy.” “I Love It.” Those aren’t just hits featuring British dance music singer-songwriter Charli XCX. They were also my reactions to Chicago’s nearly completed Clark Street protected bike lane.

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