Maybe the carpocalypse isn’t coming after all? A new study says Americans will keep working from home and shopping online after the pandemic ends, taking 14 million cars off the roads and cutting miles driven by 10 percent permanently. (Bloomberg)
Unfortunately, National Public Radio is collateral damage. Ratings are down as fewer people are listening on their commutes. People are downloading more podcasts, but that doesn’t make up for the lost revenue.
On the other hand, while demand for parking is way down during the pandemic, parking-lot owners are optimistic that, in the long run, people will stay away from transit and drive more when the economy reopens. (Forbes)
The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 this month, but many barriers to accessibility remain (Smart Cities Dive). (Just ask anyone in a wheelchair trying to navigate the New York City subway system.)
Instead of transforming cities as promised when they came out in 2001, Segways become a joke. But they also paved the way for today’s e-scooters and bike-shares. (City Lab)
Uber has been quietly recruiting privacy groups to help it fight Los Angeles’s quest for ridership data — but not everyone knew who was behind the effort. (Wired)
Uber is also now offering mobile ticketing through its app for 15 transit agencies in Ohio and Kentucky — the first time it’s integrated ticketing for multiple agencies across state lines. (Smart Cities World)
Curbed cites the Atlanta BeltLine as the poster child for transportation improvements that seem like good urban planning but wind up displacing Black residents through gentrification.
The Massachusetts Senate scuttled a $600-million transportation bill, forcing lawmakers to look for more modest ways to fund transit. (Commonwealth)
Support is quickly collapsing for widening I-5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter. (City Observatory)
With their powerful results, the studies coming out of the Equality of Opportunity Project, led by Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, have become an important touchstone for journalists and transportation policy advisers. In their 2014 [PDF] and 2015 [PDF] studies, Chetty and Hendren show that place matters for low-income families. When low-income families have the […]
During the global pandemic, cities around the world are recognizing it makes sense to take road space that is usually used for moving and storing cars and instead give it to people. They’re reallocating the right-of-way from travel lanes and parking to create emergency bikeways for essential workers, and open space where residents can safely […]
The more far-flung the jobs in a region, the fewer are accessible via transit, biking, and walking -- or even a short, inexpensive car commute. And yet, in many states, economic development policies still contribute to long, burdensome commutes, especially for people who can't afford cars.
We all know regular TV-watching is a risk factor for obesity and associated health problems. Also, recent studies shined a light on the role of sedentary jobs. Less attention has been paid to the threat of the lengthy car commute. But a new study [PDF] from the Center for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health and […]
Being poor anywhere is hard — but in Ohio, a lack of transit forces families to choose between housing they can't afford and long, exhausting commutes keeping them from their loved ones, a new study reveals.