In 2020, people drove less, but they drove more recklessly due to a combination of empty streets, less traffic enforcement and a surge in mental health and substance abuse problems. That could continue even after the pandemic ends if former commuters keep working from home. (Wired)
The pandemic emptied out commuter trains because “super commuters” who traveled more than an hour to the office started working from home instead, probably for good. But while long hours stuck in traffic on the freeway are soul-sucking, those hours on the train had their moments. (City Lab)
Cities can advance equitable transportation by prioritizing transit over roads, funding transit for essential workers, finding more progressive sources of revenue than sales taxes and doing a better job of engaging community leaders and residents. (Urban Institute)
For micromobility to succeed, it needs to be as safe and easy to park a scooter or e-bike as it is to park a car. (Smart Cities Dive)
A parting gift from the Trump administration: Federal agencies finalized a pilot program allowing two states to conduct their own environmental reviews for transportation projects, avoiding federal oversight. (Progressive Railroading)
Phase II of the Silver Line, 16th Street bus lanes and a new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge with bike and pedestrian paths are among the transportation projects Washington, D.C. residents can look forward to in 2021. (WAMU)
Civil Beat looks back on how a Honolulu light rail line went off the rails in 2020.
The Washington state legislature is gearing up for a fight over whether carbon taxes should be spent on transit, as well as a $16-billion transportation package that has lots of money for bridges and widening freeways. (Seattle Times)
The Post and Courier calls on Charleston to treat cyclists as well as it does drivers after the city closed a bike lane for six months for road work.
We believe that children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way. (The Conversation)
Covid-19 has understandably caused steep declines in public transit demand, but the pattern of that fall is important. Peak (rush hour) demand has fallen much more than all-day demand, mirroring a change in travel demand overall.
When we saw that Washington’s news-traffic-weather radio station, WTOP, was holding a “Commuter Idle” contest for the worst commute in the DC area — and rewarding it with $1,000 in gas money — we couldn’t resist. We went looking for the best “Commuter Idyll” — the trips to work that made people happy, got them fresh […]
St. Louis is every highway planner’s dream. Consistently ranked among the least-congested cities in America, the region’s car commuters spend a smaller share of their trips to work sitting in traffic than all but two other cities. That means St. Louis car commuters aren’t encumbered much by other car commuters, just like in those car commercials. But […]
Commuter rail in the United States mostly caters to affluent suburbanites who commute to the city center. Even though these lines pass through working class city neighborhoods that stand to benefit enormously from better transit, the service they provide passes those communities by. It doesn't have to be that way.
A federal policy that has encouraged Americans to drive to work instead of taking the bus or the train won’t tilt the playing field toward car commuters so much. A bill that extends provisions of the tax code will permanently set the maximum transit commuter tax benefit at the same level car commuters get for parking expenses. Both classes of commuters can now […]