The results of the Transportation Research Board's second Strategic Highway Research Program report on better assessing how highway congestion and price affect motorist travel behavior has been added to the Resource Center's best practices database.
Research from Ohio and Washington exploring how to estimate the impact changes in the built environment may have on travel behavior and total vehicle miles traveled have been added to the Resource Center best practices database.
Richard Willson has made a name for himself in California and throughout the country as someone who knows about how parking interacts with transit and transit-oriented development (TOD). His work, along with that of Robert Cervero, has moved the needle forward and been cited in numerous county and city documents attempting to reverse the trend of over parking in urban centers and along transit corridors.
How did symbols of American industrial heyday become living tributes to the Cuban Revolution? A Spring 2013 article from Focus on Georgraphy exploring that topic has been added to the Resource Center database.
Simply having light rail doesn’t prompt people to drive less, according to researchers who looked at Denver’s existing light rail system. It is the integration of transit with the built environment that can prompt reductions in the vehicle miles driven.
The question of whether the everyday noise of urban life impacts life satisfaction or whether Milan's parks are too noisy to enjoy are explored in a pair of articles added to the Research Center best practices database.
Links between travel demand, transportation system characteristics, urban form and distribution of population and employment have been the focus of several studies in the literature (Badoe and Miller, 2000; Boarnet and Crane, 2001; Boarnet and Sarmiento, 1998; Cervero et al., 2006; Cervero and Kockelman, 1997; Clifton et al., 2012; Ewing and Cervero, 2001; Ewing and Cervero, 2010; Ewing et al., 2011; Frank and Pivo, 1994). These have been viewed as the sources of several challenges related to energy consumption, global warming, environmental quality, and economic viability. Increasing mobility, primarily in terms of vehicle miles traveled (VMT), has been one key contributor to these challenges, particularly in terms of traffic congestion, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, air pollution and fuel consumption (Badoe and Miller, 2000; Ewing et al., 2011; Stead, 1999). Deterioration of central urban areas and traditional downtowns along with urban sprawl, and the increased use…
Editor's Note: Living near freeways and major traffic thoroughfares is hazardous to your health. This week's excerpt from Are We There Yet? reviews the impact this air pollution continues to have on pregnant women and children.
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Public-health advocates have also focused on the transportation and land-use planning arena because they are concerned about the threat posed by transportation-related air pollution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), mobile sources of air pollution — cars, trucks, trains, planes — are the largest contributor of air toxics, including more than half the carbon monoxide, over a third of the nitrogen oxides, and almost a quarter of the hydrocarbons. “Particulate matter,” a catchall phrase often used to describe a number of pollutants, has been identified as a major cause of ill health, especially among children.
More than 2,000…