Category: Recent Research

Recent transit and transportation research

Demand-Based "Smart Parking": Watch How It Works

SFpark Overview from SFpark on Vimeo. You may have heard recent stories about San Francisco’s bold experiment with demand-based parking, a two-year pilot project that launched two weeks ago (see links to stories at end of this post). This new…

Dude, Where’s My Flying Car?: Understanding Peak Years And Paradigm Shifts In Transportation Modes

Who doesn’t love a great infographic? We were looking through a recent work titled The Geography Of Transport Systems (New York: Routledge, 2009 ed.) by Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Claude Comtois and Brian Slack, and came across this thought-provoking chart (p. 65)…

Research Roundup: State Of Repairs, Transit & Demographic Diversity, Flexible Public Transportation Services

Image courtesy of Flickr The Federal Transit Administration’s 2010 National State Of Good Repair Assessment (35p. PDF) is a new study that estimates it would cost $77.7 billion to shore up rail and bus lines in the United States, and…

Research Roundup: High-Speed Rail, Transportation Statistics, Transportation Taxes

We want to periodically highlight current transportation and transit research that is particularly useful or timely. Several new reports were issued recently that caught our eye and deserve review in addition to inclusion in our daily Transportation Headlines. Image via…

Sustainability In Transportation: A New International Exhibit And Metro Library’s Up-To-The-Minute Resources

An international exhibit on sustainable transportation opens today in New York titled “Our Cities Ourselves,” a joint program of the Institute for Transportation and Development policy and the AIA Center for Architecture. Sustainability has become a wide-ranging term inclusive of…

Who Let The Data Out?: Comparing Transit Systems’ Open Data Elements

Washington D.C. is the latest transit agency of note to open its data to the public – and they are going all out to take the lead in this area in order to improve service. The agency is creating a…

How We Commute: Moving Into The "State Of Metropolitan America"

Earlier this month, The Brookings Institution disseminated State Of Metropolitan America: On The Front Lines Of Demographic Transformation. This landmark 172-page report details the demographic and social trends shaping the nation’s essential economic and societal units—its large metropolitan areas—and discusses…

From Bad To Worse: Mapping The Transit Funding Crisis

Last summer, Transportation For America published Stranded At The Station: The Impact Of The Financial Crisis In Public Transportation. It reviewed the recent growth in ridership and outlined the numerous benefits of public transit in terms of mobility, economic issues,…

Economic Impact Study: Measure R Projects, 2009-2038

One driving force behind this blog is the multitude of highway and transit improvement projects being planned and completed over the next 30 years. The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation has released The Construction Impact Of Metro’s Measure R…