December 28, 2018

Urban traffic is an ongoing problem for many of the world’s cities. On an individual level, traffic is frustrating. But collectively, cars in jam-packed streets contribute to increased air pollution and exhaust that has been linked to an estimated three million deaths every year caused by air pollution.

Such sobering statistics have caused cities like London,...

December 27, 2018

No other country on Earth has bet as big on electric vehicles as Norway, and it’s finally paying off. Half of all new cars sold to Norwegians are either fully electric or hybrid, making the country of 5.3 million the biggest per-capita market for EVs.

Norway’s EV success is owed to both the carrot and the stick. It offers extremely generous incentives to EV b...

December 26, 2018

Albert Camus once likened absurdity to a man with a sword attacking a nest of a machine guns. But Camus never saw an electric scooter.

When these shared, dockless vehicles began to materialize in American cities early this year (the first scooters emerged late last year in Santa Monica), the erstwhile child’s toys seemed like a ridiculous answer to some very...

December 21, 2018

The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) today projected that 6.3 million vehicles will travel the Turnpike during the holiday period beginning Thursday, Dec. 20 and concluding with the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

“While there may be a white Christmas in parts of Pennsylvania with heavy rain and snow in the forecast for later this week, the weather does not seem to...

December 20, 2018

Electric vehicles aren’t going to cut it, emissions-wise. That’s one alarming finding in a new report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The estimates vary. But one important finding estimates [PDF, page 65] that about 20 percent of emission reductions needed to limit temperature rise need to come from trips avoided or trips shifted — from cars t...

December 19, 2018

For people who bike on city streets, moving cars are pretty scary: They stop short, swerve suddenly, and make right-hook turns at intersections. But parked cars pose a serious threat, too, because that’s how cyclists get doored.

There’s an extremely easy way for a driver to mitigate these dreaded encounters between car doors and passing bicyclists: Open the d...

December 17, 2018

When a city tries to improve pedestrian safety, most of the time they’ll take what’s called (informally) the “hot spot” approach. With limited funds, this method improves one particular area – a mid-block crosswalk or an intersection, for example – where a person walking had previously been hit by a vehicle.

The problem with this approach, however, is that fi...

December 13, 2018

Transit users are an agency’s most valuable source of insight – especially when it comes to improving their website.

A website of a large public transportation provider has to serve many different uses at the same time. Customers typically use an agency’s website to plan trips, check arrival times, and get updates on planned work. Visitors typically need to g...

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