Professor's Theories Influence Cities to Reconsider Pervasive Free Parking
By Josh Stephens
By some estimates, the only thing Ferraris, Hummers and Priuses have in common is that 95 percent of the time they're all going nowhere. Though idleness would seem to be the most benign aspect of America's automotive fleet, UCLA Planning Professor Donald Shoup has written 733 pages that say otherwise. . .
Designers Worldwide Focus on Gas-Free Alternative Transportation Systems
By Karl Vilacoba
If necessity is the mother of invention, then big oil’s unpopularity is the mother of the unconventional. From hybrid cars to podcars, scientists around the world are developing transportation technologies that cut down greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on petroleum. . .
Evidence that BRT Systems Can Spur Transit-Oriented Development
By Mark Solof and Darius Sollohub
Cleveland’s Euclid Avenue is coming back. The city’s historic main street is undergoing a revival after suffering from decades of disinvestment that left numerous empty storefronts, vacant lots and hulking, underused buildings. The catalyst for the revival is the completion of a 9-mile, $200 million bus rapid transit (BRT) system. . .
Companies, Cities Experiment With Eco-Friendly Surface Materials
By Chris Gaetano
They’re the roads less traveled, although perhaps not for long. Environmentally friendly pavements, while not widely used in the U.S. today, have been the subject of increased attention over the last few years, and their success is beginning to make believers—and buyers—in cities around the world. . .
Policy Expert Shares Views on Crisis
By Karl Vilacoba
To Todd Litman, the financial crisis has its roots in one of those inalienable rights laid out by the Declaration of Independence—the ever-elusive “pursuit of happiness.” Litman, executive director of the Victoria (Canada) Transport Policy Institute (VTPI), recently thought back to a time when families lived snugly in 1,200-square-foot homes, mom and dad shared a car, the kids split a bedroom and walked a couple of safe blocks to school. . .