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The Timeless Way of Building Roads

May 23, 2016 by David Levinson

Noted architect and designer, Christopher Alexander, in The Timeless Way of Building (1979) wrote:There is one timeless way of building. It is a thousand years old, and the same today as it has ever been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been...[read more]

Researchers predict a gradual transition to mileage-based pricing for roadway funding

May 20, 2016 by David Levinson

CTS Catalyst reports on our recent paper from the Transportation Futures Project on pricing:There is agreement  in the transportation community that the way we pay for roads needs to change.“The motor fuel tax has been the primary source of highway revenue since the 1920s and it has served us well over the years,” says Ken Buckeye,...[read more]

Beyond Emissions: 5 Cities Achieve Social and Economic Development by Reducing GHG Emissions from Transport

Low-carbon transport has many social and economic benefits that can accelerate local sustainable development and that deserve recognition beyond their role in addressing climate change. A new series of papers from the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership’s (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group highlights case studies that...[read more]

Can transit-oriented development change travel behavior in cities?

It is pretty easy to understand how and why land use patterns around public transit stations can influence the way we move around the city.As more and more people live and work in a neighborhood with a limited land area, it becomes increasingly challenging to drive around without encountering congestion or to find a parking space...[read more]

Tire Recycling and its Impacts

May 16, 2016 by erichlawson

Although used tires are a complex and challenging form of solid waste, the demand for scrap tires has been soaring over the years due to the booming scrap tire recycling industry. The tires that motorists are driving on the road can be shredded and burned to generate fuel oil, used to make fuel, or pulverised to bits to be used to fill...[read more]

Three Stories of How the Internet of Everything Is Changing Transport

With the arrival of new and powerful technologies, and the declining costs of these technologies, some new possibilities are emerging for cities and their transport systems. For example, the Internet of Everything (IoE) can benefit cities by connecting people, processes, data, and things as “everything” comes online. This is...[read more]

Bringing Sustainability to the Trucking Industry

The ubiquitous trucks we see on the highways are an integral part of our way of life. While not always pleasant to be around (or drive around), the $750 billion trucking industry provides the conveyance from one place to another of nearly everything we rely upon. evolveEA was recently asked to speak at the American Trucking Association’s...[read more]

Capturing the value of transit to rebuild the system

Land next to transit is worth more, and as a result government should capture some of that additional value to pay for transit improvements. This statement seems intuitive to many in the planning field, so intuitive it even has its own nickname: “value capture.” The premise is that government can “capture” the “value” that investment in...[read more]

Talking Transit: Repopulating our city through more housing choice

April 28, 2016 by Metropolitan Planning Council

By Yonah FreemarkDid you know?According to research by the Chicago Rehab Network, Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood lost more than 5,000 inhabitants, or more than 11 percent of its population, between 2000 and 2010. At the same time, housing costs increased dramatically over the same period, with the share of renters paying...[read more]

Solving Problems Across City Borders: Opportunities and Challenges to Regional Planning in China

April 26, 2016 by Adam N Mayer

China is known for having a strong central government. In many ways, this perception is very true. Unlike countries like the United States which clearly delineate federal and local (state) powers, all governmental authority in China flows from the central government. Over the past several decades, however, the central government has...[read more]

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Federal Government Considers Changes in Street Design, Could Makes Roads Safer and more Sustainable

April 24, 2016 by James Dezao

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sets standards for how streets, roadways and highways are designed. The agency is considering comments for possible changes to 13 criteria established in 1985 used to review road designs. Hopefully the FHWA will revise these criteria to make roads safer but also make them more sustainable and...[read more]

Investing by the mile instead of by the gallon

April 22, 2016 by Metropolitan Planning Council

By Yonah FreemarkMetropolitan Planning Council (MPC) research shows that our state’s surface roads, bridges and transit systems need $43 billion in additional investment over the next ten years.Unquestionably, we need new funding to support this. As we use less gasoline—or none at all—we need to consider a vehicle miles traveled fee...[read more]