Peak Travel

An article in Miller-McCune on Peak Travel, following up on a paper by Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper (who has a recent paper on the lack of “Peak Travel” in China in the most recent issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use . We have discussed this idea before, noting that number of … Continue reading Peak Travel

15 Ways to Make Streets, Roads, and Highways Financially Sustainable

I did a recent post for CityLab: How to Make Mass Transit Financially Sustainable. The Auto/Highway System deserves similar treatment. The first toll road in the US, the Snicker’s Gap Turnpike opened in 1786, connecting Alexandria, Virginia with its hinterlands. This set off an era of toll-road building, mostly for intercity routes, in the United … Continue reading 15 Ways to Make Streets, Roads, and Highways Financially Sustainable

Phasing in Road Pricing One Electric Vehicle at a Time

The traffic congestion you face is caused by other people. Those people did not think about the delay they imposed on you when they chose to travel. They didn’t even know about you, since they were already on the road before you were. They are ahead of you in the traffic stream. Similarly as a driver, … Continue reading Phasing in Road Pricing One Electric Vehicle at a Time

Part 1: Political parties, three-axes, and public transport – An Introduction

By David Levinson and David King. As a gross over-simplification, the current rap is that Democrats like trains and Republicans like roads, Greens like bikes and Libertarians like tolls. No party stands up for buses, which are by far the most used transit mode.1 Transportation policy has become politically divisive, especially for local politics which have been less … Continue reading Part 1: Political parties, three-axes, and public transport – An Introduction

7 Ways to Reduce Transportation Waste

Some 20 years ago a book came out “Stuck in Traffic” by the brilliant Anthony Downs. One of his key points was the “Iron Law of Congestion”, sometimes called “Triple Convergence”, and now called “Induced Demand” which basically said if you expand a road, the extra capacity gets used up by people switching routes, modes, … Continue reading 7 Ways to Reduce Transportation Waste