Transportation

A community should determine what kind of community it wants to be, not unelected DOT engineers.
There is an abundance of in-city highways in the US that need to be demolished, buried, or capped so that neighborhoods can be made whole again.
“Stroad” is a term coined by Strong Towns’ Chuck Marohn to describe the poorly designed commercial streets found in conventional suburban environments across America. These thoroughfares are part street, part road, hence the name stroad, and perform...
Recently the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) created a very simple tool that is long needed: A calculator of “induced demand” in transportation. This is the economic concept that applies when supply increases, price declines, and therefore demand for...
It’s hard to imagine a highway that damages a city more, and serves a less noble purpose, than Interstate 787 in Albany, New York’s capital. This highway segment does not carry Interstate through traffic—it was built so state workers and legislators...
To federal government this week adopted a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure bill (the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act), which is going to pay for a lot of machines moving dirt over the next few years. To what extent will they make better...
Neighborhood electric vehicles offer a better local transportation option in light of climate threats, but the design of streets would need to change.
Instead of accepting that dynamic relations of traffic are unknowable and developing a management approach that does not rely on false projections to provide an illusion of certainty, traffic modelers make their models more complicated and opaque.
Editor’s note: As part of Public Square’s coverage of Freeways Without Futures 2021, we explored briefly when it’s appropriate to cap a highway. We received this response from Sito Negron in El Paso, Texas, where the Texas Department of...
The city used a bad assessment on walkability, and a skyscraper development, as the impetus and means to transform downtown’s public realm, boosting tourism, the economy, and quality of life.
One clear lesson from the pandemic: Experimentation with streets may yield tremendous benefits with less downside than previously thought.
CNU’s biennial Freeways Without Futures report is out now! Article 5 of a Public Square series covers the transformation of downtown loops, which cordon off central business districts.