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Eno Transportation Weekly

Category: equity

Sidewalk Stakeholder Engagement and Underlying Equity Concerns

February 22, 2019 State DOTs, MPOs, and cities across the country have good examples of robust asset management systems and project prioritization methods for highways, local roads, transit projects, and freight projects, but examples of methodological pedestrian planning are rare.

Guest Op-Ed: New Mobility Advice for Cities

December 5, 2018 – The rapid introduction of micromobility, such as dockless scooters and bikes, in US cities is showing incredible promise to solve age-old city problems. While the permitting processes can be complex, here is a little advice for cities to consider on three critical areas.

Debate on Transit Subsidies Prompts More Agreement than Expected

October 5, 2018 – On October 2, the Cato institute hosted transit network design expert Jarrett Walker, of Jarrett Walker + Associates and Cato’s own transportation thinker, Randall O’Toole. The two discussed the past, present, and future of public transportation in the United States, agreeing on many issues such as the importance of freedom of mobility, benefits of private investment, and the disparity between transit needs in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Guest Op-Ed: Usage Time (UT) – A Road Pricing Concept Overlooked?

Instead of levying a vehicle miles traveled fee (VMT), which would charge drivers based on the mileage they drive, policymakers should explore and consider a different revenue mechanism that appears to have several advantages over VMT. A usage time (UT) fee would be based on time the vehicle is in use; fees start accruing when the engine starts and stop when the engine shuts down.

A Performance Approach to Equal Access to TNCs

Last week, Uber, Lyft, and Via sued the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) over a new requirement for each company to individually reach a target of 25% of all trips in the City to be conducted in a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) over the next five years.

Op-Ed: How Los Angeles is Adapting Urban Mobility for our Digital Age

Given its position as the largest, densest metropolitan region in the US, the City of Los Angeles stands to reap the most benefits or possibly suffer the greatest negative effects of the arrival of disruptive transportation technologies and new business models that rest on the acceleration of shared mobility, machine learning, clean energy, and big data. Urban Mobility in a Digital Age established LADOT’s vision for mobility in Los Angeles, anchored on the foundation of actively managed electric, shared, autonomous mobility that tackles congestion, enables economic mobility, enables equitable outcomes, and saves lives.

Guest Op-Ed: What Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Missed About the Review Process

Debates about infrastructure are elemental to the shape of our cities. The ways people engage with projects that cut through their neighborhoods and shape their city are critical avenues for broader political participation. The structures these debates focus on are built to last for 40-50 years, affecting multiple generations. The decisions made about such projects – and the process gone through to reach those decisions – therefore must be open, equitable, and meaningful.

Senate Commerce Convenes Field Hearing at Washington Auto Show

January 26, 2018 – On January 24, the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee held a field hearing at the Washington Auto Show to discuss emerging technologies in the automotive industry, with a particular focus on automated vehicles (AVs).

FTA Launches 5-Year Research Initiative for Transit Automation

December 8, 2017 – On December 5, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) unveiled its 5-year agenda for researching the potential benefits of vehicle automation for public transit. Dubbed the Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) Plan, it will serve as a guide for the agency and transit stakeholders through FY 2022.

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