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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Transportation & Mobility
This report compares estimates of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in Hawaii under current conditions versus VMT when policies are implemented to manage travel demand. These policies include transportation demand management (employer-based programs that encourage employees to carpool,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
By setting goals for fare policy, transit agencies can ensure that their fare pricing and enforcement strategies are consistent with their mission of providing good, affordable service to the public. This report outlines a balanced, goal-driven approach to fare policy: discounts for...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
Transit can be especially important for older individuals, who “age out” of driving as their mobility, vision, and hearing decline. However, public transit can be difficult for older people to navigate, and is unreliable or insufficient for many trips in most U.S. cities. To address...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California, Washington
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Transportation & Mobility
Mobility on demand (MOD) refers to transportation services that can be hailed in real-time for an impending trip. The largest MOD project funded by the Federal Transit Administration is a two-region partnership between Los Angeles and the Puget Sound Region that provides first/last...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Thousands of New Yorkers require elevators to access the subway every day: people with disabilities, parents pushing strollers, travelers carrying luggage, and residents suffering from an injury. However, only 23% of the city’s subway stations have elevators. These elevators break...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Smart Growth America
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Public Safety
This workbook is a starting point for local leaders to begin mapping out a complete streets policy to foster safe and accessible roads for all road users in a community, including drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. The workbook emphasizes the need for local leaders...

Type Ordinance
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Sacramento City Council
Policy Areas Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
This resolution requires the City of Sacramento to adopt a “Vision Zero” goal. Vision Zero is a collaborative and data-driven effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Actions towards Vision Zero will be a comprehensive, collaborative, and equitable approach through...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Michigan
Source City of Grand Rapids
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing, Community Development, Public Spaces, Transportation & Mobility, Education, Environment & Natural Resources
The GR Forward plan is a community engagement initiative to promote equitable economic growth and shared benefits across the Grand Rapids community. The brief outlines the city's plans for promoting transit-oriented development, increasing recreation opportunities, improving job quality...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
Many transit agencies apply an overly punitive approach to minor transgressions. For example, this report argues that current methods of fare enforcement are too harsh. Fare evasion should be decriminalized, and the penalties should be made proportional to the severity of offense....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, National, State
State(s) All States
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Finance & Procurement, Transportation & Mobility
Transit projects in the United States suffer from high costs and take longer to complete than they do abroad. After conducting 117 interviews with key stakeholders, this report finds that institutional structure and decision-making, procurement specifications, utility relocation,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
High quality transit IT provides real-time displays schedules, route networks, vehicle locations, fare structures, and ridership patterns makes life easier for transit riders, public agencies, and application developers. Oftentimes, however, agencies release low-quality data that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
Parking policies are an integral part of implementing equitable transit-oriented development (eTOD). Policies such as “free parking” (which increases housing and consumer costs), zoning and land use regulations that require an overabundancce of parking, and the application of suburban...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This brief focuses on what cities can do to create equitable and efficient transit that benefits everyone. An equitable transit system must be safe, convenient, affordable, and accessible; responsive to community needs; and integrated with other policy areas. Moreover, it outlines...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level State
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
Due to limited resources and funding, state departments of transportation (DOTs) struggle to achieve their goals of improving safety, alleviating congestion, reducing environmental impacts, and helping to create healthier, more livable neighborhoods. In response to these challenges,...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Public Safety
This ordinance requires the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) to design and construct all new City transportation improvement projects to provide appropriate accommodation for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and disabled persons while promoting the safe operation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Bus ridership in New York City is rapidly declining. In order to attract riders, buses must become faster, more reliable, and more attractive as a transit option. This report lays out best practices to improve New York’s ailing bus system. Strategies focus on redesigning the bus network...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Housing
There are six types of local housing markets: high opportunity cities, growing cities, rent-burdened cities, multi-family deficit cities, wealth pocket cities, and transit-desiring cities. This report defines the demographic and economic characteristics that define each local housing...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Center for Neighborhood Technology
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Community Development
This report outlines a performance-based typology which communities can use to evaluate the performance of their local transit zones. It includes policy recommendations and case studies that demonstrate the implementation of different typologies. It finds that transit stations in...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Finance & Procurement
Microtransit involves running on-demand services with smaller vehicles that people can summon without walking to a fixed location like a bus stop. This brief argues that microtransit is incapable of serving the same scale of ridership as fixed-route buses and trains. Microtransit...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Public Safety, Health, Transportation & Mobility
The effects of COVID-19 pose serious challenges for safe and reliable transit service. This report summarizes current epidemiological knowledge about COVID-19 and transit, and explores how city dwellers feel about utilizing public transportation again. Using this information, the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Eno Center for Transportation
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
The City of Austin and Capital Metro are responsible for carrying out Project Connect, a multi-billion dollar infrastructure program that will build new and enhance existing rapid transit in Austin. This report evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of both joint and separate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source U.C Berkeley Center for Cities & Schools
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility, Education
In 2010, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) approved a General Education Transportation Policy to help facilitate racial diversity within schools and to support equitable access to city-wide schools and programs. This report evaluates the implementation of transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Developing and tracking accessibility metrics has many practical advantages, such as measuring how readily commuters can meet their needs and providing a common measure for assessing various transportation modes and modal investments. This guide addresses the need for accessibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) California
Source State Smart Transportation Initiative
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
As opposed to conventional data and metrics, this report uses newer data sources and more advanced analytic tools to study Sacramento’s transportation system. In particular, this report utilizes accessibility metrics to identify locations with poor connections to existing transit,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) -
Source City of Kingston
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Too much parking takes up massive amounts of space, costs significant amounts of money, induces more driving, counteracts efforts to promote walking, biking, and public transit, increases GHG emissions, and overall makes a city less healthy and equitable. This report outlines the...

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