Growing without driving: gap between VMT and GDP continues to widen (The New York Times)
2010 UMR remains a flawed and misleading guide to urban transportation (CEOs for Cities)
CEOs for Cities has major problems with the Urban Mobility Report released by the Texas Transportation Institute yesterday – namely that the study ignores the effects of longer distance travel on commute times. In other words, it misses the importance of land use when it comes to ranking cities. One example cited is Portland, which is ranked as having worse traffic than Nashville, despite the fact that commuters in Portland actually travel 75 fewer hours a year than those in Nashville due to shorter commuting distances. The congestion may be worse, but the time wasted in a car is less.
The Mayor of L.A. visited the new Congress this week to continue efforts to sell the 30/10 Initiative to the Feds. Overall the feedback was positive, with Republican leaders agreeing on the need to expedite projects but expressing skepticism on some specifics.