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Induced Demand: Are we really building our way out of congestion?

In most cities in the developed and developing world, key decision makers often tend to think that the obvious way to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow is to build more roads and add new lanes to their highways. Conventional engineering and traffic planning approaches have been too focused on improving the efficiency, flow and number of vehicles they move through the road network.
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On Transit-Oriented Development in the US: What can we learn from Highway Rest Stops?

Highway rest stops are the quintessential break area for anyone that drives long distances. In the United States, rest stops, also called travel plazas, service or rest areas, are located along main highways like interstate roads. These areas often include: gas stations, restrooms, picnic areas, fast food and other restaurants, parking, lodging, truck/auto services and convenience stores. They are often a mixture of government-owned and private owned developments that together provide amenities for people as they travel to their destinations. Continue Reading…

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What are Equitable Transit-Oriented Developments?

We had the pleasure of attending a SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research) Event this week in San Francisco on “Implementing Equitable TOD”. The panel was great and included Ian Carlton from Ian Carlton Research & Consulting; William Fleissig, President of Communitas Development, Inc, and Amy Chung from Living Cities.  Continue Reading…