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New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies, by Todd Litman (Island Press 2021)
Discount code LITMAN provides 20% savings off the $35 standard price. In this book, transportation expert Todd Litman critically evaluates new technologies and services, and provides practical guidance for optimizing them. He systematically examines how each of the twelve New Mobility is likely to affect travel activity (how and how much people travel); consumer costs and affordability; roadway infrastructure design and costs; parking demand; land use development patterns; public safety and health; energy and pollution emissions; and economic opportunity and fairness.
Planning for the New Mobilities. As we consider incorporating transportation innovations into our communities, there are good reasons to be cautious. New technologies and services can provide benefits, but often impose large and unfair costs. It is important to use comprehensive analysis when planning for new mobilities.
Todd Litman: Five Predictions on New Mobility, Viewpoint Vancouver. This “chatbox” with Gordon Price explores information from the book, New Mobilities, including predictions about emerging transportation technologies and services (e-bikes and -scooters, autonomous cars, delivery drones, pneumatic tube transport), and the Litman-Glamour/Benefits-Inverse-Relationship.
The New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies, Eno Foundation Webinar, 11 August. Free video and slideshow. Todd Litman, author of the book, New Mobilities, discussed twelve emerging transportation modes and services that will likely significantly affect our lives as they become more commonplace. Litman will explain how these modes and services are likely to affect travel activity, costs and affordability, infrastructure design and cost, and other elements.
Comprehensive Transport Emission Reduction Planning. Guidelines for Evaluating Transportation Emission Reduction Strategies. Submitted for presentation at the 2022 TRB Annual Meeting.
This study critically evaluates the methods used to develop transportation emission reduction plans. It finds that the process is often biased in ways that exaggerate the benefits of clean vehicles such as hybrid and electric automobiles, and undervalue vehicle travel reduction strategies such as transportation demand management programs and Smart Growth policies. As a result of these biases, most current emission reduction plans overemphasize clean vehicles and underemphasize vehicle travel reductions compared with what is optimal. This study suggests that to be efficient and equitable, transportation emission reduction plans should rely at least as much on vehicle travel reductions as on clean vehicle strategies, with particular emphasis on “quick win” strategies. It provides recommendations for better analysis.
Evaluating Transportation Equity. Guidance for Incorporating Distributional Impacts in Transport Planning, submitted for publication in the ITE Journal.
Transportation planning decisions often have significant equity impacts; they affect the distribution of benefits and costs. Transport equity analysis is challenging because there are several types of equity to consider, many potential impacts, and various ways to measure impacts. This article provides guidance for evaluating transportation equity. It defines various types of equity, equity impacts and objectives, and describes practical ways to incorporate equity evaluation into transportation planning.
The Business Case for Post-Covid Public Transit
Many people wonder how communities should plan for post-pandemic public transit. On one hand, the pandemic demonstrated the important roles that transit plays in providing basic mobility. On the other hand, reduced ridership and fare revenues are likely to continue for several years. This report investigates these issues. It examines the roles that public transit plays in an efficient and equitable transportation system, how the Covid pandemic affects these roles, transit travel health risks, and factors affecting future transit demands. This analysis indicates that well-planned transit improvements can continue to provide large benefits. This is a technical report for the debate, What Is the Future for Transit After COVID? - A Debate between transit critic Randal O'Toole and Todd Litman concerning the future of public transit in the U.S.
Take the A Train: A Musical Inspiration for Planners. Take the A Train is a beautiful celebration of rail transit, urban sophistication, and the Harlem Renaissance all packed into the most danceable 2:54 minutes of musical teamwork ever recorded on a 78 disk. It’s my inspiration for great planning!
Not So Fast! Slower Is Often Better
To create more affordable, healthy, equitable, accessible, and resource-efficient communities, planners must reform the way we value speed relative to other community goals.
Not So Fast: Why Slower Is Often Better, Streetsblog USA. To create more affordable, healthy, equitable, accessible, and resource-efficient communities, planners must reform the way we value speed relative to other community goals.
The New Mobilities: Smart planning for emerging transportation technologies” at Move Asia Conference. September 9, 11:30 am (Singapore).
New transportation technologies are coming online faster than ever. While many of these emerging technologies are helping to expand our world, they need to be evaluated critically. Todd Litman, author of the book New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies will discuss emerging transportation modes and services that will likely significantly affect our lives as they become more commonplace.
Evaluating Transportation Equity: Principles and Practices (4977), Equity in Policy Development, Thursday, September 9, 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM EST. Transportation equity analysis is important but challenging because there are various types of equity, impacts, ways to measure impacts, and categories of people to consider. As a result, there is no single method for evaluating transportation equity. It is generally best to consider a variety of perspectives and objectives. Summarizes the new Evaluating Transportation Equity article.
Commute Duration Dashboard, Mineta Transportation Institute. These dynamic heatmaps compare commute duration for most U.S. communities. One dashboard presents Census tract data and another shows county level data. This information helps identify areas with greater accessibility and therefore shorter duration commutes.
This complements other local scale heat-mapping systems:
These mapping systems indicate that in most urban regions, more central neighborhoods have shorter commutes, lower transportation costs, lower emission rates, and better travel options than more sprawled areas.