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Automakers Prepare for an America That’s Over the Whole Car Thing

Riders on the Los Angeles subway’s Expo rail extension (Brad Torchia / The New York Times)
For decades, automakers have been able to count on a fundamental fact of American life: You pretty much need a car to get around. But due to new technologies and demographic and economic trends, many young Americans do not consider owning a car a necessity — or a necessary expense. So carmakers are looking ahead to a day when the automobile plays a smaller role, or even no role at all, in many people’s daily routines. Read more... Read more

Connected Counties: Tech Innovations in Transportation

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​This National Association of Counties report features counties that are: 1) creating policies to explore research and testing of connected and autonomous vehicle technology, or 2) conducting research and testing the technology and its application themselves and with partners. While this study focuses primarily on the implications of driverless cars in passenger travel on roadways, this growing industry is poised to reshape transit and freight travel, as well. Learn more... Read more

Transitioning neighborhoods from being car-dependent to car-lite

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By Daniel Herriges via Strong Towns February 1, 2016 David Levinson wrote last week about diversifying our transportation portfolio. From a policy perspective, this makes all kind of sense, and all cities should definitely be thinking about it. The transportation system—including streets, roads, transit, pedestrian and bicycle facilities—is the lifeblood of a city and ought to have built-in redundancies for when things go wrong. Putting all our eggs in one basket may appear “efficient” in a narrow, short-term sort of... Read more

Transit-Oriented Development Doesn’t Need Actual Transit

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​Transit-oriented development is intended to wean cities off their dependency on cars and the financial and environmental costs that come with them. But what if people who live near transit stations drive less and own fewer cars for reasons that have nothing to do with transit? That’s what Daniel Chatman suspected. The UC Berkeley professor, in a study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, surveyed residents within 2 miles of 10 rail stations in New Jersey to... Read more
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