May 2010 Posts

First Ever Wiki-style Online Travel Survey Manual from TRB

May 04, 2010

TRB’s Committee on Travel Survey Methods has developed the transportation community's first-ever Wiki-style Online Travel Survey Manual with details on virtually everything transportation survey developers & survey managers need to know. Please visit for a look at the 25 extensive chapters covering all types of transportation surveys, including household, visitor, parking, freight & establishment surveys; stated preference and qualitative surveys; GPS-based designs and data expansion; survey costs and quality control. The newly developed Appendix provides high-quality samples of RFPs, diary forms, and other field materials.

This document represents an overhaul and update of the 1996 USDOT and EPA manual with major contributions from TRB’s recent NCHRP Report 571 “Standardized Procedures for Personal Travel Surveys”.

LaHood Responds to Supporters & Skeptics on Bike/Ped Initiatives

May 03, 2010

A while back we posted about US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood’s call to all state DOTs to raise transportation planning for bicyclists and pedestrians to an equal level of consideration with automobile modes. Not surprisingly, since his policy recommendations were released in March LaHood has been met with a variety of responses, anywhere from strong support to total skepticism. To address the issues, LaHood was interviewed by NPR’s All Things Considered reporter Guy Raz in a piece about the growth of bicycle awareness.

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AASHTO Reports on Livability

May 02, 2010

Recently, the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) released a report describing techniques that transportation planners can use to improve livability in their communities.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has indicated that livability is among the Administration's top priorities for future transportation funding. Soon it will be up to Congress to determine how ‘livability’ will fit into the next multiyear transportation authorization legislation.…AASHTO [released] a new report, The Road to Livability, which describes how a full range of transportation options – including improvements to roadways, transit, walking, and biking – can improve livability in our communities.

The Road to Livability via AASHTO News

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