Who We Are

The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems. We provide a variety of resources available free at this website to help improve transportation planning and policy analysis. We are funded primarily through consulting and project grants. Our research is among the most current available and has been widely applied. It can help you:


Newest Resources

New Mobilities: Smart Planning for Emerging Transportation Technologies (Planner Press 2021)
This new book by Todd Litman critically evaluates twelve emerging transportation technologies and services that may affect our lives and communities. It systematically analyzes their benefits and costs, and how they affect affordability, safety, social equity goals, and contagion risk, and provides guidance for optimiizing their implementation.

Book Publicity

* Goodreads New Mobilities page. Information and reader reviews.

* Future of Transportation Is More Multimodal. Review by Diane Jones Allen published in The Dirt, the journal of the American Association of Landscape Architects.

* Which New Mobilities are Good for Your Community? This Greenbiz Magazine, article discusses New Mobilities.

Evaluating Transportation Equity: Guidance for Incorporating Distributional Impacts in Transport Planning
This article, published in the April ITE Journal, discusses why and how transportation practitioners (planners, engineers and policy analysis) can incorporate social equity goals into transportation planning.

Urban Transport Systems: A Transport Australia Society Discussion Paper
This discussion paper published by Engineers Australia highlights problems with the current transport planning paradigm. It is based in part on Todd Litman's research.

The Road Forward: Cost-Effective Policy Measures to Decrease Emissions from Passenger Land Transport
This free 165-page book is a resource for identifying practical, cost-effective passenger transport emission reduction strategies.

Learning from Montreal: An Affordable and Inclusive City (Leçons de Montréal: une ville abordable et inclusive).
Montreal, Canada is beautiful, inclusive and economically successful, but also very affordable, with housing prices 20% to 40% lower than peers cities. This results from local policies that support moderate-priced infill housing development. C'est bon!

“Pneumatic Tube Trains and AVs to the Rescue? Smarter Planning for New Mobility,” in Resilience Matters: Opportunities for Action to Strengthen Communities
Contributors to the Island Press Urban Resilience Project celebrated our collective progress, while highlighting how far we have yet to go in this free, very redable collection of essays.

Transportation for Mental Health and Happiness
This short (2-page) report, written by Todd Litman and published by the Institute of Transportation Engineers, describes why and how practitioners can incorporate mental health and happiness objectives into transportation planning. It summarizes the report, Urban Sanity: Understanding Urban Mental Health Impacts and How to Create Saner, Happier Cities.

The Lifetime Cost of Driving a Car
This article by Stefan Gössling, Jessica Kees and Todd Litman, published in Ecological Economics, describes 23 private and ten social cost of car ownership and use, and estimates their lifetime totals. Described in a Forbes Magazine article, Lifetime Cost Of Small Car $689,000; Society Subsidizes This Ownership With $275,000.

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