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.
Not So Fast: Better Speed Valuation for Transportation Planning
Planning decisions often involve trade-offs between travel speed and other goals. It is important to consider all impacts when making speed-related decisions. This report examines why and how to do that. It describes various benefits and costs of faster travel; examines how speed valuation affects planning decisions; how those decisions affect economic, social and environmental outcomes; and provides guidance for comprehensive analysis of these impacts. This analysis indicates that conventional planning tends to exaggerate the benefits and understate the costs of higher travel speeds.
Win-Win Transportation Emission Reduction Strategies
There are many possible ways to reduce pollution emissions. Some provide significant co-benefits. Win-Win Transportation Solutions are cost-effective policy reforms that solve transportation problems by improving mobility options and removing market distortions that cause excessive motor vehicle travel. This report discusses the Win-Win concept and describes various Win-Win emission reduction strategies.
Our World Accelerated: How 120 Years of Transportation Progress Affected Our Lives and Communities
This report critically examines how 120 years of transportation progress affect our lives and communities. Before 1900, automobile and air travel hardly existed; by 2000 they were dominant forms of travel. We now travel about ten times faster and farther than in 1900. Although this provides benefits, it also imposes significant economic, social and environmental costs. These offset a major portion of benefits and tend to be inequitable. This has important lessons for future transport planning.
Pandemic-Resilient Community Planning: Practical Ways to Help Communities Prepare for, Respond to, and Recover from Pandemics and Other Economic, Social and Environmental Shocks
Resilience refers to a system’s ability to efficiently absorb shocks. This report investigates ways that communities can increase their resilience to pandemics and other sudden economic, social or environmental risks. It compares Covid-19 with other health risks, examines various problems caused by pandemic-control interventions, and recommends specific ways that communities can better prepare for, respond to, and recover from pandemics and other shocks.