Transportation

Because being there is what's most important, WPC's Center for Transportation researches and analyzes the best practices for relieving traffic congestion by recapturing a vision of a system based on freedom of movement.

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10 year update on smart growth: it doesn't work

November 11, 2009 in Blog

From Ken Orski (I don't see this linked on his website yet, but I'm sure it will be shortly)

In a
revealing article that should be required reading for smart growth advocates
everywhere, Gerrit-Jan Knaap, executive director of the National Center for
Smart Growth Research and Education at the University of Maryland, offers a
sobering appraisal of Maryland’s smart growth policy. Writing in the current
issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association, he concludes that
there is little evidence after a full decade, that Maryland's smart growth laws
have had any effect on residential development patterns.
Ironically, the Smart
Growth Center, was founded by the University of Maryland (and supported by
former Governor Parris N. Glendening) to advance research and spread
awareness about the very same policy whose effectiveness the Center is now
questioning.

National coverage of WPC vanpool study

November 5, 2009 in Blog

From the National Center for Policy Analysis:

VANPOOLS
IN THE PUGET SOUND REGION

Final Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #31

October 31, 2009 in Blog


Vanpools
are the safest, cheapest and most cost effective transit mode for connecting
commuters with urban employment centers.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #30

October 30, 2009 in Blog


The
PSRC estimates that if the Destination
2030 plan
were fully implemented it would reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by about 4.1 percent
for a cost of $40-$45 billion. If vanpools were expanded to reach their market
potential, they could reduce VMT by up to 9.3 percent
for only $2.5 billion.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #29

October 29, 2009 in Blog


In
its long-range regional transportation plan Destination
2030
, the Puget Sound Regional Council estimates that regional Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) is trending toward 98 million miles per day by 2030. This means
vanpools could reduce VMT in the Puget Sound by between 4.2 percent and 9.3
percent.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #28

October 28, 2009 in Blog


Without
any onerous government regulations, social engineering or loss of mobility, vanpools could reduce
regional Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) by between 4 million to 9 million miles
per day by 2030.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #27

October 27, 2009 in Blog

By
2030, vanpools could eliminate 84,752 cars from the roadway, or 4.8 percent of
all work related traffic in the Puget Sound region every day.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #26

October 26, 2009 in Blog


By
2030, there will be about 1.78 million Single Occupant Vehicles traveling to
and from work every day, presumably during the peak commute times when traffic
congestion is at its worst.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #25

October 25, 2009 in Blog


 
Sound
Transit estimates its light rail expansion will carry only 163,000 daily trips
by 2030, at a cost of $22.8 billion.

Vanpool Fact-of-the-Day #24

October 24, 2009 in Blog


The
average passenger load for a vanpool is 8.14 riders per van, so vanpools in the
Puget Sound could carry about 193,000 trips per day by 2030 for a public cost
of about $2.5 billion.