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      Victoria Transport Policy Institute

      "Efficiency - Equity - Clarity"

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      Summer 2013 Vol. 13, No. 3

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      The Victoria Transport Policy Institute is an independent research
      organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transportation
      problems. The VTPI website (http://www.vtpi.org ) has many resources
      addressing a wide range of transport planning and policy issues. VTPI also
      provides consulting services.

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      NEW VTPI DOCUMENTS

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      "Autonomous Vehicle Implementation Predictions: Implications for Transport
      Planning" (http://www.vtpi.org/avip.pdf )

      This report explores the implications of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles
      on transportation planning. It identifies their potential benefits and
      costs, predicts their likely development and deployment patterns, and how
      they will affect transport planning decisions such as road and parking
      supply and public transit demand. The analysis indicates that some benefits,
      such as independent mobility for affluent non-drivers, may begin in the
      2020s or 2030s, but most benefits will only be significant when autonomous
      vehicles become affordable and represent a major portion of total vehicle
      travel, in the 2040s through 2060s.



      "Congestion Costing Critique: Critical Evaluation of the 'Urban Mobility
      Report'" (http://www.vtpi.org/UMR_critique.pdf )

      The 'Urban Mobility Report' (UMR) is a widely-cited study that estimates
      U.S. traffic congestion costs and recommends various congestion reduction
      strategies. This report critically evaluates its methodologies. The UMR does
      not reflect best congestion costing methods: it uses higher baseline speeds
      and travel time unit cost values than experts recommend, exaggerates fuel
      savings and emission reductions; ignores generated traffic and indirect
      impacts. As a result it overestimates congestion costs and roadway expansion
      benefits, and undervalues other congestion reduction strategies that provide
      co-benefits. The UMR's congestion cost estimates represent upper-bound
      values. The UMR ignores basic research principles: it includes no current
      literature review, fails to fully explain assumptions and document sources,
      does not discuss possible biases, has no sensitivity analysis, and lacks
      independent peer review. This report continues a point-counter-point
      dialogue with the UMR's lead author, "Congestion Measurement in the Urban
      Mobility Report: Response to Critique by Mr. Todd Litman"
      (http://d2dtl5nnlpfr0r.cloudfront.net/tti.tamu.edu/documents/TTI-2013-4.pdf)



      "Critical Analysis of Conventional Transport Economic Evaluation"
      (http://www.vtpi.org/crit_econ_eval.pdf )

      Transportation economic evaluation refers to the process of quantifying and
      monetizing a transport policy or project's benefits and costs. How it is
      performed can significantly influence transport planning decisions. This
      report critically examines conventional evaluation practices. Conventional
      transport economic evaluation overlooks many significant impacts and
      accessibility factors, and seldom measures the economic efficiency gains
      from strategies that favor higher value trips and more efficient modes, or
      the consumer surplus benefits of accommodating latent demand. Various
      reforms described in this report can result in more comprehensive and
      multi-modal evaluation.



      "Evaluating Active Transport Benefits and Costs: Guide to Valuing Walking
      and Cycling Improvements and Encouragement Programs"
      (http://www.vtpi.org/nmt-tdm.pdf )

      This report describes methods for evaluating the benefits and costs of
      active transport (walking, cycling, and their variants). It describes
      various types of benefits and costs and methods for measuring them. These
      include direct benefits to users from improved active transport conditions,
      and various benefits to society from increased walking and cycling activity,
      reduced motor vehicle travel, and more compact and multi-modal community
      development. It discusses active transport demands and ways to increase
      walking and cycling activity. This analysis indicates that many active
      transport benefits tend to be overlooked or undervalued in conventional
      transport economic evaluation.

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      PUBLISHED ELSEWHERE

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      "Transportation Demand Management: Win-Win Solutions for Transport Problems"
      (http://www.sv.bgu.tum.de/fileadmin/w00bnl/www/PDF/Veranstaltungen/mobil.TUM
      _2012/Transportation_Demand_Management_mobil_TUM2012_Book__2_.pdf )

      Chapter in "Transportation Demand Management: Insights from the Mobil.TUM
      2012 International Scientific Conference on Mobility and Transport."



      "The New Transportation Planning Paradigm" (http://www.vtpi.org/paradigm.pdf
      )

      Demographic and economic trends, and new community concerns, are changing
      the way practitioners define transportation problems and evaluate potential
      solutions. A new paradigm expands the range of modes, objectives, impacts
      and options considered in transport planning. This article, published in the
      June 'ITE Journal,' discusses this paradigm shift and its implications on
      our profession.



      "Impacts of the ecoParq program on Polanco"
      (http://www.itdp.org/library/publications/impacts-of-the-ecoparq-program-on-
      polanco )

      This report by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
      evaluates the impacts of the new parking meters in Mexico City's Polanco
      neighborhood. The analysis indicates that the time motorists spend cruising
      for a parking space declined from 13:26 to 3:04 minutes after parking meters
      were installed, saving motorists' time and fuel, and reduces local traffic
      congestion and pollution. The project is also generating 21.6 million pesos
      annually in net revenue that is being spent to improve neighborhood streets
      - an important benefit since Mexico City has beautiful streetlife that has
      been degraded by automobile traffic.



      "Transportation and Public Health"
      (http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-031912-1145
      02 )

      This article published in the 'Annual Review of Public Health' investigates
      various ways that transport policy and planning decisions affect public
      health and better ways to incorporate public health objectives into
      transport planning. Conventional planning tends to consider some public
      health impacts but ignores others. This article identifies various win-win
      strategies that can help improve public health and other planning
      objectives. A draft version is at http://www.vtpi.org/ARPH_Litman_2012.pdf .



      "Changing North American Vehicle-Travel Price Sensitivities: Implications
      For Transport and Energy Policy" (http://www.vtpi.org/VMT_Elasticities.pdf
      ). Published in "Transport Policy," Vol. 28, pp. 2-10.

      There is growing interest in transport pricing reforms to help achieve
      various planning objectives such as congestion, accident and emission
      reductions. Their effectiveness is affected by the price sensitivity of
      transport, that is, the degree that prices affect travel activity, measured
      as elasticities (percentage change in travel caused by a one-percent price
      change). Some studies found very low transport elasticities during the last
      quarter of the Twentieth Century but recent evidence suggests that price
      sensitivities have since increased. This article discusses the concepts of
      price elasticities and rebound effects, reviews vehicle travel and fuel
      price elasticity estimates, examines evidence of changing price
      sensitivities, and discusses policy implications.



      "Full Cost Analysis of Petroleum" (http://www.vtpi.org/Beyond_Oil_Litman.pdf
      )

      This chapter in the book, "Transportation Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a
      Multimodal Future" (http://transportbeyondoil.wordpress.com ) provides a
      comprehensive review of various external costs (costs not borne directly by
      users) resulting from petroleum production, importation and distribution. It
      considers four major cost categories: financial subsidies, economic and
      national security costs of importing petroleum, environmental damages and
      human health risks.



      "Public Transit 101: Read A "How To Start A Business"
      (http://www.remappingdebate.org/article/public-transit-101-read-%E2%80%9Chow
      -start-business%E2%80%9D-book )

      This article by Kevin C. Brown discusses ways to make public transit more
      attractive to discretionary travelers (people who have the option of
      driving) and therefore help reduce traffic and parking congestion, accidents
      and pollution emissions.



      Recent Planetizen Blogs (http://www.planetizen.com/blog/2394 ):

      "Planners are Futurists With a Practical Bent"
      (http://www.planetizen.com/node/64695 )

      "Rational Fear" (http://www.planetizen.com/node/64369 )

      "Responding to Smart Growth Criticism" (http://www.planetizen.com/node/63327
      )

      "Accounting for Latent Travel Demand" (http://www.planetizen.com/node/63198
      )





      Let's be friends. Todd Litman regularly posts on his Facebook page (
      <http://www.facebook.com/todd.litman> http://www.facebook.com/todd.litman ).
      Befriend him now!

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      UPCOMING EVENTS

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      "Turkish Transportation Forum" (http://www.ulastirmasurasi.gov.tr/en/ ), 5-7
      September, Istanbul, Turkey.



      "Round Table on Valuing Convenience in Public Transport" International
      Transport Forum (http://www.internationaltransportforum.org), OECD, 12-13,
      Paris, France.



      "Oregon Public Transportation Conference"
      (http://www.oregontransit.com/index.cfm?cid=1481 ), 6-9 October, Bend,
      Oregon.

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      BEEN THERE - DONE THAT

      ======================

      "Freedom From Automobile Dependency: How Youths Benefit from Better Living
      through Multi-Modalism" keynote speech at "Second Adolescence Mobility
      Health Symposium" (https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/amc/symposium2013 ). Includes
      presentations.



      "Comprehensive and Multi-Modal Urban Transport Planning" Motu Wellington,
      New Zealand seminar
      (http://www.motu.org.nz/building-capacity/past_public_policy_seminars#2013
      ). Also see "A Decade Too Late: Canadian Planner Challenges Roads Of
      National Significance" (http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=55758 ) and
      "Complete Streets Keep Transport Options Open"
      (http://fairfaxmedia.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx ) "Kapiti
      Observer", New Zealand.



      "Hawai'i Clean Energy Day" (http://www.hawaiienergypolicy.hawaii.edu ). Todd
      Litman gave the keynote presentation, and was interviewed on the "Honolulu
      On The Move" television show sponsored
      (http://www.youtube.com/HonoluluOnTheMove )

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      USEFUL RESOURCES

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      "Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions
      Among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality"
      (http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/pdf/b-and-n/b-and-n-EPA-231K13001.pdf ).

      This comprehensive report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      provides guidance for evaluating environmental and economic impacts of land
      use policies, particularly smart growth benefits.



      "The Sexiest, Coolest, Most EPIC Bus Commercial Ever"
      (http://www.buzzfeed.com/copyranter/the-sexist-coolest-most-epic-bus-commerc
      ial-ever?s=mobile )



      "A New Direction: Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the
      Implications for America's Future"
      (http://uspirg.org/sites/pirg/files/reports/A%20New%20Direction%20vUS.pdf).
      This new report by Tony Dutzik and Phineas Baxandall summarizes evidence of
      peaking vehicle travel and its implications for transport policy. Also see,
      "Has Motorization in the U.S. Peaked? Part 2: Use of Light-Duty Vehicles
      (http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/98982/102950.pdf )
      and

      "The Driving Boom is Over"
      (http://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2013/5/14/the-driving-boom-is-over.html
      ).



      "International Comparisons of Transport Appraisal Practice"
      (http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-comparisons-of-tran
      sport-appraisal-practice ). This report by professors Peter Mackie and Tom
      Worsley is a review of recent developments in economic appraisal in the
      transport sector and the use of appraisal in the decision making process
      including practices in England, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, USA,
      Australia, and New Zealand.



      "Driving Commuter Choice in America: Expanding Transportation Choices Can
      Reduce Congestion, Save Money and Cut Pollution"
      (http://www.nrdc.org/transportation/files/driving-commuter-choice-IP.pdf ).
      This study by the Natural Resources Defense Council examines opportunities
      for Americans to reduce the impacts of transportation by altering how often
      we drive, particularly when it comes to commuting. The focus is on
      opportunities and potential outcomes for individual and combined changes to
      driving behavior, which can lead to substantial cost savings and other
      benefits.



      "Health Co-Benefits Of Climate Change Mitigation - Transport Sector: Health
      In The Green Economy"
      (http://www.who.int/hia/green_economy/transport_sector_health_co-benefits_cl
      imate_change_mitigation/en ). This new World Health Organization report,
      part of the Health in the Green Economy series, considers the evidence
      regarding health co-benefits and risks of climate change mitigation
      strategies for transport.



      "Creating Universal Access to Safe, Clean and Affordable Transport"
      (http://www.slocat.net/press-release-rio20-sustainable-transport-status-repo
      rt ). Evaluation of recommendations presented at last year's Rio+20
      Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by the Partnership for Sustainable Low
      Carbon Transportation (SLoCaT), an international network that includes major
      organizations such as United Nations agencies, the International Energy
      Agency, regional development banks, various sustainable transportation
      groups, as well as the Victoria Transport Policy Institute.



      "Cycling to the Future: Lessons from Cities across the Globe"
      (http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher/Pucher_BikeUrbanism_SeattleUW_18Ju
      ne.pdf)
      This slide show by John Pucher at the Bicycle Urbanism conference, documents
      the boom in cycling in both European and North American cities. It shows
      that cycling can thrive even in cities with no history or culture of daily,
      utilitarian cycling, but only if government policies provide safe,
      convenient, and pleasant cycling conditions. Also see, "How to Increase
      Cycling for Daily Travel,"
      (http://www.activelivingresearch.org/dailybiketravel ) and "Infrastructure,
      programs, and policies to increase bicycling: an international review"
      (http://www.activelivingresearch.org/files/ALR_Brief_DailyBikeTravel_May2013
      .pdf)



      "Safety in Numbers: Are Major Cities the Safest Places in the United
      States?"
      (http://www.annemergmed.com/webfiles/images/journals/ymem/FA-5548.pdf ).
      This article published in the 'Annals of Emergency Medicine' compared injury
      death rates for U.S. counties rated on a ten-point urban-rural scale. Death
      rates are lowest in urban areas and increase as an area becomes more rural
      due to large increases in motor vehicle deaths and modest increases in gun
      deaths. Also see "Rational Fear" (http://www.planetizen.com/node/64369 )



      "Moving Dangerously, Moving Pleasurably: Improving Walkability in Dhaka.
      Using a BRT Walkability Strategy to Make Dhaka's Transportation
      Infrastructure Pedestrian-Friendly"
      (http://www.adb.org/sites/default/files/projdocs/2012/39335-012-reg-tacr-01.
      pdf ). This Asian Development Bank report presents a BRT Walkability
      Strategy, which provides policy and infrastructure recommendations to create
      an environment in which walking is appealing, safe, and convenient. This can
      be used as a model for similar strategies in other developing country
      cities.



      "Reallocation of Road Space"
      (http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/research/reports/530/docs/RR-530-Realloca
      tion-of-road-space.pdf ). This study New Zealand Transport Agency report
      investigated the economic impacts of transport and road space reallocation
      in shopping areas located in central cities and along major transport
      corridors. It found that walking, cycling and public transport users account
      for 40% of total expenditures, that they spend proportionately then their
      modal share, and are important to local shopping area's economic viability.



      "Urban Traffic Calming and Health Inequalities: Effects and Implications for
      Practice" (http://www.ncchpp.ca/175/publications.ccnpps?id_article=917 ).
      This report examines the effects of traffic calming on health inequalities.
      Additional reports on traffic calming safety, air quality, noise and active
      transportation impacts are available at:
      http://www.ncchpp.ca/174/News.ccnpps?id_article=653 .



      "Parking? Lots!" (http://daily.sightline.org/blog_series/parking-lots/ ).
      This new Sightline Institute series describes in interesting and sometimes
      funny ways how parking regulations in zoning codes can increase traffic
      problems, drive up housing prices, dampen business profitability, amplify
      sprawl, and pollute both air and water. See, for example, "Ugly By Law"
      (http://daily.sightline.org/2013/06/18/ugly-by-law ), and "Apartment
      Blockers" (http://daily.sightline.org/2013/08/22/apartment-blockers ).



      "Getting the Prices Right"
      (http://shoup.bol.ucla.edu/PricingParkingByDemand.pdf ), by Gregory Pierce
      and Donald Shoup, in the Journal of the 'American Planning Association'
      provides information on parking pricing reforms.



      "Parking Guidebook for Chinese Cities"
      (http://www.itdp.org/documents/Parking_Guidebook_for_Chinese_Cities.pdf ).
      This guidebook by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy
      identifies strategies for efficiently managing parking resources in urban
      areas that are experiencing increased motorization and perceived parking
      shortages.



      "Sustainable Transport in China Blog" (http://sustainabletransport.org )

      This blog focuses on our four areas of expertise: Transport and Climate
      Change, Electro-Mobility, Green Logistics and Urban Transport. It provides
      news on transport in China, programme workshops and conferences, as well as
      free downloads of our latest research reports.



      "Financing Sustainable Urban Transport - International Review of National
      Urban Transport Policies and Programmes"
      (http://sustainabletransport.org/financing-sustainable-urban-transport-inter
      national-review-of-national-urban-transport-policies-and-programmes ). This
      study evaluates various urban tarnsport financing and planning practices. It
      was presented at the "Workshop on Prospects for National-Level Programmes
      and Funds for Sustainable Urban Transport in China"
      (http://sustainabletransport.org )



      "Does Congestion Pricing Work?"
      (http://www.govtech.com/transportation/Does-Congestion-Pricing-Work-Infograp
      hic.html ). This Infographic summarizes information on experience with
      congestion pricing in various cities.



      "The Rebound Effect for Passenger Vehicles"
      (http://www.rff.org/RFF/Documents/RFF-DP-13-19.pdf ). This study finds a
      higher elasticity of vehicle travel with respect to vehicle fuel economy
      (miles per gallon or liters of fuel per 100 kilometers) than for fuel price,
      indicating significant rebound effects from vehicle fuel efficiency
      standards. This is consistent with my report, "Changing Vehicle Travel Price
      Sensitivities: The Rebounding Rebound Effect"
      (http://www.vtpi.org/VMT_Elasticities.pdf ).



      "Walking, Riding And Access To Public Transport: Supporting Active Travel In
      Australian Communities: Ministerial Statement" (
      <http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/mcu/urbanpolicy/active_trav
      el/index.aspx>
      http://www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/mcu/urbanpolicy/active_trave
      l/index.aspx). This Australian federal document identifies various benefits
      of active transport (walking and cycling), and the economic justifications
      for increased investment in active transport improvements. It estimates that
      an average urban bicycle commuter provides $14.30 worth of economic
      benefits, and a pedestrian commuter provides $8.48 worth of benefits, based
      on a Queensland Department of Transport study, "Benefits Of Inclusion Of
      Active Transport In Infrastructure Projects"
      (http://www.cbdbug.org.au/wp-content/uploads/north-brisbane-cycleway/135-008
      25-file8.pdf ).



      "The Effect Of Transportation, Location, And Affordability Related
      Sustainability Features On Mortgage Default Prediction And Risk In
      Multifamily Rental Housing"
      (http://www.fanniemae.com/resources/file/aboutus/pdf/hoytpivo_mfhousing_sust
      ainability.pdf ). This study by Gary Pivo indicates that housing foreclosure
      rates tend to decline in more multi-modal communities.



      "Introduction - Traveler Response to Transportation System Changes" handbook
      series (http://www.trb.org/Publications/TCRPReport95.aspx ). This updated
      document includes detailed discussion of transport elasticities and other
      important background.



      "Building Better Budgets: A National Examination of the Fiscal Benefits of
      Smart Growth Development"
      (http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/05/21/building-better-budgets-quanti
      fies-average-savings-and-revenue-of-smart-growth-development )

      New report comparing various development scenarios finds that smart growth
      typically costs 38% less to build, generates 10 times the revenue for towns
      and cities



      "Economic Aspects Of Non-Technical Measures To Reduce Traffic Emissions"
      (http://www.isi-projekt.de/wissprojekt-de/ntm/downloads.php ). This study
      evaluated the economic impacts of policies that shift 10% of urban trips to
      walking and cycling. Using standard economic models this predicts that by
      2030, German GDP would increase by 1.11 %, employment by 1.37 %, air
      pollutants would decline 5-10%, and CO2 about 2%. Also see, "Bicycle
      Economics"
      (http://www.ecf.com/news/shift-to-sustainable-transport-modes-contributes-to
      -economic-

      growth-and-employment ).



      "Mosaic Planning Tool" (http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/TD/TP/pages/lcp.aspx ).
      This economic evaluation model expands the range of impacts and options that
      can be considered in transportation planning.



      "Development Of A Public Transport Investment Model"
      (http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/research/reports/524/docs/524.pdf ). This
      modelling tool developed by the New Zealand Transport Agency can help make
      public transport investment decisions. The economic model we developed
      incorporated the interactions between prices, service levels and patronage
      for public transport and private car.



      "Post Implementation Reviews"
      (http://www.nzta.govt.nz/planning/monitoring/audits/pir.html ) and the "Post
      Opening Project Evaluation of Major Schemes"
      (http;//www.highways.gov.uk/our-road-network/post-opening-project-evaluation
      -pope/post-opening-project-evaluation-pope-of-major-schemes) are two
      programs that evaluate whether transport projects achieve their intended
      objectives, and identify lessons learnt which can inform future planning.



      "Unraveling Ties to Petroleum: How Policy Drives California's Demand for
      Oil" (http://www.next10.org/unraveling-petroleum ). This report identifies
      fifteen policy reforms that could provide significant energy conservation
      and emission reduction benefits, including more efficient parking pricing,
      distance-based vehicle insurance, bus and high-occupant-vehicle priority,
      improved air travel control systems, and more comprehensive and multi-modal
      transportation performance evaluation.



      "Transit Capacity and Quality of Service Manual"
      (http://www.trb.org/main/blurbs/169437.aspx ). This reference document that
      provides current research-based guidance on transit capacity and quality of
      service issues and the factors influencing both.

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