Peak Travel

An article in Miller-McCune on Peak Travel, following up on a paper by Adam Millard-Ball and Lee Schipper (who has a recent paper on the lack of “Peak Travel” in China in the most recent issue of the Journal of Transport and Land Use . We have discussed this idea before, noting that number of […]

The end of traffic … a podcast with Jim Pethokoukis

I did the Political Economy podcast with Jim Pethokoukis about transport.   Transcript Podcast The Book (I write much more legibly than I speak.) The end of traffic? A long-read Q&A with David Levinson Economics, Pethokoukis, Technology and Innovation The world is on its way to ending traffic, and that’s in part thanks to the pioneering […]

Recommendations to Minnesota Legislature on Transport

I presented to a committee of the Minnesota Legislature earlier today. These are the bullet points from the key policy recommendations: Preserve The value (benefits – costs) of preserving existing links is generally far greater than the value of new links, especially new links serving future (speculative) development (development-oriented transportation). Reduce & Reuse Most roads […]

With driving down, there’s a growing backlash against unnecessary highways |

Brad Plumer writes about peak travel, overly optimistic forecasts, and the policy consequences at in: With driving down, there’s a growing backlash against unnecessary highways. He cites us in the closing paragraph: Another key point was that states (and the federal government) should probably spend less money on building new roads and more money on maintaining existing […]

Five myths about traffic

Tom Vanderbilt write Five myths about traffic in the Washington Post: 1. More roads = less traffic. This is the granddaddy of all traffic myths, one still held dear by the average driver and certain precincts of state highway offices. More funding for more roads is on the way in Texas, where the governor declared that residents […]

Gas prices and fatalities

My colleague Guangqing Chi, now at Penn State, was interviewed this morning on NPR talking about gasoline price and fatalities. The paper he referred to is here: Chi, Guangchi, Mohammed Quddus, Arthur Huang and David Levinson (2013) Gasoline Price Effects on Traffic Safety in Urban and Rural Areas: Evidence from Minnesota, 1998–2007. Safety Science 59: pp. 154-162 I […]

The next big things for Minnesota in 2015 – Strib

Jesse Van Berkel writes in the Strib on transport in: The next big things for Minnesota in 2015 More idle cars With new bike lanes, rapid busways and expanding light-rail lines, commuters in the Twin Cities have more options than ever. Transit officials predict growing popularity of the Green Line, which connects downtown Minneapolis and […]