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Caltrans Admits Building Roads Induces More Driving, But Admitting a Problem Is Just the First Step

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Eric Jaffe, in CityLab, recently reported that Caltrans “admitted” that expanding highways increases traffic by posting a policy brief on the subject of induced demand to its website. He called it a rare admission from a state department of transportation. State DOTs, as the country’s road builders, have usually responded to congestion, and even safety […]

Will Caltrans Get On Board With a Contraflow Bus Lane on the Bay Bridge?

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The proposal to improve transbay transit with a contraflow bus lane on the Bay Bridge is gaining traction, as the SF Chronicle reported yesterday. The idea has been pushed by proponents at SPUR, AC Transit, and some BART board members for years as a relatively quick and inexpensive solution to move more people between SF and the East Bay. BART is already […]
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Caltrans Wants to Triple Biking, Double Walking and Transit By 2020

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Caltrans has a new goal of tripling California’s share of bicycling trips, and doubling that of walking and transit by 2020. Caltrans’ new Strategic Management Plan [PDF] includes performance targets for advancing its new stated priorities, at the top of which are increasing active transportation and reaching Vision Zero — an end to traffic deaths. The message demonstrates a […]
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Caltrans: Don’t Forget, California’s Highways Were First Built for Bicycles

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“Did you know the movement to create a state highway system came not from automobile drivers or manufacturers, but bicyclists?” As part of Caltrans’ 125th Anniversary, the agency is creating a video series about the history of the state’s agency. The first video highlights Caltrans’ current shift away from auto-centric planning to multimodal planning by acknowledging that the […]