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Post Pandemic: Incentives and Operational Changes Transit Agencies Are Using to Regain Lost Ridership

Technical Brief

April 2024

Post Pandemic: Incentives and Operational Changes Transit Agencies Are Using to Regain Lost Ridership

Frank A. Consoli, ITE Transit Standing Committee

Transit agencies experienced substantial declines in ridership attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in significant revenue losses for each unoccupied seat during peak rush hours. The second quarter of 2020 witnessed a staggering reduction of more than 85 percent in transit ridership compared to the preceding year. In response, transit agencies have developed and implemented various strategies to incentivize more ridership on their systems. A literature review was conducted to explore the spectrum of initiatives implemented by these agencies and assess their efficacy. Among the observed methodologies, the reduction of fares emerged as a common strategy, while others explored collaborative ventures with businesses to offer incentives such as complimentary tickets to museums upon transit usage. The pandemic-induced decline in ridership afforded transit agencies an opportunity to reassess their existing service schedules and pivot towards accommodating shifting ridership patterns, transitioning away from the traditional 9-to-5 office commute paradigm towards extended service hours during evenings and weekends.

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Paving the Way to a Big Data-Driven Transportation Future: Workforce Strategies for Big Data

Quick Bite

April 2024

Paving the Way to a Big Data-Driven Transportation Future: Workforce Strategies for Big Data

ITE Data Workforce Committee

As data collection technology continuously evolves, industry professionals must develop the skills and knowledge needed to make sense of the vast amounts of data available. This requires a concerted effort to train and attract talented people to the transportation field and to provide current practitioners with the training and education they need to keep pace with the industry. The Quick Bite on "Emerging Workforce Trends for Transportation Data Professionals" (March 2023) provided a snapshot of workforce trends for transportation data professionals. This Quick Bite, prepared by the ITE Data Workforce Committee, offers a more in-depth analysis of the current state of the workforce and identifies strategies to attract new talent while outlining training initiatives to meet future needs.

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Advancing Equity in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: A Comprehensive Analysis of the ITE Resource Portal

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March 2024

Advancing Equity in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: A Comprehensive Analysis of the ITE Resource Portal

ITE EVE Working Group

The global shift towards investing in cleaner transportation has become a prominent feature driven by the imperative to address environmental concerns and promote sustainability and reduce emissions throughout the world. A key aspect of this transition is the equitable development of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Over the past several years, the United States has focused on developing EV Plans (National Electric Vehicle Implementation) and all 50 states submitted their plans as of August 1, 2022. Currently, many states are working on their implementation plans.

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Track Angle of Railroad Grade Crossings Effect on Bicycles

Quick Bite

February 2024

Track Angle of Railroad Grade Crossings Effect on Bicycles

ITE Railroad Grade Crossing Committee | ITE Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

**This resource has been updated based on the release of the 11th edition of the MUTCD.**

These practices can reduce track-related bicycle crashes and should be considered for potential implementation, if possible, during the design development process for railroad grade crossing locations.

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Two-Way Separated Bike Lanes at Railroad Grade Crossings

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February 2024

Two-Way Separated Bike Lanes at Railroad Grade Crossings

ITE Railroad Grade Crossing Committee | ITE Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee

**This resource has been updated based on the release of the 11th edition of the MUTCD.**

Two-way separated bicycle lanes can be challenging to implement due to the many conflicting movements involved. A gated railroad grade crossing requires particularly high levels of care in handling crossing movements. Adding bicycle movements outside of the vehicle space can greatly increase the complexity.

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Transportation and the Urban Heat Island Effect

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February 2024

Transportation and the Urban Heat Island Effect

ITE Transportation and Health Committee

A growing threat to individual and community health is the urban heat island (UHI) effect. Created through heat-absorbing surfaces in developed areas, the UHI contributes to extreme heat conditions, which can be costly and deadly. Transportation contributes to the UHI through heat-absorbing street surface materials, excessive street widths, surface parking lots, and a lack of street trees and other vegetation. However, if transportation is a contributor to the problem, transportation can also be a contributor to solutions.

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Modern Roundabouts, from Design to Safety Evaluation

Quick Bite

January 2024

Modern Roundabouts, from Design to Safety Evaluation

ITE Transportation Safety Council

This Quick Bite provides a brief overview of how roundabouts have grown in use in the U.S. and discusses some of the key aspects that roundabout developers should consider from the driver perspective.

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Using Ball Bank Indicator (BBI) to Assess Lane Departure Risk

Quick Bite

January 2024

Using Ball Bank Indicator (BBI) to Assess Lane Departure Risk

ITE Transportation Safety Council

In an effort to reduce fatalities on Georgia sharp curves, GDOT has established a curve inventory on all state routes. Various data are associated to these curves that include road geometry, crash data, traffic volume, and ball bank indicator (BBI). This quick bite summarizes GDOT's recent study with Georgia Tech to 1) assess the relationship between BBI and crash data on curves and 2) propose a strategy to proactively assess the risk of lane departures using BBI. Conducting a proactive assessment for lane departures is a critical practice since lane departures are often limited in number but are often severe.  

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ITE Bicycle Signals Resource Hub

Online Resources

January 2024

ITE Bicycle Signals Resource Hub

ITE Pedestrian and Bicycle Standing Committee

The ITE Bicycle Signals Resource Hub which is intended to serve as a reliable and informative resource for the planning, design, implementation, and operational guidance of bicycle signals including design practices was recently updated with the addition of a series of new case studies.  The case studies demonstrate ways in which public agencies have successfully implemented bicycle signals that meet their community’s desires to improve bicycle safety. 

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Centering Transit Access, Speed, and Reliability in Quick-Build Complete Streets Projects

Information Report

November 2023

Centering Transit Access, Speed, and Reliability in Quick-Build Complete Streets Projects

Complete Streets Council

Quick-build projects have come into the spotlight for their success in transforming implementation timelines in transportation projects. Public transit has also come into the spotlight as we recognize the crucial role it plays in regional mobility, equity, and climate resilience. This new ITE Informational Report serves as a guide for City staff, transit agency staff and practitioners on the steps and partnerships necessary to integrate transit access, speed, and reliability improvements into quick-build projects.  Case studies from King County, WA; Los Angeles County, CA; Oakland, CA; Minneapolis, MN, and Washington, DC are included to demonstrate success stories and lessons learned.

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Equity in EV Charging Infrastructure Resource Portal

Online Resources

November 2023

Equity in EV Charging Infrastructure Resource Portal

EVE Working Group

Explore the Equity in EV Charging Infrastructure Resource Portal—a hub dedicated to promoting equity in the realm of EV charging. Join the mission for a just transition to electric mobility by accessing and contributing diverse resources.

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Pedestrian Push Button Plaques and Signs

Technical Brief

October 2023

Pedestrian Push Button Plaques and Signs

Special Task Force of Traffic Engineering Council

Pedestrian plaques or signs at traffic signals have evolved from a simply informational purpose, to addressing pedestrian actuation, and more recently to educating the user regarding pedestrian signal indications. Changes to the design of signalized intersections to support the Americans with Disabilities Act and more common use of two accessible curb ramps per intersection corner, has further affected the need for and function of these signs. In the context of the Notice of Proposed Amendments (NPA) in advance of rulemaking for the upcoming 11th edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the final federal rule for the Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way, this paper draws from a survey of practice to evaluate and better understand how practitioners utilize pedestrian push button signs and seek input on how greater uniformity might be possible.

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Case Studies of Equity in Transportation Practices

Technical Brief

October 2023

Case Studies of Equity in Transportation Practices

ITE Equity Committee

Equity is not achieved via a single path; instead, it is achieved through dedicated commitment to process and re-evaluation throughout an entire project. This report showcases a compendium of case studies that meaningfully incorporated equity components in transportation projects using innovative strategies and methods. Examples of case studies include Mississauga Pedestrian Master Plan, New York City Streets Plan, San José’s Emerging Mobility Action Plan, Seattle Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Equity Analysis, and Regional Equity Strategy Initial Work Plan (Puget Sound Regional Council). This report aims to serve as a reference for notable avenues and strategies to advance equitable transportation at every level, from local projects to regional plans.

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ITE Parking Generation Manual, 6th Edition

Publication

October 2023

ITE Parking Generation Manual, 6th Edition

The ITE Parking Generation Manual, 6th Edition is an educational tool for transportation professionals, zoning boards and others who are interested in estimating parking demand of a proposed development.  The Parking Generation web app—ITEParkGen allows electronic access to the entire dataset that includes land use descriptions and data pots for all available combinations of land uses, time periods, independent variables and settings.

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Vehicle-Miles Traveled (VMT) as a Metric for Sustainability

Information Report

September 2023

Vehicle-Miles Traveled (VMT) as a Metric for Sustainability

ITE Sustainability Standing Committee

Examples and case studies described in this report show that vehicle travel reduction programs can provide more compact and multimodal communities. To be successful, they must be well planned and responsive to specific conditions and needs. Most vehicle travel strategies only affect a portion of total vehicle travel, such as commute, local, or urban travel, so reducing total VMT requires integrated programs that affect all types of travel. 

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Traffic Signal Maintenance Handbook

Publication

April 2023

Traffic Signal Maintenance Handbook

Traffic Engineering Council | International Municipal Signal Association

ITE and the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) collaboratively prepared the Traffic Signal Maintenance Handbook, 2nd Edition to reflect the current state-of-the-practice and to provide the user with a broad overview of key considerations for the maintenance element of a traffic signal program. Available in both pdf and print.

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