Transportation Success Stories
Encouraging Alternative Modes of Transportation
Improving Transportation Technologies
Trip Reduction Techniques
Collections of Transportation Success
Crossings is an exemplary transit-oriented project designed
by Peter Calthorpe and Associates in Mountain View, California.
It converts a shopping mall built in the1960s into a pedestrian-oriented
mixed-use development within easy walking distance of the new
CalTrain commuter station.
Transit-Oriented Village offers
a transit-based development revitalization story of a Hispanic
and Asian community along the BART line in Oakland, California.
Sustainable Community is an innovative
housing development in Davis, California where there are more
bike and pedestrian paths than roads.
Urban Transportation Planning in Curitiba, Brazil serves
as an international model of a city that is successfully integrating
transport and land-use planning.
Alternative Modes of Transportation
Context Sensitive Design is being implemented by the Michigan Department of Transportation on a directive from the state's governor. The project planning process invites public officials and groups to provide input on the process of developing transportation projects for specific locations.
ECO-Pass is a program in Boulder,
Colorado that encourages people to use the Denver metro area
transit system by offering passes at reduced cost to neighborhoods
that agree to participate.
New Century Transportation,
Inc. is a transportation company that specializes in
high-speed and high-capacity transportation. The company is
planning Phase 1 of a 165 mile long monorail system from downtown
Denver, Colorado along interstate highway I-70 to the ski areas
west of Denver.
Arrangers Program is a commuter-assistance program of
the Denver, Colorado Regional Council of Government that encourages
alternative forms of transportation, including car/vanpools,
bikepools and schoolpools.
San Diego Trolley
in San Diego, California, is one of the most successful public
transportation programs using trolleys. This is its homepage,
including fares, maps and tourist information.
Central Link light-rail Line is a 14-mile line running from the center of the city to
near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Sound Transit,
which serves the three-county region around Puget Sound, expects
the rail project to carry 42,500 riders each day by 2020. Sound
Transit's first light rail project, a 1.6-mile line in downtown
Tacoma, started operating in late August 2003, and was exceeding
all expectations for ridership by early September.
Association of San Francisco offers information on car-sharing,
ride-sharing, bicycle use, telecommuting, public transit and
air quality, as well as alternative commute ideas.
furnishes public transit service for Portland, Oregon, and provides
other options for getting around while helping preserve communities.
Tri-Met's website provides information on biking, carpooling,
and carsharing in Portland. Also in Portland, Community
Cycling Center raises awareness among area youth about
energy efficiency, ecology and community sustainability through
floats were used in the 2003 Mardi Gras celebration
in New Orleans. Diesel-fueled floats were offered a chance to
use clean-burning biodiesel during the parades. About 1,400
gallons of biodiesel were provided for free by biodiesel marketer
Peter Cremer North America, Proctor & Gamble Chemicals,
and the Greater New Orleans Clean Cities Coalition.
Co-op is offering metered blending of biodiesel at a
fuel terminal in Jolietville, Indiana, perhaps marking the first
step in a wider acceptance of this fuel among farmers and consumers.
Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation, unveiled
a fuel-efficient hybrid-electric-diesel delivery vehicle in
May 2003 that could become a standard delivery truck for the
FedEx Express fleet. The FedEx OptiFleet E700 hybrid electric
vehicle increases fuel efficiency by 50 percent while decreasing
particulate emissions by 90 percent and reducing smog-causing
emissions by 75 percent.
has place three fuel-cell-powered delivery trucks in service
in California and Michigan. The vehicles are a fuel-cell version
of the Dodge Sprinter delivery truck, and have a range of about
155 miles and accelerate as well as current UPS vehicles. And
thanks to housing the fuel-cell system in the floor, the vehicles
also boast a 10 percent increase in cargo capacity compared
to the diesel-powered version of the Sprinter.
a site hosted by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient
Economy (ACEEE), provides information on the best and worst
rated automobiles by vehicle class.
County, Washington, purchased 235 hybrid diesel-electric
buses in May 2004. King County Metro Transit will operate 213
of the busesmaking it the country's largest hybrid bus
fleetwhile Sound Transit Regional Express will operate
the remaining 22 buses.
Postal Service in Los Angeles is home the largest fleet
of electric vehicles in the country. U.S.P.S. rolled out its
new 400-vehicle fleet of delivery vehicles in September 2002.
The L.A. Department of Water helped pay for the vehicles, which
increase the Postal Service's total number of electric vehicles
to nearly 600 nationwide.
Bus Development is an innovative
public-private partnership to develop, build, test and operate
electric transit vehicles and systems in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Electric Bus Initiative describes
Chattanooga, Tennessee's electric bus development program and
downtown shuttle system.
County Alternative Fuel Strategy is
a program in Las Vegas, Nevada that is designed to improve air
quality in the Las Vegas Valley by using compressed natural
gas as a clean-burning motor vehicle fuel.
Cities Program Awards for 2002 were announced by the
U.S. Department of Energy. The awards honor those who have made
significant, long-term contributions to advance the use of alternative
fuels in cars and trucks. This year's eight winners included
a public transit agency, local governments, a nonprofit organization
and a utility.
hybrid-electric Toyotal Prius was named by Motor Trend
magazine as its 2004 Car of the Year. After weeks of exhaustive
testing, the Motor Trend editors found the Toyota Prius to be
"a user-friendly gas/electric hybrid capable of delivering
an impressive 60 miles per gallon in city driving."
of Idaho took first place in the Society of Automotive
Engineers' (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge, held in March 2003.
The annual event marked its fourth year of challenging university
students to produce a snowmobile that is cleaner, more fuel
efficient, and quieter than existing models, while still being
fun to ride. The University of Idaho took first place in the
event's major categories -- emissions, noise, and fuel economy
-- while also performing well in the performance categories.
The team used a BMW four-stroke motorcycle engine to achieve
its impressive win.
ZipCar is a car
rental service in Boston, Massachusetts that rents cars on an
hourly basis for those that drive infrequently. Fuel, maintenance
and off-street parking are part of the service. Environmental
benefits include reducing the number of cars on the roads and
ensuring that the cars being rented are up to the highest emissions
Go Green is a
project developed in British Columbia, Canada to provide alternatives
to single-occupancy vehicle transportation and to help create
a cleaner environment. This program was the first of its type
to be started in Canada.
and Trip-reduction Policies are
being instituted for city employees in Redmond, Washington. Also in Washington, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has a program to reduce vehicle miles traveled, encourage alternative transportation, and reduce the need for parking on their campus.
This effort is funded by Washington's Commute Trip Reduction Program.
Solutions-Trip Reduction Grant Recipients details programs
that were awarded grants by the International Council for Local
Environmental Initiatives Sustainable Transportation Program.
of Transportation Success Stories
with Success: How Local Governments Use Intelligent Transportation
Systems profiles 31 successful
projects in which local governments utilize intelligent transportation
Empowerment Program: Nurturing Public Involvement in the
Transportation Planning Process offers studies of five
communities chosen for a pilot Community Empowerment Program
by the Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) and the
Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The purpose of this project
was to move each community from a basic level of understanding
to active participation in the transportation decision-making
success stories on other sites provide links to success
stories on a wide variety of sustainable development topics,
Last updated: November 4, 2004
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