Category News&Updates

Call for articles for World Transport Policy and Practice

We are pleased to announce that Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities will resume publishing World Transport Policy and Practice. This highly regarded online journal was founded in 1995 by John Whitelegg in England. We are pleased that John has agreed to continue to serve on the editorial board. Please read more at

Draft articles are currently being accepted for consideration; deadlines are January 15, 2022 for the Spring issue and June 30, 2022 for the Fall 2022 issue. Information on what and how to submit can be found here

As before, all unsolicited articles will be peer-reviewed to ensure high quality and relevant content.

We are also in need of volunteer peer reviewers...

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Master Class in Planning for Green and Livable Cities Through Reduced Automobile Dependence

This course is being taught by Jeff Kenworthy, an Emeritus Professor at Curtin University, Australia and a Guest Professor in Sustainable Cities, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

A comprehensive course for those who are working with city planning or traffic planning on a strategic or practical level in municipalities, regions, public transport authorities, administrations or consultancies.

Learn from cities all around the world how to reduce dependence on the car and create a more sustainable, green and livable urban environment,

The course will run June 14 to 24, Monday to Thursday over a two-week period from 13:00 (1.00 pm) to 17:00 (5.00 pm) Central European Time.

For more information, visit: www.routledge...

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New research published on what makes excellent Areawide public transit.

We are pleased to announce that MTI has just published our research entitled Characteristics of Effective Metropolitan Areawide Public Transit: A Comparison of European, Canadian, and Australian Case Studies.

Ten metropolitan areas in Europe, Canada and Australia with highly effective regional transit systems were evaluated to identify commonalities that could contribute to their high public transit usage. This research focused on key characteristics from the perspective of the metropolitan area transit as a system, not the individual transit operators...

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MTI webinar on Transit Research- July 30, 2020

Join us for this free half-hour webinar on July 30 at 10:00 AM, sponsored by MTI as San José State University. Register at Michelle DeRobertis will briefly present findings from this research which focussed on ten metropolitan areas in Europe, Canada and Australia with highly effective regional transit systems.

Each area was evaluated to identify commonalities that could contribute to their high public transit usage. This research focused on key characteristics from the perspective of the metropolitan area transit as a system, not the individual transit operators...

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Update on the Green Streets Symposium

Dear Friends,
Please note that the planned Symposium on Green Streets for Sustainable Communities Symposium, originally planned as an in-person day-long symposium in March 2020, has been transformed to a multi-day event for the fall.

We have decided to transform the in-person format to a series of three, connected interactive, information-rich three-hour sessions. Our streets are a crucial community resource, now more than ever. We hope that you will reserve the time and join for all three sessions.

Each day will begin at 8:30 am with an informal & optional networking time.
Each program will begin at 9 am and conclude by 12 noon.
Day 1 – Vision and Economics (Thursday, September 10, 2020)
Day 2 – Case Studies (Friday, September 25, 2020)
Day 3 – Funding Strategies (Thursday,&...

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WTPP Special Issue Honoring Joseph Kott

Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities is pleased to announce the latest  issue of World Transport Policy and Practice (WTPP Issue 26.1) is now available at

This is a special issue to celebrate the work of Joe Kott, our main co-founder who died in February 2019. It highlights his career which made valuable contributions to sustainable transport and liveable streets. All of  the articles are thought-provoking and were either written by Joe or reflect Joe’s influence directly or indirectly, ranging from Pedestrian Streets and Green Streets  to Cars and Cities and the Freedom to Drive.

A few words about Dr. Joe Kott from our Board President:

I was fortunate to be on the Palo Alto City Council ...

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ITE Webinar on Multimodal Transportation Assessment.

Michelle DeRobertis will be moderator for the ITE webinar “Innovative Approaches to Multimodal Transportation Assessments”.
It will take place November 21, 2019 at noon Pacific time.
It will feature speakers from Washington DC DOT and San Francisco Planning Department.
Registration is available at this link:

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Presentation at the Global Studies Conference, Krakow Poland

On June 27 2019 Michelle DeRobertis gave a presentation at the Twelfth Global Studies Conference, held in Krakow, Poland. Her presentation was based on the abstract submitted by TCSC founder Joseph Kott, prior to his untimely death last February. His abstract was entitled:
Global Inspiration for US Urban Transport Innovation.

Joe’s vision was to present to the multidisciplinary conference how the global exchange of ideas has improved U.S. transportation and furthermore, such information exchanges are important to continue. His abstract is presented below.


Since the era of urban transport reform and focus on more sustainable
mobility in America began in earnest in the early 1990s, Americans have
looked abroad for inspiration. Americans have studied, then eventually
implemented, bi...

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Joseph Kott, RIP

We at Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities are deeply saddened to announce that our co-founder, vice chair, and exceptional friend, Dr. Joseph Kott, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 14 of heart failure. This has come as a shock to all of us as he was in good health and had a zest for life and for helping others that was contagious.
Joe initially conceived of the idea of founding this nonprofit  organization to conduct needed studies in sustainable transportation that were not being addressed in typical RFPs and research. He recruited each of TCSC’s principals individually, and indeed, most of the Board. He was TCSC’s most ardent supporter, and its most important leader – in large measure, he was the glue that bound us together...
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New Transportation Choices Board Member & Executive Director

 Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute, a 501c3 corporation, is delighted to announce the election yesterday of Meghna Tare to our Board of Directors and the appointment of Dr. Chris Ferrell as Executive Director.

Ms. Tare is Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at the University of Texas at Arlington and an experienced executive in public policy for sustainability in the Dallas, Texas metropolitan area. She holds three master’s degrees,  in chemistry from the University of San Francisco, environmental studies from San Jose State University, and sustainable business management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco...

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