Transportation is a basic social and economic need. Providing affordable choices to meet these needs is an important responsibility of government. However, many of the solutions conceived during the early and mid-20th century are no longer economically or environmentally sustainable today. COWS works to promote transportation solutions that reduce waste, create high-road jobs for those who need it most, build overall community wealth, and benefit the environment.
State Smart Transportation Initiative
Working with CEOs at state DOTs, the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) promotes practices that promote environmental sustainability and equitable economic development while maintaining high standards of governmental efficiency and transparency.
Community of Practice
We host convenings for DOT CEOs and transportation agency staff to share best practices.
We provide technical assistance through grants and contracts with state, regional, and local transportation agencies, with a focus on accessibility.
We create practitioner-focused analyses, reports, and papers for the transportation community.
Often overlooked, access to transportation is a critical component of the high road. COWS’ research focuses on how state and local agencies shape the possibilities for access to jobs, healthcare, recreation, and more, with an emphasis on implementing policies that focus on equity, emissions reductions, and safety.
This guide describes the data and tools used to measure accessibility, as well as a cumulative opportunities metric used to report accessibility. Armed with this guide, a practitioner should be able to analyze transportation and land use in terms of accessibility.
This report focuses on how state and local agencies can implement the most impactful Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies through policies such as land use, structure and enforcement of fees, and taxes and other financial signals.