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This Infra Week

Friday, March 7th, 2014

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
If A Bridge Falls In America…
Think You Could Design a Better Subway System?
Portland Bike Share Faces Delays
And More…

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As Congress Struggles for Ways to Fund the Next Transportation Reauthorization, States Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 4 rev
For the transportation community, anxious about the uncertain future of the surface transportation program, recent events offered little reassurance. The President’s proposal for a four-year $302 billion transportation reauthorization, part of the administration’s FY 2015 Budget, met with a skeptical reception on Capitol Hill. “This budget isn’t a serious document; it’s a campaign brochure,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) said dismissively. “Perhaps the most irresponsible budget yet,” commented House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). The lawmakers’ negative reaction was no doubt amplified by the fact that the President’s budget ignored the spending levels painfully negotiated by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep.Ryan just last December. The Administration’s proposal exceeds the bipartisan budget agreement by $56 billion.

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This Infra Week

Friday, February 28th, 2014
NYCDOT

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
The Passengers Are Up and Running, But Are the Trains?
Move Over Venice, Kirkland Gets in the Gondola Game
South Carolina’s Legare Bridge Gets Pedestrian/Cyclist Friendly
Could Congress Find Common Ground On Complete Streets?
Coulda Wouda Shouda: The HSR Edition
Nashville is Growing, But is its Transit System?

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Mixed Reactions to Obama’s New $300 Billion Transportation Bill

Thursday, February 27th, 2014
President Obama in St. Paul

On February 26, President Obama climbed the steps of St. Paul, MN’s Union Depot train station to announce his new vision for transportation funding. The bill includes a competition for $600 million in transportation dollars, and a four-year surface transportation reauthorization to the tune of $300 billion.

Stakeholders on both sides of the fence have been quick to form opinions, and the fate of the bill remains uncertain–though most agree that action is urgently needed. Selected reactions from the transportation community are excerpted below.

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Now Accepting Entries: U.S. DOT’s Data Innovation Challenge

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
DOT Data Challenge

The U.S. Department of Transportation is now accepting entries for their Data Innovation Challenge through April 30, 2014. The challenge is to “create a tool to address systemic challenges by accessing publicly available federal and/or local DOT datasets.” Entrants can choose to create a range of tools, from mobile apps to infographics–the only restriction is that DOT’s publicly available data must be at the core of the project.

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Interactive Infographic: 100% Renewable Energy Benefits in the 50 States

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
The Solutions Project: 50 Plans, 50 States

This interactive infographic from The Solutions Project gives you a glimpse into the future of renewable energy. By analyzing each state’s renewable-energy potential, The Solutions Project was able to predict which types of renewable energy could contribute to meeting each state’s energy needs, in a future where fossil fuels and nuclear power are no longer options. Each state’s profile includes additional effects of switching to renewables, like reduced mortality and illness costs, and the percentage of land needed for wind, water and solar projects.

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This Infra Week

Friday, February 21st, 2014

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride My Bike
Southwest Could Lose Crucial Rail Line
Pedestrians Are People Too. Really cool people.

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Interactive Map: Wind Farms of America

Thursday, February 20th, 2014
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The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) created this sleek, highly functional interactive map to illustrate the country’s vast network of wind turbines. Vital stats are available for each site, and you can filter results by unique parameters like total height, capacity and blade length. Wind energy aficionados, stakeholders and curious citizens couldn’t ask for a better visualization of our at-home wind farm network.

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This Infra Week

Friday, February 14th, 2014
Aloha

  Thinking of Spreading a Little Artistic Neighborhood Cheer?Don’t. It’s probably against the law.(Strong Towns Blog) Imagine All the People…Without Cars.Could driverless cars really rule the roads in just 16 years?(The Atlantic Cities) Crowdfunding InfrastructureKansas City looks to “transform one of the worst cities for biking into the one of the greatest with a world-class […]

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Rethinking the Way Transportation Infrastructure Is Funded

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 3A
It may come as a surprise to you, but there is a quiet revolution in transportation funding underway these days. Faced with a depleted Highway Trust Fund and uncertain prospects for more money from a deficit-conscious Congress, many states are taking matters into their own hands and aggressively pursuing more fiscal independence.

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