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2014 Georgia Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, January 16th, 2014
ga report card thumb

With new grades for the first time since 2009, Georgia’s infrastructure has shown very little improvement and once again received a cumulative grade of C. The Georgia Section of ASCE assessed the same 12 categories as 2009: aviation, bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, parks and recreation, ports, rail, roads, school facilities, solid waste, stormwater, transit and wastewater. Recognizing the importance of transportation to Georgians, we added two new categories in 2014: ports and rail. As indicated by the grade, much work remains to be done, though there are some bright spots.

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Getting to Work: Improving Transit Service to Suburban Milwaukee Job Hubs

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014
ride mcts

This report takes a fresh look at workforce mobility in metro Milwaukee by reconsidering the options that may exist to improve access to suburban job centers for those who cannot afford an automobile, or who otherwise cannot or opt not to use one. Our focus is on the four-county Milwaukee metropolitan statistical area, defined as Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and Washington counties. In exploring this topic, we acknowledge that the relocation of jobs to Milwaukee’s suburbs that has occurred during the past several decades is problematic on many levels, and that an ideal solution would be to encourage job growth in areas that already are well-served by transit. That is a long-term solution, however, and in the meantime there is merit in re-exploring potential transportation strategies that will better connect those seeking employment with areas where jobs currently are available.

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New IDEAS for Transit

Monday, December 30th, 2013
TAD application on GPS-enabled mobile phone alerts transit riders when they are about to reach their stop.

This report describes active and completed projects funded by the Transit IDEA program. It is a useful resource to transit agencies and others interested in innovations in transit practice. Summaries of results and payoff potential of completed projects and descriptions of current projects are included in this report. A listing of completed Transit IDEA project final reports is also included in this report.

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Public Transportation for the Holidays

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Public Transportation for the Holidays

-APTAtv on YouTube

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Las Vegas: Arts in Transit Along the Sahara Express

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Las Vegas: Arts in Transit Along the Sahara Express

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) commissioned artist Susan Kaprov to develop three dynamic themes for the Arts in Transit program: “The Art of Neon,” the “Natural Environment of Southern Nevada,” and “Multi-Modal Transportation in Las Vegas.” Thirty-five transit stops along the Sahara Express route had a unique art piece installed.
-RTC Southern Nevada on YouTube

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Infra Week: 12-6-2013

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Jefferson Station CTA

CTA Blue Line Rehab
Hudson Line Trains Resume After Metro-North Derailment
New B44 bus will take you there…faster!
Folsom Buffered Bike Lane Goes Green
Amazon is not alone: UPS, Google also testing delivery drones

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More Development for Your Transit Dollar

Friday, September 27th, 2013

A growing number of American cities are promoting transit-oriented development1 (TOD) in order to combat congestion and other problems associated with sprawling, car-dominated suburban growth. Many are planning rail-based mass transit investments like light rail transit (LRT) and streetcars, hoping they will stimulate transit-oriented development, but are finding the costs to be crippling. Increasingly, cities in the US, finding themselves short of funds, are wondering whether BRT, a lower cost mass transit solution initially developed in Latin America and a relatively new form of mass transit in the US, could also be used here to leverage transit-oriented development investments.

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The Detroit Bus Company

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
The Detroit Bus Company

Young entrepreneur Andy Didorosi believes that the way to Detroit’s new era depends on better leadership and a solid connection between the city and the suburbs. So when the city in 2012 axed its plans to build the M-1 light rail, the transit solution that would’ve bridged that vital connection, Didorosi was mad as hell. […]

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Montgomery County, MD: A Rapid Transit Solution to Traffic

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Montgomery County, MD, just outside of Washington, DC, has proposed a 10-corridor bus rapid transit system to relieve congestion and increase transit access to county residents. Why does Montgomery County need a Rapid Transit System? What would it look like? Why now?

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

“Citizens are critical and non-profit advocacy groups are particularly important. Frequently, the business community advocates for infrastructure investments, but I think you need a broader coalition and I think you need to have the conservation and smart-growth community, affordable-housing advocates, transit advocates and others at the table in advocating for infrastructure.”

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