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Archive for the ‘Local’ Category

East Bay, MI: U.S. 31 Project a Success

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
East Bay, MI: U.S. 31 Project a Success

June 25, 2015 – Officials from MDOT and US-31 project contractor Team Elmer’s and Traverse City-area business owners and managers talk about the success of the project in East Bay Township.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Phineas Baxandall, Senior Policy Analyst, U.S. PIRG

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015
Phineas Baxandall on The Infra Blog

Phineas Baxandall is a Senior Policy Analyst at U.S. PIRG and directs program on tax and budget issues as well as transportation. He often presents at conferences and has given invited testimony and public comment to state legislatures, Congress, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. His blogs appear on the National Journal Transportation Expert blog, Huffington Post and StreetsBlog. At U.S. PIRG, he has authored or co-authored dozens of reports, including a series examining the end of America’s driving boom, a series on infrastructure privatization, and a series on state government spending transparency.

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Enter the “Hack My Ride” Competition

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
Enter the “Hack My Ride” Competition

Together, we can improve transportation in Silicon Valley! Hack My Ride 2.0 is an app challenge with $30,000 in prizes, open to all. Register at http://hackmyride2.challengepost.com/ and submit your app by September 17, 2015.
Hack My Ride 2.0 brought to you by Valley Transportation Authority, Code for San Jose, Microsoft, Knight Foundation, Joint Venture Silicon Valley, and The Tech Museum of Innovation.

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Harrisburg, PA: In Just One Weekend, Bridge Superstructure Demolished & Restored

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
Harrisburg, PA: In Just One Weekend, Bridge Superstructure Demolished & Restored

Instead of impacting traffic for roughly a year and a half with traffic restrictions for a bridge superstructure replacement, PennDOT took an innovative approach to replacing a 60-year old structurally deficient bridge superstructure on busy Route 581 in the Harrisburg region.

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NYC: Documenting Dangerous Crossings – 111th Street, Queens

Monday, June 29th, 2015
NYC: Documenting Dangerous Crossings – 111th Street, Queens

Here in NYC, there has been an intrepid battle fought by many groups and Queens leaders to improve 111th Street, a dangerous speedway to cross for pedestrians and cyclists. In April, NYC DOT, working from results of a Vision Zero workshop spearheaded by Make the Road and Transportation Alternatives, presented to Queens Community Board 4 a smart proposal to put 111th Street on a road diet, add a two-way bike lane, and make the pedestrian crossings safer for the copious numbers of families, children and seniors going to Flushing-Corona Park & The Hall of Science.

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Seattle, WA: Testing the New University Link Light Rail

Friday, June 26th, 2015
Seattle, WA: Testing the New University Link Light Rail

A light rail train makes a test run from Capitol Hill Station to the University of Washington Station as part of the first phase of train testing for the University Link light rail extension from downtown Seattle to UW. The 3.1-mile underground extension opens in early 2016, ahead of schedule and $150 million under budget.

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The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Michigan Metros

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
Metropolitan Land Use Options in the United States

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SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Walkable urban places are not just a phenomenon of coastal U.S. metropolitan areas. This report demonstrates that the market desires them in Michigan—and they are gaining traction. If this emerging trend in favor of walkable urbanism plays out in Michigan as it has in the other metro areas studied by George Washington University—Atlanta, Boston, and Washington, D.C.— it will mean an historic shift away from the drivable development patterns that have dominated development for the latter half of the 20th century. The state could return to the walkable urban development pattern that predominated before World War II.

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Babylon, NY: Rail Traffic Timelapse for the Belmont Stakes Race

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015
Babylon, NY: Rail Traffic Timelapse for the Belmont Stakes Race

All-day timelapse shows heavy traffic at the Long Island Railroad Babylon station surrounding the Triple Crown event in Belmont State Park.

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U.S. EPA: New England is Using Green Infrastructure to “Soak Up The Rain”

Friday, June 19th, 2015
U.S. EPA: New England is Using Green Infrastructure to “Soak Up The Rain”

Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the greatest threats to clean water in the nation. EPA-New England launched its “Soak up the Rain” outreach program to raise public awareness about these threats, and help communities understand how green infrastructure (GI) strategies can help mitigate runoff damage. GI uses natural processes (vegetation and soil infiltration) to absorb and treat runoff at its source while offering additional benefits that can include flood mitigation, economic protection, habitat preservation and quality of life improvements. This video shows citizens from several communities using GI to mitigate their stormwater problems; people including school principals, municipal DPW officials, residential property owners and landscape professionals. The video also illustrates how Soak up the Rain actively promotes community efforts to reduce runoff and showcases specific GI projects.

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Chicago, IL: Cycling the New Bloomingdale Trail

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Chicago, IL: Cycling the New Bloomingdale Trail

Take a ride on the Bloomingdale Trail from the western trailhead at Ridgeway Avenue in Humboldt Park to the eastern trailhead at Walsh Park in Bucktown.

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