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Crossing the Hudson: How to Increase Transit Capacity and Improve Commutes

Monday, August 21st, 2017
Trans-Hudson Travel

Each day over 1.6 million people commute into Manhattan, the 21st century’s leading global city. For the last 25 years, more and more of those people have been coming from west of the Hudson River. Over that time, the number of jobs in Manhattan has only increased by about 75,000, and the number of daily commuters traveling from New Jersey grew by 70,000, from 250,000 to 320,000…As a result, rail trips in and out of Penn Station have nearly tripled in the last 25 years, bus trips have grown by 83%, and PATH ridership is up by 27%. RPA’s research projects that this trend will continue over the next two decades, requiring far more capacity than the existing facilities can provide. Work trips to Manhattan could increase by 72,000, or 24%, by 2040, while trips to all of New York City could increase by 148,000, a 38% increase, as job growth in the other New York City boroughs rises even faster.

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New Orleans: Lead Exposure and Infrastructure Reconstruction

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
New Orleans: Lead Exposure and Infrastructure Reconstruction

The OIG found that the City and the S&WB have not alerted residents to the risk of increased exposure to lead in water caused by the partial replacement or disturbance of LSLs. Nor have they complied with industry best practices by providing citizens with ways to reduce the risk of increased lead exposure…As a result, New Orleans residents living where infrastructure construction projects occur may be—or may have been—unknowingly exposed to elevated levels of lead in drinking water.

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Do Streetcars Bring Economic Development?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Do Streetcars Bring Economic Development?

Starting in the late 20th century, modern streetcar proposals started rippling across municipalities in the United States. They’re touted as infrastructure carrying benefits ranging from the social to economic and the environmental. But these projects often make appearances in the news as costly, blunder-filled experiments in public policy. Cities are willing to bet big on […]

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Colorado DOT Never Sleeps

Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Colorado DOT Never Sleeps

At CDOT, it’s our job to do two things in transportation: save lives and make people’s lives better.

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The MTA’s Escalating Cost Crisis: Answers to Questions About the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Finances

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
MTA Revenues and Subsidies

Even as the MTA’s revenues have increased over the decades, its costs to operate subways, buses, and commuter rails have outpaced these gains. Over little more than a decade, the MTA’s costs, excluding debt service, have outpaced inflation by 50%. This fundamental imbalance prevents the state from providing New Yorkers with the transit service that a growing city demands. Below are answers to some questions about the transportation authority’s finances.

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Economic Impacts of Active Transportation in Utah

Monday, August 7th, 2017
Table	8:	Job and	Income	Multiplier Adjustments	for	Active	Trans.	Facility	Construction,	Maintenance

Despite the increasing popularity of walking, biking, and running in Utah, little has been done to quantify and monetize the benefits that result from active transportation facilities and active travel. Understanding the direct and induced impacts of active transportation helps elevate active travel in funding decisions and priorities. It can help governments and non-profits plan investments in healthy community infrastructure and programs. In response to this need, the Utah Transit Authority and 11 agency collaborators initiated this study to estimate the health and economic benefits of active transportation to inform policy and planning decisions.

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ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Franklin Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation in Minneapolis, MN

Monday, July 24th, 2017
HNTB Corporation, Franklin Avenue Bridge Rehabilitation

Major restoration of this historic five-span arch bridge over the Mississippi River would normally require a two-year closure, yet the span was reopened to traffic after just 116 days. With the renowned 1923-era Minneapolis landmark needing extensive structural rehabilitation, the project team designed and fabricated numerous bridge elements and systems, including deck panels, rail panels, cap beams, and ornamental railing panels, prior to closing the bridge to traffic. The design also included polished stainless steel plates embedded in the underside of the precast deck panels to reduce the number of needed expansion joints. The project is a model for reconstructing a bridge within a short time frame.

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The Human Cost of Subway Delays: A Survey of New York City Riders

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Chart 1: How would you grade subway service in recent months?

As the findings make clear, when New Yorkers are left stranded on the subway platform or stuck in a tunnel, they are missing classes and job interviews and doctor’s appointments. They are running late to pick up or drop off their children or care for elderly relatives. They are losing wages and putting their jobs in jeopardy. In short, when subway performance declines, so too does the health, financial security, and quality of life of everyday New Yorkers.

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TAMEST Releases Shale Task Force Report

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
TAMEST Releases Shale Task Force Report

The TAMEST Shale Task Force report is an independent, comprehensive review of scientific research on the impacts of shale oil and gas development in Texas by a diverse set of experts.

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Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
TAMEST - Environmental and Community Impacts of Shale Development in Texas

The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas (TAMEST) convened a task force to prepare this report on the Texas shale development experience. This report covers the underlying science for six topic areas as it pertains to shale exploration and production activities: 1) geology and earthquake activity; 2) land resources; 3) air quality; 4) water quantity and quality; 5) transportation; and 6) economic and social impacts.

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