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Chicago: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Chicago: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

The site of Millennium Park has been a parking garage, a rail yard, and now an architectural destination. Learn how the park evolved over a century.

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Modeling Taxi Demand with GPS Data

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Figure 1. Taxi Pickups and Drop-Offs from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Taxis provide an alternative to conventional public transit services in many cities, and understanding the demand for taxis requires consideration of the role that taxis serve in the greater transportation system. This report presents the results of a study to model taxi demand across time and space, explicitly accounting for the presence and quality of transit service. The primary objective of the study was to identify the factors that drive taxi demand and to understand how this varies by location and time of day. This was accomplished by developing demand models for taxi trip generation and mode choice that explicitly account for the characteristics of transit service in the neighborhoods where trips are made. The resulting insights are useful for making regulatory, planning, and engineering decisions about how to manage taxi markets, accounting for their role in the transportation system.

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Brooklyn, NY: Expanding the Bike Lane System

Friday, July 18th, 2014
Brooklyn, NY: Expanding the Bike Lane System

Bike lanes in Brooklyn are getting a makeover. Safer, broader and away from pedestrian sidewalks, bike lanes in Williamsburg will help reduce the injuries and accidents that occcur from collision driven paths.

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Danville, CA: Iron Horse Bike Trail Brings Business

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Danville, CA: Iron Horse Bike Trail Brings Business

The Iron Horse Trail serves bicyclists and walkers / joggers in the Walnut Creek and Danville areas of the San Francisco East Bay. The trail runs directly though the commercial area of Danville. The businesses see a direct benefit from the trail with hundreds of bicyclists and walkers shopping week in the area.

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St. Paul, MN: Sliding the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge Into Place

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
St. Paul, MN: Sliding the Larpenteur Avenue Bridge Into Place

Q: How do you move a 3.5 million-pound bridge?
A: One inch at a time.
For the new Larpenteur Ave. Bridge over I-35E north of St. Paul, Minn., MnDOT used an innovative slide-in-bridge-construction

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Oregon: The Beauty of Mt. Hood and the Safety of U.S. 26

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Oregon: The Beauty of Mt. Hood and the Safety of U.S. 26

Our safety project on Mt. Hood will affect your travel in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Learn what we are doing and how you will be affected.

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Washoe County, NV: Constructing I-580′s Galena Bridge

Monday, July 14th, 2014
Washoe County, NV: Constructing I-580′s Galena Bridge

The I-580 freeway extension between Reno and Carson City opened in late August 2012. This time lapse video shows construction of the freeway’s showcase bridge, the Galena Creek Bridge.

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Denver, CO: Repairing the Pecos Street Bridge Over I-80 (Time Lapse)

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Denver, CO: Repairing the Pecos Street Bridge Over I-80 (Time Lapse)

Colorado DOT reconstructs the Pecos Street Bridge over I-70 outside of Denver. This 60-second time lapse video makes it look easy!

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Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Figure ES-1. Industrial Discharges of Toxic Chemicals to Waterways by Watershed Region

ENVIRONMENT CALIFORNIA
Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toxic discharges from industrial facilities are responsible for polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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Baltimore, MD: Building Resilience Through Immigration

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Baltimore, MD: Building Resilience Through Immigration

Two years ago, the city of Baltimore, in a bid to reverse population decline, announced a plan to draw 10,000 people to the city. One of the key demographics would be immigrants. Here, we look at why immigration is well-suited to helping a city bounce back from the shock of depopulation.

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