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Archive for the ‘Local’ Category

Saratoga Springs, NY: It’s Time for Bike Lanes

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Saratoga Springs, NY: It’s Time for Bike Lanes

A short movie about Broadway in Saratoga Springs and how bike lanes can be added to greatly provide a safe and less stressful space for bike riders.

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State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Figure 2.1: Greater Boston Roadway Composition by Road Type

A BETTER CITY
Based on our projections, the conclusion is pretty straightforward. As a region we must find ways to expand our infrastructure, enhance the efficiency with which we use it, and find ways to conserve energy, water, and open space in order to accommodate the population growth and expanded economic output we project through 2030. The complexity lies in determining which course to take and ultimately how to pay for it.

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Pittsburgh, PA: The Fort Pitt Tunnel

Thursday, June 9th, 2016
Pittsburgh, PA: The Fort Pitt Tunnel

Travelers familiar with Pittsburgh know that any time you visit you are almost certainly going to travel through one of the three main tunnels surrounding the city. The Fort Pitt Tunnel, a resource that is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, was recently renovated, which impacted this historic resource. As part of the mitigation for this effect, the three-county PennDOT region worked closely with the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission and other local groups in Pittsburgh to create a video to capture not only a brief history of the tunnel but to capture the iconic view of traveling through the tunnel and into the City of Pittsburgh.

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Washington, DC: Reagan National Airport Celebrates 75 Years

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Washington, DC: Reagan National Airport Celebrates 75 Years

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is celebrating 75 years of service to the nation’s capital.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd District

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Congressman Earl Blumenauer on The Infra Blog

A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has created a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure.

“It’s not particularly headline grabbing unless there’s a system failure, but it is past time that we force this issue in every community. There is no substitute for engaging people in a very specific analysis of what happens in their own backyard and what the benefits are for getting this right.”

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UTA Research: Improving Flash Flood Warnings

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
UTA Research: Improving Flash Flood Warnings

A new cell phone app developed by UTA civil engineer DJ Seo and a network of ultrasound sensors could lead to more accurate warnings about flash flooding. Seo works closely with cities across North Texas and the National Weather Service.

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Renewable Energy Deployment in Colorado and the West

Monday, June 6th, 2016
Figure 1. Combined zonal/nodal structure used for the CO-centric version of RPM

NATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY LABORATORY

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Michigan’s Water Infrastructure Investment Needs

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

MICHIGAN INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION (MITA)
Currently, about 75 percent of Michigan residents get their drinking water from 1,390 community water systems, and approximately 70 percent are served by 1,080 wastewater treatment systems (MDEQ 10/31/15). Most of these systems were built between 50 and 100 years ago, while some in the state’s oldest cities date back to the 1800s. Many of these systems are fast approaching, or have already exceeded, their expected lifespan. Communities throughout Michigan, therefore, face the challenge of maintaining and updating old infrastructure that was designed and built to meet former, less strict requirements, but now must meet emerging, more stringent state and federal drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater standards.

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Twin Cities Light Rail is a Successful Transit Solution

Friday, June 3rd, 2016
Twin Cities Light Rail is a Successful Transit Solution

The new green line light rail connecting Minneapolis to Saint Paul is one of the most recent and highly successful public transit projects. Providing better, cleaner transportation solutions, helping to increase the standard of living and connecting people to jobs, the transit solution has earned widespread community support. NECA chapters and local unions collaborated over several years of construction under tight deadlines and schedules to deliver a project done on time and on budget, receiving accolades from both Mayors of Saint Paul and Minneapolis for their professionalism.

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Exploring Bicycle and Public Transit Use by Low-Income Latino Immigrants

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
Figure 1. Mode Choice in the San Francisco Bay Area (weighted by population)

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Immigration to the United States is growing. Over the next four decades, many immigrants will come from Latin America with few resources, relying on public transit, bicycling, and walking to meet their transportation needs. Previous research on low-income immigrant travel has relied on national surveys and qualitative analysis, which underrepresent disadvantaged population groups and slower modes of travel, or are unable to speak to broader patterns in the population. This study addresses additional research needs by exploring the travel behavior and experiences of low-income immigrants.

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