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Salt Lake Valley, UT: Redwood & Bangerter Project Timelapse

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Salt Lake Valley, UT: Redwood & Bangerter, From Start to Finish

GOOD NEWS for the southwest end of the Salt Lake Valley!

After just under a year of work, we’re pulling up the final orange barrels on the Bangerter & Redwood project today, and we’re posting this final time lapse to celebrate!

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NYC: Vision Zero Vigil

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
NYC: Vision Zero Vigil

A crowd estimated at 1,000 people strong gathered in Union Square yesterday evening to remember victims of traffic violence and call for preventive action at the Vision Zero Vigil, organized by Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets.
The message was simple: Traffic crashes and the suffering they cause are preventable. We can’t accept life-altering injuries and the deaths of loved ones as unavoidable “accidents.” Robin Urban Smith was there to capture it for Streetfilms.

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Identifying Transit Deserts in Texas Cities

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Table 2: Largest Transit Gaps in Texas Cities

CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
This study builds on previous research that has been done on “transit deserts.” This concept is similar to the popular and thoroughly studied concept of a “food desert,” which is a geographic area where there is no or limited access to fresh food (Clark et al. 2002; Jiao et al. 2012; Whelan et al. 2002; Wrigley 1993; Wrigley et al. 2002). The food desert concept has received a lot of attention and influenced planning policies and practices. By applying the same idea to transit systems within urban areas, geographic areas can be identified where there is a lack of transit service. There are three main steps to this process. This involves identifying the transit dependent populations as a measure of transit demand, calculating the transit supply, and then subtracting the supply from the demand to measure the gap (Jiao & Dillivan 2013).

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Oakridge, OR: Replacing the Salt Creek Tunnel Viaduct

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Oakridge, OR: Replacing the Salt Creek Tunnel Viaduct

The historic half viaducts on each side of the Salt Creek Tunnel on Oregon Highway 58 are being replaced. See how the bridge work is being completed while traffic is still being allowed through.

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Modernizing Ohio’s Transportation System

Friday, July 10th, 2015
Road Conditions in Ohio

TRIP
Despite the lack of recent increases in state or federal transportation revenues, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been able to boost annual spending on roads, highways and bridges over the last four years through operational improvements and the use of bonds backed by the Ohio Turnpike. This increased investment has allowed Ohio to keep state-maintained roads, highways and bridges largely in acceptable condition. However, it has not been adequate to close a shortfall in needed transportation improvements in the state.

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NYC: 2nd Avenue Subway Update

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
NYC: 2nd Avenue Subway Update

Learn about recent developments in construction of the Second Avenue Subway.

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How a Gas Tax Increase Affects the Retail Pump Price

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Weekly Change in U.S. Gasoline Prices, 2005 to 2014

AMERICAN ROAD & TRANSPORTATION BUILDERS ASSOCIATION (ARTBA)
Based on these findings, it is projected that a 15 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase at the federal level would likely result in a 5.9 cents-per-gallon increase in the pump price the week of enactment plus an additional 2.4 cents-per-gallon within four weeks of enactment. Thereafter, it would be a relatively insignificant pricing factor. In fact, the impact of a 15 cent increase in the federal gas tax would likely be “lost” in the week-to-week price fluctuation that has occurred at the gas pump for the last 10 years.

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ASCE: 10 Things I Wish I Didn’t Know About the Brooklyn Bridge

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
ASCE: 10 Things I Wish I Didn’t Know About the Brooklyn Bridge

Most civil engineers know of the legendary Roebling family, but do you know how family dynamics shaped their contributions to the civil engineering field? Consultant, author, researcher and historian Donald Sayenga will unravel the intricate web woven by this driven and innovative family, and the myths and fables of the Brooklyn Bridge in his talk “Some Things I Wish I Didn’t Know about the Brooklyn Bridge.”

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Seattle, WA: How Nora Gets Around with Public Transportation

Monday, July 6th, 2015
Seattle, WA: How Nora Gets Around with Public Transportation

Follow Nora as she walks her son to school and then takes the bus to work. Nora discusses useful tools that can help you get where you need to go, such as the OneBusAway app. Nora also talks about how walking and taking the bus have helped her and her family build community. Thanks to Nora and Ronan! Please like and share this video to help spread the word.

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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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