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Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

Six Universities Working Together for Sustainable Transportation

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Six Universities Working Together for Sustainable Transportation

Learn how the National Center for Sustainable Transportation brings together six innovative universities to move the U.S. towards a more economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable transportation system.

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Drilling Is Tragic For Marine Life

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Top: Bottlenose dolphins. Middle: Right whales. Lower: The Deepwater Horizon oil spill containment effort.

ENVIRONMENT NORTH CAROLINA
Our coasts are home to stunning wildlife and incredible beaches, from the Jersey Shore to the Outer Banks to the Chesapeake Bay. Unfortunately offshore drilling is putting our natural heritage and marine life at risk. On ‘good’ days, drilling kills and injures wildlife and threatens human health and the economy. When they happen (which is all too frequently) major disasters such as the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon blowout are catastrophic.

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Safer Streets, Stronger Economies

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Change in automobile trips after Complete Streets improvements.

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals. In terms of economic returns, the limited data available suggests Complete Streets projects were related to broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values.

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Edward Murray, Mayor of Seattle, on The Infra Blog

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
ed-murray

Businesses need roads and sewer systems and electricity and the internet to function…I think if people step away from ideology and look at how do you make the economy work, how do you create jobs, how do you help business, how do you make business very successful, then I think folks will move forward.

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Open Data: Challenges and Opportunities for Transit Agencies

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
The Open Data Movement

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
In the past 5 years, more and more transit agencies have begun making schedule and realtime operational data available to the public. “Open data” provide opportunities for agencies to inform the public in a variety of ways about transit agency services…The purpose of this synthesis is to document the current state of the practice and policies in the use of open data for improved transit planning, service quality, and customer information; the implications of open data and open documentation policies; and the impact of open data on transit agencies and the public and private sectors.

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Streetfilms: Talking “Bikes Plus” at National Bike Summit 2015

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Streetfilms: Talking “Bikes Plus” at National Bike Summit 2015

The theme of 2015’s National Bike Summit from the League of American Bicyclists is all about Bikes+. To stay in the spirit we decided to have some fun with that theme ourselves and ask attendees what would they add to that equation and why. The answers were all quite eclectic and showcase just how broad the topic of bicycling can be and why it is important to our communities. Bikes+ is getting us psyched for a great year of advocacy and riding!

-STREETFILMS on Vimeo

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Benefits of Distributed Energy Storage

Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Figure ES-1: Applications and Benefits of Distributed Storage. Source: 2010 Energy Storage for the Electricity Grid: Benefits and Market Potential Assessment Guide, Sandia National Laboratories.

INTERSTATE RENEWABLE ENERGY COUNCIL (IREC)
In the last 10 years the percentage of electricity generated in the United States from renewable sources, has grown at an impressive rate, including significant amounts of generation located on the distribution system. Solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity systems in particular have evolved rapidly from a once-niche technology to one that is now widely used by schools, households, businesses and utilities across the country. Distributed renewable energy offers a wide range of environmental, societal and customer benefits, however their introduction in large numbers will require innovative and forward thinking regulatory policies in order to smoothly integrate them into the existing electrical system.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Richard Hanna

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Congressman Richard Hanna

Congressman Richard Hanna was re-elected on Nov. 4, 2014 to represent the 22nd District of New York in the United States House of Representatives. Representative Hanna serves on three key committees for the 114th Congress, including the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on which he is the senior New York Republican.

“People with the job that I have and the other people here have to have a vision of their own. We have to value transportation, value intermodal works and everything along with it. It’s our job to get out there and say, ‘Damn it, this is important.’”

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Measuring What We Value: Setting Priorities and Evaluating Success in Transportation

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Sample dashboard from the Virginia Department of Transportation. Screengrab taken January 26, 2015 from http://dashboard. virginiadot.org.

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Over the past 50 years, transportation agencies have focused on tracking a narrow set of goals — typically system condition, safety and sometimes traffic congestion. While these goals are important, they measure the state of the transportation system, not the impact of the system on people’s lives. People want to know that transportation funds are being spent in a way that creates value, supports long-term job growth, makes their communities more attractive to business and talent and will contribute to their economic health and resilience.

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Funding Challenges in Highway and Transit

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
All Levels of Government Fund Highways and Transit

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS
With the temporary increase in funding for the federal highway trust fund set to run out by May 2015, states and localities are again facing the prospect that shortfalls in the fund could delay or reduce the federal money they rely on for transportation projects. As they wait to see what federal policymakers will do, many states are taking action to make their own transportation funding more sustainable. These efforts highlight the major challenges that all levels of government face in maintaining investments in highways and transit systems—problems that will require policymakers to make difficult choices in the years ahead.

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