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Archive for the ‘Public Opinion’ Category

MIPRC Survey: Good News, Growth Potential for Passenger Rail

Friday, April 29th, 2016

MIDWEST INTERSTATE PASSENGER RAIL COMMISSION
The survey identifies strong support for passenger rail as an integral piece of the national transportation future, and even finds strong willingness to advocate on behalf of passenger rail. But the survey also shows that neither students nor – by inference – the general public are aware of the roles played by states and the federal government in funding Amtrak and in determining passenger rail routes and service frequencies. Thus we strongly recommend that a public education campaign be considered to clarify this point.

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Infographic: It Ain’t Easy Bein’ GREEN

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
Infographic: Who

The good news is that 79% of Americans agree that they consider themselves an environmentally conscious person, and only 6% strongly disagree with that statement. But as it turns out, it ain’t easy bein’ green. Only 26% of Americans say that they actually consider the environment in their daily actions beyond recycling and turning off the lights. Moreover, people have widely varying opinions on what’s the best way to reduce their home’s carbon footprint. When they do agree, it’s not always on the highest impact methods.

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UCLA State of the Commute

Thursday, March 24th, 2016
UCLA - Table 1 Table 2 Figure 2

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
University commuters used alternative transportation modes at a rate far higher than Los Angeles County commuters as a whole, a pattern that held true for all major modes. More than 15% of UCLA employees and more than 39% of students were pedestrians or bicycle commuters, options exercised by less than 4% of LA County commuters. Thirteen percent of UCLA employees and more than 25% of students commuted by public transit, compared to only 7% for all of LA County. Finally, more than 14% of UCLA employees commuted by carpool or vanpool, while 10% of LA County commuters used one of these modes.

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2016 Transportation Awards: Now Open for Nominations

Monday, March 7th, 2016
2016 Transportation Awards: Now Open for Nominations

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is once again accepting nominations for the 2016 America’s Transportation Awards. The annual awards program – sponsored by AASHTO, the AAA motor club and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – recognizes the best projects that state DOTs completed in the prior year, through a series of regional and national competitions.

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Funding Resilient Infrastructure in New Jersey: Attitudes Following a Natural Disaster

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
Table 2. Attitude Toward Increasing Revenue for Protecting Vulnerable Areas

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The objective of this research is to assess whether natural disasters and experience with damaged infrastructure affect views on whether public funding should be dedicated to protecting the vulnerability of communities. Survey data were collected via a random-digit dialing phone survey approximately four months after Superstorm Sandy with the explicit research purpose of gathering information on attitudes and opinions following a major disaster. This provides a unique opportunity to assess, under extreme events, whether the public supports increasing various tax revenues or floating a bond issue dedicated to reducing vulnerability.

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AEM’s Infrastructure 2050 Challenge Seeks Solutions to Infra Problems

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
AEM’s Infrastructure 2050 Challenge Seeks Solutions to Infra Problems

Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), shares what led to development of and the mission behind the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, which is offering $150,000 in prizes for innovative ideas to overhaul America’s crumbling infrastructure.

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T4America’s Online Guide to Creative Placemaking

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Transportation for America: The Scenic Route

Transportation for America recently published The Scenic Route, a content-rich online guide to introduce the concept of “creative placemaking” to transportation professionals. The Scenic Route offers general information as well as specific approaches aiming to facilitate planners, public works agencies and local elected officials in utilizing the creative potential of their respective communities.

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Contest Underway: Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge

The American Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the HeroX crowdsourcing platform are presenting a challenge to bring attention to infrastructure in the USA…The hosts hope to create “an incentivized platform for innovative ideas to thrive and help shape America’s growth in the 21st Century.” They hope to gather ideas, vote for the most impactful ideas and projects, and even enter a “build” phase in July 2016.

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Electric Cars: What Early Adopters And First Followers Want

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Survey Question: Charging Network

CLEAN TECHNICA
The electric car market has been growing exponentially in the past few years. But it is still a small percentage of the new car market in most places, typically representing less than 1% of new car sales. What is needed to grow electric car sales to a majority of new car sales? What types of cars and what features will dominate in such a market? When will we reach that milestone?

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Menino Survey of Mayors

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Biggest Local Challenge From a State or National Issue

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
INITIATIVE ON CITIES
Mayors overwhelmingly believe that physical infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing their city. Mayors were asked to identify the greatest challenge they face which falls outside their control—in other words, a challenge that is typically the purview of other levels of government. “Think about the next five years and beyond. What ONE trend or issue that you primarily think should be a state and/or federal matter will pose the biggest challenge to your city?” Importantly, this question did not query mayors about challenges to their cities generally, which was explored in last year’s report.

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