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Archive for the ‘Public Transportation’ Category

Ride Along The Rails from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

Friday, February 12th, 2016
Ride Along The Rails from Raleigh to Charlotte, NC

Get a firsthand look at the railroad projects being completed along the Raleigh-Charlotte corridor with federal and state funding for the Piedmont Improvement Program.

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Washington, DC: Do You Still Need to Own a Car?

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
Washington, DC: Do You Still Need to Own a Car?

Planner and biking advocate Veronica Davis discusses her decision to give up her personal car, and the future of urban transportation options.

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Atlanta, GA: Economic Benefits of Investing in Transit

Thursday, February 11th, 2016
benefits of the three MARTA expansion projects.

HNTB CORPORATION
In November 2014, HNTB Corporation, in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber, completed and submitted a study of the “Economic Benefits of Investing in Transportation.” The document served as a resource to the Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding leading to the Georgia State General Assembly enacting HB 170. The Transportation Funding Act of 2015 is estimated to generate just under $1B per year in new transportation funding for road and bridge projects. With Georgia’s road funding needs largely addressed, it is prudent to study other elements of the state’s transportation ecosystem, including public transportation in Metro Atlanta.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association

Monday, February 1st, 2016
Richard Harnish on The Infra Blog

Richard Harnish is the Executive Director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA), a member-supported non-profit organization advocating for fast, frequent and dependable trains linking the entire Midwest.

Here in Illinois we’ve been seeing a lot more interest in doing true high speed rail and we think we’re close to an important next step there. And I was out in Sacramento two months ago and touched the first car shell for that line. That’s something that most people don’t know: those trains really are under construction, and the stations are under construction. So we’re very close to a major tipping point.

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The Decline of Driving: Navigating Vermont Without a Car

Monday, February 1st, 2016
The Decline of Driving

VERMONT TRANSPORTATION BOARD
According to the State Smart Transportation Initiative, a transportation research organization based at the University of Wisconsin, vehicle miles traveled per person in the U.S. has dropped every year since. By 2013, the last year for which the Transportation Board could find statistics, the average American drove more than 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2005…This trend not only holds true in Vermont, but locals appear to be leading the charge. In 2007, Vermonters drove an annual average of 12,400 miles. But in 2013, Vermonters, according to VTrans, drove an average of just 11,356 miles, which is an 8.4 percent drop.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jeff Morales, CEO, California High-Speed Rail Authority

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Jeff Morales, CEO, California High-Speed Rail Authority

Jeff Morales is the Chief Executive Officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority and has a distinguished record of experience managing large and complex transportation issues and projects. As the former Director of the California Department of Transportation, Morales managed a $10 billion program and more than 23,000 employees working to build, maintain and operate the largest state transportation system in the U.S.

“California, with the leadership of Governor Brown and the legislature—we’ve taken the position that we’re going to advance this program with or without additional federal support, and we’ve committed to doing that and are doing that, and we’ve got major construction underway in the Central Valley on the first segment.”

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Report Card for D.C.’s Infrastructure

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Report Card for D.C.

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
NATIONAL CAPITAL SECTION
The District of Columbia has 265 bridge structures; 226 of the bridges are owned by the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the remaining 39 are owned by the National Park Service (NPS). The average age of a bridge in D.C. is 58 years, and 80% of the bridges will need to be replaced or rehabilitated in the next 10 years. However, the District made significant strides to reduce the number of structurally deficient bridges from 8% to 3% in just three years. Despite this progress, more than 220,000 trips are taken over a structurally deficient bridge every day and a quarter of bridges have at least one major component in fair condition.

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California High-Speed Rail: Reasons to Ride

Monday, December 28th, 2015
California High-Speed Rail: Reasons to Ride

Traveling from San Francisco to LA? Not as easy as you’d think. Find out the advantages high-speed rail will offer over driving and flying.#Iwillride

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San Francisco, CA: 2015 Congestion Management Plan

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Figure 4-2: 2015 Average Muni Bus Speeds on CMP Network Segments, Weekday AM Peak

SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY
The CMP legislation aims to increase the productivity of existing transportation infrastructure and encourage more efficient use of scarce new dollars for transportation investments, in order to effectively manage congestion, improve air quality, and ultimately allow continued development.

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Smart Energy + Transportation Infrastructure

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Smart Energy + Transportation Infrastructure

Roads help people access education, healthcare and jobs. Electricity generation is vital to fueling our societies. Yet both often impact natural ecosystems and the services they provide. In this video, we take a look at how these two can coexist and how economic analysis plays a big part in identifying the factors needed to make smart decisions.

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