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Archive for the ‘Public Transportation’ Category

ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Enduring Legend of Gridlock Sam

Monday, September 11th, 2017
The Enduring Legend of Gridlock Sam: Sam Schwartz addresses employees at the company

“Gridlock Sam” Schwartz has always had an outsized presence in his endeavors. “He is, inarguably, the most beloved transportation engineer alive,” says Charles Komanoff, a New York City transport economist, who then adds with a smile, “Admittedly, there’s not much competition.”

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Rebuild USA: Make a Difference

Thursday, September 7th, 2017
Rebuild America: Make a Difference

Through job training and apprenticeships, a new generation of skilled workers are getting ready to tackle one of America’s biggest challenges: our infrastructure.

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Boston, MA: Seeking Input on Water Transportation

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Seeking Input on Water Transportation

Boston Harbor Now is calling for input and participation from individuals and organizations who might be affected by ferry service in the greater Boston area. Where do you think ferry service should be expanded? What’s already working/ not working in Boston’s ferry system? How would expanded ferry service affect your business?

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Ground Transportation Gaps

Monday, September 4th, 2017
Ground Transportation Gaps - Table 1

The study calls for practical steps to restore momentum to bus and rail travel that require a relatively small amount of public investment, including ways to cultivate new express coach service and promote greater rail/bus integration. It also calls for initiatives to overcome the lack of institutional planning and investment that is thwarting planning for rail services that cross state lines and thus require a great deal of interjurisdictional coordination. Such efforts, the study shows, would help foster more fuel-efficient and comparatively safe forms of travel.

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Crossing the Hudson: How to Increase Transit Capacity and Improve Commutes

Monday, August 21st, 2017
Trans-Hudson Travel

Each day over 1.6 million people commute into Manhattan, the 21st century’s leading global city. For the last 25 years, more and more of those people have been coming from west of the Hudson River. Over that time, the number of jobs in Manhattan has only increased by about 75,000, and the number of daily commuters traveling from New Jersey grew by 70,000, from 250,000 to 320,000…As a result, rail trips in and out of Penn Station have nearly tripled in the last 25 years, bus trips have grown by 83%, and PATH ridership is up by 27%. RPA’s research projects that this trend will continue over the next two decades, requiring far more capacity than the existing facilities can provide. Work trips to Manhattan could increase by 72,000, or 24%, by 2040, while trips to all of New York City could increase by 148,000, a 38% increase, as job growth in the other New York City boroughs rises even faster.

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Do Streetcars Bring Economic Development?

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017
Do Streetcars Bring Economic Development?

Starting in the late 20th century, modern streetcar proposals started rippling across municipalities in the United States. They’re touted as infrastructure carrying benefits ranging from the social to economic and the environmental. But these projects often make appearances in the news as costly, blunder-filled experiments in public policy. Cities are willing to bet big on […]

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The MTA’s Escalating Cost Crisis: Answers to Questions About the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Finances

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
MTA Revenues and Subsidies

Even as the MTA’s revenues have increased over the decades, its costs to operate subways, buses, and commuter rails have outpaced these gains. Over little more than a decade, the MTA’s costs, excluding debt service, have outpaced inflation by 50%. This fundamental imbalance prevents the state from providing New Yorkers with the transit service that a growing city demands. Below are answers to some questions about the transportation authority’s finances.

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Economic Impacts of Active Transportation in Utah

Monday, August 7th, 2017
Table	8:	Job and	Income	Multiplier Adjustments	for	Active	Trans.	Facility	Construction,	Maintenance

Despite the increasing popularity of walking, biking, and running in Utah, little has been done to quantify and monetize the benefits that result from active transportation facilities and active travel. Understanding the direct and induced impacts of active transportation helps elevate active travel in funding decisions and priorities. It can help governments and non-profits plan investments in healthy community infrastructure and programs. In response to this need, the Utah Transit Authority and 11 agency collaborators initiated this study to estimate the health and economic benefits of active transportation to inform policy and planning decisions.

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Chicago’s Dearborn & Randolph Protected Intersection

Friday, July 28th, 2017
Chicago’s Dearborn & Randolph Protected Intersection

…this configuration in Chicago may be the most heavily used by not only bike riders but pedestrians as well. During the busiest times of rush hour and lunchtime, it sure gets a ton of use by plenty of people. I was lucky to grab Kyle Whitehead from the Active Transportation Alliance for 30 minutes to show me both of Chicago’s intersections. This one is at the intersection of Dearborn & Randolph which was completed near the end of 2016.

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Transit Trends Episode 11: Transportation Equity

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
Transit Trends Episode 11: Transportation Equity

Transportation is a critical link to opportunity, connecting people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and more. For many Americans, mobility can make all the difference in their ability to meet basic needs, participate fully in community life, and connect and contribute to our national economy. In Episode 11 of Transit Trends, we talk with Anita Cozart, Senior Director at PolicyLink, a national research and advocacy institute that “connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper.”

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