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Archive for the ‘Public Transportation’ Category

Who’s On Board 2016: What Today’s Riders Teach Us About Transit That Works

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
TransitCenter - Who’s On Board 2016

TRANSITCENTER
When do people choose transit, and in what conditions? We answer these critical questions by examining how people use transit, using information gathered from a survey of 3,000 people who ride transit in 17 regions and through focus-group discussions with riders in three cities.

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NACTO Policy Statement on Automated Vehicles

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (NACTO)
Positioning new mobility services to provide access and mobility to all, and to buttress rather than undermine the successful transit lines at the heart of our cities, is vital to realizing the value of fully automated vehicles for mobility. At the same time, policy at every level of government should address head-on the destructive potential for increased traffic, emissions from additional driving, and on-street congestion that could easily result from automated vehicle technology.

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Germs On Mass Transit

Friday, July 8th, 2016
FIG 1 Collection of samples from MBTA trains and stations.

AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MICROBIOLOGY
In conjunction with other published investigations, this work helps to characterize the “urban microbiome” and, in doing so, adds to our understanding of how these microbial communities are formed, maintained, and transferred. Such studies fall in a critical space between the categories of environmental and human-associated microbial ecology and as such must address the challenges of both. Improved approaches to such studies should include designing studies with rich metadata, including architectural features, human contact, environmental exposure, surface type, and surface material; accounting for a wide range of potential biochemical environments, contaminants, and biomass levels; and involving institutional review boards, city officials, and engineers as appropriate.

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Philadelphia, PA: Transit, Density and Opportunity

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
FIGURE 1: REGIONAL JOBS AND TRANSIT LINES BY PHILADEPHIA AREA AND SUBURBAN MUNICIPALITY

CENTER CITY DISTRICT
Transit is not just a convenience; it is essential to the density that enables Center City to provide 42% of all jobs in Philadelphia. If downtown workers relied on cars to the same degree as commuters across the region, then 295,000 workers would arrive each day in 227,150 cars. At 330 square feet per parking space, we would need a giant, surface parking lot of 2.6 square miles – larger than William Penn’s original plan for the city (2.2 square miles river to river, Vine to South) – leaving little room for the office buildings, hotels, hospitals, universities, residences, cultural institutions, historic destinations, restaurants, retail shops and parks that define the diversity and create employment opportunities downtown.

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Planning for a Healthier Future

Monday, June 27th, 2016
MPO Performance Responsibilities

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Cities and regions around the country face important choices about how and where they want to grow, how to connect people to economic prosperity and how to use limited resources to promote healthy communities and provide a great quality of life for all of their residents.

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Indianapolis, IN: IndyGo Debuts New Transit Center

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
Indianapolis, IN: IndyGo Debuts New Transit Center

Segment from RTV6 News in Indiana covers IndyGo’s new Indianapolis transit center. The regional transit agency is hoping that new infrastructure will lead to more users will take advantage of service.

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Subways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth

Monday, June 20th, 2016
Figure 1: Growth of Subway Systems

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
BROWN UNIVERSITY
We investigate the relationship between the extent of a city’s subway network and its population, transit ridership and spatial configuration. To accomplish this investigation, for the 632 largest cities in the world we construct panel data describing population, total light, measures of centralization calculated from lights at night data, and the extent of each of the 138 subway systems in these cities. For a subset of these subway cities we also assemble panel data describing bus and subway ridership.

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NYC: A Deep Dive Into the East Side Access Project

Friday, June 17th, 2016
NYC: A Deep Dive Into the East Side Access Project

The East Side Access project will link the Long Island Railroad to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. Projected to be completed in 2022, it required construction of about eight miles’ worth of tunneling in Manhattan and Queens.

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It’s National Dump The Pump Day!

Thursday, June 16th, 2016
National Dump the Pump Day: June 16, 2016

It’s time to celebrate the 11th Annual National Dump the Pump Day…National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) and save money.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Earl Blumenauer, U.S. Representative for Oregon’s 3rd District

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
Congressman Earl Blumenauer on The Infra Blog

A lifelong resident of Portland, Oregon, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) has devoted his entire career to public service. Elected to the US House of Representatives in 1996, Mr. Blumenauer has created a unique role as Congress’ chief spokesperson for Livable Communities: places where people are safe, healthy and economically secure.

“It’s not particularly headline grabbing unless there’s a system failure, but it is past time that we force this issue in every community. There is no substitute for engaging people in a very specific analysis of what happens in their own backyard and what the benefits are for getting this right.”

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