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Archive for the ‘Public Transportation’ Category

Public Transportation’s Impact on Rural and Small Towns

Friday, October 20th, 2017
Rural and Small Town Public Transportation - Figure 1

While it is sometimes assumed that public transportation is only essential for large urban areas with significant traffic congestion, this report shows that public transportation can also play an important role in rural areas and small towns. Although public transit serves a minor portion of total rural travel, the trips that are provided are particularly valuable. By examining current trends, this report reveals the increasingly critical connection between public transit and rural communities and small towns. This paper also looks at rural public transit cost efficiency, and describes successful examples of smaller community public transit programs.

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Dismantling a National Transportation Network

Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Dismantling Amtrak

Despite Congress’ rejection of deep cuts, the Trump Administration has resurrected the idea of dismantling Amtrak’s national network of passenger rail service routes. This discussion of eliminating “unprofitable” Amtrak routes is occurring while the nation’s transportation infrastructure is deteriorating and the nation is struggling to reach a consensus on how to address a decades-long pattern of underinvestment in our infrastructure.

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NYC: Bay Ridge Gets a Brand New Subway Station

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

“This station opening is a huge benefit for Bay Ridge, delivering subway customers new tools to manage their commute, including countdown clocks, Wi-Fi connectivity and USB ports, as well as an enhanced station with better lighting, improved signage and new art,” said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. “We are also proud to announce that our newly amended Capital Plan now includes new funding for four fully accessible, ADA-compliant stations in Bay Ridge – which will deliver a level of accessibility to this neighborhood that has never existed before.”?

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The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
walking report card grades

NATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PLAN ALLIANCE Objective of the 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities The primary goal of the 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities (the Report Card) is to assess the extent to which the U.S. population and U.S. communities meet selected standards for participating in […]

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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

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

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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