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Archive for the ‘Transit’ Category

Back in the Fast Lane: How to Speed Public Transit Planning & Construction in California

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Figure 1. Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Economic Sector

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
EMMETT INSTITUTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
This brief seeks to explain some of the causes of the planning and construction delays and escalating costs for major public transit projects, such as rail and bus rapid transit. Among the factors are counter-productive regulatory processes, lack of coordination among overlapping agencies and entities, poor agency oversight of construction, and political compromises meant to appease powerful neighborhood groups and automobile drivers at the expense of the regional good.

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San Francisco Bay: Interactive Map Makes Bike Share Easy

Friday, August 15th, 2014
San Francisco Bay: Interactive Map Makes Bike Share Easy

For travelers, visitors, or even die-hard fans who want to make the most of their San Francisco Bay area bike share experience, the BABS (Bay Area Bike Share) map is the ticket…Industry stakeholders and planners can also make use of BABS data to predict demand and model bike-share user behavior, hopefully resulting in a smoother, more efficient–and more profitable–experience for everyone.

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Five Years of Learning From Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
Figure 1: Many Americans prefer to live in more convenient, walkable neighborhoods. Source: National Association of Realtors 2013.

PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
Many of our communities and housing options, built for a different time, are not what Americans want today. Research from the real estate industry shows that more people want to live in more convenient, walkable neighborhoods (Figure 1). A National Association of Realtors survey showed that half of Americans prefer a neighborhood with a variety of housing types, including multifamily and single-family homes; shops, restaurants, and amenities within walking distance; and nearby public transportation over a neighborhood with only single-family homes and few transportation options besides driving. Walkable communities are particularly important to millennials, who make up the largest percentage of the U.S. population; one research firm estimates that about 70 percent of them see walkability as “important” or “vital” when choosing a home.

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Strategic Top 100: North American Infrastructure 2014 Report

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Spotlight on Infrastructure: Los Angeles

CG/LA INFRASTRUCTURE
North America is currently experiencing the highest rate of urbanization in history. The way that infrastructure is developed in cities in the coming years is critical. The 2014 Strategic Top 100 highlights cities that are getting it right by making long-term investments into the right projects. These cities are shifting resources towards Transport- Oriented Development (TOD) and sustainable practices; exploring innovative methods of financing and value capture; while applying a keen understanding of public life and its importance to planning and design. Public sector leaders in the cities highlighted below are creating a sustainable vision for transportation that will benefit not only the local population, but also increased economic competitiveness in the region.

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A 25-Year Transportation Plan for Oklahoma

Monday, August 11th, 2014
A 25-Year Transportation Plan for Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) welcomes you to the 2015-2040 Long Range Transportation Plan website. The purpose of this website is to provide information on the Long Range Transportation Plan and to keep you connected throughout the process.

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The State of the City Experience

Friday, August 8th, 2014
WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSPORTATION ISSUES, PEOPLE ARE MOST FRUSTRATED BY TRAFFIC

SASAKI
Urbanites across the country agree on a few things: they want great food, they love waterfronts, and they value historical architecture. As planners and designers, our job is to understand what people want and balance these desires with the big picture—economic realities, cultural needs, environmental concerns, and design opportunities—ultimately helping to shape a more satisfying and sustainable urban experience.

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Washington, DC: How Free Parking Affects Transportation Choices

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Table 4. Predicted Probabilities for Mode Choice Outcomes Based upon Different Commuter Benefit Packages (Holding Other Commuter Benefit Packages at Zero and Control Variables at Mean Values)

NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSIT RESEARCH
Municipalities and employers in the U.S. attempt to reduce commuting by automobile through commuter benefits for riding public transportation, walking, or cycling. Many employers provide a combination of benefits, often including free car parking alongside benefits for public transportation, walking, and cycling. This study evaluates the relationship between commuter benefits and mode choice for the commute to work using revealed preference data on 4,630 regular commuters, including information about free car parking, public transportation benefits, showers/lockers, and bike parking at work in the Washington, DC region.

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How to Invest in Fixed-Guideway Transit

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Figure S.1. Influence of variables for ridership.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
Fixed-guideway transit projects, such as urban rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) lines, are among the largest infrastructure investments that cities and metropolitan areas make. With capital costs ranging from tens of millions to several billion dollars, decisions on whether to build a fixed-guideway transit project, and what kind of project to build, are not taken lightly by local officials or their funding partners. Such decisions may follow many years of planning and analysis at the system, corridor, and project levels. It can cost millions of dollars just to develop and apply the analysis tools that are typically used to evaluate alternative projects.

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Los Angeles: Inside the “Century Crunch” Demolition Project

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Los Angeles: Inside the “Century Crunch” Demolition Project

Recap of Century Crunch weekend with project manager Charles Beauvoir

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Cost-Benefit Analysis of Rural and Small Urban Transit

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Figure 3.1 Public Transportation Benefits Tree

NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSIT RESEARCH
Transit systems in rural and small urban areas are often viewed as valuable community assets due to the increased mobility they provide to those without other means of travel. The value of those services, however, has been largely unmeasured, and there are often impacts that go unidentified. As transit systems compete for funding at local, state, and federal levels, it is important to identify and quantify, where possible, the impacts that the services have within local communities, as well throughout the state or country.

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