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Archive for the ‘Transit’ Category

Untapped Potential: Opportunities for affordable homes and neighborhoods near transit

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Transit-Oriented Development in NYC Metro - Homes in Parking Lots

Without new affordable homes and walkable neighborhoods, housing markets tighten and costs rise, leading to less disposable income, longer commutes, the need to work longer hours, more stress, and poorer health for the region’s households. This disparity falls most heavily on the region’s lower-income households who, as referenced in RPA’s report Pushed Out, have seen housing costs rise unabated and continue to get pushed further away from central, walkable areas with access to jobs2. But it affects others as well – young families, seniors and anyone who needs affordable housing and doesn’t want to or can’t spend hours a day behind the wheel.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jim Mathews, President and CEO, National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP)

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Jim Mathews - President and CEO, NARP

Jim Mathews is President and CEO of NARP. Before joining NARP, Mathews was Executive Editor of the Aviation Week Intelligence Network. During his 26-year tenure at Aviation Week, he cultivated the company’s digital strategy and led teams that twice won national awards for best news website. Mathews served on the Amtrak Customer Advisory Committee for six […]

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Better Buses: Three Ways to Improve School Transportation, in Under 3 Minutes

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

School buses might not grab headlines, but they are a critical part of American K-12 education, providing millions of kids with a safe way to get to and from school each day.

But America’s school transportation system needs work — it’s expensive, inefficient, and slow to adjust to the changing education landscape.

To help people understand why we should be thinking differently about school transportation, we created a simple, 3-minute video explaining how school transportation works and doesn’t work for students, schools, and communities and how we can start thinking about solutions.

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Back on the Bus: Speeding up Chicago’s Buses

Monday, November 20th, 2017
Chicago Buses - Bus speeds

As Chicago strives to become a more connected, prosperous, and equitable city, elected officials and transit agency leaders must take action to improve bus service. More than half of CTA trips in Chicago are made by bus and it’s one of the most affordable transportation options in many neighborhoods where people can’t easily access the El train. Every day, buses are connecting people to jobs, schools, and other critical services while taking up far less space on the road than private vehicles. While buses continue to play a central role in the city’s transportation system, there are signs that quality bus service is under threat in a changing transportation environment.

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Transit Access Across America

Friday, November 17th, 2017
Metropolitan areas ranked by total employment

This study estimates the accessibility to jobs by transit and walking for each of the United States’ 11 million census blocks, and analyzes these data in 49 of the 50 largest (by population) metropolitan areas. Travel times by transit are calculated using detailed pedestrian networks and full transit schedules for the 7:00 – 9:00 AM period. The calculations include all components of a transit journey, including “last mile” access and egress walking segments and transfers, and account for minute-by-minute variations in service frequency.

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Transit Manufacturing Supports Jobs from Coast to Coast

Thursday, November 9th, 2017
Transit Rail and Bus Manufacturing Facilities

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA Public dollars devoted to making capital improvements to public transportation systems support thousands of manufacturing jobs, in communities small and large, in nearly every state across the country. The supply chain for public transportation is as deep as it is wide, touching every corner of the country and employing thousands of Americans […]

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Sustainable Cities Mobility Index 2017: Bold Moves

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
Arcadis - pillars of sustainable mobility

ARCADIS Executive Summary Mobility systems are key to the everyday functioning of a city. Arcadis’ 2017 Sustainable Cities Mobility Index, compiled in partnership with research firm, Cebr, tracks the overall performance of the mobility systems in 100 cities around the world. The Index is built from 23 individual indicators, each reflecting a component of urban […]

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Seattle, WA: Fly Through the Entire SR 99 Tunnel

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

Now that the tunneling machine Bertha’s work is complete, it’s possible to fly a drone with a video camera from end-to-end inside Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel. In two minutes, you’ll see two miles of ongoing construction work. The upper roadway of the tunnel’s double-deck highway is more than 85% complete. Up next? Installation of the lower roadway, and all the systems it takes to operate a modern tunnel.

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Disruptive Transportation: The Adoption, Utilization, and Impacts of Ride-Hailing in the United States

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
Impact of ride-sharing: Evolution of Shared Mobility Services

The rapid adoption of ride-hailing poses significant challenges for transportation researchers, policymakers, and planners, as there is limited information and data about how these services affect transportation decisions and travel patterns. Given the long-range business, policy, and planning decisions that are required to support transportation infrastructure (including public transit, roads, bike lanes, and sidewalks), there is an urgent need to collect data on the adoption of these new services, and in particular their potential impacts on travel choices.

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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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