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Archive for the ‘Equity’ Category

CityWalk: Mandatory Protected Sidewalks in Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
CityWalk: Mandatory Protected Sidewalks in Washington, DC

Heather Deutsch of the District Department of Transportation explains how D.C.’s pedestrian friendly sidewalk laws create walkable spaces within the city. City Walk is a unique series that reveals the way walking is transforming cities across America, and in the process, re-connecting us to our bodies, our civic values and public space.
As the show explores the walkability of these communities, viewers will learn about American history by exploring culturally rich neighborhoods, stunning architecture, monuments and beautiful parks that have helped define the character of each city.

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TOD Standard

Monday, April 7th, 2014
Transi-Oriented Development

INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION & DEVELOPMENT POLICY
The TOD Standard, built on the rich experience of many organizations around the world including our own, addresses development that maximizes the benefits of public transit while firmly placing the emphasis back on the users — people. We call this form of design “transit-oriented development” (TOD), and it marks a key difference from transit-adjacent development, which is simply development located next to transit corridors and stations.

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National Trail Surface Study

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Figure M Statistical significance of stability between surface compositions 

NATIONAL CENTER ON ACCESSIBILITY
The impetus for the National Trails Surface study was to investigate alternatives to the typical firm and stable surface materials of asphalt, concrete, or boardwalk. It is a common misconception that in order to make a trail surface firm and stable, it needs to be paved. Professionals have found that using soil stabilizers, or natural aggregates, can be effective alternatives to creating a trail surface that meets accessibility guidelines (Boone, 2008).

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NYC: Citizens Demand 20 MPH Slow Zones

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Streetfilms visited a well-attended event of 35 activists and volunteers in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There’s a big push citiwide in NYC from many sides including traffic safety neighborhood groups, advocacy groups and NYC councilmembers to get Albany’s state government to pass a “home rule” law allowing NYC to set the city wide speed limit at 20 mph.

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California Household Travel Survey

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Table 1.2.2: Key 2010-2012 California Household Travel Survey Trip Statistics (Weighted and expanded)

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION1.0 Executive SummaryThe 2010-2012 California Household Travel Survey (CHTS) was a unique statewide, collaborative effort to gather travel information needed for regional and statewide travel and environmental models using the same instrument and methods across the state. Led by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the survey was jointly funded by the California Strategic Growth […]

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Salt Lake City: Launching the Hive Pass

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Salt Lake City: Launching the Hive Pass

The new transit pass is a pilot program created through a partnership between Salt Lake City and UTA that will initially only be available to Salt Lake City residents. The one-year pass is good on all UTA TRAX, Frontrunner, bus and S-line Streetcar services and available for an up-front payment of $350 or for $360 in twelve monthly installments.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United

Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Megan Owens, Executive Director, Transportation Riders United

Megan Owens is the Executive Director of Transportation Riders United (TRU). TRU is Detroit’s non-profit transit advocate, dedicated to improving and promoting public transit throughout greater Detroit. Founded in 1999, TRU has a strong track record of doing the research, presenting the facts, involving the public, developing the coalitions and educating the leaders needed to achieve quality transit.

“We’ve been able, over the last decade or so, to help change public perception, even here in the Motor City…to an understanding that we do need more and better transit. It is a benefit for our economy and our community and our environment. Now the question is less whether we need to improve transit, but how we need to improve transit.”

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dan Pitera, Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Dan Pitera on The Infra Bog

Dan Pitera discusses his work with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the University of Detroit Mercy. Key topics include current projects underway in Detroit, strategies for effective citizen engagement, and the need to bring together disparate voices from the community for successful urban design.

“Digital engagement works, but it only works with a certain core group of people who have that technology access. Community meetings work, but they work with a certain group of people. It’s not about developing a tactic that is one-size-fits-all; it’s about developing tactics that connect.”

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National Solar Jobs Census

Monday, January 27th, 2014
Solar Workers

THE SOLAR FOUNDATION
The National Solar Jobs Census 2013 is the fourth annual update of current employment and projected growth in the United States solar industry. Data for Census 2013 is derived from a statistically valid sampling and comprehensive survey of 15,437 employers throughout the nation, in industries ranging from manufacturing to construction and engineering to sales. The rapid pace of change in this industry has warranted annual updates that examine the size and scope of the solar labor force and employers’ perspectives on job growth and opportunities.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 24th, 2014
U.S. Census Transportation Planning Products

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
More Poor Commuters Choose Cycling
Taxing Corporate Buses
California Leads in Driver Safety
Ford Rethinking the Role of Cars
Philadelphia Web Developer Hopes to Help Commuters

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