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Communications Infrastructure: Enabling the Clean Energy Economy

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
Communications Infrastructure - BlueGreen Alliance Infographic

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NYC: Vision Zero Vigil

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
NYC: Vision Zero Vigil

A crowd estimated at 1,000 people strong gathered in Union Square yesterday evening to remember victims of traffic violence and call for preventive action at the Vision Zero Vigil, organized by Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets.
The message was simple: Traffic crashes and the suffering they cause are preventable. We can’t accept life-altering injuries and the deaths of loved ones as unavoidable “accidents.” Robin Urban Smith was there to capture it for Streetfilms.

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Identifying Transit Deserts in Texas Cities

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Table 2: Largest Transit Gaps in Texas Cities

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UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
This study builds on previous research that has been done on “transit deserts.” This concept is similar to the popular and thoroughly studied concept of a “food desert,” which is a geographic area where there is no or limited access to fresh food (Clark et al. 2002; Jiao et al. 2012; Whelan et al. 2002; Wrigley 1993; Wrigley et al. 2002). The food desert concept has received a lot of attention and influenced planning policies and practices. By applying the same idea to transit systems within urban areas, geographic areas can be identified where there is a lack of transit service. There are three main steps to this process. This involves identifying the transit dependent populations as a measure of transit demand, calculating the transit supply, and then subtracting the supply from the demand to measure the gap (Jiao & Dillivan 2013).

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Erie, PA: Enhancing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Monday, May 25th, 2015
Erie, PA: Enhancing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Enhancing pedestrian and bicyclist safety on Peninsula Drive, the road to popular Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA. Watch to learn about the improvements

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America’s Infrastructure is Key to Good Jobs, Economic Security and Quality of Life

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Written by Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO
Previous generations built an American infrastructure that was the envy of the world. Since then, we’ve been coasting on the wise investments made decades ago. Now it’s our turn to step up and rebuild that foundation so future generations can have the same opportunities we had…The path forward is not easy or pain free. There are no silver bullets, and ignoring our problems will not make them go away. Yet, while legislators wrestle with responsibly funding the necessary investments, the cost of inaction continues to rise.

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Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America’s Heartland

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
Chart 1. Share of rural population in each state.

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An aging and increasingly diverse rural America plays a vital role as home to a significant share of the nation’s population, natural resources and tourist destinations. It is also the primary source of the energy, food and fiber that drive the U.S. economy. Rural Americans are more reliant on the quality of their transportation system than their urban counterparts.

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It’s About Time: The Transit-Time Penalty and its Racial Implications

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
Twin Cities Homeownership, Poverty, and High School Graduation Rates, by Racial and Ethnic Group

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ISAIAH
THE CENTER FOR POPULAR DEMOCRACY
Transit has many individual and community benefits—from improved safety and cost savings to enhanced personal and environmental health. However, across the nation, trips to work by public transportation take twice as long as trips to work by single-occupancy vehicle. While 68 percent of commutes by people who drove alone last less than 30 minutes, more than half (53 percent) of public transportation commutes are 45 minutes or longer. These travel-mode disparities have racial outcomes: national data show that people of color rely on public transportation for their commutes at significantly higher rates than whites.

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Delaware: Investing in Infrastructure to Grow the Economy

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Delaware: Investing in Infrastructure to Grow the Economy

“Repairs will only get more expensive and the condition of the roads and bridges we all travel will only worsen the longer we wait,” said Governor Markell. “Along with business and labor leaders across the state, I believe the time to act is now. We’ll create jobs in the short-term and a brighter future for present and future generations.”

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Expanding Opportunity Through Infrastructure Jobs

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Figure 1: Total Employment, By Selected Industry Sectors, 2013

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METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM
The need to invest in U.S. infrastructure has never been clearer, making it all the more critical to take a fresh look at infrastructure’s importance to the labor market, both to drive long-lasting growth and to expand economic opportunity across the entire workforce—two elements often missing from the current narrative on infrastructure and jobs.

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Rutland, VT: Pedestrian Safety

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Rutland, VT: Pedestrian Safety

In early April, a public assessment was held to identify issues with a historically hazardous stretch of West St. in Rutland, between Wales St. and Pine St. The assessment was inspired by the USDOT’s mayoral challenge. US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx challenged mayors throughout the country to make streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Rutland is the first attempt at tackling this challenge, but we hope other areas throughout Vermont will follow in Rutland’s footsteps. Watch the video to learn more.

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