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Guest on The Infra Blog: Howard Jennings, Managing Director, Mobility Lab

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
Guest on The Infra Blog: Howard Jennings, Managing Director, Mobility Lab

Howard Jennings is Managing Director of Mobility Lab, a source of research and best practices for advocates to increase awareness and education about more and advanced transportation options for people.
“The basic infrastructure is something that people find pretty easy to take for granted, and it creeps up on them and they don’t realize that it’s getting worse and worse and worse. And so we at Mobility Lab are trying to put the emphasis back on helping people recognize that their quality of life is eroding and their ability to spend time with their family, the stress of their day-to-day lives and all these things are a result of our collective failure to invest in infrastructure…”

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Southern Nevada Celebrates Infrastructure Week 2016

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Southern Nevada Celebrates Infrastructure Week 2016

The RTC partnered with NDOT and numerous organizations to celebrate the importance and value of infrastructure to our community and economic vitality.

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Streetfilms: Why are New Yorkers bicycling to work in record numbers?

Monday, May 23rd, 2016
Why are New Yorkers bicycling to work in record numbers?

We thought with the newest NYC DOT data showing bicycling at an all-time high, it would be great time to ask bicyclists why they are riding their bikes more. Interestingly, the answers seemed to be grouped in three different categories: it is safer, it is healthy and MTA is falling apart.

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Arizona DOT: The Deep Foam Injection

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
Arizona DOT: The Deep Foam Injection

ADOT is injecting foam deep underneath the pavement as a way to smooth out dips on Arizona highways, including the Loop 101 Pima Freeway. This method is more cost efficient than ripping out old pavement, re-compacting the sub-grade, and placing new concrete or asphalt.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Janette Sadik-Khan, Author, Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
Janette Sadik-Khan - Photo by Olugbenro Photgraphy

Janette Sadik-Khan recently published Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, an empowering road map for rethinking, reinvigorating, and redesigning our cities, from a pioneer in the movement for safer, more livable streets.

“What we’ve seen is that people really want to be in places, whether they’re young or old, that are safe, that are fun, where the quality of life is good and they’ve got lots of ways to get around that don’t involve driving…I think that what we need to do is also update our cities and update our streets to reflect the way that people want to use them.”

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San Francisco MOMA Construction Timelapse

Friday, May 13th, 2016
San Francisco MOMA Construction Timelapse

Watch and share this time-lapse movie of construction for the new San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). See progress for the Snøhetta-designed expansion with high definition webcam imagery from June 2013 to September 2015.

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Billions for Red Tape: Focusing on the Approval Process for the Gateway Rail Tunnel Project

Friday, May 13th, 2016

COMMON GOOD
Two new rail tunnels need to be built under the Hudson River to alleviate a critical rail bottleneck and permit overhaul of century-old tunnels. The purpose of this report is to outline the economic and environmental costs of different permitting timetables, and to propose approval mechanisms that will save taxpayers billions and avoid significant environmental harm.

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Seattle, WA: Tunneling Under the Alaskan Way Viaduct

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Seattle, WA: Tunneling Under the Alaskan Way Viaduct

After nearly a week of tunneling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct, crews are steadily continuing Bertha’s underground drive towards downtown Seattle. This video gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how the new tunnel is being built, showcasing the complex operations involved in this project. Massive concrete ring segments are transported to Bertha’s segment erector where they are lifted into place, allowing the machine to push forward while the excavated soil is transported along a network of conveyer belts and into a barge moored at Elliott Bay’s Pier 46.

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Wisconsin Transportation by the Numbers

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Cost to Wisconsin Motorists of Deficient Roads

TRIP
TRIP estimates that Wisconsin roadways that lack some desirable safety features, have inadequate capacity to meet travel demands or have deteriorated pavement conditions cost the state’s residents approximately $6 billion annually in the form of additional vehicle operating costs (including accelerated vehicle depreciation, additional repair costs, and increased fuel consumption and tire wear), the cost of lost time and wasted fuel due to traffic congestion, and the financial cost of traffic crashes.

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Cycling in the City: Cycling Trends in NYC

Monday, May 9th, 2016
Percent of Adult New Yorkers who Ride a Bike (NYC DOHMH)

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Understanding who is biking in New York City and how often they ride is incredibly valuable, but cycling demographics and trends are very challenging to evaluate. Historically, evaluation of cyclist activity in New York City was centered on counting the number of bicycles entering and exiting the core. However, cycling has grown and matured dramatically as a mode of transportation since the first counts were conducted in 1980. New Yorkers are using bikes for a much wider variety of trips, making it even more difficult to assess bicycle use in the City.

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