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Archive for the ‘Local’ Category

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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Why Are Historic Train Stations Making a Comeback?

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

In Denver and cities across the United States, historic train stations are getting a new lease on life. Many are anchoring downtown redevelopment projects as well.

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Northern Boulevard Protected Bike Lane Celebration Ride

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

On a chilly day, nearly 75 people turned out to support NYC DOT’s installation of a protected bike lane along a very dangerous stretch of Northern Boulevard which is used frequently by families, children and commuters to get to a highly popular recreation path called Joe Michael’s Mile in Eastern Queens.

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Funding flowing to Texas resulting soon in hundreds of immediate contracting opportunities

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

When the Hurricane Harvey federal disaster relief funding spigot finally opens in Washington, D.C., Texas cities and counties with recovery projects – some of which will be mega-million dollar projects – are hopeful their projects will be among those funded. And when the funding starts flowing, contracting opportunities will be abundant. Private-sector firms throughout the country willing to bring their experience and resources to the Texas Gulf Coast will be called on to contract with public-sector entities to help with the rebuilding of Texas.

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Coastal Adaptation: A Framework for Governance and Funding to Address Climate Change

Monday, October 30th, 2017
NYC - coastal adaptation

REGIONAL PLAN ASSOCIATION (RPA) Executive Summary Over the next 30 years, the number of people living in places at risk of flooding from an extreme storm in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region is likely to double from 1 million to 2 million. Sea levels are projected to rise by two feet, putting 10,000 homes permanently […]

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Utah DOT: October Region 2 News Update

Friday, October 27th, 2017

In this month’s Region Two News Brief, we review the major construction projects across the Salt Lake Valley and look ahead to 2018. This episode of Region Two News recaps some of the high volume projects happening around Salt Lake County including : The Bangerter 4 interchanges; an update and look ahead into 2018 I-215; […]

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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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NYC: Where Does the Trash Go?

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

New York City has one of the largest sanitation departments in the world, but, with declining landfills, we follow waste from sidewalks and garbage trucks to treatment facilities and upstate farms.

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NYC: Bay Ridge Gets a Brand New Subway Station

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

“This station opening is a huge benefit for Bay Ridge, delivering subway customers new tools to manage their commute, including countdown clocks, Wi-Fi connectivity and USB ports, as well as an enhanced station with better lighting, improved signage and new art,” said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. “We are also proud to announce that our newly amended Capital Plan now includes new funding for four fully accessible, ADA-compliant stations in Bay Ridge – which will deliver a level of accessibility to this neighborhood that has never existed before.”?

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Climate Change and Its Impact on Infrastructure Systems in the Midwest

Friday, October 13th, 2017
Climate change and infrastructure in the Midwest

The lifeblood of a community is its infrastructure system. In light of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – which are only the most recent examples of extreme weather events to affect the nation – the Midwest Economic Policy Institute (MEPI) has examined the anticipated impact climate change will have on the Midwest.

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