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Archive for the ‘Transit’ Category

The BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Standard

Friday, June 27th, 2014
EXAMPLE OF TWO-WAY MEDIAN-ALIGNED BUSWAY THAT IS IN THE CENTRAL VERGE OF A TWO-WAY ROAD 8 POINTS

INSTITUTE FOR TRANSPORTATION & DEVELOPMENT POLICY

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NYC: Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy – Uniting Against the Water

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
NYC: Looking Back at Hurricane Sandy – Uniting Against the Water

In this case study created for the New York State Social Media Summit on June 6, 2014, learn how the MTA used social media during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 to keep New Yorkers informed.

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Reconnecting Small-Town America by Bus: New Federal Transit Rules Spur Investment

Monday, June 23rd, 2014
Figure 1. Travel Washington Statewide Intercity Bus Network Map

AARP PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE
Millions of rural residents have lost access to scheduled intercity bus service in recent years as the nation’s largest private carriers have focused on profitable, longer-haul interstate travel. This Spotlight on the Issues illustrates how one state has created a successful public–private initiative to restore service to its rural communities. What Washington State has accomplished serves as a model for other states looking to take advantage of alternative local match requirements.

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Streetfilms: Charles Montgomery Discusses “Happy City” with Mark Gorton

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
Streetfilms: Charles Montgomery Discusses “Happy City” with Mark Gorton

Mark Gorton interviews award-winning journalist Charles Montgomery about his fantastic new book “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Thru Urban Design,” which delves in to the hard-to-measure metric of happiness and how the built environment of the place we live directly affects us.

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Why Creating & Preserving Affordable Homes Near Transit is a Highly Effective Climate Protection Strategy

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
FIGURE 1. Household VMT per Day

TRANSFORM
CALIFORNIA HOUSING PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION
A new analysis of data from Caltrans’ California Household Travel Survey (CHTS) completed in February 2013 shows that a well-designed program to put more affordable homes near transit would not just meet the requirements set by the California Air Resources Board (ARB), but would be a powerful and durable GHG reduction strategy – directly reducing driving while creating a host of economic and social benefits.

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NYC: How Bus Operators Learn to Navigate the Streets of New York

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
NYC: How Bus Operators Learn to Navigate the Streets of New York

MTA Bus Operators undergo a rigorous training process that makes them some of the safest in the industry.

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NYC: Smart Signals to Make Subways Run Faster

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
NYC: Smart Signals to Make Subways Run Faster

Modernizing Subway Technology: How CBTC Works. To learn more about CBTC visit rpa.org/cbtc.

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Florida: The Impacts of Transportation for Dialysis Treatment

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Figure 2-1 Florida CTCs Responding to Survey

NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSIT RESEARCH
In 2012, Community Transportation Coordinators (CTCs) in Central and Southeast Florida suggested that the increased demand for travel to dialysis treatment had begun to negatively impact their ability to meet the transportation needs of other mobility-challenged residents of their communities. In response to this observation, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) undertook a multi-phased research project.

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Dallas, TX: The Better Block Celebrates Four Years Transforming Communities

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Dallas, TX: The Better Block Celebrates Four Years Transforming Communities

For a very long time, Streetfilms has wanted to profile Jason Roberts and the amazing work of The Better Block. It was destiny that a few weeks ago we were able to sync up to be present for the fourth anniversary of The Better Block in Oak Cliff. This temporary pedestrian plaza was adjacent to the site where they first debuted their innovative ideas to change a street.

You’ll see some of the behind-the-scenes set up and preparation. But I already know the visuals people will be talking about most is their transformation of a dangerous intersection in to a safer one using only temporary materials – especially a really inventive way of re-purposing decals as crosswalks!

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The Economic Impact of Public Transportation

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Potential Long-term Economic Impact per Billion Dollars of Enhanced National Investment in Public Transportation (Annual Effect in the 20th Year)*

AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION
Increased public transportation investment can lead to significant economic growth, as a consequence of both the short-term stimulus impact of public transportation outlays and a longer-term, cumulative impact on economic productivity. The latter is enabled by increasing investment to improve our nation’s urban transportation systems and sustaining the investment over time. While the total impact will depend on the level and distribution of investment, the magnitude of potential impact can be illustrated by considering a scenario of enhanced investment sustained over 20 years.

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