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Archive for the ‘Transit’ Category

New York City: Enough already—fund the MTA capital plan

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Recently the New York state legislative session ended without the funding of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s desperately needed capital plan. What a shame…The upkeep, integrity, safety and functionality of the MTA affect all New Yorkers. Without the MTA, our economy, upstate and downstate, would simply not be solvent. A large percentage of state revenue can be attributed to the profits, jobs and taxes generated by the transit system. That revenue translates into critical funding and services that benefit every New Yorker.

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The Benefits of Transit in the United States

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Figure 2. Average Benefit-Cost Ratios by Urbanized Area Population Using Only Congestion Savings Benefits

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
This white paper documents the findings from a review of available research literature on the benefits and costs of transit systems in the United States. The primary goals of this research were to 1) identify benefit-cost (b-c) ratio estimates for U.S. transit systems, and 2) identify the main categories of monetized benefits that derive from transit services in the U.S.

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A People’s History of Recent Urban Transportation Innovation

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
BEGINNING IN THE 1950S, THE MAJORITY OF TRANSPORTATION POLICY WAS ALMOST ENTIRELY AUTO-ORIENTED. WEST SIDE HIGHWAY, NEW YORK CITY, 1951. LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

TRANSIT CENTER
Though much progress has been made in several cities, the human-oriented transportation changes examined here are not pervasive nationwide. Only a handful of cities have made lasting reforms that will stand the test of time, while the majority of federal and state transportation policies continue to support auto-oriented development. With the information here, we hope that more urban residents will take up the fight and continue to challenge the status quo and reclaim the streets that are the lifeblood of their cities.

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Millennials: The Generation That Walks the Talk

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
REALTORS: The Generation That Walks the Talk

A national poll of 3,000 adults in the fifty largest metro areas found that Millennials are distinguishing themselves as the generation that, more than any other generation, prefers to walk. The poll was jointly conducted by the National Association of Realtors® and researchers at the Portland State University.

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Here to There: An Animated History of Transportation

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Ever since the first hominids left Africa, human beings have been on the move. The canoe was invented in 8,000 B.C. and the first form of public transportation was a stagecoach operated in Paris in 1662. Fast forward to today’s self-driving car prototype, and it’s clear just how far we’ve come.

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Washington State: Thanks for the Great Transportation Package!

Monday, August 10th, 2015
Washington State: Thanks for the Great Transportation Package!

Thank you to Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature for passing this monumental transportation package

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Interactive Report: ASCE Gamechangers

Friday, August 7th, 2015
ASCE Gamechangers

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS (ASCE)
#GameChangers is a compilation of the best and brightest innovations changing the infrastructure sector…We have surveyed engineers and public officials across the country to identify key game changers across the major infrastructure sectors – how we deliver drinking water, treat wastewater, build roads and bridges, design transit systems, generate and distribute energy, and move goods to market. We’re at a critical moment in deciding how, and if, we will further invest in our infrastructure. Imagine what more we can do if we seize the opportunity to replicate these engineering innovations.

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What Do Americans Think About Public Transit?

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

MINETA TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
The analysis of the poll questions found that strong majorities of people believed that transit brings a number of specific benefits to their community, especially congestion relief and accessibility to vulnerable residents. Strong majorities also support improvements to transit as a general concept. However, fewer people support the general concept of increased spending on transit, and considerably fewer than half support raising any specific tax to increase transit funding, except for sales taxes, which usually enjoy majority support.

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Santa Monica, CA: Testing the Expo Line Trains

Thursday, August 6th, 2015
Santa Monica, CA: Testing the Expo Line Trains

The first passenger train in more than 60 years rolled into downtown Santa Monica on July 29, 2015 as part of the initial train testing for the future extension of the Metro Expo Line….Once complete, the Expo Line, which currently runs from downtown L.A. to Culver City, will be extended 6.6 miles ending at 4th Street and Colorado Avenue in downtown Santa Monica just steps away from the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean.

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Indianapolis, IN: Transportation Tips With Emily Udell

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015
Indianapolis, IN: Transportation Tips With Emily Udell

On this segment of Chat with the Experts, Kiel Hauck talks with Emily Udell about transportation and road trip tips. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes: http://goo.gl/ZvPc7V

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