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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

Hartford, CT: Governor Dannel Malloy Cuts the Ribbon for New BRT System

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
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Governor Dannel Malloy cuts the ribbon on the new CT Fastrak rapid transit bus line that now connects downtown New Britain and downtown Hartford with local stops. The dedicated bus corridor will improve air quality and relieve congestion on the interstate as it connects various inter-city bus routes. Pedestrians and cyclists have access to a five mile trail incorporated into the route. The project came in on time and under budget at about $570 million, with around $400 million coming from federal grants, and the balance from the state. The system includes a new generation of environmentally-friendly, super low-emission, hybrid diesel-electric buses.

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Florida Transportation: Is There Demand For Multi-Modal Transit?

Monday, March 30th, 2015
Florida Transportation: Is There Demand For Multi-Modal Transit?

Is there demand for more transportation choices?
Lisa Bacot, Executive Director, Florida Public Transportation Association

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Colorado DOT: Statewide Transportation Plan

Friday, March 27th, 2015
Colorado DOT: Statewide Transportation Plan

Colorado DOT presents the Executive Summary of their Statewide Transportation Plan, to provide “the best multimodal transportation system for Colorado that most effectively moves people, goods and information.”

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Safer Streets, Stronger Economies

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Change in automobile trips after Complete Streets improvements.

SMART GROWTH AMERICA
In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals. In terms of economic returns, the limited data available suggests Complete Streets projects were related to broader economic gains like increased employment and higher property values.

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NYC: Riding the Track Geometry Car

Friday, March 20th, 2015
NYC: Riding the Track Geometry Car

Take a ride on a Track Geometry Car, part of the specialized fleet that inspects the rails of the NYC subway.

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Spending Through the Roof

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Figure 1: In winter, warm air escaping through openings in the roof mean that cold air is drawn into the bottom of the building.

URBAN GREEN COUNCIL
What are the citywide effects of this wasted energy? There are approximately 4,000 multifamily buildings in NYC that are at least 10 stories tall—the threshold where heat loss through vents really starts to make an impact on energy bills. Assuming that 80% of these have open vents, the amount of heated air wasted each year could fill 29,000 Empire State Buildings.

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Streetfilms: Talking “Bikes Plus” at National Bike Summit 2015

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Streetfilms: Talking “Bikes Plus” at National Bike Summit 2015

The theme of 2015’s National Bike Summit from the League of American Bicyclists is all about Bikes+. To stay in the spirit we decided to have some fun with that theme ourselves and ask attendees what would they add to that equation and why. The answers were all quite eclectic and showcase just how broad the topic of bicycling can be and why it is important to our communities. Bikes+ is getting us psyched for a great year of advocacy and riding!

-STREETFILMS on Vimeo

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Energizing People About the Future of Public Transportation

Monday, March 16th, 2015
Energizing People About the Future of Public Transportation

Mobility Lab interviewed some of the biggest thinkers in transportation and urbanism at TransportationCamp 2015 to discuss which exciting trends need to happen and which ones are likely to happen this year and beyond. Go to mobilitylab.org for more info and to take action.

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Kansas City, MO: Paris of the Plains

Friday, March 13th, 2015
Kansas City, MO: Paris of the Plains

Paris of the Plains is a timelapse I’ve been working on periodically for a little over a year now. With the recent growth in popularity of Kansas City, I thought it was fitting to show just a fraction of the beauty it holds in a more unique way.
-Tim Lair on Vimeo

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The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Boston

Friday, March 13th, 2015
Share of Income Property During the Last Three Real Estate Cycles

SMART GROWTH AMERICA

In the Boston metropolitan area, walkable urbanism adds value.On average, all of the product types studied, including office, retail, hotel, rental apartments, and for-sale housing, have higher values per square foot in walkable urban places than in low-density drivable locations.These price premiums of 20 to 134 percent per square foot are strong indicators of pent-up demand for walkable urbanism.

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