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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

North Carolina: Active Routes to School

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
North Carolina: Active Routes to School

In a joint partnership with North Carolina’s Division of Public Health, NCDOT is proud to support North Carolina’s Active Routes to School Program. Sponsoring events at schools around the state, the Active Routes to School Program is making a positive impact on the lives of many of our younger citizens.

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San Francisco Sewers: You Can’t Live a Day Without Me

Monday, April 13th, 2015
San Francisco Sewers: You Can’t Live a Day Without Me

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the City agency that brought national attention to your sewers using slogans like “No one deals with more crap than I do” and “Your #2 is my #1,” is now debuting a rap song!

“You Can’t Live a Day Without Me” is a rap video about the San Francisco sewers with cameos by ex-49ers great Ronnie Lott and former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.

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Gwinnett County, GA: Extending Express Lanes on I-85

Friday, April 10th, 2015
Gwinnett County, GA: Extending Express Lanes on I-85

Overview of the I-85 Express Lanes Extension project in Gwinnett County. The project begin north of the existing express lanes on I-85 at Old Peachtree Road and would extend to Hamilton Mill Road.

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Indirect Benefits of State Investment in Public Transportation

Thursday, April 9th, 2015
Figure 1 Direct and indirect benefits of public transit investments.

NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM
An additional, indirect impact that has seen less consideration in transit program and project planning is the potential cost savings to other government programs that result from the benefits provided by transit. These indirect benefits can result from improved access to jobs, health care, and education, which can reduce the demand for government services.

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New Britain, CT: The Complete Streets Master Plan

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
New Britain, CT: The Complete Streets Master Plan

The story of how Downtown New Britain, Connecticut developed a Complete Streets Master Plan, and in the process gained so much more.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Davey, CEO of Boston 2024 and Former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
Richard Davey: CEO of Boston 2024

In January 2015, Rich Davey was named the Chief Executive Officer of the Boston 2024 Partnership, the organization seeking to bring the Olympics and Paralympic Summer Games to Boston…Prior to working at Boston 2024, Rich served for over a decade in chief executive and senior management roles in several transportation organizations in Massachusetts.

“The Olympics are all about, in Boston, thinking about and planning for our future—not the future being tomorrow’s rush hour, but 9 1/2 years from now, and 10 years from now, and 20 years from now. That’s what infrastructure is about: it’s about investing for the long term, taking the long view.”

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ASCE 2015 Civil Engineering Award Winners

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
ASCE 2015 Civil Engineering Award Winners

From a relocatable antarctic research station to drought solutions in Texas, the 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards showcased a variety of novel approaches to vital engineering problems. The following videos from ASCE detail this year’s winner and four other finalists.

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Where Do People Prefer to Walk?

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Sidewalk with construction barriers to crossing

ACTIVE LIVING RESEARCH
The study’s main objective is to estimate a model of pedestrian route choice preference. The results of the model can be used to understand the willingness of people walking to go out of their way to avoid negative features and experience positive features along a route. The model is estimated in a way that would allow incorporation into traditional regional models of travel demand to better represent walking options.

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San Francisco, CA: Building a Better BART

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
San Francisco, CA: Building a Better BART

Get a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the BART crew working to keep our tracks safe. What does it mean to ‘build a better BART?’ These guys tell it how it is.

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

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015
2015-03-27 13.51.45

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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