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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

Future of Parking in Boston

Monday, December 5th, 2016
The recommendations of this report

Boston is experiencing increasing development and population at a time when interest in a comprehensive multimodal transportation approach to travel is at an all-time high. Parking use provision management and cost are central to transportation policy and individual travel choices. Citywide and neighborhood efforts like the Go Boston 2030 Mobility Action Plan,the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update, and the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan all recognize the centrality of parking and its outside role in the transportation system.

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Who Gets Counted Counts: 2015 Los Angeles Bike and Pedestrian Count

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition - Bike Count

We looked at 8 of the 17 streets where bike lanes were installed between 2010 and 2015 with sufficient collisions and ridership data to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the projects. Overall, the number of automobile collisions decreased, pedestrian collisions stayed relatively flat, and bicycle crash risk decreased, after accounting for increased ridership.

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Streetfilms & Streetsblog: The First Ten Years

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Streetfilms & Streetsblog: The First Ten Years

This film showcases only a small portion of the work that thousands of volunteers and advocates have put in but begins its tale with the NYC Streets Renaissance, a synergy of advocacy groups that banded together in 2005 to try to rally people and tell them the public space outside could change and that there were best practices all over the world to admire.

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Share Your Transportation Story: Wynton Marsalis

Thursday, November 17th, 2016
Share Your Transportation Story: Wynton Marsalis

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx sits down for a conversation with jazz legend Wynton Marsalis. Mr. Marsalis shares stories about streetcar rides with his great-uncle in 1960s New Orleans, the significance of trains in American mythology, and how the sounds of transportation continue to inspire his music today.

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Bumpy Roads Ahead: America’s Roughest Rides and Strategies to make our Roads Smoother

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
TRIP - Highest share of major roads in poor condition

Keeping the wheel steady on America’s roads and highways has become increasingly challenging as drivers encounter potholes and pavement deterioration. Nearly one-third of the nation’s major urban roadways – highways and major streets that are the main routes for commuters and commerce – are in poor condition. These critical links in the nation’s transportation system carry 70 percent of the approximately 3.1 trillion miles driven annually in America.

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Data Brief: Cycling in New York City, 2007-2014

Monday, October 31st, 2016
Prevalence of adults and students that cycled at least once a month in New York City, 2007‒2014

New Yorkers are more likely to walk to work compared with the national average, and a recent New York City (NYC) Department of Transportation report shows that cycling is becoming more popular; the most recent annual 12-hour count of cyclists crossing the East River bridges increased from 2,041 cyclists in 2000 to 15,394 in 2015.

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Denver, CO: Meet Fred Estrian, the Walk-Signal Guy

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
Denver, CO: Meet Fred Estrian, the Walk-Signal Guy

In 2015, there were 1,330 pedestrian crashes and 59 pedestrian crash fatalities in Colorado. To educate pedestrians and drivers on the importance of safety and observing pedestrian laws, particularly around crosswalks and intersections, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s introduced Fred Estrian: the classic walk signal brought to life. Fred took to the streets of Denver to educate drivers and pedestrians alike on the important of using and remaining alert at crosswalks.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Smart Revolution

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016
ACEC - the Smart Revolution

It’s no secret: Digital technology now touches almost every aspect of business and life. Yet, as the intersection points grow and data volumes swell, there’s also a growing interest in tapping connected systems to address the challenges of urban living: traffic congestion, energy consumption, air pollution and overall livability. “It’s possible to solve many of today’s problems and deliver significant benefits through the effective use of digital technology,” says Jesse Berst, chairman of the Smart Cities Council.

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People Near Transit: Improving Accessibility and Rapid Transit Coverage in Large Cities

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Washington DC Transit Shed

This study examines a building block of overall transit accessibility: how close rapid transit is to the residents of a city. Residents of large cities need to have rapid transit options located close to where they live so they can access opportunities without using a car. Measuring the number of residents in a city or metropolitan area who are covered by rapid transit is an important barometer for the efficacy and equity of a region’s transportation infrastructure. To account for differences in city size, PNT has been calculated as “percent of population living near rapid transit.”

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Transit Trends Episode 7: Uber and Lyft Leave Austin, one of America’s Biggest Tech Cities

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Transit Trends Episode 7: Uber and Lyft Leave Austin, one of America’s Biggest Tech Cities

Uber and Lyft left Austin in May 2016 after voters decided to implement stricter operational guidelines for transportation networking companies (TNCs). Soon a flood of new TNCs including RideAustin, Fare, Fasten, GetMe and even a Facebook group called Arcade City with 40,000+ members launched. Yellow Cab soon launched an app and already existing, LUXE, an app that sends someone to valet your car from anywhere downtown, gained popularity.

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