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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

The 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities

Thursday, September 21st, 2017
walking report card grades

NATIONAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PLAN ALLIANCE Objective of the 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities The primary goal of the 2017 United States Report Card on Walking and Walkable Communities (the Report Card) is to assess the extent to which the U.S. population and U.S. communities meet selected standards for participating in […]

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Enduring Legend of Gridlock Sam

Monday, September 11th, 2017
The Enduring Legend of Gridlock Sam: Sam Schwartz addresses employees at the company

“Gridlock Sam” Schwartz has always had an outsized presence in his endeavors. “He is, inarguably, the most beloved transportation engineer alive,” says Charles Komanoff, a New York City transport economist, who then adds with a smile, “Admittedly, there’s not much competition.”

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Streetfilms: NYC — Cyclists Become “Human Bollards” to Protect 2nd Ave Bike Lane

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017
Streetfilms: NYC — Cyclists Become “Human Bollards” to Protect 2nd Ave Bike Lane

Earlier this summer, DOT filled an 18-block gap in the Second Avenue bike lane in Midtown. But there’s a big problem with the project: On most of those blocks, the new bike lane isn’t protected at rush hour, when the number of cyclists is highest and car traffic is most intense.So this morning, Transportation Alternatives volunteers took safety in their own hands, lining up between 45th Street and 44th Street to form a “human-protected bike lane” during the 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. rush.

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Washington, DC: Fly-Through of the Proposed South Capitol Bridge

Thursday, August 31st, 2017
Washington, DC: Fly-Through of the Proposed South Capitol Bridge

Washington D.C. is to replace the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge to the tune of $441 million. AECOM is leading the design of the new bridge with Archer Western Construction and Granite Construction carrying out the project.

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What’s Working: Governor Cuomo on the Making of New York’s Massive New Bridge

Monday, August 28th, 2017
What’s Working: Governor Cuomo on the Making of New York’s Massive New Bridge

Part of the new, state-of-the-art bridge replacing the aging Tappan Zee over New York’s Hudson River opens Friday. Norah O’Donnell climbed to the top of the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to find out what it took to get the bridge built on time and on budget in four years.

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The Rise and Fall of the Pontiac Silverdome

Friday, August 25th, 2017
The Rise and Fall of the Pontiac Silverdome

Just outside of Detroit, in Pontiac Michigan, sits one of the most famous and iconic abandoned structures in the country. At one time the largest NFL stadium and host to SuperBowl 16. This is the Pontiac Silverdome.

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The High Cost of Free Parking

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
The High Cost of Free Parking

Hidden parking rules hurt our cities. Will Chilton and Paul Mackie of Mobility Lab explain.

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Crossing the Hudson: How to Increase Transit Capacity and Improve Commutes

Monday, August 21st, 2017
Trans-Hudson Travel

Each day over 1.6 million people commute into Manhattan, the 21st century’s leading global city. For the last 25 years, more and more of those people have been coming from west of the Hudson River. Over that time, the number of jobs in Manhattan has only increased by about 75,000, and the number of daily commuters traveling from New Jersey grew by 70,000, from 250,000 to 320,000…As a result, rail trips in and out of Penn Station have nearly tripled in the last 25 years, bus trips have grown by 83%, and PATH ridership is up by 27%. RPA’s research projects that this trend will continue over the next two decades, requiring far more capacity than the existing facilities can provide. Work trips to Manhattan could increase by 72,000, or 24%, by 2040, while trips to all of New York City could increase by 148,000, a 38% increase, as job growth in the other New York City boroughs rises even faster.

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What Skewed Rail Crossings Do to Bicyclists

Monday, August 21st, 2017
What Skewed Rail Crossings Do to Bicyclists

This video is the result of a research effort by faculty and students at the University of Tennessee to document and study the hazards associated with railway grade crossings on bicycle safety (published in the Journal of Transport & Health). Most video was captured in August and September, 2014 on Neyland Drive, in Knoxville TN. The City of Knoxville has since realigned both rail crossings largely solving the safety problem.

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Of Mega-Cities and Metro Cards: Urban Security is Digital Security

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Urban Security is Digital Security

According to the United Nations, 54 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a percentage expected to reach 66 percent by 2050…This “mega-cities” trend is in part due to digital transformations which are changing economies, cultures and communities at light speed. Unprecedented connectivity, mobility and access to information are fundamentally changing how individuals, organizations and communities view their own safety, security and quality of life…From the protection of critical infrastructure to information in cyberspace, and point-of-sale purchases to international financial transactions, Thales is helping communities and organizations everywhere meet the challenges of a complex digital age.

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