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Archive for the ‘Urban Planning’ Category

New York City: The Importance of Transportation Infrastructure

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015
New York City: The Importance of Transportation Infrastructure

ODOT Muskingum County garage crew built their own solution for unloading salt. This new tool is highly transportable and reduces work time by 60%.

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Saving Lives With Sustainable Transport

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015
Saving Lives With Sustainable Transport

Today, more than half the world’s population live in cities. And another 1.5 billion people will be added to city populations by 2030. Over 1.2 million people die in traffic crashes every year. That’s eight Boeing 747’s every single day.

We present here how research-based transportation and public space solutions that save lives.

This video draws on examples from examples from Brazil, India, Mexico, and Turkey. We look at how traffic fatalities, injuries, and crashes can be reduced through Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), more cycling and walking, as well as better city design.

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ASCE Sustainability Music Video

Monday, January 19th, 2015
ASCE Sustainability Music Video

A sustainable civil engineering-themed parody of the song “Young, Wild and Free,” performed by the Los Angeles Younger Member Forum of ASCE. “ASCE Sustainability” was awarded an honorable mention in ASCE’s 2014 Student and Younger Member Music Video Contest.

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Federal Highway Administration: Making Walking & Biking Safer

Friday, January 16th, 2015
Federal Highway Administration: Making Walking & Biking Safer

See how FHWA and its partners collaborate to make biking and walking safer, affordable, more accessible, and an integral part of livable communities. To learn more about how FHWA works, visit http://www.fhwa.dot.gov

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Alison Taylor, Vice President, Sustainability – Americas, Siemens Corporation

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Alison Taylor, Siemens Corporation

Alison Taylor is Vice President, Sustainability-Americas at Siemens Corporation. In this position, she is responsible for driving the sustainability program for the Americas and acting as a resource for sustainability initiatives across Siemens’ business sectors.

“Rather than fixing a short-term problem, or addressing a crisis, or repairing a problem that may have occurred, let’s say, after a major storm or mother-nature event, sustainability is about a more long-term view. Will we be able to count on that infrastructure many years in the future? How will it serve the public? How will it serve the needs of the city?”

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Louisville, KY: Bike Lane Confusion

Friday, January 9th, 2015
Louisville, KY: Bike Lane Confusion

As Louisville continues to become a more bike friendly city, drivers are having a hard time coping with the new bike lanes. The mayor addresses the public on the new lanes opening up, and the traffic rules that accompany them.

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Growing Local Economies through Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
Housing + Transportation Costs as a Percentage of 80% AMI

CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY
OPEN COMMUNITIES
TRANSIT DEFINES THE VIBRANCY OF DOWNTOWNS IN CHICAGO’S NORTHERN SUBURBS. Metra and CTA stations, and the development they support, help commuters get to jobs and run errands on their way home, all with little or no driving. Residents come together in these downtown station areas to eat, drink, socialize, borrow library books, shop, and see their neighbors. These activity centers are the brand, lifeblood, and drivers of economic development in these communities.

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Mobility, Economic Opportunity and New York City Neighborhoods

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015
Household Income and Job Access by NYC Neighborhood

NYU WAGNER RUDIN CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION POLICY & MANAGEMENT
The Rudin Center ranked New York City’s 177 neighborhoods according to the number of jobs accessible from the neighborhoods by transit, within 60 minutes and completed by 9:00 a.m.on a Monday morning. The number of jobs accessible in this timeframe ranged from 42,275 (South Staten Island) to 4,839,253 (North Chelsea). Our analysis reveals substantial variation in levels of transit access across New York affect residents’ employment levels, travel modes and incomes. Most notably, the rankings result in a swoosh-shaped relationship between transit and income: the highest incomes are connected to the areas with the most access, and low transit access still provides average incomes, because residents travel by private car rather than transit.

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Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Index

Monday, January 5th, 2015
Examples of TODs include Portland’s Pioneer Square and Bethesda, Maryland

THE TOD GROUP
In August 2014, the average home value in TODs was $518 per sf. The average home value in Hybrids was $251 per sf and the average home value in TADs was $196 per sf. This compares to the average national ZHVI for that same month at $149 per sf. Therefore, the average home in a TOD was worth 3.48 times more than the average home in the United States.

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Charleston, SC: Peninsula Mobility Report

Friday, January 2nd, 2015
Recommended Trip-Type Proportions

CITY OF CHARLESTON
HISTORIC CHARLESTON FOUNDATION
There are several actions which would help to maintain the character of Charleston: 1) creating more viable alternatives to driving, 2) Offering more ways for visitors to enter the historic districts by means other than the automobile, and 3) following a strategic parking plan that includes more remote parking and facilitates public transit. Sustainable growth and economic development of the Charleston Peninsula will require transportation alternatives to be developed over the next ten years.

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