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2016 Report Card for Florida’s Infrastructure

Monday, July 25th, 2016
Florida state classifications of sandy shorelines

Florida’s economy relies heavily on its beaches, the state’s “invisible” coastal infrastructure that protects Florida’s communities. Most of the public view beaches as places where they can participate in outdoor recreational activities. Florida beaches represent its leading tourist destination with about 810 million “day visits” to its beaches annually. This number more than double the number of “day visits” made annually to all U.S. National Parks combined.

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Railroad Financing: Changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Number and Dollar Amount of Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program Loans Approved, Fiscal Years 1998 through 2015, by Loan Type

Financing the various rail infrastructure projects will be challenging. Congress has not funded the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program—a program used to fund passenger rail projects—since fiscal year 2010 and appropriations to Amtrak have remained relatively steady at about $1.4 billion over the last 5 years. One potential source of funding is FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, which is a $35 billion loan and loan guarantee program to finance, among other things, freight and passenger rail facilities. Since program inception in 1998 about $2.7 billion in loans have been executed, and no loan guarantees have been made.

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State of the Region’s Health: How the New York Metropolitan Region’s Urban Systems Influence Health

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
How the Region’s Urban Form and Connectivity Affect Health

REGIONAL PLAN ASSOCIATION
This report seeks to add to our understanding of the health impacts of long term urban planning decisions. How do planning decisions such as investment in a subway line, the creation of a park or the redevelopment of a neighborhood affect health outcomes decades later? To answer that question we need to look at not only how individual localities work alone, but how clusters of cities, towns and villages work together.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Winner’s Circle

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Jon Magnusson addresses the EEA Gala audience after his firm, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, wins the 2006 Grand Conceptor Award for the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
Every year, ACEC Member Firms design thousands of projects around the globe. Many of these projects push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and overall excellence and redefine best practices— all in the hope of enhancing quality of life…ACEC’s national Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition annually celebrates these achievements. An astute judging panel of built-environment practitioners painstakingly examines entries, which already have achieved top state-level honors, to select the best of the best.

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Pennsylvania DOT: Pothole Patrol

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Pennsylvania DOT: Pothole Patrol

This short video aims to educate motorists on how potholes form, how the department addresses them and most importantly, how to report their location to PennDOT.

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An Infrastructure Plan for America: How Investing in Infrastructure Will Lay the Foundation for Prosperity, Advance Environmental Goals, and Rebuild the Middle Class

Monday, July 18th, 2016
FIGURE 1 Transportation funding distribution

Infrastructure is the foundation that makes everything in the U.S. economy possible. Infrastructure is also essential to our national competitiveness. When done right, infrastructure investments produce broad-based prosperity for American businesses and workers, facilitating social mobility and enabling access to opportunities, people, and ideas.

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“Imagine Transportation” Community Crowdsourcing: What We’ve Heard

Friday, July 15th, 2016
RTA Transportation Survey - 1

We asked 800+ organizations across all 10 counties: What changes to transportation would make the biggest difference to the populations or clients you serve? You told us we that there are many good reasons for working together to improve and invest our regional transportation system!! In addition to these problems, you gave many suggestions for the types of projects or changes that would help solve these problems. Now the RTA is sorting through those responses as well as looking at what other regions and experts have done to identify opportunities for new investment that will address these problems of regional connectivity and mobility.

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Who’s On Board 2016: What Today’s Riders Teach Us About Transit That Works

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
TransitCenter - Who’s On Board 2016

TRANSITCENTER
When do people choose transit, and in what conditions? We answer these critical questions by examining how people use transit, using information gathered from a survey of 3,000 people who ride transit in 17 regions and through focus-group discussions with riders in three cities.

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End-of-Life Management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
Overview of global PV panel waste projections, 2016-2050

INTERNATIONAL RENEWABLE ENERGY AGENCY (IRENA)
Growing PV panel waste presents a new environmental challenge, but also unprecedented opportunities to create value and pursue new economic avenues. These include recovery of raw material and the emergence of new solar PV end-of-life industries. Sectors like PV recycling will be essential in the world’s transition to a sustainable, economically viable and increasingly renewables-based energy future. To unlock the benefits of such industries, the institutional groundwork must be laid in time to meet the expected surge in panel waste.

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NACTO Policy Statement on Automated Vehicles

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CITY TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS (NACTO)
Positioning new mobility services to provide access and mobility to all, and to buttress rather than undermine the successful transit lines at the heart of our cities, is vital to realizing the value of fully automated vehicles for mobility. At the same time, policy at every level of government should address head-on the destructive potential for increased traffic, emissions from additional driving, and on-street congestion that could easily result from automated vehicle technology.

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