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The Last Mile: Connecting Workers to Places of Employment

Monday, April 17th, 2017
Public Policy Forum: The Last Mile

In 2013, the Public Policy Forum published Getting to Work, a report that explored efforts to connect Milwaukee County residents with major job locations in the region via public transit. The report identified several common barriers, including one known as the “last mile” problem, which can arise when transit services allow individuals to get relatively close – but not all the way – to their job sites. This challenge is particularly common in suburban areas, where jobs are more dispersed and difficult for the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) and suburban transit systems to serve efficiently, but it also can arise in some parts of the city that are difficult to reach by transit.

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America’s Most Endangered Rivers 2017

Friday, April 14th, 2017
America

AMERICAN RIVERS The America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is one of the best-known and longest-lived annual reports in the environmental movement. Each year since 1984, grassroots river conservationists have teamed up with American Rivers to use the report to save their local rivers, consistently scoring policy successes that benefit these rivers and the communities through […]

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The Transition Takes Hold: Why the Clean Energy Transition Now Appears Irreversible

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
NEW CAPACITY FROM RENEWABLES AND FOSSIL FUELS

In the U.S., the renewable energy sector has become a major job creator: since 2009, the solar industry created one out of every 80 new jobs, and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician. While President Donald Trump may have promised to bring back coal jobs, he will no doubt find resistance—in both Congress and statehouses—should his efforts come at the expense of clean energy jobs.

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Small Cities with Big-City Infrastructure Problems

Monday, April 10th, 2017
Figure 1: Flooding hotspots and proposed reinvestment area in the City of Gloucester, New Jersey. Prepared by SCAPE.

It is apparent that cities across the United States are coping with aging and failing infrastructure systems. What is less apparent is that small cities often face many of the same overwhelming, chronic and costly infrastructure problems as big cities. However, most smaller cities and towns do not have the capacity, expertise or resources to address these challenges. Large cities, like New York and Los Angeles, have entire departments with dedicated budgets to tackle problems with aging water systems and deteriorating roads, for example.

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Freight Railroads & International Trade

Thursday, April 6th, 2017
Freight Rail and International Trade

Globalization has harmed some U.S. workers, and policymakers should work to ameliorate that harm. However, shrinking from America’s central role in international trade would significantly weaken our nation’s economy, our standard of living and our quality of life. Policymakers must not deprive Americans of the tremendous advantages and opportunities brought about by engaging fully in the global economy.

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The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure

Monday, April 3rd, 2017
Figure 1 Regional Distribution of Capital Needs

VALUE OF WATER CAMPAIGN Purpose of the Report The Value of Water Campaign commissioned an economic impact analysis to understand how increasing investments in the nation’s water infrastructure can affect economic growth and employment. The study reviews the projected capital needs of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, and estimates the associated economic benefits that would […]

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Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Driverless Future

DRIVERLESS FUTURE was developed by Arcadis, HR&A Advisors and Sam Schwartz to show the significant influence autonomous vehicles and ridesharing can have on our cities. This paper serves as a policy road map for complex issues related to this transportation revolution and its potential impact on equity, public transit, parking, land use and real estate development.

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Battery Storage Market Poised for Growth

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
Price of Lithium-Ion Batteries (2014–2016)

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) Written by Gerry Donohue Battery storage is not yet ready for prime time. It is just too expensive. Although it has cost-effective applications in a few niches, such as island grids or locations where technical constraints require a non-wired solution, it doesn’t pencil out for large-scale energy storage. That […]

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Who Rides Public Transportation

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
APTA - Who Rides Public Transit

AMERICAN PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ASSOCIATION (APTA) Top Line Results Key Demographics Age – Of all transit riders, 79% fall into the most economically active age range from 25 to 54. The balance are divided between those younger than 25 (14%) and those in the age range generally thought of as the retirement years, 65 or older. […]

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2017 Infrastructure Report Card

Thursday, March 9th, 2017
2017 Infrastructure Report Card: D+

Our nation is at a crossroads. Deteriorating infrastructure is impeding our ability to compete in the thriving global economy, and improvements are necessary to ensure our country is built for the future. While we have made some progress, reversing the trajectory after decades of underinvestment in our infrastructure requires transformative action from Congress, states, infrastructure owners, and the American people…Our nation’s infrastructure challenges are significant but solvable. Through strategic, sustained investment, bold leadership, comprehensive planning, and careful preparation for the needs of the future, America’s infrastructure will be improved and restored.

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