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Get the Lead Out: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water for Our Children at School

Monday, February 20th, 2017
U.S. PIRG: Drinking Water in Schools

The health threat of lead in schools’ water deserves immediate attention from state and local policymakers for two reasons. First, lead is highly toxic and especially damaging to children — impairing how they learn, grow, and behave. So, we ought to be particularly vigilant against this health threat at schools and pre-schools, where our children spend their days learning and playing.

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Transportation for Massachusetts: Keeping on Track

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Transportation for Massachusetts: On the Subway with my Bunny

Keeping on Track now provides one-stop shopping for those interested in updated information about the Commonwealth’s transportation system, completed statutory requirements from two transportation laws, missed deadlines, and improvements made through new transportation system investments.

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Transportation Performance Measures: 2017 Survey

Monday, February 13th, 2017
Transportation for America - TRANSPORTATION PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Among a range of interesting findings, we discovered that the majority of the MPOs surveyed (75 percent) are already using performance measures in some fashion. However, there is significant room for improvement in how they use them — only 30 percent of all MPOs utilize performance measures to evaluate specific projects for inclusion in the fiscally constrained five-year plans that govern all short-term spending.

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Freeways Without Futures

Friday, February 10th, 2017
Freeways without Futures

Since the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, America has spent billions to create the Interstate Highway System—an ongoing march of construction and investment that has fundamentally reshaped our regions, cities, towns, and rural places. That same highway infrastructure, however, came as a blight on urban neighborhoods, with disastrous consequences for cities.

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Empty Spaces: Real Parking Needs at Five TODs

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017
Estimated vehicle trips versus actual vehicle trips

The goal of this study was to determine how much less parking is required at transit-oriented developments (TODs) and how many fewer vehicle trips are generated than standard industry estimates. It is clear that TODs require less parking than development without transit, or transit without development. This study sought to gather information about how much parking is used at TOD to help developers and engineers make more-informed decisions in the future.

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Practicality of Private Sector Funded Infrastructure

Monday, February 6th, 2017
Figure 1: Urban Share of Total Vehicle and Total Lane Miles (1980-2014)

Modernizing America’s infrastructure is a key plank in the next Administration’s economic platform, and transportation infrastructure should be central to this effort. The case can be made that American roadways are inadequate, even as there are more vehicles on the road than ever. The consequence is congested roads and poor road quality. However, President Trump’s plan relies heavily on private sector finance; specifically leveraging less than $200 billion in federal funds for $800 billion in private funds. (Then-candidate Hillary Clinton similarly proposed establishing an infrastructure bank involving the private sector.) Is it feasible to modernize the surface transportation network without greater taxpayer involvement?

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A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure: Creating Over 15 Million New Jobs

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

The Senate Democrats’ “Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure” would make a historic $1 trillion federal investment to modernize our crumbling infrastructure and create more than 15 million jobs that our economy desperately needs.

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Economic growth in a low carbon world: How to reconcile growth and climate through energy productivity

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
Structural Break in Energy Demand

ENERGY TRANSITIONS COMMISSION An analysis of energy demand trends and drivers in low carbon scenarios prepared by Vivid Economics for the Energy Transitions Commission In the absence of a demand-side energy transition, global energy demand is likely to grow by 60% to 2050 and greater efforts will be required to decarbonise energy supply. We analysed […]

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Trends in Smart City Development

Thursday, January 26th, 2017
National League of Cities - Trends in Smart City Development

To better understand smart cities in practice, this report outlines smart city initiatives in five cities. For each city, the report focuses on the organization of the initiatives, the policy and administrative components guiding the initiatives, and community engagement around smart development.

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National Public Transportation Safety Plan

Monday, January 23rd, 2017
FTA: National Public Transportation Safety Plan

MAP-21 (Pub. L. 112-141 (2012)) amended Federal transit law by authorizing a new Public Transportation Safety Program at 49 U.S.C. § 5329. Pursuant to Section 5329(b), the Public Transportation Safety Program must include a National Public Transportation Safety Plan to improve the safety of all public transportation systems that receive Federal transit funds.

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