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Posts Tagged ‘California’

Oakland, CA: Gordon Huether Fills BART with Color and Beauty

Friday, April 18th, 2014
Oakland, CA: Gordon Huether Fills BART with Color and Beauty

Renowned artist Gordon Huether fills BART to OAK with color and beauty. His art installation “A-Round Oakland” is scheduled to open at the end of 2014.

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Why High-Speed Rail Isn’t Less Cost-Effective Than Other Transit Investments (Part Two)

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Last week UCLA published a working paper arguing that urban transportation projects were more cost-effective at reducing greenhouse gas emissions than high-speed rail (HSR). I posted a critique of that paper, focusing first on the benefits side of the ledger, showing that the authors had overstated the user savings of light rail, bus, and bicycle infrastructure projects while HSR’s savings may have been undersold. This week, I’m going to look at costs.

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Why High-Speed Rail Isn’t Less Cost-Effective Than Other Transit Investments (Part One)

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

As someone who’s been car-free for going on six years, I’m the last person to criticize someone trying to raise the profile of local transit and active transportation investments — I rely on them every day and frequently write about the need for more. Even though most people don’t get rid of their cars when new transit services arrive, some do, and that’s amazing. We should celebrate and encourage that. But at the same time, pitting different forms of clean, efficient transit against one another isn’t productive, especially when those transit types serve entirely different purposes. I feel that this recent UCLA report understated the benefits of HSR while overselling the benefits of rail, bus, and bike infrastructure. In truth, they’re both outstanding investments and perfect complements, and we should be striving to find ways to build more of each.

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Caltrans: Recommendations for Improvement

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
Figure 1, VMT and per capita VMT on California state highways, 1992-2012. Sources: Caltrans (VMT) and Department of Finance (population).

STATE SMART TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVE
This report provides an assessment of the performance of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and recommendations for improvement…The report provides a brief history of Caltrans and of the demands placed on it, a set of findings about Caltrans’ current state, and recommendations for improvement. Throughout, it focuses on the need for modernization and culture change at the department.

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California’s Bullet Train Hobbled by Fresh Legal, Fiscal and Political Uncertainties

Monday, January 27th, 2014

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 25, No. 2
Barely recovered from the damaging effects of the Sacramento Court ruling denying the California High Speed Rail Authority access to Prop 1A bond funding, the bullet train project has had to face fresh challenges.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 24th, 2014
U.S. Census Transportation Planning Products

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
More Poor Commuters Choose Cycling
Taxing Corporate Buses
California Leads in Driver Safety
Ford Rethinking the Role of Cars
Philadelphia Web Developer Hopes to Help Commuters

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Marin, CA: The Story of How Marin Was Ruined

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Marin, CA: The Story of How Marin Was Ruined

The year is 2020, a look back on what might happen to Marin and what you can do to prevent it.

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Los Angeles: Refurbishing a Light Rail Car

Thursday, January 9th, 2014
Los Angeles: Refurbishing a Light Rail Car

Time lapse video of Metro Blue Line train refurbishing.

For more information visit http://www.metro.net/bluelineupgrades

-Metro Los Angeles on YouTube

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San Diego, CA: Midday Traffic Reorganized by Color

Friday, December 27th, 2013
San Diego, CA: Midday Traffic Reorganized by Color

The source footage for this video is a 4-minute shot from the Washington Street bridge above State Route 163 in San Diego captured at 2:39pm Oct 1, 2013. My aim is to reveal the color palette and color preferences of contemporary San Diego drivers in addition to traffic patterns and volumes. There are no CG elements, these are all real cars that have been removed from one sample and reorganized.

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Getting to Great Places

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Photo by Aya Brackett

SPUR – San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
The city of San Jose is critical to the future of the Bay Area. The Association of Bay Area Governments projects that San Jose will add more new residents in the coming decades than any other city in the region — more than San Francisco and Oakland combined. The shape of that growth is critically important to the sustainability, livability and economic vitality of the region. San Jose faces a particular set of challenges — shared by many American cities — around how to retool environments built for the automobile for a future that better supports walking, cycling and transit.

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