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Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Getting to the Route of it: The Role of Governance in Regional Transit

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
The Route of It

ENO CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION
TRANSITCENTER
…Could regional governance be at the root of problems faced by transit systems in other regions? Some regions have struggled to create universal farecards with updated technology. Other regions have targeted investment to new projects while neglecting the core network. Many regions struggle with coordinating service and interfaces between different operators or transit modes. If regions attempt to solve these problems without resolving their governance issues, they—like Chicago—may be fighting a losing battle.

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Highway Boondoggles + The Illiana Expressway

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Photo by Brad/Flickr Creative Commons License

(This post also appears in Going Places, a policy blog by CNT’s Jacky Grimshaw)I recently read the U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s excellent new report, Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future. I couldn’t help thinking about the decision(s) looming in CNT’s backyard about the proposed Illiana Expressway.Highway Boondoggles focuses on the national and local mismanagement […]

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Michigan DOT: 30th Anniversity of Amtrak Pere Marquette Link

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Michigan DOT: 30th Anniversity of Amtrak Pere Marquette Link

The Amtrak Pere Marquette service celebrated 30 years of service between Grand Rapids and Chicago. The Pere Marquette is a vital link and economic development tool for west Michigan communities. Sponsored by the Westrain coalition, Amtrak, and MDOT, riders had an opportunity to ride in a special “theater car” at the rear of the train for better viewing, win free round-trip tickets at stations, and received commemorative gift bags and refreshments.

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Chicago: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
Chicago: The History of Millennium Park in 3 Minutes

The site of Millennium Park has been a parking garage, a rail yard, and now an architectural destination. Learn how the park evolved over a century.

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Chicago: Demolishing the Ontario Street Ramp

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
Chicago: Demolishing the Ontario Street Ramp

Time-lapse video of the demolition of the westbound Ontario Street to southbound I-90/94 (Kennedy Expressway) ramp over the Kennedy Expressway Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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Interactive Map: The Chicago Commute

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Transitized: Chicago Commute

A unique interactive map from Transitized illustrates the various modes of transportation used by Chicagoans in their daily commutes.

You’ll see a lot of red on the map, symbolizing the carbon-conscious citizen’s nightmare of “driving alone,” but the outlook’s not all so bleak–most downtown neighborhoods favor walking, and some transit corridors with direct access to downtown (though not all, surprisingly) bring a majority of residents to work. Biking and carpooling are all but invisible at first, but mouseover any area of the map and you’ll see quick stats for that exact spot, revealing that lesser-utilized modes of transportation are still present in significant–if not majority–numbers.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 17th, 2014
Bike Portland-Image by GBD Architects

INFRA STORIES YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!

-Portland Apartment Complexes Embrace Cyclists
-A Bump in the Track for Acela
-Chicago’s Ashland BRT Proposal Get Mixed Reviews
-Silver Line Closed Until Undisclosed Construction End Date

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Riding the Bike Share Boom

Monday, December 9th, 2013
Riding the Bike Share Boom

Without a doubt 2013 has been a banner year for bike share in the United States with large systems implemented in New York City (Citibike) & Chicago (Divvy) and many others debuting (or expanding their size) in cites big and small. In fact, Citibike now boasts over 10 million bike miles travelled and is inching closer to 100,000 members!

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Strategic Action Plan for the Chicago Loop

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Loop Area Strategy Diagram

CHICAGO LOOP ALLIANCE
The vision for the Loop and the Strategic Action Plan are not static. The Loop is ever changing as priorities shift, objectives change and new developments impact the social and economic dynamic of the Loop. Therefore, this Strategic Action Plan is a working document; it is a flexible tool that will evolve with the Loop as it changes and grows over the coming years.

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Chicago: Fighting Urban Flooding

Friday, October 25th, 2013
Chicago: Fighting Urban Flooding

From the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT):
“Unlike flash flooding, urban flooding can affect people regardless of whether or not they live in a designated floodplain. It’s not about the creeks rising. Rather, it’s about how the impermeable built environment prevents water from being absorbed into the ground. Rainfall on asphalt cannot sink into the soil, so it often ends up running onto properties and into basements nearby.

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