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Posts Tagged ‘Florida’

Measuring Travel Time at Florida Freeways and Arterials

Friday, September 12th, 2014
Figure 2.5.  BlueTOAD speed map at Jacksonville, FL

Travel time is an important performance measure used to assess the traffic operational quality of various types of highway facilities. Previous research funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) on travel time reliability developed, implemented, and evaluated tools for estimating travel time reliability for freeways and arterials. Previous research efforts have also compared the model-estimated travel times to field-measured travel times.

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Performance of Alternatively Fueled Buses

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Figure 3-2. Comparison of performance and costs of 40-foot buses, diesel vs. hybrid.

Florida transit agencies have been dealing with volatile fuel prices and changes in regulations regarding diesel engines and fuel. In addition, emphasis on reducing the overall consumption of fossil fuels has increased, as well as reducing carbon emissions by transit agencies. Florida transit agencies and funding entities continue to be under pressure to reduce operating costs and to run a more sustainable and environmentally friendly fleet in the urban environment. A popular strategy to pursue these goals has been the acquisition of alternatively fueled buses. However, higher reliance on alternative fuels has increased both capital and operating costs for some fixed route operators, and has created challenges for the widespread adoption of advanced transit technologies.

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Florida: The Impacts of Transportation for Dialysis Treatment

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Figure 2-1 Florida CTCs Responding to Survey

In 2012, Community Transportation Coordinators (CTCs) in Central and Southeast Florida suggested that the increased demand for travel to dialysis treatment had begun to negatively impact their ability to meet the transportation needs of other mobility-challenged residents of their communities. In response to this observation, the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida (USF) undertook a multi-phased research project.

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FL DOT: Traffic Safety and Signals

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
FL DOT: Traffic Safety and Signals

Learn about how vehicular and pedestrian traffic signals are engineered on state roads such as where they are installed, how long lights run, what types of lights are utilized. – MyFDOT on YouTube.

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Analyzing the Effects of Transit Network Change: A Case Study of Tallahassee, Florida

Thursday, May 16th, 2013
Analyzing the Effects of Transit Network Change

On July 11, 2011, StarMetro, the local public transit agency in Tallahassee, Florida, restructured its entire bus network from a downtown-focused radial system to a decentralized, grid-like system that local officials and agency leaders believed would better serve the dispersed local pattern of population and employment.

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New House Transportation Committee Member Will Advocate for High Speed Rail

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Transportation Issues Daily Newly-elected Representative Rick Nolan brings some real-world Congressional and transportation experience to his role on the House Transportation Committee issues. Nolan, a Democrat (D-FL) who will represent Minnesota’s 8th District, served in the House from 1975 and 1982. (He’s about to learn how today’s House is nothing like the House when he […]

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Venus, FL: Green Building Timelapse at Archbold

Friday, December 14th, 2012

Green Building video with a timelapse of the construction of Archbold’s new Frances Archbold Hufty Learning Center and Adrian Archbold Lodge. These two LEED Platinum certified buildings include green features like pervious pavement, a cistern, low-flow fixtures, hi-efficiency lighting, solar water heater, and Florida-Friendly Landscaping. – ArchboldExpeditions on YouTube.

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Valuing Florida’s Clean Water

Friday, November 30th, 2012

In 1998 the EPA adopted the Clean Water Action Plan, which stated that excessive nutrient pollution results in greater than expected growth of macrophytes or phytoplankton, and potentially harmful algae blooms or outbreaks leading to declining oxygen levels, an imbalance among aquatic species, public health risks, and a general degradation of the aquatic resource. The “Key Action” for addressing nutrient over-enrichment was a requirement that states develop and implement numeric limits on the amount of so-called “nutrients” – phosphorus and nitrogen – allowed in waterbodies by the year 2004.

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Expanded Transportation Performance Measures

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Growth management has attempted to manage the pace of development while providing or improving transportation services to the users of the transportation system. However, these efforts have largely focused on automobile travelers. The majority of the statutory rules, measurements, management strategies and accountability have been framed in terms of passenger vehicle trips.

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North American Port Analysis: Preparing for the First Post-Panamax Decade

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate vessels capable of carrying up to 12,500 containers will alter global trade routes, and is already promoting the advancement of the science of logistics.

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