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Posts Tagged ‘Illinois’

ACEC Engineering Excellence 2017: Fox River Bridge, Illinois

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Fox River Bridge, Illinois

The Chicago, Ill.-based joint venture of Stanley Consultants, Inc., and Chastain/Thomas has earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 50th annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) for the Fox River Bridge in Elgin, Ill.

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Inside Illinois DOT: High-Speed Rail

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017
Inside Illinois DOT: High-Speed Rail

Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn gives an update on high-speed rail project improvements in Illinois in this edition of Inside IDOT.

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Transit Trends Episode 9: Shared Mobility and the Environment

Monday, January 2nd, 2017
Transit Trends Episode 9: Shared Mobility and the Environment

Transportation is now the number one contributor to climate emissions. So while we were in Chicago for the Shared Mobility Summit that the Shared-Use Mobility Center puts on every year, we met up with Kristen Pawling to discuss how shared mobility and technology plays a role in improving our emissions. Kristen is the Los Angeles Urban Solutions Coordinator for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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The Lessons of Long-Term Privatization: Why Chicago Got it Wrong and Indiana Got it Right

Friday, July 29th, 2016
manhattan institute - parking meters

Today, cash-strapped U.S. cities and states are selling or leasing government assets, particularly transportation infrastructure. The sale or lease of such assets can be beneficial to the public; but the long-term nature of these deals makes them potentially far more risky than contracts to run bus service or repair city-owned vehicles.

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Connecting Cook County, IL: 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
FIGURE 1.1 PURPOSE OF TRIPS TAKEN BY COUNTY RESIDENTS

Cook County’s transportation system is one of its greatest assets, having a central—even dominant—role in the national and international movement of people and goods. As this plan Connecting Cook County will outline, this competitive advantage is being threatened by the actions other regions are taking, as well as the Chicago region’s own limits in confronting significant challenges.

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Aurora, IL: Indian Prairie Schools Invest in the Future through Infrastructure

Friday, April 8th, 2016
Aurora, IL: Indian Prairie Schools Invest in the Future through Infrastructure

Indian Prairie Schools outline partnerships as strong possibilities for saving money and creating strong infrastructure. Step by step suggestions.

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Stalled Out: How Empty Parking Spaces Diminish Neighborhood Affordability

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
2-bedroom apartment vs. parking spaces

CENTER FOR NEIGHBORHOOD TECHNOLOGY
Late at night, when Chicago sleeps, apartment parking lots are at their peak usage. When CNT visited those lots and garages at 4:00 a.m., though, we found one third of the parking spaces sitting empty…This may not seem like a huge problem, but each indoor, underground parking space – one individual space – costs $37,300 to build. Multiply that by all of the spaces in the lot, and the price tag is huge. We think that wasted money and space should be allocated to housing instead.

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Illinois DOT: Explaining the I-55 Managed Lane Project

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
Illinois DOT: Explaining the I-55 Managed Lane Project

Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn talks about the benefits of this project and why it is needed.

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An Evaluation Study of Plants for Use on Green Roofs

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Green Roof plants

CHICAGO BOTANIC GARDEN
The environmental benefits include conserving water, reducing interior noise pollution, mitigating stormwater runoff, reducing the urban heat-island effect, improving urban air quality through carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange, and creating habitats for a diversity of birds, insects, and animals. Along with extending the life of the roof by two to three times over a conventional roof, economic benefits include reducing energy costs—both heating and cooling—increasing property values, and meeting requirements for stormwater management.

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Chicago, IL: Cycling the New Bloomingdale Trail

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Chicago, IL: Cycling the New Bloomingdale Trail

Take a ride on the Bloomingdale Trail from the western trailhead at Ridgeway Avenue in Humboldt Park to the eastern trailhead at Walsh Park in Bucktown.

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