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Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

Central Texas: Vulnerability of Infrastructure to Extreme Weather

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Table 1: Transportation Assets Evaluated

The specific purpose of this study was to assess the potential vulnerability of a limited selection of critical transportation assets in the CAMPO region to the effects of extreme weather and climate; to highlight lessons learned in the process, and to outline potential next steps toward enhancing the resilience of the region’s transportation infrastructure. The assets evaluated include roadways, bridges, and rail, and the climate-related stressors considered were flooding, drought, extreme heat, wildfire, and extreme cold (icing). Commensurate with the region’s Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) – under development at the time of writing), the year 2040 was selected as the analysis horizon.

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Streetfilms: Austin Goes Bike Gold – LAB Makes Austin first Gold City in Texas

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Streetfilms: Austin Goes Bike Gold – LAB Makes Austin first Gold City in Texas

A few months ago, I was in Austin, Texas for the NACTO 2015 Summit. Although I was quite busy and we got hit with a major rainstorm of epic proportions, I was able to shoot enough video to put together a limited look at what is going on in the city. Even more fortunate, soon after the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) named Austin their 22nd Gold status bike city near the end of 2015, making Austin the first city in Texas to claim the honor.

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Large-Scale Solar: The Next West Texas Energy Boom

Monday, January 18th, 2016
Large-Scale Solar: The Next West Texas Energy Boom

Texas has some of the best solar energy resources in the country. ERCOT, Texas’s power grid operator, predicts that at least 13 GW of solar will be installed in Texas by 2030…What does Texas’s solar power boom mean for West Texas towns like Fort Stockton, where a significant number of the state’s large-scale solar projects are being constructed?

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A Tale of Three Markets: Comparing the Solar and Wind Deployment Experiences of California, Texas, and Germany

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
Figure 1: Map of Solar PV Resource Quality – U.S. and Germany20

The Obama administration has repeatedly identified the large-scale build-out of clean, renewable energy infrastructure as a key priority of the United States. The President’s calls for a cleaner energy economy are often accompanied by references to other industrialized countries such as Germany, the world’s 4th largest economy, hailed by many as a leader in renewable energy deployment and proof of concept. Indeed, the share of renewables in Germany’s electricity generation mix (28% ) is twice that of the United States (14% ), and the ambitious „Energiewende“ commits the country to meeting 80% of its electricity needs with renewables by 2050. The German renewables experience, however, is not without its critics.

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Bike Lanes for Austin, TX

Friday, December 4th, 2015
Bike Lanes for Austin, TX

With more people commuting into Austin traffic is becoming more congested. Vanessa Pulido has the story on how a $150 million bond for bike lanes could potentially reduce traffic.

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Austin, TX: Mobility ATX Findings

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
A look at Central Austin bicycle mode share by census tract. American Community Survey 2011 5-Year Composite (Yrs. 2007-2011)

This report just scratches the surface of the wide array of conversations that took place on It is a look inside the community and its priorities. Of the 4119 upvotes on, only 1143 are covered in this report across the 10 most popular user-generated ideas. To get a fuller, richer sense of the community conversation, spend some time browsing

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Innovative Financing Helps Universities Grow

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Texas A&M University Campus - Photo by Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University recently announced plans to expand its student housing capacity by more than 3,400 beds with a unique agreement between public and private partners worth over $360 million. The announcement is similar to dozens just like it throughout the country. Student housing on university campuses is an extremely large, growing marketplace and most of the new projects are collaborative efforts called public-private partnerships (P3s).

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San Marcos, TX: First Annual “Float to Work Day”

Friday, September 4th, 2015
San Marcos, TX: First Annual “Float to Work Day”

The City of San Marcos staff held their First Annual Float to Work Day, promoting alternative transportation. #floattowork #SMTX

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Identifying Transit Deserts in Texas Cities

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Table 2: Largest Transit Gaps in Texas Cities

This study builds on previous research that has been done on “transit deserts.” This concept is similar to the popular and thoroughly studied concept of a “food desert,” which is a geographic area where there is no or limited access to fresh food (Clark et al. 2002; Jiao et al. 2012; Whelan et al. 2002; Wrigley 1993; Wrigley et al. 2002). The food desert concept has received a lot of attention and influenced planning policies and practices. By applying the same idea to transit systems within urban areas, geographic areas can be identified where there is a lack of transit service. There are three main steps to this process. This involves identifying the transit dependent populations as a measure of transit demand, calculating the transit supply, and then subtracting the supply from the demand to measure the gap (Jiao & Dillivan 2013).

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Texas: Governor Abbott Paves the Way for Historical Transportation Funding Increase

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Texas: Governor Abbott Paves the Way for Historical Transportation Funding Increase

Video clip illustrates Governor Abbott’s dedication to increasing funding for roads throughout the state of Texas, and also doing away with diversions. From now on, taxes for roads will be spent on roads.

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