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Posts Tagged ‘Texas’

2016 Texas Transportation Poll

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Texas Transportation Poll - Overall State Results

In spring 2016, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute initiated the second Texas Transportation Poll, a survey of more than 4,000 Texans that assesses public opinion surrounding the following transportation issues: Travel behavior, Travel solutions, Transportation funding, Customer satisfaction with governmental agencies…The biennial survey allows researchers to track changes in public perceptions over time and to give lawmakers a longitudinal view of public sentiment regarding transportation and mobility in Texas. This executive summary presents a top-level synopsis of the survey findings compared to 2014.

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Transit Trends Episode 7: Uber and Lyft Leave Austin, one of America’s Biggest Tech Cities

Monday, October 3rd, 2016
Transit Trends Episode 7: Uber and Lyft Leave Austin, one of America’s Biggest Tech Cities

Uber and Lyft left Austin in May 2016 after voters decided to implement stricter operational guidelines for transportation networking companies (TNCs). Soon a flood of new TNCs including RideAustin, Fare, Fasten, GetMe and even a Facebook group called Arcade City with 40,000+ members launched. Yellow Cab soon launched an app and already existing, LUXE, an app that sends someone to valet your car from anywhere downtown, gained popularity.

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UTA Research: Improving Flash Flood Warnings

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
UTA Research: Improving Flash Flood Warnings

A new cell phone app developed by UTA civil engineer DJ Seo and a network of ultrasound sensors could lead to more accurate warnings about flash flooding. Seo works closely with cities across North Texas and the National Weather Service.

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Austin, TX: Meet the Team Behind “Guadaloop”

Friday, March 25th, 2016
Austin, TX: Meet the Team Behind “Guadaloop”

In Episode 67, we talk with a team of students designing an ultra-fast mass transit system for Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Competition.

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What’s Next in Fort Worth, TX

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016
What’s Next in Fort Worth, TX

Learn more about projects underway in Fort Worth’s Near Southside!

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Streetfilms: Discovering Houston’s Brays Bayou Greenway

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Streetfilms: Discovering Houston’s Brays Bayou Greenway

Clarence Eckerson of Streetfilms explores the cycling network of Houston, TX, and discovers a true gem: the Brays Bayou Greenway.

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Central Texas: Vulnerability of Infrastructure to Extreme Weather

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

CAPITAL AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (CAMPO)
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

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
STEYER-TAYLOR CENTER FOR ENERGY POLICY AND FINANCE
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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