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Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

Oregon DOT: Too Many Starlings On The I-5 Bridge

Monday, January 26th, 2015
Oregon DOT: Too Many Starlings On The I-5 Bridge

This 2012 video describes our hazing techniques to deter starlings from roosting on the Interstate Bridge which carries Interstate 5 over the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. Droppings from the starlings corrode the steel structure of the bridge and are unhealthy, unsafe and unpleasant for bridge users. These techniques are used nearly every winter.

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Tacoma, WA: “Lock on Tacoma” by artist Diane Hansen

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Tacoma, WA: “Lock on Tacoma” by artist Diane Hansen

Something amazing is happening under a Sounder train bridge in Tacoma. See how Tacoma artist Diane Hansen turned an ordinary pedestrian passageway into a work of art. Her “Lock-On Tacoma” is part of Sound Transit’s art program, STart.

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Seattle, WA: Jimi Hendrix Bus Shelter

Monday, November 24th, 2014
Seattle, WA: Jimi Hendrix Bus Shelter

King County Metro Transit unveiled the Jimi Hendrix-themed bus shelter at 23rd Avenue and Massachusetts Street as part of its ongoing bus shelter mural program…Jimi Hendrix Park and the new Metro stop shelter are located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Central District, a thriving multi-cultural community rich in heritage. Nestled adjacent to the Northwest African American Museum.

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Freight Matters: Washington State Farmers Feed the World

Monday, October 27th, 2014
Freight Matters: Washington State Farmers Feed the World

Chad Denny and his family grow wheat in eastern Washington and sell it to local mills and to the world. Their grain ships to their customers by road, highway, freight railroad, and the river system. How can our freight routes support family farmers? See the Washington State Freight Mobility Plan for more.

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Moving an Age-Friendly Washington, DC: Transportation for All Ages

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Density of the DC region’s older adult population (65+)

Baby boomers in DC, who are an estimated 17 percent of the District of Columbia’s population, represent a growing older cohort. Both their presence and well being are important to sustaining vibrant and inclusive neighborhoods. The potential contributions to our neighborhoods by older residents are undermined without forward-thinking planning to address the growing and unique needs of our oldest residents.

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Nurse Lan, on time every time, thanks to transit

Friday, September 5th, 2014
Waiting briefly at Takoma Station for the Metrobus 63.

Lan is a nurse –a patient care manager in the Oncology Ward of MedStar Washington Hospital Center here in the nation’s capital. Lan and the nurses she helps oversee provide care for patients battling cancer. And her reliance on public transit to get to this important job makes it clear: When we or our loved ones depend on dedicated caregivers like Lan Phan, we also depend on a safe, efficient transportation network to get them to work so they can deliver that care.

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Strategic Top 100: North American Infrastructure 2014 Report

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Spotlight on Infrastructure: Los Angeles

North America is currently experiencing the highest rate of urbanization in history. The way that infrastructure is developed in cities in the coming years is critical. The 2014 Strategic Top 100 highlights cities that are getting it right by making long-term investments into the right projects. These cities are shifting resources towards Transport- Oriented Development (TOD) and sustainable practices; exploring innovative methods of financing and value capture; while applying a keen understanding of public life and its importance to planning and design. Public sector leaders in the cities highlighted below are creating a sustainable vision for transportation that will benefit not only the local population, but also increased economic competitiveness in the region.

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Washington, DC: How Free Parking Affects Transportation Choices

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Table 4. Predicted Probabilities for Mode Choice Outcomes Based upon Different Commuter Benefit Packages (Holding Other Commuter Benefit Packages at Zero and Control Variables at Mean Values)

Municipalities and employers in the U.S. attempt to reduce commuting by automobile through commuter benefits for riding public transportation, walking, or cycling. Many employers provide a combination of benefits, often including free car parking alongside benefits for public transportation, walking, and cycling. This study evaluates the relationship between commuter benefits and mode choice for the commute to work using revealed preference data on 4,630 regular commuters, including information about free car parking, public transportation benefits, showers/lockers, and bike parking at work in the Washington, DC region.

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Seattle, WA: Seawall Project Snapshot Video

Friday, August 1st, 2014
Seattle, WA: Seawall Project Snapshot Video

Concrete shafts provide additional structural support to certain sections of the new seawall. Watch as the Seawall Project team installs one of these drilled shafts south of Colman Dock.

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Effects of Natural Gas Vehicles and Fuel Prices on Key Transportation Economic Metrics

Monday, July 7th, 2014
Figure 1: World, OECD, and U.S. Oil Demand (U.S. EIA, 2012)

This report responds to an inquiry by the State of Washington about the viability of natural gas as an alternative source of energy for transportation. The report is organized around responses to several key research tasks. These tasks are to: 1) Document the increase in supply of natural gas, estimate future price, and availability; 2) Assess the extent to which natural gas is likely to substitute for petroleum; 3) Estimate the extent to which price and performance effects will influence VMT trends in Washington State; 4) Estimate changes in GHG emissions in Washington State attributable to increased use of natural gas; 5) Estimate potential loss of fuel tax revenue attributable to substitution of natural gas for petroleum fuels.

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