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Falling Transit Ridership: California and Southern California

Friday, February 9th, 2018
Falling Transit Ridership in California: Figure ES-1

In the last ten years transit use in Southern California has fallen significantly. This report investigates that falling transit use. We examine patterns of transit service and patronage over time and across the region, and consider an array of explanations for falling transit use: declining transit service levels, eroding transit service quality, rising fares, falling fuel prices, the growth of Lyft and Uber, the migration of frequent transit users to outlying neighborhoods with less transit service, and rising vehicle ownership. While all of these factors probably play some role, we conclude that the most significant factor is increased motor vehicle access, particularly among low-income households that have traditionally supplied the region with its most frequent and reliable transit users.

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Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities

Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Electric Car Charging

The insights uncovered in Black & Veatch’s 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report demonstrate a growing awareness among communities and utilities that modern, digital infrastructure such as data collection networks, infrastructure automation and advanced communication systems are the key components of today’s smart city initiatives. It is only through these systems that cities and utilities can optimize operations to realize the promise of the smart city – and create a sustainable future.

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AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright Talks Transportation on CSPAN

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

On January 4th 2018, Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), appeared live on CSPAN’s Washington Journal. The broadcast focused on the topic of infrastructure investment and the challenges ahead this year. Wright spoke on behalf AASHTO’s members; the transportation departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This video contains experts of Wright’s comments about key issues such as public and private transportation investment, project streamlining and fixing the troubled Highway Trust Fund.

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Forces of Change: The Future of Mobility

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018
Figure 3. The future mobility ecosystem

DELOITTE INSIGHTS The entire way people and goods travel from point A to point B is changing, driven by a series of converging technological and social trends: the rapid growth of carsharing and ridesharing; the increasing viability of electric and alternative powertrains; new, lightweight materials; and the growth of connected and, ultimately, autonomous vehicles. The […]

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Delaware: Planning for Autonomous Vehicle Impacts

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Video from Delaware DOT outlines the different levels of autonomy in vehicles, and the changes that Delaware will have to make in order to accommodate AVs in the near future.

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New York City: How Does the Subway Prepare for Winter?

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Extreme cold and winter storms means NYC subway service may change. Learn more about our Winter Weather Travel Guide at http://web.mta.info/coldWeather/ –mtainfo on YouTube

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2017: The Year in Infrastructure

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018
2017: The Year in Infrastructure

2017 was, by many accounts, a turbulent year. Infrastructure was no exception.

Whether due to new political paradigms, unprecedented natural disasters or new funding opportunities, American infrastructure faced a wide range of challenges throughout the year. Here, we recount some of the key infra topics that shaped discussion–and action–in 2017.

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The Future of Equity in Cities: Infrastructure

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018
The Future of Equity in Cities - Mobility and Infrastructure

NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES In order to examine factors at the nexus of equity, mobility and technology, we analyzed long range transportation plans from the 50 largest U.S. cities. In 19 of these cities, there were up-to-date (adopted after 2010) municipal transportation plans available. The remaining plans in the analysis are regional long-range transportation plans. Mobility […]

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Resilience and efficiency in transportation networks

Friday, December 29th, 2017
Fig. 1. Definition of urban areas and assignment of nodes’ population.

It is widely understood that roadway infrastructure is expensive, both in acquiring land for rights-of-way and in construction of improvements, and thus, decisions regarding alignment, crossing, and access made over a period of decades may have long-lasting consequences that are observable in traffic data today. Consequently, urban areas exhibit different unintentional traffic characteristics, including delays under normal and random stress conditions. Investments motivated exclusively by expected efficiencies under normal operating conditions are unreliable safeguards against loss of efficiency under stress conditions. Therefore, new analytic tools are required that allow designers to assess the adaptive capacity of roadway infrastructure and assess the potential of new investments to provide enhanced resilience.

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A Complete Streets Evaluation of New Orleans and Jefferson Parish

Friday, December 22nd, 2017
Complete streets in New Orleans: Recommended measures

Complete Streets is a fundamentally different approach to transportation planning, design, and engineering than the status quo of the last half century. It requires that all aspects of decision-making and implementation consider the needs of all people who use a road, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation. Streets are viewed as more than ways to move as many vehicles as possible. They are public spaces that connect and contribute to everything that surrounds them.

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