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Building Tennessee’s Tomorrow: Anticipating the State’s Infrastructure Needs

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

One of the greatest fiscal challenges facing our elected officials is dealing with aging infrastructure. As the population grows and shifts, new classrooms must be built and equipped to meet our children’s needs. As roads and bridges wear out, they must be repaired or replaced to ensure our safety. And as outdated water lines begin to crack and fail, they must be upgraded to carry clean drinking water safely and efficiently. These examples are just a few of the demands confronting government officials as they struggle with the daunting task of matching limited funds to seemingly unlimited needs.

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Rescue and Renew: Addressing the NYC Metropolitan Area’s Infrastructure Crisis

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Infrastructure Crisis in New York City

We must act now. Our entire metropolitan economy is at risk if we fail to do a better job of maintaining, modernizing, and expanding our key regional infrastructure networks, including roads, bridges, railroads, subways, and airports. A number of themes and key issues emerged from these forums.

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Nevada DOT: Breaking Ground on Highway 95, Phase 2B

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

In January, NDOT broke ground on a $78 million dollar widening and upgrade to a six-mile-long stretch of U.S. Highway 95 between Ann and Kyle Canyon roads in northwest Las Vegas. The project will relieve congestion, improve efficiency and enhance safety, while providing capacity for future growth. Currently, over 52,000 vehicles daily travel through the corridor; however, traffic is expected to more than double over the next two decades.

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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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Cleveland, OH: Tour the Streets of Cleveland

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

A driving tour of some of my favorite streets from my trip to downtown Cleveland

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Utah DOT: Mountain View Corridor

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Mountain View Corridor is a planned freeway, transit and trail system in western Salt Lake and northwestern Utah counties. By preserving land now and building in phases, UDOT is planning for tomorrow and improving the quality of life for today’s residents as well as future generations. With the Mountain View Corridor, getting there is getting […]

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Oregon DOT: Managing Congestion with Value Pricing

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

The Portland-Metro area has a congestion problem and it’s getting worse. The Oregon Department of Transportation is conducting an analysis to study options, including value pricing also know as congestion pricing, for managing congestion. Learn what this is and how you can participate in the discussion with this video intro.

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Oroville Dam Spillway Incident: Independent Forensic Report

Monday, January 15th, 2018
Oroville Dam Spillway Incident - Thumb

The Oroville Dam spillway incident was caused by a long-term systemic failure of the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), regulatory, and general industry practices to recognize and address inherent spillway design and construction weaknesses, poor bedrock quality, and deteriorated service spillway chute conditions. The incident cannot reasonably be “blamed” mainly on any one individual, group, or organization.

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Utah DOT: Getting to Know the Blast Crew

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Don’t you wish you could blow things up and get paid for it? In this episode of Talking Orange we meet a group of UDOT employees who do! The Region 4 blast crew works hard to keep Utah moving by blasting away rocks that get in the way of roads.

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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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