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The End of Automobile Dependence

August 19, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Proposed streetcar for Downtown Brooklyn / Friends of the Brooklyn-Queens Connector“Cities have been demanding reduced car dependence,” said Peter Newman, professor of sustainability at Curtin University and elder statesman of sustainable transportation, at a talk in Washington, D.C. As a result, 2015 saw a 3 percent decline in...[read more]

Future Roadway Technologies: What’s Being Done to Put it into Effect?

August 10, 2016 by Matt Rhoney

Have you ever gotten onto a congested highway and immediately wished you hadn’t? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you entered an intersection just as another vehicle was running a red light? With connected vehicle technology, the idea is that data will be transmitted wirelessly among vehicles and between roadside and vehicles...[read more]

Portland, Oregon is Recycling One of its Outdated Bridges

July 19, 2016 by The Global Grid

The enormous economic undertaking to fix crumbling infrastructure may block any nationwide initiative to repair our bridges, however it creates the opportunity for cities to think creatively and remedy the problem locally. As a sustainable trend setter, Portland, Oregon is tackling the issue head on through recycling nearly 100% of the construction material towards new uses after the deconstruction of the Sellwood Bridge.[read more]

FHWA head: Public, private sectors joining forces to advance project efficiency innovations

June 28, 2016 by Construction Dive

The Federal Highway Administration is on a mission to improve efficiency on infrastructure projects, and the private sector is playing a key role in those efforts.Led by current Administrator Gregory Nadeau and former Administrator Victor Mendez, the FHWA launched the Every Day Counts initiative in 2010. The program aims to "...[read more]

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Main Street project aims to give central Tallinn back to the people

June 21, 2016 by Helen Saarniit

After decades of car-centred urban planning in the centre of Tallinn, the city has decided to give the centre back to its people and enliven urban culture by creating a 21st century Main Street: a shared urban space that is safe for pedestrians and cyclists, with more public transport and fewer cars.The design competition, organized by...[read more]

Is Car-Sharing the Future for Young Drivers?

June 14, 2016 by Jillian Glover
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I have been thinking lately about the value of owning a car vs car-sharing. With the cost of car payments and car insurance added to the costs of owning a home and paying for childcare, it really stacks up - even if you have a decent household income.A  recent study by Modo, Vancouver’s carsharing co-operative, and Insight West,...[read more]

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Getting There Green: 6 Cities Who View Transportation Sustainably

June 7, 2016 by Anna Johansson

With hectic work schedules and demanding personal obligations, transportation is a critical aspect of modern life. For those who live in the city, traveling sustainably really depends on city planning. With cities burning through more than 60% of the globe’s energy, it makes sense to reduce transportation consumption. The Sustainable Transport Award (STA) was founded in order to reward cities for exemplary energy reduction in their transportation services.[read more]

Lanes and Sharrows and Buffers…Oh My! Four Types of Bike Lanes Explained

June 6, 2016 by Jessica Soulliere

Chances are, you’ve noticed new street markings popping up on roads in and around your community: arrows with a bicyclist below, striped lanes with a bicyclist in the middle, or even plastic poles next to bike lanes. If you’re like most people, these markings raise more questions than they answer. Are they pointing me to where I can ride...[read more]

Review: NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide

May 26, 2016 by The Dirt ASLA

Transit Street Design Guide / Island PressThe new Transit Street Design Guide, the third in a series by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), is a must-have reference manual for city planners, transportation planners, engineers, urban designers, and landscape architects involved in the design of streets....[read more]

The Timeless Way of Building Roads

May 23, 2016 by David Levinson

Noted architect and designer, Christopher Alexander, in The Timeless Way of Building (1979) wrote:There is one timeless way of building. It is a thousand years old, and the same today as it has ever been. The great traditional buildings of the past, the villages and tents and temples in which man feels at home, have always been...[read more]

Researchers predict a gradual transition to mileage-based pricing for roadway funding

May 20, 2016 by David Levinson

CTS Catalyst reports on our recent paper from the Transportation Futures Project on pricing:There is agreement  in the transportation community that the way we pay for roads needs to change.“The motor fuel tax has been the primary source of highway revenue since the 1920s and it has served us well over the years,” says Ken Buckeye,...[read more]

Beyond Emissions: 5 Cities Achieve Social and Economic Development by Reducing GHG Emissions from Transport

Low-carbon transport has many social and economic benefits that can accelerate local sustainable development and that deserve recognition beyond their role in addressing climate change. A new series of papers from the Low Emissions Development Strategies Global Partnership’s (LEDS GP) Transport Working Group highlights case studies that...[read more]