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Smarter Streets Make Sustainable Cities

September 16, 2016 by Kurtis McBride

The path to becoming a “smart city” begins with smarter streets, which can help us use our existing transportation infrastructure more efficiently, get to work faster and decrease pollution.[read more]

It’s time to put an end to bikeway “band-aids”

September 6, 2016 by Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

We are finally moving in the right direction for bicycle urbanism in the United States. At last, more and more cities are realizing that what has been best practice in street design for years elsewhere, is the logical thing to do in this country as well. Separated lanes used to be seemingly out of reach – the long-term goal of the...[read more]

Hurricane watch: Developing a flood-resilient supply chain

September 2, 2016 by Supply Chain Dive

Torrential rains descended upon Baton Rouge last weekend, leaving hundreds of closed roads and damaged property behind as flooding beset the city."Four dead, 20,000 rescued from Louisiana flooding," declares USA TODAY. "Turn around … Don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles," says the National...[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Portland, Oregon is Recycling One of its Outdated Bridges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]

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]

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]

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Federal Government Considers Changes in Street Design, Could Makes Roads Safer and more Sustainable

April 24, 2016 by James Dezao

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sets standards for how streets, roadways and highways are designed. The agency is considering comments for possible changes to 13 criteria established in 1985 used to review road designs. Hopefully the FHWA will revise these criteria to make roads safer but also make them more sustainable and...[read more]

Overcoming US Highway Injustices: From Displacement to Opportunity

April 8, 2016 by Klaus Philipsen

By now it is widely understood that urban freeways did little to solve urban transportation and mobility issues; it has become clear that cities cannot build themselves out of congestion with bigger roadways, but they can damage themselves considerably in the process of trying.  Kansas City freeway bisecting downtown (photo:...[read more]

The long road to resilient cities in Africa

April 7, 2016 by Ivan Bruce

The need to build climate & disaster resilience in cities – Project example in Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP)  My journey to Ibadan, Nigeria supporting the World Bank’s - Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) gave me an opportunity to reflect the challenges of such infrastructure projects and the...[read more]

Light rail and college campuses: perfect matrimony

March 21, 2016 by Timothy Boscarino

The University of Michigan recently released its plans for the Ann Arbor Connector: a proposed light rail transit system that would connect U-M’s three campus hubs--north, central and south campus within the City of Ann Arbor.AA Connector Proposed Route MapRoute map from aaconnector.comThe questions about where, when and how much have...[read more]

Angelenos Opt for Traffic, Not Transit: Ridership Down 10%

March 9, 2016 by The Global Grid

Angelenos choose to sit in bumper-to-bumper traffic, basking in a smoggy cloud of exhaust on the way to work, to meet a friend, or to hit the beach. We just enjoy hit-and-run collisions (that account for 44% of all traffic collisions) and stressing out about parking and tickets. Angelenos cherish their cars, knowingly or unknowingly...[read more]