Livability

Prospering in Place: Linking Jobs, Development, and Transit to Spur Chicago’s Economy (Center for Neighborhood Technology, 2012)

This report presents a blueprint for revitalizing specific neighborhoods within the Chicago urban area by focusing on the transit and rail networks already in place. It calls for investment in the places with the best chance of success that can create the greatest value, strengthen the regional

The Nature of Context-Sensitive Solutions, Stakeholder Involvement and Critical Issues in the Urban Context (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2011)

Many transportation and planning agencies experience conflicting demands emerging from the need to develop projects in an expeditious manner while at the same time involving stakeholders in the decision-making process. This study examines the issue in the context of a relatively new policy

Promoting Bicycle Commuter Safety (Mineta Transportation Institute, 2012)

This report examines the “five Es” for increasing bicycle commuter safety, but focuses on education and engineering. Case studies from California and Portland, OR give first hand information about bicycle safety. Download the full report.

NACTO Urban Bikeway Deisgn Guidebook (NACTO, 2012)

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), has issued their Urban Bikeway Design Guide, a collection of the best in innovative bikeway treatments around the U.S. This is part of their Cities for Cycling program.

Active Transportation Beyond Urban Center (Rails to Trails Conservancy, 2012)

Biking and walking for transportation is not confined to large urban centers. This report examines the many benefits for rural areas and small communities when they invest in active transportation. An interactive map allows zooming in on a particular region, and the full report can be downloaded

Complete Streets: We Can Get There from Here (ITE, 2008)

This report explains the Complete Streets movement and assesses ways to make urban thoroughfares more pedestrian and bike friendly without compromising existing automobile travel. Download the full report here.

Reinventing the Urban Interstate: A New Paradigm for Multimodal Corridors (TRB, 2011)

This report’s objectives are to evaluate the potential for rehabbing and rebuilding sections of interstate highways in urbanized areas to serve multimodal transportation facilities and to develop strategies to implement these plans. Download the full report here.

Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2012 Benchmarking Report (Alliance for Biking and Walking, 2012)

This 3rd biennial benchmarking report looks at data and policies in all 50 states and the 51 largest US cities to examine how they stack up for walking and biking. This is a useful tool for local and state officials that would like to improve conditions and safety for bicyclists and pedestrians,

Making the Case for Transit: WMATA Regional Benefits of Transit (WMATA, 2011)

A November, 2011 report from Washington, DC makes the case for why transit is important to the region, and imagines what it would look like without transit. The WMATA web site gives a brief overview, and the full technical report can be downloaded.

Transportation and Health: Policy Interventions for Safer, Healthier People and Communities (Partnership for Prevention and Safe Transportation Research & Education Center (SafeTREC), 2011)

This report outlines transportation policy solutions to improve public health and safety and is divided into three parts: policies that improve the environment and environmental health; policies that enhance community design and promote active transportation; and policies that reduce motor