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Lessons from nine states bringing ‘practical solutions’ from policy to practice

By Rayla Bellis Smart Growth America recently concluded two years of technical assistance with nine state DOTs (Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Iowa, Virginia, Maine, and Delaware). The projects focused on “Accelerating Practical Solutions,” and addressed

The Colorado Energy Smart Transportation Initiative: A Framework for Considering Energy in Transportation (SSTI and Colorado DOT, 2012)

The mission of Colorado’s Energy Smart Transportation Initiative was to develop a framework for considering energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in transportation decision-making. With SSTI assistance, a collaborative team composed of federal and state agencies, MPOs, and rural

City of Chicago to save $400,000 by using Zipcars

Chicago joins New York in switching to car-sharing for some of its transportation needs. Under the agreement that Chicago signed with Zipcar in March, the City will pay an hourly rate of $5.95 for use of a vehicle, which includes fuel, maintenance, and insurance. The city expects that this will

Dimming the lights without diminishing safety

In a pilot project, the Maryland Highway Administration is investigating whether fewer highway lights can be used without compromising safety.