infrastructure

Measuring bike traffic increases after infrastructure installation

By Sam Sklar A recently released report from the City of St. Paul, MN, noted a jump in observed bicycle use after installation of bike lanes. This observation suggests that upgrading or adding infrastructure for bikes has a positive impact on attracting new riders. Other cities have similarly

Sharing the road: How separated bikeways are setting the standard for safety

By Mary Ebeling As more cities and states strive to achieve goals for sustainability, pollution reduction, safety, and livability supporting active transportation has emerged as a key activity. In order to encourage bicycling, cities have been constructing new infrastructure that physically

Building the infrastructure for zero emissions and alternative fuel vehicles

By Mary Ebeling A variety of electric and alternative fuel vehicles are increasingly available to consumers, which should be good news for efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, adoption of these new, cleaner technologies is hampered by inadequate infrastructure needed to support

Building Resilient States: A Framework for Agencies (Smart Growth America and Governors’ Institute on Community Design, 2015)

Where and how communities grow and build homes, transportation, and other infrastructure is likely not at the forefront of most disaster preparedness agencies’ agenda. Yet a community’s decisions about land use and transportation have significant impacts on how resilient it can be in the

New MassDOT separated bike lane guide another step to encourage healthy transportation

By Robbie Webber At the November 4 Moving Together conference on healthy transportation, MassDOT will unveil their new design and planning guide for separated bike lanes. But details of the new guide, developed by Toole Design Group, have already been released via news stories and a presentation

FHWA: We are not a barrier to safer, slower, innovative road design

By Robbie Webber On August 20 the Federal Highway Administration posted a new page on its website. The title, Bicycle and Pedestrian Funding, Design, and Environmental Review: Addressing Common Misconceptions, belies the importance of the clarifications FHWA is trying to make. The page addresses

Drones could inspect bridges in Florida, saving divers from snakes and currents

By Mary Ebeling Florida DOT is working with a team at Florida Atlantic University College of Engineering and Computer Science to develop autonomous, waterborne drone vehicles to aid in bridge inspections. The National Bridge Inspection Standards requires publicly-owned bridges greater than 20

Politico examines Wisconsin’s “Love Affair with Overpasses”

By Eric Sundquist The transportation record of a prominent presidential candidate is the jumping off point for a lengthy, critical report on American transportation policy in Politico last week. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently proposed to dramatically increase borrowing in order to support

Trombino: “System is going to shrink”

By Eric Sundquist Iowa DOT Secretary Paul Trombino created a minor wave in the blogosphere last week when he told an Urban Land Institute audience that the state’s highway and rail system was too big to maintain and would need to shrink. An excerpt of Trombino’s speech, as reported by Charles

Major cost overruns common among megaprojects

By Chris McCahill Megaprojects, which have been in the news lately—see Bloomberg and the New Yorker—due to issues with Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project, frequently experience significant delays and cost overruns, according to researchers at Oxford University. But this