infrastructure

Infrastructure Financing Options for Transit-Oriented Development (EPA Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program, 2013)

A new report from the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities Smart Growth Program provides information about funding mechanisms and strategies that communities can use to provide innovative financing options for transit oriented development. It explains dozens of tools that provide traditional

Florida’s freight infrastructure investment named an innovation to watch

By Chris Spahr Florida’s statewide approach to freight infrastructure investments has been highlighted in the Brookings-Rockefeller Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation’s Top 10 State and Metropolitan Innovations to Watch. Latin America is the fastest growing regional trade partner

New York City’s subway train operators taking unilateral action to prevent fatalities at stations

By Bill Holloway Following two widely publicized incidents of waiting passengers being pushed into the path of oncoming subway trains, the Transit Workers Union has directed its subway train operators to slow trains to 10 mph when entering station areas to enable them to stop if riders are on the

Fiscal Cliff legislation restores tax credit for short line rail infrastructure

By Bill Holloway The legislation signed by President Obama on January 2nd to avert the tax increases scheduled to take effect as a result of the “fiscal cliff” included a two-year extension of the Section 45G tax credit for short line railroads to improve their infrastructure. Under the

Interactive map shows the cost of river lock failures

By Robbie Webber A new interactive map shows the importance of key locks on the Ohio, Mississippi, and Illinois Rivers and outlines possible economic shocks all across the country should one or more of them fail. Although our attention is often focused on roads, rail, and runways, the U.S. river

Kansas City faces public backlash over traffic signal removal plans

By Bill Holloway Kansas City, Missouri, is facing public backlash after embarking on a project to replace 144 of its aging traffic signals with stop signs at intersections where traffic has declined. As reported by the Kansas City Star, the signals that the City is planning to remove are 50–60

Bike boxes and lanes may increase “right hook” crashes in some circumstances

By Bill Holloway Portland, Oregon, has been recognized throughout the U.S. for its efforts to both promote bicycling and retrofit its street network to be safer for and more appealing to bicyclists. But a new Portland Bureau of Transportation report seems to indicate that the new designs may be

Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities: Traveler Response to Transportation System Changes (TRB, 2012)

This report is an update to a series from TRB examining how travelers respond to different types of transportation infrastructure, facilities, and policies. This chapter examines pedestrian and bicyclist behavior and travel demand outcomes in a relatively broad sense. It  focuses on the

Can we talk? How to communicate on transportation issues

By Robbie Webber Anyone who has tried to talk to a member of the general public about transportation issues knows that eyes quickly glaze over. Gas taxes, freight policy, transit schedules, and infrastructure priorities just aren’t sexy subjects. Sure, people want to get places and know what

Making the Case for Transportation Investment and Revenue (AASHTO and Parsons Brinckerhoff, 2009)

Many states are looking for ways to ask for additional transportation funding to maintain crumbling infrastructure and meet current demand. This study of successful campaigns recommends how to craft a request for funding. Case studies and elements to examine before the request are