livability

Livable arterials, not necessarily an oxymoron

By Eric Sundquist Perhaps nowhere is the conflict between mobility and livability more apparent than along arterials. One problem in improving livability is that, while practitioners have multiple well-established standards for mobility, they have none for livability. Since “what gets measured,

NJDOT uses flexibility, community engagement to build context-sensitive interchange

By Bill Holloway When $17 million in funding was set aside for a new interchange on NJ Route 42 in suburban Camden County in 2005, NJDOT’s design concepts involved traditional clover leaf and diamond designs to improve automobile level of service and mobility. However, after engaging the

America’s Rails with Trails: A Resource for Planners, Agencies, and Advocates on Trails Along Active Railroad Corridors (Rails to Trails Conservancy, 2013)

Instead of converting former rail lines to multi-use trails, states and municipalities are also finding that trails can be built alongside active rail lines. This report examines the characteristics of 88 rails-with-trails in 33 states, based on a survey of trail managers and the results of

Getting the Goods Without the Bads: Freight Transportation Demand Management Strategies to Reduce Urban Impacts (SSTI, 2013)

This project, funded by SSTI with a matching grant from the Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE),  identifies and evaluates freight transportation demand management (TDM) strategies to improve transportation efficiency by reducing the social costs associated with

New York City reducing number of garbage trucks on its streets

By Chris Spahr New York City took a big step last month in its efforts to reduce the number of garbage trucks on city streets when it signed a 20-year, $3 billion contract with the waste-to-energy firm, Covanta. The firm plans to send about 30 percent of the city’s solid waste to

A new future for downtown Rochester: Removing the Inner Loop highway

By Mary Ebeling The City of Rochester’s prospects for removing a segment of their Inner Loop did not always look so rosy. Rochester twice before unsuccessfully applied for federal funds to redo this portion of the expressway in 2009 and 2011. But this was before the city committed to investing

Growing public interest in walkable communities, but public sector decision-makers still lag behind

By Bill Holloway Walkscore, the first website to offer easy-to-use walkability ratings for cities, neighborhoods, and individual properties now has some competition. Walkability, a rating system released this month targets private businesses, particularly those in the marketing, social

At a crossroads: Complete streets and functional classification

By Mary Ebeling As the demand for more complete, multimodal streets increases, so does the push to alter the functional classification system to allow for greater local flexibility in roadway design.  Principal arterial roadways commonly run through the heart of downtowns, and often serve as the

A viaduct or a wall: I-81 in Syracuse

By Mary Ebeling Interstate 81, known locally as “the viaduct”, slices through the middle of Syracuse in upstate New York. The aging, elevated freeway effectively forms a barrier between the city and the Syracuse University neighborhood known as the Hill. People have called the viaduct a

Tulsa turns the corner on surface parking

By Bill Holloway Tulsa, Oklahoma, has extended its temporary ban on demolishing buildings downtown for new surface parking lots until the first of September while the City Planning Department crafts a zoning ordinance that would place new restrictions on downtown surface parking lots. The new