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How Can Automation Improve Freight Delivery?
ENO FOUNDATION, Feb. 6 2017 - At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, held last month, one of the sessions examined the impact that existing and imminent new technologies will have on the freight sector.
City of Seattle Building Stronger Connections With Community Liaisons
NextCity, Feb. 17, 2017 - The city of Seattle has plenty of wealthy homeowners who turn out in force to public meetings to voice opinions about decisions that will affect their neighborhoods — including Mayor Ed Murray’s zoning overhaul. But City Hall wants to hear from a more diverse set of voices when making decisions about everything from land use to affordable housing, and a new outreach program is designed to include members of historically marginalized groups. Through the initiative, the city is hiring “public outreach and engagement liaisons” (POELs) from those communities — think recent Somali immigrants, LGBT youth, Chinese-American business owners — to do outreach.
Is America Breaking Up With Cars?
CityLab Feb. 14, 2017 - After 2006, car ownership and vehicle miles began declining. But the latest installment of this research, conducted by Michael Sivak, who heads the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Worldwide Transportation research consortium—shows a hint of a rebound. In 2015, vehicle ownership rates ticked up 1.4 percent on average from 2012. Car ownership went from .744 per person in 2012 to .756 per person in 2015 and from 1.27 per household in 2013 to 1.95 per household in 2015.
As Trump Vows Building Splurge, Famed Traffic Choke Point Offers Warning
New York Times, FEB. 6, 2017 - BREEZEWOOD, Pa. — Millions of people who travel between the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest each year fight through Breezewood, Pa., a strange gap in the Interstate System. A leg of Route I-70 brings drivers north from Washington and Baltimore to plug into the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the great road network that runs west to the heartland cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago.
Cameras Can Speed Cities to Improving Pedestrian Safety
Next City, February 3, 2017 -The great irony of Vision Zero (a goal to prevent all traffic-related deaths), if you ask Tarek Sayed, is that to know how to reduce pedestrian fatalities, you need data on pedestrian fatalities.
Cities, suburbs are requiring too much parking near transit stations, study says
Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2017 - Auto-centric standards and zoning requirements have led to too much parking being built around transit stations, leaving many parking spaces empty and wasting valuable land that could be better used, according to a study released Tuesday by Smart Growth America.
Tinder for cities and other tech tools for inclusive town planning
Guardian, Jan. 24, 2017 - Imagine if next time you saw a plan for an oversized monster tower block proposed for your street, you could get out your smartphone and swipe left to oppose it? Or see a carefully designed scheme for a new neighbourhood library and swipe right to support it? Tinder for urban planning might sound far-fetched, but it is already being trialled in the sun-kissed Californian city of Santa Monica.
Peak Millennial? Cities Can’t Assume a Continued Boost From the Young
New York Times, Jan. 23, 2017 - Over the past decade, many American cities have been transformed by young professionals of the millennial generation, with downtowns turning into bustling neighborhoods full of new apartments and pricey coffee bars. But soon, cities may start running out of millennials. A number of demographers, along with economists and real estate consultants, are starting to contemplate what urban cores will look like now that the generation — America’s largest — is cresting.
How Sadik-Khan clawed back the streets of NYC for walkers and bikers – book review
UrbDeZine San Francisco, Jan. 21, 2017 - Written primarily for urban activists, Janette Sadik-Kahn’s Street Fight documents the now well-copied street improvement initiatives implemented during her six-year tenure as transportation commissioner in New York City. Sadik-Khan’s mission was to “claw back” the public realm from the 100-year onslaught of auto-centricity and to, in her words, “rebalance” our streets to more equitably serve pedestrians and bicyclists and more effectively accommodate other forms of mobility.
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Will drivers get some Valentine's Day love at the gas station? NJ.com, 2/13/2017 - Drivers have been enjoying low gas prices at the pump but will they get the gift of a price decrease again this week?
NJ DOT holding public hearing in Hillsborough on Route 206 bypass TAP into Somerset Hills, 2/12/2017 - The DOT invites residents to a Thursday, Feb. 15 public meeting at the municipal building, 379 South Branch Road for updates and questions about Phase III of the 4-mile Bypass that when completed will extend from Somerville Road to Mountainview Road.
Christie signs law regulating ride-hailing services The Record, 2/11/2017 - Gov. Chris Christie signed into law on Friday a measure that for the first time establishes statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.
Roebling Museum showcases engineer’s contribution to bridges NJTV News, 2/9/2017 - The majestic Golden Gate Bridge is synonymous with California. The Brooklyn Bridge is associated with the Empire State, not the Garden State. But, both famous structures have a significant connection to a small community in New Jersey — Roebling. Named after engineer John A. Roebling.
NJ mayors worry state panel will play politics with transportation funds NJ 101.5, 2/8/2017 - Mayors on Wednesday pressed state officials for assurances that transportation funding decisions won’t be unduly influenced by a new oversight panel created in the Transportation Trust Fund refinancing approved in the fall.
Development threatens to overload PATH system NJTV News, 2/8/2017 - Around 270,000 people a weekday ride the Port Authority’s PATH system. That’s roughly the entire population of Jersey City. But as the city continues to grow, there is some concern that its success could lead to its undoing.
County to launch study on northern Ocean County road infrastructure NJTPA Mention
Shore News Network, 2/8/2017 - With the completion of the Route 9 corridor study and an increase in population growth, Ocean County is undertaking a study to review potential county road network improvements in the northern area of the county.
Without extra billions, bus terminal won’t be replaced before late 2020’s NJ Spotlight, 2/8/2017 - Concerns raised about urgent need to do something for commuters, bus companies at final public hearing before key February 16 vote
To-do list for the P.A.: Build new Lincoln Tunnel tube, cut port pollution NJ.com, 2/8/2017 - Among the concerns and suggestions they raised at the final hearing in Jersey City included building a fourth tube of the Lincoln Tunnel, worries about traffic on local streets when the tunnel Helix is rebuilt and why no money was allocated to fight pollution choking neighborhoods in Newark.
Cuomo accused of interfering in Port Authority plans The Record, 2/7/2017 - State Sen. Bob Gordon told a public hearing on Tuesday evening that two separate letters recently sent by New York City officials to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey “can only be viewed as an effort to delay construction of a new bus terminal.”
Long Branch looks to add bike paths, railroad crossing at transit village Word on the Shore, 2/7/2017 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation approved the city's application for a transit village designation last year. This designation will allow Long Branch to redevelop areas surrounding Monmouth Medical Center, the train station and along the waterfront.
The reason the new $2.1M lights in the Lincoln Tunnel are failing NJ.com, 2/7/2017 - Are drivers getting their money's worth from the Port Authority's decision to replace older bulbs in the Lincoln Tunnel with Light Emitting Diode lamps? Some of the new lights have flickered out to an early death.
Warren County Freeholder Jason Sarnoski honored for service on transportation planning board NJTPA Mention
WRNJ, 2/6/2017 - Warren County Freeholder Jason Sarnoski was recognized for his ongoing service on the Board of Trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) at the agency’s annual meeting in Newark recently.
George Washington Bridge is going to become a lot more colorful NJ.com, 2/6/2017 - Drivers and people watching the George Washington Bridge for the same type of flashing, multi-colored LED light show being installed on other New York bridges will have to wait a little longer.
Proposed law in New Jersey requires drivers, pedestrians to share road safely NBC New York, 2/6/2017 - A proposed law in the New Jersey state assembly would require pedestrians to cross at marked crosswalks and require drivers to yield but not necessarily stop.
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