How Transit Agencies Are Prepping for the Next Big Storm

A Cambridge, Massachusetts, station stands idle last February after a snowstorm shut down the railways. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)
Of all the safety risks that could threaten public transportation, a recent survey of transit officials found that after collisions, extreme weather events were their second-highest concern. Conducted by the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, the survey asked respondents about the most common types of extreme weather their agencies experience, their perception of future risk and how their organizations are preparing and responding to the threat. Read more... Read more

Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story

Bike lane in Vancouver, Canada (Screenshot from Streetfilms)
By Streetfilms Perhaps one of the best transportation stories of 2016 comes from Vancouver, B.C. where they have achieved a 50% sustainable mode share (bike, walk, transit) a full four years earlier than goal (2020). Long traditionally a region that prides itself on transportation options and rejecting the freeway movement in the 1960’s and 70’s (still the only major city in North America that boasts no freeways within its core) what Vancouver has done is set an impressive goal to... Read more

A “Gateway” to Economic Opportunity: Raleigh, NC Prepares for Inclusive Growth

The Southern Gateway’s iconic view of downtown Raleigh (Source: Smart Growth America)
Home to North Carolina State University, a thriving bio-technology cluster, rich cultural offerings, and a relatively low cost of living, it’s no surprise that Raleigh had the highest growth of any metropolitan area in the nation between 2000 and 2010 — and is projected to increase by 71 percent between 2010 and 2030. To accommodate that rapid population growth and to help more people participate in the economic growth it will likely entail, Raleigh leaders are planning to create a Bus... Read more

Protected Bike Lanes Are Sprouting Up in Walmart Country

This temporary protected bike lane is one of several in northwest Arkansas supported by the Walton Family Foundation. (Credit: Walton Family Foundation)
Can protected bike lanes get people biking for transportation in northwest Arkansas? The Walton Family Foundation wanted to see. The foundation, which is supported by the Walmart family fortune, embarked on a month-long pilot project to quickly build out protected bike lanes connecting the three cities and their trail systems. Read more... Read more

Car-free in Cleveland: Letting Go of the Wheel of the Personal Vehicle

A bicyclist commutes on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge in Cleveland, OH (Marvin Fong / he Plain Dealer
Cleveland was ranked the best U.S. city in which to be car-free by USA Today this year. The ranking, which was presented as a top 10 list, was designed as a guide for visitors looking to forgo renting cars while traveling. However, being car-free in Cleveland as a resident is a different experience than that of a tourist. When it comes to the day-to-day reality of living, working and playing in Cuyahoga County, it can be a challenge to get... Read more
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