Could a Subtle Tweak to Metro’s Map Fix Overcrowding on the Blue Line?

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With Metro’s most recent SafeTrack shutdown, Northern Virginia riders are finally doing the thing that Metro has been asking them to do for years: They’re switching from the historically overcrowded Blue Line to roomier Yellow Line trains. But will these riders stick with their new commuting routes? One urban planner thinks a tweak could help. Read more... Read more

First LEED Certification for Transit Worldwide Launched

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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced a new LEED green building rating system pilot designed to address the unique needs of transit systems around the world. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will be the first metro in the world to pursue the pilot, LEED v4 O+M: Transit, for their metro stations in Delhi NCR and other states in India. Read more... Read more

Pop-Up Project Focuses on North Marina Street Improvements in Clearwater

Pop-up street features in Clearwater, Florida (83 Degrees Media)
The North Marina area in Clearwater, Florida has long boasted its own distinct identity. Last summer, the city’s Planning and Development Department launched a new pop-up event series in North Marina as a way for city staff to study how to improve the overall experience for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers in the area. Read more... Read more

Jobs Doubled Along Euclid Avenue After Completion of HealthLine

The completed HealthLine, seen from the top of the Cleveland Clinic's Miller Pavilion (Steven Litt / The Plain Dealer)
The number of jobs nearly doubled along Euclid Avenue following completion of the bus rapid transit HealthLine in 2008, according a new study released by the Center for Population Dynamics at Cleveland State University. Among other things, the report makes the case that it’s smarter to make transit investments in urban areas with rising employment in growing industries, such as health care, rather than increasing service to low-paying manufacturing jobs in sprawling suburbs, where employment is falling due to automation.... Read more

Empty Spaces: Real Parking Needs at Five TODs

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It is clear that TODs require less parking than development without transit, or transit without development. This new resource from Smart Growth America sets out to determine how much less parking is required at transit-oriented developments (TODs) and how many fewer vehicle trips are generated than standard industry estimates to help developers and engineers make more-informed decisions in the future. Read report... Read more
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