The Last Mile: Connecting Workers to Places of Employment

​This report provides citizens, policymakers and business leaders with information about potential strategies for improving transportation connections for the regional workforce to places of employment throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area. The authors hope policymakers and community leaders will use the report’s findings to inform discussions during policy debates, budget deliberations, and civic gatherings regarding public transportation services and strategies in the Milwaukee region and elsewhere. Read report... Read more

Landscape Architects Leading Community Infrastructure Design and Development

​The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) urges policy makers and stakeholders to support an infrastructure plan that not only addresses today’s crumbling infrastructure, but also creates tomorrow’s resilient systems. Learn more... Read more

How Neighborhoods Affect the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans

​Most Americans say they want to age in place in their own communities, but their health and ability to remain independent is shaped in part by their neighborhoods. Research finds that the social, economic, demographic, and physical characteristics of communities may influence older residents’ health and well-being. Learn more... Read more

Bike Share in the US: 2010-2016

​The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) released the first-ever nationwide count of bike share rides in the United States. NACTO’s data shows that over 88 million trips have been taken on a bike share bike in the U.S. since 2010, when the first modern bike share systems in the country were established. Bike share has grown to 55 systems across the country, with over 42,000 total bikes. This has meant that one of the lowest-cost transportation options is... Read more

Metropolitan Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Handbook

The purpose of this Federal Highway Administration handbook is to provide Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with practical information and examples as they consider pedestrian and bicycle transportation in their regional planning activities. Based on research including interviews with seven MPOs and critical evaluations of plans and associated documents from 11 other MPOs, this handbook covers integration of pedestrian and bicycle information into the metropolitan transportation planning process. Read more... Read more

Who Rides Public Transportation

​Public transit riders are part of the engine that powers America’s economy, according to a new demographic study released by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Who Rides Public Transportation reveals that 87% of public transit trips directly impact the economy, either connecting people to employers needing workers and to retail and entertainment venues. The study, authored by the CJI Research Corporation, is the most extensive demographic report of public transit riders ever, with nearly 700,000 passenger surveys. Read report... Read more

Recommendations for Constructing Roadside Vegetation Barriers to Improve Near-Road Air Quality

This EPA report summarizes research findings on the best practices for building roadside vegetative barriers to improve air quality. These recommendations can be used by states, communities and individuals interested in reducing roadside pollution. Learn more... Read more

EnviroAtlas

EPA’s EnviroAtlas provides users with interactive tools, geospatial data, and resources for exploring the benefits people receive from nature, also known as ecosystem goods and services. Such benefits are critically important to human health and well-being, but easy to overlook due to lack of information. Diverse EnviroAtlas resources, including a mapping application, an easy-to-use Eco-Health relationship browser, and over 300 GIS data layers help fill this information gap. With data at multiple scales and built-in analysis tools, EnviroAtlas was designed... Read more

GIWiz: Green Infrastructure At Your Fingertips

EPA’s Green Infrastructure Wizard (GIWiz) is an interactive web application that connects communities to a wealth of tools and resources in order to help them better manage stormwater runoff. In just a few clicks of a mouse, users can draw from EPA’s scientific research on green infrastructure and stormwater management to identify resources and match solutions to the specific needs of their local environment. Learn more... Read more
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