Tag Archives: Transportation Access

First Mile-Last Mile, Intermodalism, and Making Public Transit More Attractive

In world of transportation planning, people seem to be infatuated with discussions of first mile-last mile public transportation connections and intermodalism. Given all the attention, one would think that the traveling public is anxiously awaiting their next opportunity to transfer vehicles to complete their trip. Nothing can be further from the truth. People almost always want to get door to door in the fastest, simplest, and most reliable fashion. Read more... Read more

In Tysons Corner, Land Of The Car, Three Years To Build A Crosswalk

​Nearly three years after opening, Silver Line ridership at the four Metrorail stations in Tysons Corner continues to disappoint. However, just before the Silver Line celebrates its third birthday, completed crosswalks are finally coming to a massive intersection that typifies the Tysons of yore — the sprawling suburban office park where pedestrians and bicyclists tread hostile ground. Crosswalks matter because Metro has determined that ridership is largely determined by pedestrian and bicycle access to stations. Read more... Read more

Access vs. Isolation: Preserving Rail Connectivity

As regional economies change over time, the demand for transportation facilities and services also evolves. This free webinar from the NADO Research Foundation will look at transportation impacts of the decline of coal production in Appalachia as an example to frame the issue of rail preservation for attendees from across in the nation, as well as within the Appalachian region. NADO will apply to offer 1 AICP CM credit for attending the webinar. Register now... Read more

Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility and Reducing Conflicts

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released this new planning and design resource on Achieving Multimodal Networks: Applying Design Flexibility & Reducing Conflicts. This report will help practitioners address topics such as intersection design, road diets, pedestrian crossing treatments, transit and school access, freight, and accessibility. Read report... Read more

Moving to Access

Facing a number of economic, demographic, fiscal and environmental challenges, cities and metropolitan areas globally are looking to adopt new, actionable metrics to improve accessibility for people of all incomes. The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and Global Economy and Policy Program introduce the Moving to Access Initiative, which aims to inform and promote a more socially focused, access-first approach to urban transportation policy, planning, investment, and services. Read more... Read more

Suburban Office Obsolescence: Quantifying Challenges and Opportunities

​The old-school office park does “not offer the experience most of today’s tenants are seeking,” according to this new report from Newmark, Grubb, Knight and Frank, one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the world.. As a result, the suburban office market is confronting “obsolescence” on a “massive scale.” More than 1,150 U.S. office properties — or 95 million square feet — may no longer pencil out, the authors estimate, though a number of those can be salvaged... Read more
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