May 08, 2019
Transportation professionals play an important role in shaping the past, present and future of communities. The transportation network should connect people to jobs, education, opportunities and to each other. As keepers of the transportation network, we have a responsibility to the public because...
April 29, 2019
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recently announced an update on the development of San Diego Forward: The 2021 Regional Plan, proposing to deliver a bold new transportation vision for San Diego County.
The new transportation plan—dubbed by SANDAG as the "5 Big Moves"—includes ...
March 27, 2019
The Maryland DOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is reducing speed limits on MD 97 (Georgia Avenue) in Wheaton and Silver Spring, Montgomery County, this week.
The changes are part of MDOT SHA’s bold new comprehensive urban mobility-focused program tailored to central business districts...
September 07, 2018
Gov. Scott Walker announced yesterday that 29 agencies across the state of Wisconsin will receive $15.7 million in funding for Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) projects.
TAP projects are federally funded, smaller scale transportation projects which have a utilitarian purpose which expand...
August 02, 2018
The existing sidewalk from Piedmont Road to Tower Place will be expanded and a wider vegetative buffer will be added.
Across the U.S., and particularly in the South, major urban arterials have historically dissected communities, displaced pedestrians, and created real barriers to modern urbanism.
Increasingly, city leaders are rethinking public infrastructure and seeking ways to reclaim urban streets for all...
August 02, 2018
Roads, as traditionally built, are incomplete.
They are typically designed and built with one mode in mind: the automobile. Elements of the street, such as the travelway, roadside and utilities, are designed individually without communication or coherence. Complete streets are the logical...
Intelligent Transportation Systems ITS
June 06, 2018
Every annual gathering of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America is an excellent opportunity to engage in a condensed forum with a wide swathe of technological and operational issues and challenges related to developing smarter and safer modes of transportation. This year’s schedule is...
May 14, 2018
A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) show that pedestrian deaths have jumped 46% since reaching their lowest point in 2009, as pedestrian crashes have become both deadlier and more frequent.
According to the IIHS study, a total of 5,987 pedestrians were killed in...
October 12, 2017
The increase in green bike lanes around NYC is reflective of the city’s goals for its Vision Zero traffic safety initiative.
New York City is world-renowned for many reasons, and perhaps one of its most iconic aspects is the network of transit systems that make the city run. Yet maintaining over...
Road Traffic Safety
September 01, 2017
This month, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be installing protected bike lanes on two of its busiest downtown streets. The lanes will cover six blocks of Pike Street and Pine Street between 2nd Avenue and 8th Avenue.
According to DOT officials, traffic signals in these areas will be...
August 08, 2017
This one-way street in downtown Chicago has both dedicated bike and bus lanes.
Can street design contribute to greater social equity?
For people who do most of their daily trips by car, it might not be obvious how things like street design and social equity are related. But for anyone who does their daily trips on foot, by bike or on transit, how a street is designed and...
August 08, 2017
Complete streets are streets for everyone.
That is the explanation offered by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a movement launched in 2004 that is part of the urban planning and development organization known as Smart Growth America. The coalition indicates on their website that the goal...
July 27, 2017
City leaders in Akron, Ohio, have set in motion a long-term plan to raise nearly $12 million for a “complete streets” makeover of North Main Street from the Y-bridge to Cuyahoga Falls.
Public engineers received approval Monday from the city council to apply for $6 million in grant funding from...
February 19, 2016
It is not enough to keep building yesterday’s roads.
America’s transportation needs are changing, the global economy is shifting, and despite advances in automobile safety, too many people are struck and killed each year on U.S. streets. Mayors from some of the nation’s largest cities along with...
July 25, 2013
The action plan was developed with a focus on redoing a six-block area of Grandview.
Grandview, Wash., is a small city in south central Washington located in the Yakima Valley about halfway between Yakima and the tri-cities of Richland, Pasco and Kennewick.
Grandview is known for its agriculture: apples, cherries, grapes, hops, asparagus, corn, wheat, dairy and other fruit and...
June 21, 2013
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has begun work on wide-sweeping improvements of U.S. 36 between Denver and Boulder, with the intention of making it more friendly for multiple modes of transportation. CDOT plans to deliver the upgrades in phases, with no timetable set for the...
September 27, 2012
Caltrans’ complete streets policy has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading examples of safe, smart transportation policy according to a new nationwide analysis conducted by the National Complete Streets Coalition (NCSC).
Caltrans ranked third among the top-scoring policies nationwide in...