May 2010 Posts

Guidebook: Connecting the Region with Transit

May 31, 2010

Connecting the Region with Transit is a guidebook that was recently developed through a partnership between FDOT District 5 and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council. This guidebook is intended to be an idea book for local governments that are looking to implement Central Florida's 2050 Regional Growth Vision. As such, it includes examples of innovative, Vision-supportive practices that currently exist in the Central Florida region as well as ideas from outside Florida. The guidebook was designed to be graphics-oriented and visually interesting so that it can be readily accessed and understood by the planners, elected officials, and other parties who play a role in implementation of the Vision.

Download the guidebook here

Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy?

May 25, 2010

The National Transportation Policy Project discusses a policy recommendation for a shift in transportation project prioritization and funding:

National transportation policy has lost direction and a clear sense of purpose, threatening substantial costs to our collective prosperity, security, environment, and quality of life. The National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) is recommending bold and comprehensive reform founded on a relatively simple proposition: U.S. transportation policy needs to be more performance-driven, more directly linked to a set of clearly articulated goals, and more accountable for results.

Read the full report here

A “Complete Streets” Approach to Getting from Place to Place

May 20, 2010

What is a "Complete Street"? They can be described as streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street. Click through to learn more about "Complete Streets".

Slideshow presentation included.

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Land Use & Transportation Planners Band Together for Growing Community

May 12, 2010

Chris Tiesler, Phill Worth and Gary Katsion of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. and Terry Schoenthal of Land Design North are leading a study to improve pedestrian and vehicle traffic in Eagle River, Alaska. The Eagle River Downtown Circulation Study is one example of a small community’s desire to create a lively and welcoming downtown experience.

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May in Motion Rewards Alternative Transportation Champions

May 05, 2010

Ada County Highway District Commuteride and Valley Regional Transit, located in the Boise, Idaho, area of Treasure Valley, have geared up for their annual May in Motion program to encourage alternative transportation practices in the workplace. Companies earn points for providing alternative transportation incentives, such as bus subsidies or bike facilities, and for holding internal promotions about alternative transportation. Participants also record their commute practices during the month of May, with an emphasis on using modes other than a single-occupancy vehicle. Various achievement levels lead to award packages that include company recognition in local newspapers, on bus exteriors, and at an Alternative Transportation Champion luncheon.

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