March 2011 Posts

Highway Capacity Manual 2010 Webinars

March 29, 2011

The fifth edition of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM2010) incorporates more than $5 million of funded research that has occurred since publication of the HCM2000. This latest edition will significantly update how engineers and planners assess the traffic and environmental effects of highway projects.

ITE, in conjunction with the Transportation Research Board is offering a host of webinars to help users learn and apply HCM2010 methods, including --

  1. Highway Capacity Manual 2010 Overview: Now in Four Volumes!
  2. Applications of the New Active Traffic Management Chapter
  3. Changes to Unsignalized Intersection Methodologies
  4. New Multi-Modal Urban Streets Methodology- Pedestrian, Bicycle and Transit Methods
  5. New Signalized Intersection Methodology
  6. Multi-Modal Urban Streets Methodology- Auto Mode
  7. New Material on the Use of Alternative Tools: Micro Simulation Models
  8. New Freeway Weaving Methodology
  9. Enhancements to the Freeway Facilities Method
  10. Enhanced Planning Methods and Application of Generalized Service Volume Tables

Register online or by fax.

The Atlantic Highway in Norway - An Amazing Piece of Engineering

March 16, 2011

Support Public Transit & Make a Difference with IM4Transit.org

March 11, 2011

If you agree that public transportation is important to the future of Florida, then IM4Transit.org is for you.

IM4Transit is a campaign sponsored by Florida’s thirty public transportation agencies to build a community of at least 100,000 transit supporters. In these times of rising gas prices and increasing traffic congestion, public transportation has never been more important. Transit creates jobs, gets people to work, it's green, helps America's energy independence, and provides an alternative to traffic congestion. No wonder that citizens and elected officials of all political parties support public transportation.

While most Floridians support public transportation, 85% of transit systems nationally are cutting service, raising fares, laying off. IM4Transit is a ready community of transit supporters in Florida that can be mobilized "to give transit a voice" during transit-related debates in the public marketplace of ideas. It’s a virtual community of transit riders, employees and stakeholders sustained by social media, web, and e-newsletters.

In order to help promote the launch of this new program, businesses have donated prizes like HDTV’s, gift cards, and an iPad2. If you support transit, simply visit IM4Transit.org and take 30 seconds to join. It’s free, it’s for a good cause, and you become eligible for the monthly prize drawings. You can also win a $25 gift card for recruiting 50 friends and whoever recruits the most friends by June 30, wins an iPad2.

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $9.5 Million in Innovation Grants

March 10, 2011

U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood Announces $9.5 Million in Innovation Grants to Reduce Congestion and Create Long-Lasting Roads and Bridges. Projects to Inspire New Ways for States to Solve Congestion through Innovation.

Full details at FHWA.gov

Policy toolkit for "equitable neighborhood change" in transit rich neighborhoods

March 09, 2011

Submitted by Jane Lim-Yap

This is an interesting toolkit that addresses gentrification effects of transit and TOD. It has good short case studies of various transit stations around the US. The full document can be found HERE

The report organizes the tools using the following graphic. The graphic illustrates when and what policy tools can help address unintended negative consequences of transit on existing neighborhoods.

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