Traffic congestion in America’s largest cities is now being blamed for the premature deaths of at least 2,200 Americans last year, according to a new report by researchers at the Harvard University Center for Risk Analysis.
USA Today reported yesterday the Harvard Study measured the numbers of premature deaths linked to air pollution and vehicle emissions in 83 of our nation’s largest U.S. cities, and estimated the related public health costs at $18 billion last year.
Matt Jeanneret, a spokesman for the American Road and Transportation Builders Association reacted to the Harvard study by saying “Sadly, traffic congestion in America can be summed up this way: time lost, fuel lost---and now, lives lost.”
To learn more about the Harvard report, link to USA today.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) is hosting the 3rd Annual International Roundabout Conference in Carmel, Indiana this week where several Kittelson & Associates, Inc. staff are giving presentations and moderating sessions. A spot on Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN) demonstrated Carmel's roundabouts (the city has over 60!) and other benefits of their use.
Kittelson & Associates, Inc. is celebrating its first year in Anchorage, Alaska, by announcing the additions of Robert Kniefel, PE, Senior Engineer, and Andrew Ooms, EIT, Engineering Associate to the team.
Led by Gary Katsion, Senior Principal Engineer, the Anchorage office provides transportation engineering and planning services to Alaskan clients, including long-range transportation plans, corridor studies, parking analyses, multimodal terminal area studies, signal system timing, roundabout evaluations, traffic design, expert witness services, and traffic impact analyses for new developments.
The link to the NY Times article below and the imbedded video are the most recent steps in the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority’s Safety Campaign. The video serves as a touching, yet stark reminder of the risks and danger associated with distracted driving.
As transportation professionals and as caring human beings, we ask you to join the movement of people who have taken The Pledge to avoid distracted driving.
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