Montana State University's Summer Transportation Institute, established in 2005 with a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, helps to increase diversity within the profession and boost awareness of transportation careers among underrepresented middle and high school students.
On April 22, the League of American Bicyclists awarded 161 new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses (BFB) in 46 states and Washington, D.C. The BFB list now includes more than 950 businesses that are transforming the American workplace.
An estimated $500 million in transportation funding will soon be available through the seventh round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program overseen by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).
As the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) planned for a new roundabout on US 20 at Barclay Drive in Sisters, the freight industry expressed concern about whether large trucks would be able to navigate the roundabout safely and efficiently. In order to address those concerns, ODOT recently staged a series of roundabout testing sessions in Redmond and Portland. The first took place at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds, where a variety of truck and trailer combinations were invited to negotiate a test roundabout.
Held Feb. 4 in the Alaska Airlines Center, the four-hour fair showcased a diverse array of nearly 60 projects representing planning efforts and existing plans for all transportation modes within Anchorage. The free, family-friendly event was a collaboration of the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF), Municipality of Anchorage, Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility, Alaska Railroad and Port of Anchorage.
Jim Amundsen, Central Region Highway Design Group Chief for Alaska DOT&PF, says this year marked the fair’s return since similar events were held in 2007 and 2008. He notes that both the attendees and the participating agencies benefit from the experience.
Municipal leaders and planners from Bend, Redmond, Madras, La Pine, ODOT Region 4, and Jefferson and Deschutes counties find a collaborative way to enhance the US 97 corridor's performance, safety and accessibility, while also identifying funding mechanisms and a governance system effective for everyone along the corridor.
Four recently released informational guides about alternative intersection and interchange solutions, synthesize experience and current thinking nationwide on best practices for these innovative forms.
Members of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Access Management recently returned from Shanghai, China, where transportation professionals from around the world gathered for the International Conference on Access Management at Tongji University.
This was the second International Conference on Access Management, and it drew about 80 attendees. Chinese organizers said the conference’s aim was “efficient, safe, smart and innovative ways to strengthen academic exchange at home and abroad and learn about up-to-date developments in the field.”
On October 22-25, 2014 NACTO will host the 3rd annual Designing Cities Conference in San Francisco, California. NACTO promotes innovative design solutions for complete streets in urban environments. The conference brings together both leaders and partitions in transportation to discuss trends in urban street design and transportation policy. Topics for this year’s conference include re-imagining right-of-way, economic benefits of sustainable streets, bike and car sharing, pedestrian and bicyclist safety, and strategies to create public space using low-cost, temporary materials.
Smart parking technology is being used in major metropolitan areas to address many longstanding transportation concerns related to increased congestion, economic waste and negative environmental impacts. The Portland office of Kittelson & Associates, Inc. hosted a recent presentation that highlighted emerging parking trends and technologies to allow cities, distributors, shippers, parking garage operators, special event managers, land use planners, and complete street designers to better plan, manage, and leverage their existing parking facilities. The presentation provided an overview of current and emerging parking issues and opportunities as well as the next generation of parking technologies.
Streetwise is a blog on transportation started by Kittelson & Associates, Inc., a transportation engineering and planning firm. Streetwise aims to be an independent resource for industry news, research, and trends.