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Documentary Looks at Rails-to-Trails in New York State

  • Treasures of New York: Rails-to-Trails takes viewers on a unique journey along the various railway corridors that have been repurposed as recreational bike and pedestrian trails. The program traces the history of such rail trails as Manhattan’s High Line and Poughkeepsie’s Walkway Over the Hudson, and explores trails that are in the making, such as the proposed Queensway in New York City.

PLANNING

Nashville Mayor Unveils Three-Year Transportation Plan

  • Mayor Megan Barry unveiled on Wednesday a three-year action plan to improve transportation in Nashville. The plan details improvements specifically in transit improvement, pedestrian and biker safety, maintenance improvements, and “smart-city” technology.

Austin Focuses on Future Transportation Needs

  • Thinking about Austin traffic is frightening…even scarier is picturing what it will look like down the road. The Austin Strategic Mobility Plan (ASMP) hopes to ease the pain of that thought. Austin Transportation Department’s spokesperson Cheyenne Krause says the new plan is essential for Austin’s growth. “We definitely need that North Star, that guiding light that we can center all our transportation investments around,” says Krause.

Pittsburgh-Area Group Works to Improve Regional Transportation

  • County residents are being encouraged to view transportation as a regional issue. When a person needs to get to work, “They don’t care about the boundaries of counties,” Carly Dobbins Bucklad said Thursday at a meeting at the Ellwood Group Inc. offices on Moravia Street. She is project manager for the effort to improve all levels of mobility in the Greater Pittsburgh region. She said one long term goal is to connect transit systems between counties.

How Autonomous Cars and Buses Will Change Urban Planning

  • The driverless vehicle shows promise as one of the biggest technological breakthroughs since the assembly line. The safety benefits alone have prompted the U.S. Department of Transportation to propose a rule requiring new light vehicles to be manufactured with autonomous technology. By expediting its growth, our roadways will be safer and our environmental footprint smaller. The question is, are U.S. cities ready for driverless cars?

MPOs

Debbie Hatt, Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments Director, to Retire in June

  • When Debbie Hatt and her husband Tom came to Carbon County in the 1970s, they came here because of economic development. Now and for the past 30 years she has helped many with that very thing in the positions she has held at the Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

KTMPO Improving Bike System in Central Texas

  • The Killeen Temple Metropolitan Planning Organization has declared the month of May, National Bike Month. With that being said, they are working on improving the bike system in Central Texas. The organization has received a number of comments from the community stressing the need for more bike trails that connect each other.

Technology Will Soon Accurately Measure Use of Alabama’s Chief Ladiga Trail

  • Jacksonville State University researchers plan to soon install technology to accurately measure use on the Chief Ladiga Trail, area government officials learned Tuesday. With an accurate count of the people using the 33-mile Chief Ladiga that also differentiates between runners and cyclists, area communities can likely obtain more state and federal grant money to maintain or upgrade their sections of the trail, a JSU official says.

FREIGHT

ATRI: Trucking Industry Congestion Costs Topped $63.4 Billion in 2015

  • Traffic congestion on the U.S. National Highway System (NHS) added over $63.4 billion in operational costs to the trucking industry in 2015, according to research from the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). ATRI calculated delay on the NHS totaling more than 996 million hours of lost productivity, which equates to 362,243 commercial truck drivers sitting idle for a working year. ATRI’s analysis also documented the states, metropolitan areas, and counties that were most impacted by these delays and subsequent cost increases.

TRANSIT

Transit Hubs: A Growing Lure for Developers

  • Rail stations, it turns out, are delivering much more than passengers to surrounding neighborhoods. Young workers who prefer to walk or take the train-rather than drive-to eat, work and shop are pushing up property values and reshaping the way developers approach their plans. Few places make this shift more evident than the Somerville suburb of Boston. A new Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway station was crucial to bringing Partners HealthCare to a new 825,000-square-foot office building at the Assembly Row complex last year, said Chris Weilminster, the president for the mixed-use division of the developer Federal Realty Investment Trust.

Public Transportation in Rural Areas to Get a Look, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission Says

  • Representatives of the 20,000 people who live in the Alleghany Highlands and the 55,000 people in Franklin County want public transportation established to and from the Roanoke Valley. The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission has budgeted $25,800 for an in-house study, a preliminary step. But the findings could lay the groundwork for the creation of a van pool or bus running between the communities north and south of Roanoke in the U.S. 220 corridor.

ROADWAYS

Rival I-395 Plans Would Bring Iconic Bridges, Parks, Sunlight to Downtown Miami and Overtown

  • After a decade of planning and debate, the competition to build a bridge that would define downtown Miami came down to two starkly different designs: One, controversially declared the winner by a mere half point, is a six-arched suspension structure meant to recall a spouting fountain over Biscayne Boulevard. The other, the clear favorite of a committee of four community representatives charged with scoring plans on aesthetic grounds, is a pair of support pylons resembling dancers in a pas de deux at the door to the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.

OTHER

Powerful Electric Scooters Could Be the Future of Urban Transportation

  • Electric vehicles (EVs) are well on their way to taking control of the road, leaving behind fossil fuel guzzling gasoline-powered cars and trucks. Still, there is a long way to go before the world is prepared to accommodate fleets of clean energy EVs. Perhaps a convenient and affordable stopgap is in order. Taiwanese company Gogoro may have an appropriate solution. They recently announced a new model of scooter, called the Gogoro 2, which will be available in Taiwan within the coming months.