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Minnesota DOT Releases Two Statewide Plans That Shape State’s Transportation Future

  • The Minnesota Department of Transportation has released the final versions of its 20-year policy and highway capital investment plans. The state highway capital investment plan identifies an $18 billion gap between system needs and revenue over the next 20 years.

Iowa in Motion 2045 – It’s Not Just About Highways

  • Many people associate the Iowa Department of Transportation with highways; however the agency plays a vital role in all other forms of transportation including aviation, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian, rail, and water.

UW-Madison Freight Engineers Helping Guide State Marine Transportation

  • Investment in “marine highways” is vital to the future of Wisconsin’s marine freight system, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education (CFIRE). CFIRE researchers help public and private organizations across the state prioritize projects as they maintain and develop Wisconsin’s marine freight system, an asset to a strong economy and a health environment.

PLANNING

Atlanta’s Midtown Alliance Completes Study, Offers Transportation Solutions

  • Midtown Atlanta has 65,000 jobs in a 1.2 square mile area. Midtown’s residential population is expected to grow by 11,000 people in the next three years. “Just traffic, traffic, and more traffic,” Caleb Davies said. That’s why the group Midtown Alliance studied ways to improve transportation in the area.

MPOs

New Jersey Transportation Planners Funding Dinner Parties to Encourage Millenials to Discuss Transportation Future

  • The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority wants you to throw a cocktail party – and they’ll foot the bill! According to David Behrend, department director of communications and government affairs for the Authority, the Set the Table initiative is one part of a broad public outreach effort to update their long-range transportation plan for 13 counties in Central and North Jersey.

Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire MPO Looks at Intersection Safety

  • There are roughly 500 miles of roads within Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Altoona. Since they all don’t run perpendicular with one another, that means there are many places where these roads intersect. Some aren’t marked. Some have signs. Some even have traffic lights. Yet, some of them are trickier than others to navigate.

FUNDING

In Age of Trump, Indiana Planners Hope for Stability in Transportation Funding

  • The establishment of a five-year federal transportation funding plan in December 2015 brought stability to U.S. infrastructure spending after a decade-long wait. Transportation planners don’t want to wait that long again after the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act expires at the end of fiscal year 2020.

 

ROADWAYS

Raleigh, North Carolina Uses ‘T’ Head Traffic Signals to Reduce Accidents

  • T-bones and other side collisions caused by drivers running red lights have been a problem at several downtown Raleigh intersections, and previous efforts by the city to reduce these kinds of crashes haven’t always worked. So the city brought back the use of the double red traffic lights, known by traffic engineers as “T” heads because of their shape, at the end of 2012.

INTERNATIONAL

The Netherlands Is Evolving Design of Traffic Intersections to a Whole New Level

  • Those familiar with the Dutch know that they love their bicycles. But their love isn’t a “neon yellow spandex” type of love. Rather, it’s a dependence and reliance on bikes as a daily form of transport; a substitute for cars, taxis, walking, and buses. While it’s hard not to appreciate this healthy, zero-emission way of getting around, integrating bikes and cars on the same roadways can prove to be very difficult.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

This Glowing Intersection is Taking US Bike Safety in a Bright Direction

  • Roughly 70,000 students, faculty members, and staff travel to and from Texas A&M University daily by foot, bike, or car. That makes traffic safety at the school a big concern-especially in one particular place.

OTHER

As Traffic Deaths Rise, Will Public Warm to Driverless Cars?

  • While major tech companies, automakers, and the US government are pursuing the emerging market of self-driving cars, public policy experts say consumers may slow the pace of change.