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DC DOT Unveils Website to Look at Transportation Data in Washington

  • Which roads are the most congested in Washington? Where would you have budget two or three times the normal amount of time to battle traffic? Where are the most crowded bus stops? Which neighborhoods offer comfortable bicycling? A new website, districtmobility.org, launched today by the District Department of Transportation aims to answer those questions.

Wyoming Lawmakers Propose Major I-80 Study

  • Lawmakers are considering an overhaul of Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming, starting with a major study of the highway.

Providence Coalition Forces Rhode Island Officials to Think Smart About Transportation

  • The massive 6-10 Connector in Providence, Rhode Island, that carries some 100,000 cars every day is one of the Northeast Corridor’s most well-worn arteries. Nine bridges link Interstate 95 with state and local roadways. A decade ago, some of the spans began to deteriorate and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation installed wooden buttresses to reinforce the weakest structures as a temporary stopgap measure. But today, those buttresses, along with several steel support beams, have fallen into disrepair, putting not only the expressway but also nearby Amtrak powerlines at risk.

PLANNING

Buffalo Taking ‘Holistic’ Look at Its Transportation Projects

  • Across Buffalo, a state agency is looking at extending the Metro Rail, another state agency is looking at re-doing the Scajaquada, another group is looking at finding a new Amtrak station and Congressman Brian Higgins is advocating removal of the Skyway. Buffalo’s Common Council wants to put together a working group to look at the effect of all these on the city.

Connected Transportation Guide Urges Policy Leaders to Accelerate

  • A new guide from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America is intended to help city planners struggling with a rapidly evolving transportation ecosystem inhabited by robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud-based systems, clean energy vehicles, bike share networks and autonomous and connected vehicles.

MPOs

Hillsborough, Florida MPO Head Wants to Slow Down Talk of New Regional Transportation Authority

  • Beth Alden is looking to have a serious discussion about regional transportation in the Tampa Bay area. In early 2017, the consensus among the political and business establishment is that the Tampa Bay region must come together as one cohesive regional entity to maximize its leverage before anything can be done about transportation. However, Alden, the head of the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization (MPO), wants to put on the brakes.

RAIL

Worcester, Massachusetts Seeks Regional Summit on Rail Service

  • The City Council wants the city to convene a regional transportation summit to look at how MBTA commuter rail service to Boston and Amtrak service to New York City can be expanded.

TRANSIT

Traverse City, Michigan Planner Goes Car-Free for Public Transportation

  • A Traverse City Transportation Planner ditched his car to learn more about the wants and needs of public transportation users. Bay Area Transportation Authority Planner, Tyler Bevier went car-free for the month of January to better understand BATA services and BATA riders.

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

Napa County, California Looks at Making Walking Safer Along Rural Roads

  • Napa County has come up with a walking plan for rural areas dominated by vineyards, wineries and narrow roads without sidewalks. Pedestrian power might seem more like a city issue. But the rural county is a draw for walkers near such cities as Napa and includes villages, such as Angwin in the mountains east of St. Helena.

OTHER

Plainfield, Indiana Businesses Investing in Bus Shuttle to Bring In Workers

  • The executive director of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority says businesses in the town of Plainfield are supporting a newly-created Economic Improvement District aimed at giving out-of-town employees an option for getting to and from work.