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Missouri House Speaker Appoints Task Force to Study Transportation Infrastructure

  • House Speaker Todd Richardson, R-Poplar Bluff, put together a group of lawmakers and civilians who will work together to develop recommendations to repair the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. This group is called the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force, which was created by HCR 47 passed during the 2017 legislative session. State Rep. Kevin Corlew, who sponsored HCR 47, was selected by the Speaker to chair the panel.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Release Data-Driven List of Statewide Transportation Priorities to Guide Decisions on Next Highway Plan

  • The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (HYTC) today released a data-driven list of statewide transportation projects that will help guide development of the next Highway Plan. Over the past several months, KYTC evaluated and scored more than 1,100 projects across the state using the new Strategic Highway Investment Formula for Tomorrow (SHIFT). The formula is an objective approach that uses data on safety, congestion, asset management, economic growth and cost-benefit ratios.

PLANNING

Wisconsin Capital Hopes to Address Transportation Challenges via ‘Madison in Motion’ Plan

  • As Madison continues to grow, city planners will be tasked with addressing increased transportation challenges and reaching goals for improving conditions for walkers, bicyclists and those with transit challenges. David Trowbridge, principal transportation planner with the city, briefed members of Downtown Madison Inc. Friday morning at the organization’s monthly meeting on Madison in Motion, the master transportation plan that will guide future decisions in Madison.

The Future(s) of Mobility: How Cities Can Benefit

  • The way that people get around cities is changing dramatically. Technological advances and new transportation services are making it possible for city dwellers to cross town ever more efficiently and safely. These shifts could have profound economic and social effects. McKinsey analysis indicates that in 50 metropolitan areas around the world, home to 500 million people, integrated mobility systems could produce benefits, such as improved safety and reduced pollution, worth up to $600 billion.

MPOs

Lake County, Florida Commissioners Want to Stay in Lake-Sumter TPO

  • Lake County commissioners agreed Tuesday that dismantling the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization and merging with MetroPlan, a Central Florida MPO that covers Orlando, Osceola and Seminole counties, is not a move they want to make. “The MPO is a tool for us. It’s an opportunity for the locals to stay involved with these local road projects which are funded by our money anyway,” Commissioner Sean Parks said. “I think going to MetroPlan would be a big mistake for us.”

ALTERNATE TRANSPORTATION

Virginia Planners Want to Build 50-Mile Trail, Want Public’s Opinion

  • When the Virginia Capital Trail was completed in 2015, it was a bike route unlike any the region had seen: a 52-mile paved path, separate from highway traffic, that wove through historic sights from Richmond to Jamestown. Now regional planners want Hampton Roads residents to weigh in on two potential 50-mile segments that would extend the trail from Jamestown to Suffolk and from Jamestown to Fort Monroe in Hampton. The goal is to create a regional trail system from Hampton Roads to Richmond. They’re calling it the Birthplace of America Trail.

FUNDING

Death of a Twin Cities Transit Board Means Counties Control Their Own Funding

  • A semi-obscure board that in eight years has raised close to $1 billion for transit in the metro area voted Wednesday to dissolve itself. As of Oct. 1, the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) will no longer exist, but a slightly different way of funding likely will raise even more money for expensive drawing-board projects that include new light rail and bus-rapid transit lines to the north and southwestern suburbs and along some of the busiest Twin Cities freeways. After much drama over the past year, the board voted unanimously Wednesday to disband, offering little comment in the process.

TRANSIT

Maryland Transit Administration Chief: Developers Must Consider Transit When Planning Projects

  • Maryland Transit Administration Acting CEO Kevin Quinn said he wants to work with developers of projects like Port Covington and Sparrows Point to ensure BaltimoreLink gets people to their jobs. Quinn expressed excitement about the new transportation system as he explained the theories and goals behind BaltimoreLink to business leaders at a breakfast event hosted by the Greater Baltimore Committee. While the new system may be up and running, Quinn says the work is only just beginning.

Missouri Transit Planners Look to Link Cities

  • Regional planners are looking at ways to make bus service more convenient and readily available. “We’re hoping to connect more communities to get more people to work,” said Karen Clawson, senior transportation planner at the Mid-America Regional Council, MARC, working with cities such as Independence and with service providers such as the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, has been updating its Smart Moves long-range plan for more than two years and is getting ready to roll out that update as early as this month.

Nashville Mayor Looks at Privatizing Airport to Generate Transit Funds

  • Mayor Megan Barry’s administration is exploring privatizing the operations of the city-owned Nashville International Airport to an outside management company to generate funding for mass transit in Middle Tennessee. The mayor’s office confirmed hearing a presentation in May from representatives of Oaktree Capital Management, a California-based investment firm that has also made bids to run government-owned airports in other cities.

INTERNATIONAL

Bikesharing Data Could Be Used to Improve Urban Transport Planning and Cut Congestion, Leading Firms Tell Tech Conference

  • Bike-sharing start-ups are now generating multiple terabytes of data every day from the millions of daily riders in China and abroad. And the data can be used in multiple scenarios, from not only contributing to the efficient running of their own businesses, but much wider economic benefits such as helping cities with urban planning. That’s according to top executives from market leaders Mobike and Ofo, who were speaking at this week’s TechCrunch Shenzhen conference.