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Highway or No, Trenton Eyes Waterfront Redevelopment
NextCity | February 17, 2017 - Just south of Trenton’s famous bridge, which telegraphs the message “Trenton Makes, the World Takes,” is a swath of waterfront property many agree could yield much more for New Jersey’s capital city — if only a pesky little highway could be replaced. Cut off from the rest of downtown by Route 29, the crescent-moon-shaped tract of land hosts a minor league baseball stadium, a nightclub, an underutilized park and a handful of state agency offices. Employees overwhelmingly drive to the area and, when there’s not a game going on, leave it nearly empty after 5 o’clock.
How Smart Transportation Projects Can Help Solve Social Issues
Govtech, Feb. 1, 2017 - When the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) put out a Smart Cities Challenge, one might have expected the proposed solutions to cluster around transit issues. They did, but many went much further. In its newly issued report on lessons learned from the challenge, which ended in June 2016, the department details a range of proposals that look to leverage transit not just as a tool for managing commuting and congestions, but also as a means for addressing wider range of issues.
How Can Automation Improve Freight Delivery?
ENO FOUNDATION, Feb. 6 2017 - At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, held last month, one of the sessions examined the impact that existing and imminent new technologies will have on the freight sector.
City of Seattle Building Stronger Connections With Community Liaisons
NextCity, Feb. 17, 2017 - The city of Seattle has plenty of wealthy homeowners who turn out in force to public meetings to voice opinions about decisions that will affect their neighborhoods — including Mayor Ed Murray’s zoning overhaul. But City Hall wants to hear from a more diverse set of voices when making decisions about everything from land use to affordable housing, and a new outreach program is designed to include members of historically marginalized groups. Through the initiative, the city is hiring “public outreach and engagement liaisons” (POELs) from those communities — think recent Somali immigrants, LGBT youth, Chinese-American business owners — to do outreach.
Is America Breaking Up With Cars?
CityLab Feb. 14, 2017 - After 2006, car ownership and vehicle miles began declining. But the latest installment of this research, conducted by Michael Sivak, who heads the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Worldwide Transportation research consortium—shows a hint of a rebound. In 2015, vehicle ownership rates ticked up 1.4 percent on average from 2012. Car ownership went from .744 per person in 2012 to .756 per person in 2015 and from 1.27 per household in 2013 to 1.95 per household in 2015.
As Trump Vows Building Splurge, Famed Traffic Choke Point Offers Warning
New York Times, FEB. 6, 2017 - BREEZEWOOD, Pa. — Millions of people who travel between the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest each year fight through Breezewood, Pa., a strange gap in the Interstate System. A leg of Route I-70 brings drivers north from Washington and Baltimore to plug into the Pennsylvania Turnpike and the great road network that runs west to the heartland cities of Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Chicago.
Cameras Can Speed Cities to Improving Pedestrian Safety
Next City, February 3, 2017 -The great irony of Vision Zero (a goal to prevent all traffic-related deaths), if you ask Tarek Sayed, is that to know how to reduce pedestrian fatalities, you need data on pedestrian fatalities.
Cities, suburbs are requiring too much parking near transit stations, study says
Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2017 - Auto-centric standards and zoning requirements have led to too much parking being built around transit stations, leaving many parking spaces empty and wasting valuable land that could be better used, according to a study released Tuesday by Smart Growth America.
Tinder for cities and other tech tools for inclusive town planning
Guardian, Jan. 24, 2017 - Imagine if next time you saw a plan for an oversized monster tower block proposed for your street, you could get out your smartphone and swipe left to oppose it? Or see a carefully designed scheme for a new neighbourhood library and swipe right to support it? Tinder for urban planning might sound far-fetched, but it is already being trialled in the sun-kissed Californian city of Santa Monica.
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Bridges to be completed this summer NJ Herald, 2/20/2017 - Two Sussex County-owned bridges, construction of which was interrupted by the Transportation Trust Fund moratorium last year, now have midsummer completion dates, according to updates released Friday by the county Department of Engineering and Planning.
Why this could be the last week for cheap gas in N.J. NJ.com, 2/20/2017 - This week for gas prices might be like the last hours of a great party that you wish could last longer, but you know is starting to wind down.
Adults 18 - 29 Wanted to Discuss New Jersey's Future in innovative "Set the Table!" initiative NJTPA Mention
TAP into Bloomfield, 2/19/2017 - Set the Table! is a new initiative by Rutgers University and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) that’s aimed at getting young adults involved in a stimulating discussion about the future of New Jersey.
Raised Bayonne Bridge roadway now open The Record, 2/19/2017 - Motorists crossing the Bayonne Bridge have a better view of the New York City skyline as of today with the opening of a new roadway 64 feet higher than the original span.
Public input sought on aging Passaic County bridge The Record, 2/17/2017 - The Sixth Avenue Bridge that connects Paterson with Hawthorne and Prospect Park was built 30 years ago and was supposed to be temporary. Now, after three decades, the state is planning to do something with the bridge.
PA passes $32 billion spending plan NJ Spotlight, 2/17/2017 - The Port Authority’s commissioners approved a $32 billion capital plan yesterday that includes significant funding commitments for top New Jersey priorities like the Gateway trans-Hudson rail-tunnel and the long-awaited replacement of the bistate agency’s aging midtown Manhattan bus terminal.
The 8 projects on which the Port Authority wants to spend $32B NJ.com, 2/17/2017 - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has revised its capital plan to fund major projects, from restoring the George Washington Bridge to building new airport terminals and rail lines to airports. Here's what $32 billion buys.
Kearny Point, New Jersey’s own Brooklyn Navy Yard, grows near Newark Curbed NY, 2/16/2017 – Hugo Neu’s plan to rejuvenate six buildings and create over 2.5 million square feet of commercial space in South Kearny draws from the recent successes of Brooklyn Navy Yard and Industry City—two former manufacturing and industrial complexes that have found new life in the 21st century—while offering an alternative to the oppressive commercial rents of New York.
Montvale residents voice safety concerns over Wegmans The Record, 2/16/2017 - Residents were apprehensive about pedestrian safety at the intersections in the borough where an increase in vehicle traffic is expected once Wegmans opens in the fall.
NJ’s most-traveled crumbling bridges: Are they really safe? NJ 101.5 FM, 2/16/2017 - The American Road and Transportation Builders Association report finds 9 percent of the 6,730 bridges in the Garden State, a total of 609 bridges, are structurally deficient, which means one of more key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, are considered to be in poor or worse condition.
Adults 18-29 wanted to discuss New Jersey's future NJTPA Mention
Patch, 2/15/2017 - Set the Table! is a new initiative by Rutgers University and the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) that’s aimed at getting young adults involved in a stimulating discussion about the future of New Jersey.
Route 495 lanes to be closed overnight for next 3 days The Record, 2/15/2017 - The New Jersey Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the left lanes of Route 495 westbound would be closed overnight beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15, through Friday, Feb. 17.
Natural gas, the other alternative fuel for transportation sector NJ Spotlight, 2/15/2017 - New group hopes to stake claim to big-truck and bus markets, while electric vehicles make inroads into consumer and light-truck sector
5 big things you need to know about N.J.'s new Uber and Lyft law NJ.com, 2/15/2017 - Now that they're here to stay, here's what you need to know before you hail your next ride.
Turnpike exit 14A toll plaza construction continues The Jersey Journal, 2/14/2017 - Traffic detours will be necessary during the week of Feb. 27 at the northern end of Avenue E due to continued work on the New Jersey Turnpike 14A toll plaza construction project, according to city spokesman Joe Ryan.
How cities are integrating rideshare and public transportation Data-Smart City Solutions, 2/13/2017 - Summit, NJ has taken transit-rideshare integration a step further by undertaking a six-month, 100-person pilot program in which the city is subsidizing Uber rides to and from its transit station in order to reduce parking demand.
State will update Route 206 bypass on Wednesday myCentralJersey.com, 2/13/2017 - The DOT will hold an open public information session from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the municipal building about the plans to finish the bypass and construct a jughandle at the intersection of Route 206 and Triangle Road.
West Milford bus service on road to restoration The Record, 2/13/2017 - The township committed to restoring the weekday bus service to near 2016 levels after receiving a litany of complaints from local seniors earlier this month.
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