Debates about infrastructure are elemental to the shape of our cities. The ways people engage with projects that cut through their neighborhoods and shape their city are critical avenues for broader political participation. The structures these debates focus on are built to last for 40-50 years, affecting multiple generations. The decisions made about such projects – and the process gone through to reach those decisions – therefore must be open, equitable, and meaningful.
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While there has been a lot of talk about how AVs might impact how we utilize land, there has been less discussion about the opposite phenomena: how current land use patterns will impact AVs deployment.
February 2, 2018 – The policy and practice under which metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) operate has not kept up with shifts in federal policy. It is time to update the role MPOs play.
Creating Mobility-as-a-Service (Maas) ecosystems will result in better information and better connectivity – helping cities and organizations face increasing urbanization and demographic shifts while also providing safe, efficient, and functioning transportation that customers expect.
January 19, 2018 – If Congress decides to bring back the practice of earmarking, there are certain additional reforms that could be considered to improve the process.
School transportation is the largest mass transit system in the United States (not to mention the safest) – transporting 25 million passengers in 500,000 buses every day. However, it is often an afterthought for local education leaders and it is almost never a part of the municipal or regional transportation system.
President Donald Trump has proclaimed November “Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month.” He is right to recognize the key role that infrastructure plays in assuring the nation’s health, security and prosperity. However, much of our critical infrastructure—especially transportation systems in coastal areas—is anything but resilient. We can change that by facing up to climate threats and designing our infrastructure accordingly.
We don’t have to accept a world where millions of accidents and tens of thousands of fatalities on the road are a necessary evil of driving. The SELF DRIVE Act is legislation I authored, and the House of Representatives passed, which will help ensure the safe and innovative development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars across the country. Most important, these vehicles could make an incredible difference in making our roadways safer.
Many companies have built their production around the flow of reliable rail service. They have made significant investments into building rail sidings, rail specific infrastructure, such as loading and unloading docks and specific railcar equipment. They simply cannot “flip a switch” and go from shipping rail to shipping via truck.
In region after region, a growing chorus of leaders are calling for their city and metropolitan area to plan for a future of automated vehicles (AVs). Often these calls fall along a binary argument between what analysts call the “heaven’ and ‘hell’ scenarios (or ‘utopia’ or ‘dystopia’ visions) for AVs.
Why are many organized aviation labor unions, including the air traffic controllers, the flight attendants, and several airline pilots’ unions, supporting the corporatization of air traffic control outside the structure of the FAA?
A good HOT lane project has to be done carefully. And although ambitious, the proposal from Governor Hogan is light on details. Based on best practices from around the world, Maryland should include these features when developing its plan.
President Trump is wrong: Gutting air, water and land regulations won’t speed up most infrastructure construction.
The U.S. can look to the Netherlands for examples of urban street design strategies that reduce accidents and bike-ped fatalities.
August 24, 2017 – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently released a report on speeding and passenger vehicle crashes.