A look at performance-based transportation planning, and why measuring the value of how well an investment meets regional transportation goals & policies is an important breakthrough.
For articles focused more on either streets & road design or on pedestrian & bicyclist issues, check out those topic categories on the menu.
“Territory folks should stick together, Territory folks should all be pals,” said Rodgers & Hammerstein in Oklahoma. How well do your planning commissioners, city councilors, and other city boards — like Territory folks — stick and work together?
PlannersWeb Editor Wayne Senville continues his reflections on Portland, Oregon, with a look at transportation and land use, and how the city has become a leader in the “dead freeway” movement.
You see the silver, ovoid-shaped aerial trams high in the air heading up towards a hill. Is there a ski slope on the other side? Unlikely in a city that averages under five inches of snow a year. So just where are those trams heading? And why?
Orenco Station is both an actual light-rail station and the name of a 209 acre “transit-oriented” development adjacent to the station. They’re both in Hillsboro, Oregon, a fast growing suburb of Portland, and home to the state’s “Silicon Forest.”
This short video speaks for itself — enjoy it — then ask yourself what your transit agency could do to make transit cool in your community.
One of the key themes I heard during sessions at the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations conference was the importance of better connecting pedestrians to nearby shopping and to transit corridors. That means focusing on one of the most basic components of a community’s transportation network: sidewalks.
During the AMPO (Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations) conference the past two days, the three words I think I heard most often were Sustainability; Livability; and Walkability. What’s more all three of these were often tied in to another phrase: economic competitiveness.
Communities are better understanding the critical relationship between zoning, land use, and transportation planning. These articles provide an introduction to the transportation planning process, while also covering basic issues related to street and sidewalk design. Plus a look at new ideas and concepts in transportation planning.
PCJ Editor Wayne Senville is reporting today from the annual conference of the Association of MPOs in Saratoga Springs NY. In this post, a look at presentations focusing on transit challenges — and opportunities — in three very different parts of the country.