Author: Sarah Jo Peterson
Articles by Sarah Jo Peterson
- New Ideas for Walking and Biking in U.S. Transportation Programs
Published on February 28, 2014 in Infrastructure
With the major U.S. federal transportation law, 2012’s MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), expiring this October 1, activity is gearing up to decide what is next for the nation’s streets, highways, and transit systems. The biggest headache will be funding. Federal taxes on motor fuels are failing to generate enough revenue to maintain even current spending levels.
- Embracing the Street: Policies Aimed at Transportation Safety Help Land Development
Published on February 27, 2014 in Infrastructure
No one wants an unsafe, uninviting street. So why has this been so difficult to change? And in places where people have successfully initiated change, what are they doing differently?
- Hidden Transit: How Companies are Going the Last Mile
Published on September 10, 2012 in Infrastructure
Private companies are going the last mile to ensure that their facilities are well served by transit. And they see it as a way to maintain their competitive edge.
- Regional Transit: Regrouping in the Tampa Bay Area
Published on June 15, 2012 in Infrastructure
Despite setbacks, leaders in the Tampa Bay area continue to push for regional transit in the name of economic competitiveness.
- Transit, Jobs, and Housing: Rethinking TOD
Published on November 15, 2011 in Fall Meeting
At the Urban Land Institute’s 2011 Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo in Los Angeles last month, one panel offered up the collective wisdom of those who have a long history of making transit-oriented development happen. Read more to learn what one participant had to say about the newest iteration of TOD—3.0—which combines transit-rich locations, real estate development, and livability.
- Seattle and Suburbs Find Innovative Compromise to Save Transit
Published on August 22, 2011 in Infrastructure
Four out of five public transit agencies in the United States will be forced to either raise fares or cut service this coming year, says the American Public Transportation Association. Read more to learn what a coalition of business, environmental, and transit advocates did to win over Republicans in the county council and save the transit system in King County, Washington, from drastic cuts.
- Federal Transportation Policy in Motion?
Published on July 25, 2011 in Infrastructure
Earlier this month, Republicans on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee put forth a six-year, $230 billion proposal that cuts existing federal spending levels by roughly one-third. But last week, a bipartisan group of Senators responded to the House proposal claiming the solution is a shorter bill—only two years—that maintains existing spending levels at $109 billion.
- The Northwest Indiana Model
Published on July 08, 2011 in Sustainability
In Northwest Indiana, restructuring has shrunk industry’s environmental footprint. In the 1980s, area leaders began to recognize the valuable asset in their midst—Lake Michigan and its shoreline. Read how five diverse cities spread across two counties are acting as one to recapture and preserve the lakeshore for open public use while capitalizing on its potential for economic development.
- Game Changers: Projects that Transform the Urban Fabric
Published on October 21, 2010 in Planning & Design
Leaders who worked on three transformative urban projects showed why the projects had distinguished themselves as ULI award winners at the “Game Changers” session at ULI’s 2010 Fall Meeting. Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore introduced The Southern Ridges; Downtown Fort Worth, Texas and its Sundance Square; and, Columbia Heights, a historic neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C., and its commercial center are three case studies that offer what the public sector can do, even in the current economic climate.
- Infrastructure in the Trenches: ULI Chicago Identifies Game Changers
Published on October 14, 2010 in Infrastructure
ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Committee began looking for ways to improve infrastructure decision-making in 2008. The 48-member committee started with two premises: that the region should invest in infrastructure, not spend on it, and that implementation offered fresh opportunities for private sector involvement. Read about the process the committee has come up with that identifies infrastructure “game changers.”
- Five TOD Questions to Ask about Bus Rapid Transit in Your Community
Published on September 22, 2010 in Infrastructure
Because bus rapid transit (BRT) seems to play out differently in every community, different types of bus infrastructure and service may all be called BRT. Both the public and private sectors need to share the specifics of what is being planned and developed. Only then will it be clear whether there are opportunities to turn your community’s BRT into bus rapid transit-oriented development (BRTOD).
- Bus Rapid Transit Areas Undergoing Innovation
Published on July 01, 2010 in Infrastructure
The National Bus Rapid Transit Institute identified seven elements as those undergoing innovation in bus rapid transit.
- Bus Rapid Transit and Land Use
Published on July 01, 2010 in Infrastructure
Successful transit-oriented developments (TODs) meet demand for compact, walkable, mixed-use development-the same markets that are also likely to see an important amenity value in easy access to high-quality transit service. At the same time, the more people, jobs, and services that exist within walking distance of transit service, the higher the potential transit ridership and fare generation, and the more cars that can be pulled off congested roads. TOD is a win-win for land use and transportation.