The Puget Sound Region’s Long-Term Bet on Rail Published on April 28, 2017 in Infrastructure Amid speculation about the ways autonomous vehicles may upend current ways of living—and require fundamental changes to the way real estate and critical transportation-related infrastructure are
developed—voters in Washington state’s Puget Sound region approved tax increases in November to fund a $53.8 billion, 25-year program for expanding light rail, commuter rail, and bus rapid transit.
TOD Matures in Philadelphia, Focusing on Safety and Access Published on April 04, 2016 in Infrastructure Even as the automobile took over early in the 20th century, Philadelphia’s rail system survived, and today in Greater Philadelphia, more than 325 rail stations provide access to an extensive network of Amtrak, commuter rail, subways, light rail, and trolley services.
American Demography 2030: Bursting with Diversity, yet a Baby Bust Published on January 15, 2015 in Market Trends The United States is undergoing a “pivotal period of demographic change” that will be as important to the 21st century as the baby boom was to the 20th century, according to William H. Frey, demographer for the Brookings Institution and author of Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America.
Three Creative Reuses of Aging Infrastructure Published on October 30, 2014 in Infrastructure Speakers at a concurrent session on the creative reuse of aging infrastructure added three case studies to the growing list of success stories, including Chicago's MetraMarket, Buffalo's Erie Canal, and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles.
ULI Endorses Urban Street Design Guide from NACTO Published on August 21, 2014 in Planning & Design The Urban Land Institute has endorsed the Urban Street Design Guide, published last year by the National Association of City Transportation Officials. The guide embraces the unique and complex challenge of designing urban streets, aiming to make streets safe for people whether they are walking, biking, using transit, or driving.
The Canadian P3 Model: Will It Work in the United States? Published on April 21, 2014 in Development Despite his significant expertise with public/private partnerships (P3s) in the United States, Jay Hailey, an attorney at DLA Piper, found something new to share with attendees at the 2014 ULI Spring Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia: the Canadian P3 model.
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.
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 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.