Transportation News/Articles

Breathe easy crossing Florida’s bridges

“According to an article published in the August 2013 edition of Governing magazine, Florida has the greatest percentage (97.8 percent) of structurally sound bridges in the country, 11.7 percent better than in 2011. This is according to a review and analysis of the 2012 Federal Highway Administration’s inspection data for all 50 states.” ESRP Corp.: Way to go Florida ! …

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Dallas officials, Yellow Cab worked together to thwart Uber transportation app

“The company says it is a technology firm that connects clients with drivers through an app, and should not be regulated as a transportation business. But across the country, city officials have argued that it should face regulation like taxis or traditional limo services.” ESRP Corp.: Technology will disrupt many transportation-related industries within the next few years. See More . …

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Scullin: Pinellas deserves better transportation options

“Traffic congestion in Pinellas County certainly isn’t new. In fact, the tie-ups drivers routinely encounter on busy roads such as U.S. 19 and Ulmerton Road are a big part of what’s behind the penny sales tax referendum we’ll see on the November 2014 ballot. That money would replace the property tax that currently funds the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and …

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Chance to save Friendship Trail Bridge is disappearing

“The Friendship Trail Bridge was a pioneering experience for those who wanted to walk, run or cycle between Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. But the window for preserving the trail is closing fast, and the attention should shift to ensuring that the new pedestrian span along the Courtney Campbell Causeway is a vibrant alternative.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/chance-to-save-friendship-trail-bridge-is-disappearing/2141693By: …

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Toyota using Google Street View in cars

“The new system, Toyota Touch 2, provides direct access to Google-sourced imagery and geo-tagged photos, allowing drivers to see a realistic view of their surroundings on a map. All of the images will be displayed on Toyota’s second generation Touch unit, which has four times the number of pixels as the previous version and a screen size of up to …

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The Unique Genius of Hong Kong’s Public Transportation System

“The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation, which manages the subway and bus systems on Hong Kong Island and, since 2006, in the northern part of Kowloon, is considered the gold standard for transit management worldwide. In 2012, the MTR produced revenue of 36 billion Hong Kong Dollars (about U.S $5 billion)—turning a profit of $2 billion in the process. ” See More . …

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FHWA to Transportation Engineers: Use the NACTO Bikeway Design Guide

“This federal endorsement is critical because protected bike lanes have yet to be officially sanctioned by the country’s most influential transportation engineering organization: the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.” See More . . . Source: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/09/09/fhwa-to-transportation-engineers-use-the-nacto-bikeway-design-guide/By: Angie Schmitt

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Bicyclists helping shape future of transportation

“According to the League of American Bicyclists, the Bicycle Friendly Community program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make a vision for a better, “bikeable” community a reality. A community that receives the Bicycle Friendly Community designation is one that provides safe accommodations for cycling and encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation” …

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Transportation policy is housing policy

“Transportation infrastructure is the critical linkage that connects families and individuals to areas of employment and education. Employment opportunities are the main reason that families move residence. Access to transportation defines and limits where families are able to live.” See More . . . Source: http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2013/09/06/transportation-policy-is-housing-policy/ By: Stephen Menendian

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How U.S. transportation safety has evolved over time: cars, airlines, trains, walking and cycling

“Recent news that U.S. traffic fatalities had increased in 2012 grabbed some headlines, but that statistical year-over-year increase, taken in isolation, may be misleading, given long-term trends toward greater safety.” See More . . . Source: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/transportation/comparing-fatality-risks-united-states-transportation-across-modes-time#By: Leighton Walter Kille

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