By Tyler Falk
Posting in Cities
A new study shows how cities big and small have developed innovative transportation systems. Find out what cities made the list.
Do cities have to be large to have smart transportation? A new study released today proves that they don't.
The study, from the Natural Resources Defense Council's Smarter Cities project, in collaboration with the Center for Neighborhood Technology, identifies the 15 U.S. metro regions -- large, medium, and small -- with the most innovative transportation systems.
Specifically, the study looked at public transit availability, use and cost, along with household automobile ownership, and sustainable transportation programs.
Big cities, like Boston or New York, often get all the attention when it comes to transportation (like, on this list). But this study does a good job highlighting what's happening in smaller cities, and ultimately encouraging them continue to improve. Because a city doesn't have to be as big as Chicago to build smart public transit systems.
Here are some highlights from the cities that don't usually get all the attention when it comes to transportation.
- About 98% of Jersey City, N.J. residents live within a half mile of public transit access; only 60% own or have access to a car.
- Boulder, Colo. has built paved pathways along Boulder Creek that allow walkers and bikers to travel up to 52 miles without ever having to cross traffic.
- 90% of the residents in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. live within a quarter mile of a weekday bus route.
- Lincoln, Neb. households drive the least—on average 16,800 miles per year—of any metropolitan region in the country with populations less than 250,000.
But why study the metro region? Why not just look at the city itself? Kaid Benfield, director of NRDC’s Sustainable Communities & Smart Growth and a Smarter Cities project advisor, explains:
Regional data often gives a truer indication of the environment of a place than jurisdictional boundaries as it encompasses commuters traveling both in the dense urban cities centers and the surrounding suburbs. Yet municipalities and cities mostly act separately as instruments of policy, innovate more and are inherently more sustainable and ‘smarter.’
Here's the complete list of the 15 metro regions in the U.S. for transportation innovation:
Large Metro Regions (populations greater than 1 million)
Medium Metro Regions (population between 250,000-1 million)
Small Metro Regions (population less than 250,000)
Feb 23, 2011
You do need to have an identifying tag on the vehicle, but that is all that is required. Believe it or not, every American has a sovereign right to travel. It's just that we're not told by the state that we have that right, and instead are presented with a "contract" (and yes, your signature on all of those documents down at the DMV constitutes a contract between you and the state). kral oyunkral oyun
Another delay lasting hours for the great mass transit system in Boston. With the stranding as a back drop MBTA officials decided it was a good day to announce the purchase of new trains. The builder of the trains? Bechtel/Parsons Brinckerhoff. For those not familiar with the biggest never prosecuted case of fraud and theft in the US. B/P B is the firm behind the $3 billion dollar bid and eventual $14 billion completion price of the Big Dig in Boston. The company that: -Purchased and resold the same chunk of land adjacent to the BIG Dig site 4 times because of conflicting memos over the need to store equipment there. The final cost was a net loss to tax payers of $20 million dollars over the original cost to purchase. -Dug up and relocated the same sewer, water and gas lines 7 times in the North End because of ever changing designs. The final resting place of the pipes was exactly where they had been moved the first time. -Allowed a senior site foreman to sell $2 million worth of scrape steel recovered from the old Central Artery and pocket the money. They decided it was not worth the headaches to pursue criminal charges against the guy and just forced him to retire. Who cares about losing a pension when you get to walk away with $2 million in taxpayer money. And lastly they used a cheap tunnel roof design that hung concrete ceiling panels using adhesive. The adhesive ultimately failed crushing cars and killing a young woman within months of the tunnels opening. Million more was spent rehanging thousands of concrete panels using bolts. $11 billion in cost over runs and they ultimately paid just a $400 million dollar fine because the woman died. Got to love how the same companies keep getting the big government projects no matter how much they steal or who they kill.
It took over 4 hours for a train to go the 46 miles from Boston to Worchester MA this week. As compensation the riders got a free ride the next day. That day the train was 10 minutes late. Union rules delayed the timely repair of the train when it broke down. Union rules delayed the train the next day. Got to love unions.
At one point in time you could catch a streetcar trolley in Salem NH and get off on Cape Cod, but that time is long since gone. Most Massachusetts mass transit systems do not run on time. As such their ridership is lower than it should be because people cannot depend on them to get you to work on time. Just this week the MBTA announced it is dropping a program that reimbursed monthly pass holders when busses and trains ran late. It was too costly because they always run late. The threshold for being considered late was being more than 45 minutes off schedule. So 30 minutes late was considered on time. Got to love union run shops.