A lot of attention has recently been centered on what is considered to be “the most detailed portrait yet of income mobility in the United States” The study, jointly conducted by economics faculty at Harvard and UC Berkeley, reinforces past research on the subject of income mobility, in that children born into poverty face great difficulty in rising out of poverty over their lifetime. What makes this particular study unique is how it highlights the stark differences of opportunities for lifetime income mobility across the metropolitan areas of America, which, as summarized by David Leonhardt of the New York Times, “allows researchers to consider local factors that previous mobility studies could not – including a region’s geography.”
The Moving To Work project is part of the Great Communities Collaborative’s Regional Policy & Planning strategy. The main goal of this project is to link low-income workers, job support services, trainings, and employers to the Bay Area’s transit system.
Simply having light rail doesn’t prompt people to drive less, according to researchers who looked at Denver’s existing light rail system. It is the integration of transit with the built environment that can prompt reductions in the vehicle miles driven.
The question of whether the everyday noise of urban life impacts life satisfaction or whether Milan's parks are too noisy to enjoy are explored in a pair of articles added to the Research Center best practices database.
An applied research paper presented to the faculty of the school of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Institute of Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for master's degree in city and regional planning has been added to the Resource Center best practices data base.
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Transit planning is well underway, lines have been built, but what more can partners do to leverage the potential of their networks to support transit-oriented districts and economic development goals? How can we ensure that new investment and development actually leverage our transit assets? What strategies will address equity issues like risk of displacement or training residents near transit for the jobs that transit connects? And how does one answer these questions for the tens, if not hundreds of stops in a transit system?
This webinar highlights an approach that many regions are taking to answer these difficult questions: the Regional TOD Strategy. Experts from the Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Seattle regions discussed their experiences with developing, communicating and implementing regional TOD strategies that are grounded in an implementation, place-based typology approach that prioritizes station areas for different types of…
DC.StreetsBlog.org described the day's fireworks with the headline "Amtrak Foe Mica Meets His Match in John Robert Smith." Streetsblog's Capitol Hill editor Tanya Snyder offered a detailed summary of the exchange between Smith and MIca, the "self-appointed Amtrak bully-in-chief."
Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith has been asked to testify at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Railsroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials. The title of the hearing is "The Role of Innovative Finance in Intercity Passenger Rail." A former mayor of Meridian, Miss., and former chairman of the Amtrak board, Smith has been an longtime proponent on investment in transportation infrastructure and, in particular, intertcity rail.
Chairman Denham, Ranking Member Brown, and members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. I am John Robert Smith, Co-Chair of Transportation for America, the country’s broadest and most diverse transportation coalition. Our members hail from the fields of transportation, housing, environment, public health, real estate, safety, and social equity, representing more than 500 different organizations. I am also the President and CEO of Reconnecting America, a national nonprofit that integrates transportation and community development. Reconnecting America is the managing partner of the Center for Transit-Oriented Development, which conducts research and promotes best practices in development along transit lines.
I would like to thank the Subcommittee for holding this hearing on the role of innovative finance in intercity passenger rail. Functional, safe, and efficient transportation systems are one of the cornerstones upon which this…