The article is about the City of Phoenix, citizen groups, and the light rail expansion into South Phoenix where the design desires of citizens differ from project-funded design. On September 26, 2018, the Phoenix City Council voted to continue to move forward with the current two-lane design for the South Central Light Rail Extension. The vote followed a previous council decision, which requested Valley Metro look into a four-lane design and conduct extensive community outreach. by Joshua Matthews, AICP
This brief article describes the cycling experience that Candis Millar, AICP, and her husband enjoyed during a week in Copenhagen, Denmark in September. Some of our observations may generate ideas for Western Planners implementing bicycle plans in their communities. Story and photos by Candis Millar, AICP
The 2018 Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) bike map is now available at local bike shops, RTC facilities and community centers.
Rights of Way and easements ensure that access is granted when needed when roads are built, improved, or expanded. In North Dakota, when Right of Way is dedicated, the landowner still possesses the underlying fee, but the land is not taxable. by Nancy MH Simpson, Minot, North Dakota
Creating more walkable, bikeable communities has all sorts of other benefits too. Getting more people walking and cycling is good for the economy, reduces vehicular emissions, and facilitates social interaction among residents. This past October, residents of Raton, New Mexico met with other stakeholders to conduct a walkability workshop. by Jeff DeBellis, Albuquerque, New Mexico
A functional bicycle and pedestrian network is only as good as its weakest link. The Wasatch Front metropolitan area holds 85 percent of the state’s population within a thin stretch of land 100 miles long between the Wasatch Mountains and the Great Salt Lake. Multiple jurisdictions, a large population, and a desire for consistent bicycle planning led to the need for a broad-based effort to engage cities regarding how they can make their communities better for bicycling and walking. by Scott Hess, Active Transportation Planner, Wasatch Front Regional Council
As part of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative effort, the City and County of Denver created the Mobility Master Plan in March 2016 that was led by HDR, Inc. The plan included developing layered multimodal transportation networks within these complex and historic neighborhoods to make travel easier and more convenient for people walking, biking, and taking transit. by Drew Parker
Spearfish, South Dakota spent the last year discussing options for the renovation of a key street, Jackson Boulevard, beginning with an expansive (and expensive) new vision for the street, and ending up with something significantly different. by Jayna Watson, AICP, RLA
Without a bike-sharing system already in place, the city of Aurora set out to create a Bike Share Permit Program that would reduce travel time and congestion, provide multi-modal mobility to a wide range of users, and increase transportation access and options in Aurora. Realizing the potential that bike sharing can provide for short-distance, point-to-point trips, including last-mile connections to public transit, the city of Aurora launched the first dockless bike-sharing permit program in Colorado in early October 2017. by Brenden Paradies
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has embarked on the development of “On Board,” a comprehensive plan for the future of transit in Southern Nevada. The RTC also knew it needed to develop an innovative way that made it convenient for residents to learn about the On Board plan and provide feedback, so it is hitting the road with a retrofitted 40-foot bus that has been meticulously designed to get the Southern Nevada community engaged and excited to talk about their future transit plan. by Raymond Hess, Director of Planning Services for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
To create the Linking Tahoe: Multimodal Transportation Management Plan on behalf of the Tahoe Transportation District (TTD), Stantec analyzed cell phone data from an enormously large geographic area. We gained unprecedented insights into the magnitude of visitors and their travel patterns. This article highlights a few of our findings and some lessons learned. Cell phone data enabled us to develop an innovative transportation management plan using the newest information technology and sophisticated ArcGIS tools to visualize the results. by Cynthia J. Albright, AICP-CUD, GISP
While interest in fostering walkable communities in Utah has grown in recent years, the longer-term trend is showing that people are walking less. This article describes an analysis of the factors that impact walking. The principle data source for this analysis was the 2012 Utah Household Travel Survey (UTHS). by Jonathan Larsen, PE, Andy Li, Ph.D., and Callie New
Oregon has taken a holistic approach to building bicycle tourism, looking to provide a complete package. by Catherine Corliss, AICP, Matt Hastie, AICP, and Laura Krull
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has entered into a data-sharing partnership with Waze to arm residents with information about current road conditions and construction projects to ease their commutes around the valley.
How the City of Sierra Vista in Arizona had to establish a Metropolitan Planning Organization in order to continue to receive federal transportation dollars. by Daniel R. Coxworth
The Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments updated its long-range transportation plan through Metro 2040, designed to guide the development of multimodal transportation systems throughout the study area for the next 25 years. by Adam Altenburg
An impressive backbone of accessible transportation options in Salt Lake City, Utah provides easy mobility for residents and visitors.
Southern Nevada provides efficient transit for tourists and residents who seek more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.
Niwot, CO faced the challenge of how to fund improvement projects without the capital available to municipalities. Story by Victoria McKennan and Carlos Hernandez.
Hillary Hanson and Juliet Spalding write about how a community partnership helps improve transportation services in Montana.