Rights of Way: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Rights of Way: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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

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Organizing a Walkability Workshop in a Small Town

Organizing a Walkability Workshop in a Small Town

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

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Plan Spotlight: Engaging Communities in Active Transportation Planning

Plan Spotlight: Engaging Communities in Active Transportation Planning

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

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North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative | Mobility Master Plan

North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative | Mobility Master Plan

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

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The Winding Road of Change

The Winding Road of Change

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

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City of Aurora pioneers first dockless bike sharing program in Colorado

City of Aurora pioneers first dockless bike sharing program in Colorado

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

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Driving community engagement to plan the future of transit in Southern Nevada

Driving community engagement to plan the future of transit in Southern Nevada

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)

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Mining Cell Phone Data to Create a Multimodal Transportation Plan for Lake Tahoe

Mining Cell Phone Data to Create a Multimodal Transportation Plan for Lake Tahoe

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

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Examining Walk Travel Behavior and Land Use in Utah

Examining Walk Travel Behavior and Land Use in Utah

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

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Bicycle Tourism in Rural Oregon

Bicycle Tourism in Rural Oregon

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

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Seeing Orange: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Convenes Countywide Effort in Construction Project Coordination

Seeing Orange: Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada Convenes Countywide Effort in Construction Project Coordination

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.

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Urbanized! A New Metropolitan Planning Organization in a Rural Region

Urbanized!  A New Metropolitan Planning Organization  in a Rural Region

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

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Long range transportation plan shaped by public involvement

Long range transportation plan shaped by public involvement

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

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Salt Lake City by foot, bike and transit

Salt Lake City by foot, bike and transit

An impressive backbone of accessible transportation options in Salt Lake City, Utah provides easy mobility for residents and visitors.

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Going Green in Southern Nevada

Going Green in Southern Nevada

Southern Nevada provides efficient transit for tourists and residents who seek more environmentally friendly modes of transportation.

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Bolder than Boulder: Building consensus for mobility in small, rural communities

Bolder than Boulder: Building consensus for mobility in small, rural communities

Niwot, CO faced the challenge of how to fund improvement projects without the capital available to municipalities. Story by Victoria McKennan and Carlos Hernandez.

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Healthy by Design is becoming new mantra for Billings, MT

Healthy by Design is becoming new mantra for Billings, MT

Hillary Hanson and Juliet Spalding write about how a community partnership helps improve transportation services in Montana.

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