San Francisco, CA – October 30, 2014 –  Drivers fighting with pedestrians and bicyclists over road space has become a familiar battle over the last decade. But about 130 miles north of San Francisco, in the small city of Willits, there’s an infrastructure tangle of a different sort playing out. …

Especially for intersections in cities, LOS disproportionately affects urban infill development. “The sum result is often to grossly exacerbate the very congestion problem that you’re trying to solve,” says Jeffrey Tumlin of the planning firm Nelson\Nygaard, which has advocated dropping the measure.

Clearly something needs to change — soon. And DOTs in Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Michigan and Massachusetts are all shifting gears according to Karina Ricks, also with Nelson\Nygaard.

(Next City by Rachel Dovey)

The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association gave the Mid City East Livability Study the 2014 Harold Foster Award for Distinction in Community Outreach and Engagement. An area of Washington, DC hoped to reclaim local streets as human places where people can move freely and traffic is slow but it was hampered by cut-through traffic and major arterials. Nelson\Nygaard gathered local views and visions and developed a detailed street typology that linked street design not only to its transportation function but also to the adjacent land uses and activities the street was to support and enable.

Cleveland, OH – October 29, 2014 – By now, you’ve probably heard that University Circle is doing a transportation study. Formally, it’s called the Moving Greater University Circle Transportation & Mobility Study. But, what is it? And how exactly could it help make University Circle a more inviting place to walk, bike, take transit, or drive?

We spoke to David Fields, Principal of Nelson\Nygaard, the planning firm that is working simultaneously on this study and on the redesign of Public Square (in particular on the effect of closing Ontario Avenue through the square—more on that in a later post).

Fields says they’re gathering ideas on where to make improvements on campus—through a series of public meetings this week and online (through a WiKi map and survey).

(Green City Blue Lake by Marc Lefkowitz)

In October 2014, Principal Paul Moore was an invited speaker for an Urban Growth Seminar, hosted by USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. He spoke on “Managing (Not Solving) Cities’ Transportation Problems through Change in Policy and Investment.”

Cleveland, OH – October 22, 2014 – In 2013, The Ohio Legislature was asked to consider if its $7 million contribution to keep 61 transit systems and 115 million bus and train rides going every year was fair?

The House asked ODOT to look at doing more. San Francisco firm Nelson\Nygaard was brought in to study how and where the state could close the gap.

Yesterday at Greater Cleveland RTA, a standing-room-only crowd of transit riders, local elected officials and those who could take the time for a 2 p.m. meeting offered their support and feedback on Ohio’s Transit Needs Study.

Nelson\Nygaard’s Bethany Whitaker divulged that Ohio needs about $1.1 billion more to operate and $2.8 billion in capital to build a modern, efficient transit system. “Ohio’s support is pretty low and going in the wrong direction,” she said. “It has been decreasing while other states tend to spend more (than 63 cents) per capita.”

Whitaker suggests a focused investment where dense populations rely on and choose to take transit, adding that choice equals convenience. She also bottom lined a survey of 2,000 transit customers who want greater frequency, expanded hours, and more places that are linked by transit.

Read more (Green City Blue Lake by Marc Lefkowitz)

Will Rodman gives the U.S. perspective on paratransit coordination during the October 2014 TRB International Conference on Paratransit in Monterey, CA. His talk begins at 1:25.

Principal Richard Weiner discusses paratransit services in Alameda County at the October 2014 TRB International Conference on Paratransit in Monterey, CA. His talk begins at 53 minutes.

Paul Supawanich talked about the Next Generation of On-Demand Senior Transportation at the October 2014 TRB International Conference on Paratransit in Monterey, CA. His talk begins at 29.15 minutes.

Washington, DC – October 16, 2014 – Transportation engineers think of themselves as detached and data driven. But bias is built in to many of the profession’s key metrics, write Eric Dumbaugh, Jeffrey Tumlin, and Wesley Marshall in an excellent report recently published by the Institute for Transportation Engineers Journal. You can trace this bias all the way back to the dawn of the automotive era.

(Streetsblog USA, Angie Schmitt)