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The Road to Jobs and Growth – Federation of Canadian Municipalities

In mid-November, I posted a blog on The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge, which is an initiative by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to get Canadians involved in the Nation’s transportation networks and infrastructure.

The FCM released a report in November entitled, The Road to Job’s and Growth: Solving Canada’s Municipal Infrastructure Challenge. The document provides recommendations for Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP) which was a commitment made by the federal government in 2011 to create a plan that improves infrastructure over the long-term.
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The Great Canadian Infrastructure Challenge

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) launched The Great Canadian Challenge earlier this November. This initiative aims at getting more Canadians involved within the Nation’s transportation specifically around the state of the roads, transit systems and other municipal infrastructure. It invites Canadians into the discussion, debate and support of infrastructure solutions and investments.

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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in the United States

Last week’s blog was on the topic of the potential new bus lanes in India, specifically Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). These types of bus lanes are scattered throughout the United States including in New York City, Boston and Phoenix. Most recently, the US Federal Government gave the green light for BRT funding in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 

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Plans for New Bus Lanes in India

India is the second largest country in terms of population with over 1.2 billion people and is continuously growing. Although there are varying modes of transportation including by land, water and air, access to all modes isn’t uniform across the country.

Private vehicles are used by the more affluent community and there are only about 103 million on the road and only 10% of households own a motorcycle. The primary mode of transportation is public transit, the most common being buses.

As a result of high bus usage, the government created an initiative in Delhi, the Indian capital, to reduce traffic congestion by creating an experimental fast lane for buses. This Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor system allows bus users a smoother ride and reduce traffic congestion.

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Traffic Congestion: 180 km Traffic Jams in Sao Paulo

We previously covered traffic congestion across the United States, in Europe and in China. Residents of these areas have experienced the joy of traffic congestion that stretches many kilometers and increases their daily commute time substantially. Sao Paulo in Brazil is no exception.

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Investing in Walking and Bicycling Infrastructure

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) recently released the results from their pilot project which increased investments in non-motorized transportation. From 2007 to 2010, the FHWA provided funding to four pilot communities within the U.S. in order to evaluate the effectiveness of investing Federal funds in non-motorized transportation. Each community was to focus its resources on increasing walking and bicycling and then examine the impacts over this four year period.

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Traffic Studies: Overview for Starting the Fall Count Season (Part 2)

Many organizations are preparing for the fall count season. Whether collecting traffic data in-house or using a data collection vendor, transportation professionals are ramping up their efforts for this busy season.

Continuing from last week’s blog article, we will review the remaining traffic study types including Trip Generation, ALPR, Origin Destination, Travel Time and Parking Study. The goal is to provide insight into each traffic study, how it is utilized and what challenges can come up.

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Europe’s Most Congested Cities

In the last blog article, we reviewed North America’s Most Congested Cities. Although Canada and the US are one of the largest countries in the world, Europe has a larger population and population density. North America has a population of approximately 529 million and population density around 32 people per km. Europe is less than half the size and has a population of about 738 million and population density of approximately 72.5 people per km.

Countries across Europe have a longer history and established infrastructure earlier on. European congestion is ranked at 24%, which is 4% higher than in North America.

In this week’s blog article, we will be reviewing the most congested European cities according to GPS manufacturer, TomTom.

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North America’s Most Congested Cities

With population growth on the rise, many urban areas are growing faster than their city’s infrastructure and transportation networks. Last year the world’s population exceeded seven billion people and many large cities are already encountering overcrowding on public transit, increased pollution levels, and longer traffic delays.

The GPS manufacturer, Tom Tom, published its latest Congestion Index, which measures congestion as a percentage difference when compared to free-flow traffic.  This percentage indicates how much longer it will take to travel through the city with the normal amount of traffic than if there were no vehicles or congestion on the road.

North American congestion is rated at 20%. This week, we’ll review the top 5 congested cities in North America.

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National Traffic Signal Report Card 2012 from the NTOC – Part One

On May 16, 2012, the National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) released their 2012 National Traffic Signal Report Card. This is a national traffic signal assessment where US agencies grade themselves on 5 categories related to the management and operation of traffic signals. The overall grade was 69 or a D+ based on 241 respondents, representing approximately 39 percent of all traffic signals in the United States.

 

This week’s blog we’ll review the previous results of NTOC Report Cards as well as the results from this year and two of the five criteria that attribute to the overall grade.

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