CUES Director Renne quoted in GlobeSt.com

In an article titled, “The Branson Effect, Train-Style–Could Florida’s future commercial growth emulate Europe’s with a new rail system?” by David Wilkening, John L. Renne, Director and Associate Professor of Urban Planning at Florida Atlantic University and a Mobility Chair at the Urban Land Institute, tells GlobeSt.com:

“The recently opened Brightline in Miami is unique to the United States as it creates an experience only offered in places like Europe and Asia. Similar to these other cities, the Brightline is already proving to be a catalyst for urban infill projects in Downtown Miami that will reshape the city into a more walkable hub for the creative economy of the 21st Century.”

NPR Science Desk features research by Dr. John Renne

A study released by SURP’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) found that the vast majority of counties in the Florida Panhandle were less prepared for emergency evacuation compared to the rest of the state. Of the 67 counties in Florida, 10 were rated as having weak levels of evacuation preparedness, and all of these counties were located in the Panhandle/North Florida. Eleven of 16 counties with moderately rated plans also were in this region. Only seven of the counties in the Panhandle had strong plans.

Multiple news outlets featured the research, including

a report by National Public Radio (NPR)’s Science Desk reporter Rebecca Hersher

Rebecca Hersher is a reporter on NPR’s Science Desk, where she reports on outbreaks, natural disasters, and environmental and health research. Since coming to NPR in 2011, she has covered the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, embedded with the Afghan army after the American combat mission ended, and reported on floods and hurricanes in the U.S. She’s also reported on research about puppies. 

Drs. Saginor and Dumbaugh publish in the ITE Journal

South Florida’s Brightline: The Public Costs of Private Rail

The decline of state and federal transportation funding led to increased reliance on private sector partners to finance and construct new capital infrastructure. In this context, the Brightline project (formerly known as All Aboard Florida) is particularly promising. Heralded as the first 100 percent privately-owned and operated rail line built in the last 100 years, Brightline began service in late 2017, running 32 high-speed trains daily between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach, FL, USA, with future expansion to the Orlando Intermodal Transportation Facility. An article by Jesse Saginor, Ph.D., AICP and Eric Dumbaugh, Ph.D. explores this topic. Read the article

Public Square – A CNU Journal featured Professor Eric Dumbaugh’s research

Public Square - A CNU Journal

Congestion can be good, study reports

An article in Public Square – A CNU Journal highlighted a study published by Wes Marshall of the University of Colorado at Denver and FAU’s Eric Dumbaugh in Transportation – Planning – Policy – Research – Practice, challenging the assumption that traffic congestion inhibits economic growth and jobs, costing money and driving away business and activity.

Dr. Merlin publishes in Transport Policy

Dr. Louis Merlin published in Transport Policy an article titled “Accessibility analysis for transportation projects and plans.”

We spend billions of dollars on new roadways, but are they making our transportation system work more efficiently? In this paper, Dr. Louis Merlin examines transportation success from two perspectives, firstly, in relation to how fast vehicles are able to travel, and secondly, in relation to how many destinations can be reached. From the perspective of speed, these roadway investments are working; but from the perspective of how many useful destinations can be reached, this study of San Antonio finds that typical radial highway investments may not offer any net benefits. Read the article

Dr. Merlin publishes in Research in Transportation Economics

In the new Research in Transportation Economics article, Dr. Louis A. Merlin examines whether people who move to the intown infill development of Atlantic Station next to Midtown Atlanta travel differently than if they lived elsewhere in the region. He finds that households living in and near Atlantic Station drive significantly less per day than households elsewhere in the region – 18 fewer miles per day – and use walking, biking, and transit more – for 25.9% of their trips.

The upshot is that well-placed infill development actually can help reduce regional levels of congestion, which may be counter-intuitive to some. Read the article

2017 SURP Student Poster Contest

SURP STUDENT POSTER CONTEST OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS
Submit your poster to our 2017 Poster Contest. New or previously created posters depicting planning coursework or project work are eligible. Posters must identify name(s) of students, program of study, expected graduation date, and related course, project, and/or faculty, if applicable.

 

Posters will be evaluated on:

  • informative, concise, error-free text
  • graphics which illustrate the information
  • overall presentation quality

SURP will print winning posters for display and scholarships will be awarded:

  • 2 grand-prize winners will each receive a $250 scholarship
  • up to 5 runners-up will each receive a $100 scholarship

DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 6, 2017
For more information, please contact Dr. Steve Bourassa at sbourassa@fau.edu.