“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.”
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
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
An article in Public Square – A CNU Journalhighlighted 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. 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
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
Dr. John L. Renne contributes on NPR’s Here and Now on 12/7/17 talking about Brightline, the private-public partnership, high-speed rail project delivering service to South Florida which relates to his research into rail and economic development. Listen to the interview
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter Newman, Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University in Australia, will give a lecture on “The End of Automobile Dependence: How Cities Are Moving Beyond Car-Based Planning” at the Palm Beach Dramaworks Theatre, West Palm Beach, on August 9th, 2016, at 5:30 pm. Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration instructions: