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“Shovel-ready” projects just dig a deeper hole

Investing in "shovel-ready" projects—projects that are allegedly ready to go but just lacking funding—is an attractive idea for stimulating job growth. But as we learned in the 2009 stimulus, "shovel-ready" projects often aren't all that shovel-ready, are frequently old road projects designed for the needs of the last century, fail to create jobs, and won't help us build a safer, cleaner, and more equitable transportation system.

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What do we do next? COVID-19 and the triple helix model of innovation

Where the triple helix may be most evident is how federal and state COVID-19 response guidelines affected government operations, educational institutions, and businesses.

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Learning from COVID-19: Connecting with the research community

The research community is quickly engaging to help understand and evaluate responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Practitioner and researcher collaboration will improve our understanding of what has worked and what has not, and how we might change our curbside in the longer term--whether for pandemic responses or for everyday operations in the coming “new normal.”

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Over 160 sign letter in support of $32 billion for transit, but the fight isn’t over

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a COVID-19 relief bill that only included $15 billion in emergency support for public transportation. That’s not nearly enough; and it’s why over 160 organizations and elected officials signed our letter in support of $32 billion for transit on short notice. But we still need you to take action.

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More than one million households without a car in rural America need better transit

Many people think the only Americans regularly relying on transit to reach jobs and services live in big cities. Yet the majority of counties with high rates of zero-car households are rural. In fact, more than one million households in predominantly rural counties do not have access to a vehicle. Rural Americans without cars face unique barriers and they deserve a tailored approach to their transit needs rather than just assuming they can or will drive everywhere.

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House bill proposes $15 billion for transit. It’s not enough

Democrats in the House of Representatives only included $15 billion for transit in their next COVID-19 relief bill. That’s not enough—we need double that to ensure that transit survives this crisis.  Send a message to your congressional delegation urging them to support $32 billion for transit. 

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Laser focused on repairing our bridges

Despite advances in technology, the standard practice for evaluating a bridge's maintenance needs is a visual inspection, just as it was a half-century ago. To address our nation's huge backlog in structurally deficient bridges in a more accurate and fiscally responsible way, the federal government should evaluate and speed the adoption of available technologies.

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COVID-19 & the curb: Private sector works to adapt and offer creative solutions

This blog is part of a special series on curb management and COVID-19. A joint effort of International Parking & Mobility Institute, Transportation for America, and Institute of Transportation Engineer’s Complete Streets Council, this series strives to document the immediate curbside-related actions and responses to COVID-19, as well as create a knowledge base of strategies that communities can use to manage the curbside during future emergencies.

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Curbside management in a recurring emergency scenario: A municipal perspective

This post is part of a special series on curb management and COVID-19. A joint effort of IPMI, Transportation for America, and ITE’s Complete Streets Council, this series strives to document the immediate curbside-related actions and responses to COVID-19, as well as create a knowledge base of strategies that communities can use to manage the curbside during future emergencies.

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Memo: Smart transportation investments are key to future resiliency

The following is a memo published by Third Way on ensuring smart infrastructure investments, written by Third Way's Transportation Policy Advisor, Alex Laska. Alex recently joined T4America Director Beth Osborne on a webinar, "Responding to the Crisis: What Does US Infrastructure Look Like During the COVID-19 Recovery?" presented by Third Way, Our Daily Planet, and the University of Michigan”.

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