Journal of Transport and Land Use 7(1) is now out:
Vol 7, No 1 (2014)
Table of Contents
Introduction to Transportation Engineering – Benefit/Cost Analysis – Consumers’ and Producer’s Surplus
CE3201 P1 09 b Consumers and Producers Surplus
KSTP reports on proposed legislation for a Municipal Street Improvement District.
Instead of using money from property taxes, cities could use yearly tax assessments for on-going upgrades. Erhardt says it’s a good investment strategy that actually saves money in the long run. “Wasted money, temporary stuff, into the potholes which will blow out of there in short time and it’s not the potholes, it is the road deteriorating that bad.”
As a believer in local autonomy and road maintenance, this seems a good idea. This is a form of value capture, similar to Special Assessments, though different in some important, subtle, legal ways.
The League of Minnesota Cities says:
Existing funding mechanisms for street maintenance and reconstruction are inadequate. Special assessments can be onerous to property owners and are difficult to implement for some cities. Special assessments are not always useful for funding collector streets and other streets that do not abut private property. Property tax dollars are generally not dedicated and are sometimes diverted to more pressing needs such as public safety, water quality and cost participation in state and county highway projects. Municipal state aid (MSA) is limited to cities over 5,000 population of 853 cities in Minnesota–and cannot be applied to more than 20% of a MSA city’s lane miles. Existing MSA is not keeping up with needs on the MSA system.
Introduction to Transportation Engineering – Benefit/Cost Analysis
CE3201-P1-09-a Benefit / Cost Analysis
Introduction to Transportation Engineering – Route Choice User Equilibrium Problems
CE3201 P1 08 c Route Choice User Equilibrium Problems
I was interviewed by Barbara Liston of Reuters for: New commuter rail link ready to roll in central Florida
… All Aboard Florida says 50 million people a year travel between Orlando, the most visited U.S. city, and Miami, Florida’s largest urban area, creating a feasible market for what would be the first privately funded, owned and operated inter-city passenger rail service in the country in a half a century.
If the project succeeds, “then you’ve expanded the effective commuter shed that someone could live in Miami and work in Orlando or vice versa,” said David Levinson, urban systems researcher and civil engineering professor at the University of Minnesota.
“It happens in Europe all the time and it happens in the Northeast Corridor all the time.”
SunRail is the tenth new commuter rail system completed in the United States since 2000, and follows the 2011 opening of the 21-mile “A Train” in Denton, Texas, according to the APTA.
Other new systems since the turn of the century were built in Austin, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Albuquerque, Seattle, Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon.
Despite President Barack Obama’s attempt to jump-start high-speed rail construction across the country with $8 billion in his 2009 economic stimulus package, no European or Japanese-style train has been constructed, Levinson said. …
Introduction to Transportation Engineering – User Equilibrium
CE3201 P1 08 b User Equilibrium