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Journal of Transport and Land Use 7(1)

Journal of Transport and Land Use 7(1) is now out:

Vol 7, No 1 (2014)

Table of Contents

Does travel behavior matter in defining urban form? A quantitative analysis characterizing distinct areas within a region PDF
Cynthia Jacques, Ahmed El-Geneidy 1-14
Railroad impacts on wetland habitat: GIS and modeling approach PDF
Subhro Mitra, Achintya N. Bezbaruah 15-28
A multi-agent planning support system for assessing the role of transportation and environmental objectives in urban planning PDF
Rachel Katoshevski, David Katoshevski, Theo Arentze, Harry Timmermans 29-42
Generating French virtual commuting networks at the municipality level PDF
Maxime Lenormand, Sylvie Huet, Floriana Gargiulo 43-55
The interaction of spatial planning and transport policy: A regional perspective on sprawl PDF
Veronika Kulmer, Olivia Koland, Karl W Steininger, Bernhard Fürst, Andreas Käfer 57-77
The influence of transport infrastructures on land-use conversion decisions within municipal plans PDF
Miguel Padeiro 79-93
The influence of urban form on car travel following residential relocation: a current and retrospective study in Scottish urban areas PDF
Lee Woods, Neil Ferguson 95-104
A brief introduction to London’s underground railways and land use PDF
Nathan Darroch 105-116

New Idea to Pay for Street Repairs Across Minnesota | kstp

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.

New commuter rail link ready to roll in central Florida

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. …

by David Levinson

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