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In the Loop: August 10, 2012

Transportation for America

Normal, Ill., Mayor Chris Koos cuts the ribbon on Uptown Station as U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) look on.

In the Loop is your Friday round-up of what's going on in the transportation world, posted in conjunction with Talking Transit.

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Register for MPC’s roundtable, Getting Our Money’s Worth: How Tysons Corner, San Francisco and Atlanta are using value capture to pay for transit. Applications being accepted for the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. Chicago employers ease employee traffic burdens and achieve sustainability goals at the same time. Congrats to MPC Board member Ann Drake, chairman and CEO of DSC Logistics, Inc., for earning the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. 


Normal, Ill.'s, multi-modal station funded with TIGER opens on time and under budget! Illinois Tollway planning is about giving people choices. How can cities get drivers biking – take a cue from Chicago’s protected bike lanes. CTA spending $200 million to rehab bus maintenance facilities. Chicago celebrates Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) at a happy hour while BRT keeps gaining traction across the country.

This is a big deal (no sarcasm): San Francisco is allowing riders to board buses via both the front and back doors. Remember, TIFIA loans must have a repayment source. Three Georgia regions approved T-SPLOST, and will reap the long lasting effects. 

With gas tax revenues running dry, is a transportation user fee in the cards? Our infrastructure was built for a different, cooler planet. Saving $8 million in Oklahoma is easy with recycling infrastructure.

U.S. Mayors endorse Chicago Infrastructure Trust; which cities will follow suit? Likewise, private investors backing Philippines infrastructure fund.

People will pay to avoid congestion, and Stockholm proves it. And in Virginia, a ground-breaking on I-95 managed lanes. Could managed lanes be the answer to get traffic moving on the Kennedy Expressway reversible?

Check out the corresponding edition of Talking Transit: Atlanta votes no on solving traffic congestion, What’s next?


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