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unethical design practice kills people

November 8, 2011

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Yesterday’s National Journal’s transportation blog asks the following question:¬†Would a long-term highway bill make a real difference in reducing traffic collisions? No, not by itself. Not when infrastructure design is characterized by unethical practice that makes roads more deadly. Here are the 6 examples of unethical engineering: Ignore safety and welfare of the public. Making […]

APA’s plea for planning chutzpah

November 4, 2011

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APA President Mitch Silver distributed a plea for planners to show what they’re made of. (I’m hoping we’re made of some good, common sense and not just regulations for regulations’ sake.) Even the strong-willed planners have a tendency to be overruled by public works and elected officials when it comes to transportation projects. Here’s a […]

cost of life > cost of congestion

November 4, 2011

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Infrastructure enthusiasts often use the financial burden of congestion as a reason to streamline capital projects. Don’t question the traffic forecasts–a person’s time is valuable and therefore congestion has a direct financial impact. True. But what about designing roads that lead to crashes? How much does that cost? AAA studied 99 urban areas and found […]