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the sad, sorry state of roads

October 4, 2012

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HT @ASCETweets The topic isn’t new. “Sad, sorry state of roads” will almost guarantee an acknowledgment by American Society of Engineers and other road building advocacy groups. I wish this particular article had a user-friendly comments section, because I think the reader debate would be quite lively. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2012/1002/The-sad-sorry-state-of-US-roads What I like is Richard Read’s parting […]

trip reductions for people…but not for cars

February 9, 2012

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Autonomous cars. So does this mean we’ll see a reduction in Single Occupant Vehicles, but a rise in Zero Occupant Vehicles? “Kitt.” “Yes, Michael?” “Head over to the grocery store. I just placed an online order for some deli meat and my anxiety medication.” “Right away, Michael.”

deadly duo: traffic prediction + LOS metrics

February 7, 2012

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Gary Toth (@eltotho) crams loads of user-friendly education about transportation planning into this article from PPS. He kicks off with a description of the deadly duo: travel projection models and level of service performance metrics. And for the fellow geeks who can’t get enough of this stuff, here’s a bonus video: Toth interviewed by Streetsblog […]

intended use of the AASHTO green book

January 26, 2012

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Confusion still exists in the design community about the role of AASHTO’s Green Book. When you hear someone suggest that it’s law, refer them to A Guide for Achieving Flexibility in Highway Design…written by…[drum roll]…AASHTO. The AASHTO Green Book is not intended, and never was intended, to be used solely as a standard upon which […]

engineering language: “improvements”

October 23, 2011

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The process of transportation “improvement” projects is as follows:  Engineers verify that they have the latest editions of standards that were developed to favor vehicles at the expense of people; Engineers design roads that meet or exceed minimum thresholds in their standards, thereby “improving” the safety of motorists; Drivers are able to move faster and […]

lemmings

October 23, 2011

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Lem•ming (noun).  Doomed conformist; a member of a large group of people who blindly follow one another on a course of action that will lead to destruction for all of them. (Encarta Dictionary) En•gi•neer•ing lem•ming (noun).  Conformist; a member of a large group of people who blindly follow one another in the application of design […]