According to the Star Tribune, transportation planning in the Twin Cities is undergoing major changes. Rather than attempting to keep up with suburban expansion, planners have chosen to adopt the notion of managed lanes on existing roadways, which will be available to “buses and drivers who are willing to pay extra to skirt stalled traffic.”
Monthly Archives: September 2010
During the summer of 2010, central Iowa experienced heavier rains than usual. As a result, the Des Moines Register reports that work on Grand Avenue between Fuller Avenue and the entrance to Raccoon River Park has experienced several delays. The project is slated to wrap up in December, but more rain could push this back.
Thanks to Iowa State University Extension, a series of Quick Task Sheets is available online. These guides provide instructions on how to perform specific Geographic Information System (GIS) tasks.
In August, the City of West Des Moines unveiled its plan to reinvigorate the east end of Grand Avenue. The Val Gate District, according to the Des Moines Register, stretches from First Street to Fourth Street and is a commercial area with a 1950s style motif. The plan includes improved sidewalks, more landscaping, and relaxed code requirements that will help facilitate property improvements.
Thanks to technology, a retired California veterinarian is mapping automobiles’ impact on wildlife. Using cameras and GPS devices, this veterinarian, along with hundreds of volunteers, has developed a website to better comprehend where automobile-animal incidents occur. The New York Times reports that researchers plan to utilize the roadkill data to forecast where such incidents are likely to occur and to decide where to place warning signs.
According to the Des Moines Register, work to extend Des Moines’ Waveland Trail is underway. The extension runs along Glendale Cemetery between University Avenue and Franklin Avenue and is ten feet wide. Plans call for the trail to extend to Interstate 235 in the future.
According to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic deaths are at their lowest level since 1950. In 2009, the number of deaths dropped nearly ten percent to fewer than 34,000, even as the number of miles driven increased slightly. Experts attribute the decline to an increase in the number of people wearing seatbelts and to the economic decline, reports CNN.
Nissan recently launched its 100 percent electric Leaf. Now, marketing efforts are underway for this vehicle that creates no emissions and possesses a range of 100 miles on a single charge. The “Polar Bear” commercial, part of Nissan’s “Innovation for All” ad campaign, has garnered much attention since its debut last week. This entry is not an endorsement of the Nissan Leaf.