Archive | August, 2012

Untangling the busiest rail chokepoint in Minnesota

We in the Twin Cities are underserved by intercity trains. In a region of 3.3 million people, we only have Amtrak’s Empire Builder stopping once each direction each day as it plies its way between Chicago and Portland/Seattle. However, this is still a significant hub of rail activity. Transcontinental lines of two railroads connecting the […]

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Austin’s Airport Corridor Form-Based Code Revitalization

Austin, Texas is home to a growing list of high-quality urban infill projects, from small examples like Saltillo Lofts to large-scale redevelopments like the Mueller Airport project. Until now, however, there were no examples of how to redevelop aging automobile-oriented commercial corridors. The Airport Boulevard project seeks to change that. In a complex public/private partnership, […]

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Five Years After the Bridge Collapse, Transportation Priorities are Even Worse

Today is the five-year anniversary of the 35W bridge collapse, and stories about it are all over the news.  Entrancing tales of plummeting, accidental heroes, and seemingly random acts of engineering whirl about. But I’m interested in something else: what have we learned from the bridge disaster? Short of a Hollywood apocalypse, the image of the […]

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The Fall and Rise of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge – Part 8: Policy Implications

Unlike bridges, transportation networks are seldom “fracture critical”. While the Interstate Highway System did what it could to sever local streets and channelize traffic onto fewer, larger, limited access link to achieve economies of scale and higher speeds and throughputs and the expense of redundancy, there was enough remaining redundancy to ensure that this one […]

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