Are Complete Streets Incomplete? (via Placemaking)

“The desire to go ‘through’ a place must be balanced with the desire to go ‘to’ a place.” — Pennsylvania and New Jersey DOTs’ 2007 “Smart Transportation Guide.”

The “complete streets” movement has taken the United States by storm, and has even taken root in countries such as Canada and Australia. Few movements have done so much to influence needed policy change in the transportation world. As of today, almost 300 jurisdictions around the U.S. have adopted complete streets policies or have committed to do so. This is an amazing accomplishment that sets the stage for communities to reframe their future around people instead of cars. Continue reading

Automated People Mover (via Parsons)

Automated People Mover

To increase capacity, enhance efficiency and safety, reduce delays, and modernize facilities, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners adopted a master plan for Miami International Airport (MIA). A pivotal element of this plan was construction of an offsite ground transportation hub, the Miami Intermodal Center (MIC) and an automated people mover to transport passengers and airport workers between the MIC and the main airport terminal. Continue reading

CE Fall 2011 Symposium (11/17)

CESymposiumScheduleThe Civil Engineering Project Symposium is Friday, November 18, 2011 9:00am–1:30pm. Come see what fellow students have been working on (the transportation projects will be in room 17-2640).


9:00am – 11:15 am: Student Presentations (3 Concurrent Sessions)
11:30am – 1:30pm: Reception & Networking Lunch at Los Olivos. Open to student presenters, faculty & guests.

Professional Joint RSBITE and SoCal Meeting (11/16)

Join the Riverside – San Bernardino and SoCal ITE sections for a professional meeting at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch on Tuesday, November 16, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. The cost is $10 for students.(Meeting Flyer)

IterisThe key speaker will be Jim Curry, Associate Vice President, Iteris Inc. who will be speaking on “Recent Developments in the Los Angeles Countywide Metro Rapid Signal Priority Program”.

MetroRapidIteris is currently under contract with the Los Angeles County Metro for the design, deployment, and on-going maintenance of bus signal priority systems along seven Metro rapid corridors in Los Angeles County. Under this contract, Iteris works side by side with Metro’s project management team, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and local agencies to deploy state-of-the-art Connected Bus technology including on-board GPS-based AVL and bus radio systems, wireless bus-tointersection communications, and updated controller software to speed Metro Rapid buses along their routes in Los Angeles County.

See you there!

Fundraiser for Omar at Shakey’s

Fundraiser for Omar Ramirez (Flyer)

All support will be greatly appreciated and all proceeds will go to the Ramirez family.

Tuesday, November 15, 6-9pm

2520 S. Azusa Ave.
West Covina, CA 91792

(Corner of Amar Rd. and Azusa Ave)

There will be a 50/50 Opportunity Drawing as well.

Hosted by:
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated
Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Incorporated

Atlanta’s “Beltway” Project (via The Source)

A vision for Atlanta’s “Beltway” project

I’m a big fan of architectural renderings when it comes to any kind of civic infrastructure. While the drawings aren’t always moored to accuracy, they’re a nice way to get people thinking and/or excited about projects that can take many years to build.

One of the things I do think the California High-Speed Rail Authority has done right is put together a lot of videos and renderings of what the bullet train would look like. I’d like to see that kind of work done on behalf of more urban transit projects, including here in L.A. And, as far as I’m concerned, the more renderings Metro produces, the better. Continue reading