When Target proposed opening a 137,000 square foot store in Davis, California, some residents worried their city’s culture and economy was headed for disaster. It was to be the first-ever “big-box” retailer in a city known for its very strict planning guidelines that had kept such stores out of the community.
Ram Pendyala, the School’s Frederick R. Dickerson Chair in Transportation Systems, is the new chair of the Planning and Environment Group of the Technical Activities Division of the Transportation Research Board (TRB). He’s also now associate editor for the journal Transportation Research Part D.
On GPB’s On Second Thought May 27, assistant professor Kari Watkins said Georgia needs the political will to invest in building bullet trains before the high-speed links will happen in the state. And that’s the hardest part.
Transportation planners have to forecast where you and thousands of your neighbors will go and decide what infrastructure your region needs to accommodate those demands. But the data they’re using today, in 2015, is probably a decade and a half old. So even though what you remember of your travels in 2000 is vastly different from your travels today, the 2000 version of you is who’s accounted for in 30-year regional transportation plans. School of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ph.D. alumna Josie Kressner has a plan to change all that.
Giving bus riders real-time information about when the bus will arrive actually does increase the number of people who choose to hop aboard. The boost mostly comes on high-volume routes. But overall, it could mean millions more dollars in revenues for public transit agencies.
Voters in the City of Atlanta will decide in a few weeks on a $250 million bond referendum that includes, among other things, millions to sync the traffic signals across the city. Creative Loafing’s Max Blau asked the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Michael Hunter how syncing works.
Fox 5 Atlanta wondered if the ramp meters common on the city's interstate on-ramps actually make a difference in traffic, so they asked the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s Angshuman Guin.
Doctoral student Simon Berrebi collected more financial support Nov. 6 for his idea to improve how buses run their routes. The latest, the Wayne Shackelford Scholarship, comes from the Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia.