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Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment

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Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment

This course is aimed at the aspiring planning practitioner, policy-maker, or industry decision-maker with an interest in urban transportation and environmental issues in Latin America. The course will focus on current transport-related themes confronting many cities in the region, including: rapid motorization and suburbanization and subsequent impacts on transportation infrastructure and quality of life; public sector management and improvement of privately-owned and operated transit systems; and, transportation air pollution problems and potential solutions.
The course will be geared towards interactive problem-solving, taking advantage of students' skills and experiences in: institutional analysis, policy analysis, and project and program evaluation and implementation. Detailed knowledge of transportation planning is not required; instead, the course will attempt to place the general practitioner into a specific transportation public policy situation and draw from her skills to devise real solutions. To fulfill this problem-solving orientation, the course will be divided into two parts. Part I of the course will consist of a series of lectures on the principal issues surrounding transportation in the developing world (including motorization, fiscal pressures, urban sprawl), concepts of sustainability as they relate to urban transportation, regional strategic planning approaches, and transportation policy and technology options and examples of successful implementation. After these lectures, Part II of the course will be dedicated to the two case studies, where students will apply the knowledge gained in Part I to develop strategic solutions to the transport-land use-environment challenges in two different cities.
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Billy Sumner, March 19, 2012

High-speed rail planners focus on running trains to L.A. before Bay Area–
Chairman Dan Richard confirmed that planners are giving “more attention” to starting service between Merced and the San Fernando Valley rather than between Bakersfield and San Jose.
http://www.bakersfield.com/news/business/economy/x653361736/High-speed-rail-planners-focus-on-running-trains-to-L-A-before-Bay-Area

http://youtube.com/watch?v=s4YEjTO6bdk
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Tony Trevari, Nov. 7, 2011

AMTRAK, America’s government-run passenger rail service, received $1.4 billion in taxpayer subsidies in 2011. Critics say that’s too much, that the company should either be self-sufficient or privatised. Some surveys suggest that the majority of Americans agree. But Amtrak’s defenders are striking back, arguing that the railroad actually receives fewer dollars per passenger mile (ppm) than highways.

David C. of the blog GreaterGreaterWashington published a classic in this genre late last month.

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/12208/funding-amtrak-is-more-cost-effective-than-subsidizing-roads/

He argues, “When indirect subsidies are considered, Amtrak’s total subsidy comes out to a little less than 44¢ ppm.” ” Highway subsidy rises up to almost 45¢ ppm.”

http://www.flickr.com/photos/64879402@N02/5913363229/
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Billy Sumner, Nov. 4, 2011

Still on board the Los Angeles bullet train - California is expected to add 17 million people by 2040. The state has little choice but to build transportation infrastructure to meet the growing demand; the only question is whether it should invest in freeways and airports, thus increasing our reliance on vehicles powered by fossil fuels and subject to traffic gridlock, or in clean, speedy trains on dedicated tracks that don’t get jammed.

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/opinionla/la-ed-train-20111104,0,7045793.story

Moreover, unlike freeways that require continual government expenditures to maintain, the train would be self-sustaining. Under even the most conservative assumptions considered in the business plan, the line is expected to turn a profit. But there are many many barriers that stand in front of this project.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWuj-EaAjxo
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Nina Dumas, Nov. 4, 2011

The Eiffel Tower Goes Green:

The floor of the first story viewing platfrom of the Eiffel Tower is being redone with 36-millimetre-thick glass sheets, letting people see straight down to the ground. And the renovated platform will be ecologically friendlier thanks to solar panels and wind turbines, which will cover half of the tower’s hot water needs by generating some 8,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. yet another way Paris is minimizing its carbon footprint!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/looking4poetry/5065184026/
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