Who Makes a City Go?

How do complex infrastructure systems work? If we are going to make the case for adequate funding, we need to do a better job of describing the challenge. We highlight two approaches in this roundup:
*Plan Philly opens with, “It is a miracle that Philadelphia works at all.”
*”Who’s Next” profiles the up and comers who are improving transit in Pittsburgh.
In our news roundup…
Climate action and mapping air pollution at the street level, how to be a better neighborhood advocate, cooperation needed to boost the economy and lessons from a failed transit ballot measure in Nashville.

It is a miracle that Philadelphia works at all. The whole idea is implausible. Before you can take something even as simple as a…

This inaugural class is defining the future of everything from walking to air travel.

Philadelphia sustainability czar Christine Knapp flew to San Francisco on Wednesday to reenlist the city in the international war on climate change. Philly will join other cities from around the world…

Google announced it will be expanding its Street View partnership with Aclima, an environmental sensor network, to map air pollution around the globe. The internet giant first partnered with the Sa…

Public transit riders now have cellphone access to bus and light rail schedules through a new digital initiative announced Thursday by the Port Authority of …

Business and government officials will use the survey by the Green Building Alliance to develop programs to meet the needs of commuters.

Learning how Philly government works can be a circuitous and sometimes frustrating thing. In my experience, it takes years. It takes walking the halls…

The Philadelphia Fed is ready to help because our reach allows us to convene interested parties from across state borders to learn from one another and share best practices.

Fatal crashes this year on Roosevelt Boulevard have exceeded the average, data shows.

New York City just put a cap on ride share. Should Philly do the same?

Its autonomous vehicles are back on roads, but they aren’t picking up riders.

Philly is bracing for the arrival of dockless, electric scooters, the latest sharing-economy disrupter. The devices from tech companies Bird and Lime have been dumped, without warning, on city sidewalks nationwide and met with cease-and-desist orders, bans and even vigilante activism.

After its $5.4 billion dollar mass transit referendum loss at the ballot box, the agency moves ahead with revised project plans, while also celebrating a rebrand.

SmartTransit is the go-to event for senior transit industry figures from across North America. With the support of SEPTA, the event will look at how digitalization and technology is revolutionizing transit, from enhanced analytics technologies to real-time passenger information systems.
Thank You to Our Sustaining Members
Beverly A. Harper, Portfolio Associates, Inc.
Thomas J. Spearing III, HNTB
Executive Committee
Richard Bickel, Consultant — Secretary
Jeff Roken, Urban Engineers — Treasurer
L. Bert Cossaboon, McCormick Taylor
Richard Voith, Econsult Solutions
Peter Angelides, Econsult Solutions
Katie Carver, McCormick Taylor
Edward D’Alba, Urban Engineers
Jeff Hans, HDR
Joseph Guzzi, HNTB
Devonne Jackson, COMTO
Marilyn Jamison, Michael Baker Corp.
Adam Krom, Amtrak
John McGee, LTK
Marc Preim, STV, Inc.
Anna Lynn Smith, WSP
Mark Stout, Mark Stout Consulting
Lisa Brozey, AECOM
Patti Gibson, WTS
David Thompson, Jacobs
Jill Bolt, Consultant
Alex Doty, PA for Transit
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