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Category Archives: Transportation

GAO Reports – Midway Atoll, Medicare, Aviation Security, Federal Air Marshall Service, Housing for Special Needs

Midway Atoll: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Faces Many Competing Priorities, GAO-16-382: Published: Jun 2, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 2, 2016. Medicare: Utilization and Expenditures for Complex Wheelchair Accessories, GAO-16-640R: Published: Jun 1, 2016. Publicly Released: Jun 1, 2016. Aviation Security: Airport Perimeter and Access Control Security Would Benefit from Risk Assessment and Strategy Updates,… Continue Reading

The Urban Agenda for the EU: European cities get their say in EU policy making

News release: “Today, the informal Ministerial meeting on urban matters agreed on the “Pact of Amsterdam”, which sets out the principles of the Urban Agenda for the EU. Today, the Commission is taking part in the informal meeting in Amsterdam of the 28 Ministers in charge of urban matters, along with representatives from other EU… Continue Reading

UK – Cycling Fallacies

Cycling Fallacies: “Don’t be fooled by common myths about cycling – use these explanations to help spread the truth!” This site employs user friendly icons which highlight 30 negative statements about cycling juxtaposed to 30 sensible, factual answers. Give it a try! “We created this site in order to collate all the facts and arguments… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Disaster Recovery, DoD Financial Management, Human Trafficking, Immigration Detention, Imported Food Safety, Rail Grant Oversight

Disaster Recovery: FEMA Needs to Assess Its Effectiveness in Implementing the National Disaster Recovery Framework, GAO-16-476: Published: May 26, 2016. Publicly Released: May 26, 2016. DOD Financial Management: Greater Visibility Needed to Better Assess Audit Readiness for Property, Plant, and Equipment, GAO-16-383: Published: May 26, 2016. Publicly Released: May 26, 2016. Human Trafficking: Actions Taken… Continue Reading

Transportation and Warehousing Sector Drives Nonemployer Business Growth

“The number of businesses without paid employees rose by 831,317 or 3.6 percent to 23.8 million establishments from 2013 to 2014. Businesses without paid employees, such as operating a family-run corner store, acting as a real estate agent, pet sitting, blogging, and snowplowing, are refered to as nonemployer businesses. The transportation and warehousing sector (NAICS… Continue Reading

FAA Releases Drone Registration Location Data

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted [May 18, 2016] a large database showing the city, state and zip code of each registered drone owner. Release of the database responds to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted since the new unmanned aircraft registration system began operating on December 21, 2015. The FAA… Continue Reading

Mapping Transit for 287 American Cities

Center for Data Innovation – “Urban sustainability nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has created AllTransit, a collection of interactive maps built with public transit data from 805 transit agencies in 287 cities throughout the United States. The maps provide neighborhood level insight into the availability, accessibility, cost, and variety of public transportation options, and… Continue Reading

Space Budgets From Around The World

Space Program Spending As A Percent of GDP – Percent change, 2008 to 2014 – Data clearly indicates US is not even close to the top of the list. Continue Reading

Report – Most urban cyclists are working-class immigrants

The Kinder Institute for Urban Research: “Who bikes?  – Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that across the nation and in major cities across the sprawling, car-dependent Sun Belt, the largest share of people who bike are in lower-income brackets. “It’s not just that bike advocates aren’t representing invisible cyclists,” Lugo said. “It’s that… Continue Reading

Montgomery County MD Bicycle Stress Map Seeks to Make Streets Safer

Mapping How Stressful Streets Can Limit Cycling – “Few cycling thoroughfares in Washington, D.C., are fully protected from traffic. They’re packed with rushing cars, people backing out of driveways, and shape-shifting bike lanes, when any actually exist. As a daily bike commuter, I can attest that these factors can make cycling pretty harrying, which in… Continue Reading

Air Travel Consumer Report May 2016

May 2016 Air Travel Consumer Report. “About this Document – The Air Travel Consumer Report is a monthly product of the Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (OAEP). The report is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by the airlines… The report is divided into six… Continue Reading

Biking To Work Is Healthier Than Driving Regardless of Air Pollution

Charlie Sorrel, Fast Coexist –  “Biking is obviously better for you than driving, because while biking you are exercising and while driving you are sitting. “But wait! cry the pro-driving advocates. When you bike, you’re inhaling (quite deeply, because of the exercise) air that is full of the polluting exhaust of the cars around you.… Continue Reading