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How Well Does Transit Connect Houstonians?

Government Technology | June 21, 2016

As cities strive to understand how transit connects to health, economic opportunity and equity, they now have a new tool to help analyze the mass of data available.

The Center for Neighborhood Technology and TransitCenter’s AllTransit interactive database is “the largest source of transit connectivity, access and frequency data in America,” according to the site. By overlaying the data from 805 of the largest transit agencies in the country with information about jobs, demographics, even farmer’s market locations, the database offers a wealth of information about how transit serves the community.

Among its metrics is the “AllTransit Performance Score,” an index based on transit connectivity, access to jobs and frequency of service.

Cities like New York, San Francisco and Boston, unsurprisingly, score well on the index.

How about Houston? Of the 73 U.S. cities with populations greater than 250,000, Houston sits in the middle of the pack with a rank of 34. That’s just behind Dallas (ranked 31), and behind other Sun Belt cities such as Miami (11), Los Angeles (20), Atlanta (25) and New Orleans (29).

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Which US cities have good public transport?

CityMetric | June 20, 2016

A few cities, of course, do have decent public transport networks – and the chart below tells you which. It comes from the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s AllTransit website, and it shows the proportion of the population who live within walking distance of a bus or rail link in 28 of the largest cities.

What it shows is that – perhaps surprisingly – in every one of those cities, more than half the population is within walking distance of public transport. In 13 of them, it’s more than 90 per cent. Which sounds pretty impressive.

But there’s a “but”: in relatively few of those cities is that public transport actually any good.

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Revamped Metra Electric could put South Side on the fast track

Chicago Reporter | June 20, 2016

The CMME has been talking to community groups along the ME line to get their support and urge them to join the coalition. The group already has about a dozen members, including the Active Transportation Alliance and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. It hopes to meet with elected South Side and south suburban officials to push its plan.

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OpenGov Voices: Transit data - a major success story for common data standards

Sunlight Foundation | June 20, 2016

Last month, the Center for Neighborhood Technology (with funding from TransitCenter) releaseda tool called AllTransit, which uses a national database of transit data to allow users to enter a location and see metrics on topics like job access, mobility, equity, and health. AllTransit allows the public to assess the value of transit in their communities, rather than just seeing where it exists.

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Walkable Cities Are More Affordable Than You Think – We Need More of Them

Streetsblog USA | June 15, 2016

People living in walkable cities may have high housing costs, but they also tend to have low transportation costs and better access to jobs, according to a new study from Smart Growth America [PDF].

SGA ranked the 30 largest American regions according to the share of rental housing, office space, and retail located in areas with high Walk Scores. Then, using data from the Center for Neighborhood Technology, each region was also assigned a “social equity index” score based on housing and transportation costs for moderate-income households, as well as the number of jobs residents can access.

SGA found a significant link between walkability and its equity index, even though housing costs tend to be higher in walkable places.

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Nonprofit to help six south suburbs with chronic flooding

Chicago Tribune | June 15, 2016

She is hopeful that fresh eyes on the ongoing problem will bring some much needed relief. Since February, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a Chicago nonprofit, has been assessing ongoing flooding in Blue Island and five other south suburban communities. Backed by Cook County and welcomed by Blue Island officials, the group is expected to have a RainReady plan, complete with cost figures and an implementation strategy, by 2017.

 

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