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Publication Library

New Orleans-Baton Rouge: Capturing the Value of the Economic Boom and the Freight that Supports It

by CNT
March 23, 2015

Since Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans-Baton Rouge super region has been working to secure lasting economic recovery. This report offers recommendations for using cargo- and transit-oriented development to help Southeast Louisiana capture community value from its largely underutilized rail system.

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A RainReady Nation: Protecting American Homes and Businesses in a Changing Climate

by CNT
January 22, 2015

As storms become increasingly destructive, homes and businesses face a heightened risk of urban flooding, even when they aren’t located in formally designated floodplains. CNT’s RainReady program offers innovative, cost-effective solutions to keep properties dry and help communities stay resilient in the face of a changing climate.

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Quality of Life, (e)Quality of Place

by CNT and Open Communities
January 15, 2015

Rail transit anchors downtowns and neighborhoods in communities throughout Chicago’s northern suburbs and across the region, but many of these communities are falling behind in creating mixed-income transit-oriented development. This guidebook offers case studies, policy recommendations, and public participation tools to help suburbs build affordable, accessible housing around transit.

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The Carsharing-Transit Card: Is It Good for Public Transportation?

Greg Newmark, Melissa Schramm
December 30, 2014

The proliferation of new shared-ride transportation services provides a unique opportunity for transit agencies to reach new markets. Unfortunately, many transit agencies are wary of partnering with private companies. To address these concerns, this research analyzes the usage data from a unique joint carsharing\transit smartcard in Chicago. This work explores the general revenue and ridership impacts of this smartcard before examining the impact of a promotional incentive of a $50 transit credit. The research found that the joint smartcard steadily increased transit ridership and revenue. The research also found that the promotion attracted new cardholders who were more likely to reduce their public transportation use and spending than a non-incentivized group; however, the large numbers attracted by the promotion meant that on aggregate, a year later, the incentivized group still spent more than three times as much on transit as the non-incentivized control group. These findings suggest that strategic partnerships and financial incentives are successful ways to market transit. Furthermore, joint carsharing\transit smartcards represent a specific partnership with a high probability of success.

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See Spot Taxed: The Global Experience with Parking Levies

Ana Legorreta, Greg Newmark
December 30, 2014

A parking levy is a special property tax charged on non-residential off-street parking. In theory, it can provide several benefits. By making parking less profitable for owners, it can encourage a reduction in parking supply, hence increasing land use efficiency and reducing environmental impacts caused by parking surfaces. By making parking more expensive, it can help deter people from driving, therefore aiding to reduce congestion and environmental impacts caused by driving. In addition, revenue collected from the tax can be used as a dedicated tool to fund transportation projects. Only a few cities in the world have implemented parking levies, therefore the tool’s potential is unexploited and its actual effects, understudied. This document is a comparative and comprehensive study of parking levies around the world. A count of thirteen cities and regions have implemented parking levies and four have major proposals that have not yet been implemented. These policies show ample variation. The research framework analyzes the typical policy objectives, the different ways in which the levy can be outlined, and offers a brief review of outcomes. This structure will hopefully provide city planners, policy makers, and city officials a better understanding of how parking levies work.

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An Assessment of Water Loss Among Lake Michigan Permittees in Illinois

by Chicago Metropolian Agency for Planning (CMAP) and CNT
October 28, 2014

In 2012, over 22 billion gallons of Lake Michigan water, worth between an estimated $64 million and $147 million, were lost to leaky, aging infrastructure. CNT and CMAP studied the water loss control techniques used by Lake Michigan water suppliers and found that over the last several years, 21% of permittees have been out of compliance with the current 8% annual water loss standard set by Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). In addition to offering recommendations to IDNR, this report also acknowledges the challenges faced by utilities in tackling the water loss issue and provides manageable solutions specifically addressing available industry best practices.

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HOT for Transit? Transit’s Experience of High-Occupancy Toll Lanes

Greg Newmark
September 30, 2014

As more and more regions seek to implement high-occupancy toll or HOT lanes, more and more transit agencies seek knowledge to take advantage of this new infrastructure opportunity. Unfortunately, as is often the case with the rapid diffusion of a new technology, little information is available to guide policy. This research addresses the need for knowledge on the integration of transit with HOT lanes. It first identifies the salient elements of HOT lanes for transit agencies and then systematically compares these features across all 12 HOT lane facilities operating in the United States at the start of 2012. This paper combines a review of the limited literature on HOT lane/transit integration with detailed data collection from functioning projects.

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