Street Configuration

Wide shot of bridge overpasses under construction at the intersection of GA 400 and I-285 on July 22, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

Atlanta Regional Planners Adopt ‘Safe System’ Approach to Transportation

A new Road Safety Strategy was recently adopted by the Atlanta Regional Commission with a promise to create “a comprehensive framework and action plan to support the long-term safety vision and goals” of the region.

March 22, 2023 - SaportaReport


Case Study: Florida Road Diet Reduces Crashes, Adds Minimal Congestion

A controversial road diet has faced disapproval from local business owners, but data shows a significant reduction in crashes and a minimal increase in congestion.

March 23, 2021 - WFLA

Miner Street Al Fresco

The Post-Pandemic Street

From designing streets to designing process.

December 22, 2020 - David Vega-Barachowitz

Transit Planning

Dedicated Center Lane Planned for Madison Bus Rapid Transit

Some portions of the bus rapid transit (BRT) system planned for Madison, Wisconsin will resemble the fully realized BRT systems more common in other parts of the world.

December 1, 2020 - Wisconsin State Journal

Coronavirus Streets

NACTO Releases Pandemic Streets Design Guide

After three months of study and analysis, NACTO is providing authoritative guidance on new ways of thinking about rights of way now that the coronavirus has changed the way we live and work in cities.

May 25, 2020 - National Association of City Transportation Officials

Denver, Colorado

Plan for Expanded Road Inconsistent With Denver's Values

The idea of road improvement catering only to cars and congestion didn't pass muster on Quebec Street in Denver. A new plan for the heavily used, but narrow, corridor will prioritize pedestrians, safety, and transit.

December 26, 2019 - Denverite

Erie Avenue and North Broad

Dramatic Overhaul Planned for Key North Philadelphia Intersection

An architecture critic writes about plans for a key intersection in North Philadelphia: "By all means, straighten out the street and make it safe, but keep the twists and turns that make this an authentic Philadelphia place."

November 3, 2019 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Vancouver Skytrain near Chinatown

Scenario Planning Can Help Prepare for a Hard-to-Predict Future

Questions about the variables that could significantly alter the future of transportation, and the configuration of the public realm to accommodate those futuristic forms of transportation, illustrate the potential power of scenario planning.

April 26, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Chicago Transit Authority

'Bus Priority Zones' Program Launching in Chicago

The city of Chicago will address some of the street configuration issues that plague bus service on its most-heavily used corridors.

April 25, 2019 - Mass Transit

Interstate 71

Traffic Study Leaves Cincinnati City Council Wanting More

The interim version of a draft traffic study was not enough to appease members of the Cincinnati City Council seeking concrete action on congestion in Downtown.

December 17, 2018 - WCPO

San Francisco Bike Lane

Maybe 'Bike Lanes' Should Be Called 'Narrow Lanes' Instead

With the popularity of electric scooters, it seems like non-automobile travel is gaining a large new constituency. Making room for scooters raises big questions of infrastructure that might not be answered first by nomenclature.

August 27, 2018 - Human Transit

Street plan.

Lake Shore Drive Proposal Inspires Debate

Take a car lane or widen Lake Shore Drive? That's the question facing state and local officials in Chicago.

July 25, 2018 - Chicago Tribune


Arlington County Allows New Street Variations to Prioritize Multi-Modalism

The Virginia county of Arlington has written into law the ability to create shared streets as well as streets that prioritize pedestrians.

October 20, 2016 - Arlington County

Dallas, Knox Street

Dallas Mixes Residential Development With a Road Diet, Gets Controversy

The Dallas City Council approved a road diet for Knox Street in Dallas, where 1,000 residential units are under construction on an already thriving commercial corridor.

August 29, 2016 - Dallas News

Social Media Outcry Paves the Way for On-Street Parking in Oklahoma City

Social media outcry has altered the street configuration of Harvey and Hudson avenues in the rejuvenated neighborhood of Midtown in Oklahoma City.

April 15, 2015 - NewsOK

Toronto to Narrow its Traffic Lanes

Toronto will begin rolling out a program to narrow traffic lanes on the city's streets. The new lane policy, recently completed, was in the works for the past year.

November 28, 2014 - The Globe and Mail

Orlando Street

Traffic Safety Silver Bullet: Prohibit the 12-Foot Traffic Lane

Jeff Speck, author of Walkable City, argues that reducing the width of traffic lanes would be a panacea for the disastrous public health outcomes of traffic safety.

October 6, 2014 - CityLab

Planners Working on a Road Diet Sea Change in Houston

Planners in Houston are working on street configurations in large swaths of the city. The plans reflect Mayor Annise Parker's recent executive order to embrace complete streets as well as a growing demand among residents for walkable, safe streets.

May 25, 2014 - Houston Chronicle

Project Manager III

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

UDO Transportation Planner

City of Charlotte - Charlotte Area Transit

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