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Urban Planning

Stories about urban and regional planning, including low-income housing, transit-oriented and infill development, bike lanes, bus rapid transit and transportation data.

The annual traffic congestion survey of Texas roadways in 2021 showed a near return to pre-pandemic traffic levels amid strong population growth. Meanwhile, development patterns and transportation systems remain car-focused.
In an 11-1 vote Thursday, commissioners with the Santa Cruz Regional Transportation Commission approved an early-phase analysis of a 22-mile electric passenger rail system connecting north and south county.
Mayor Byron W. Brown's capital spending proposal for next year includes a $1 million allocation for an electric vehicle charging network throughout the city, though exact placement of the stations is yet to be determined.
In an effort to push out car-centered infrastructure, Santa Fe officials are aiming for a more environmentally friendly transportation system with the addition of more bike lanes and expanded bus routes.
A new report by StreetLight Data underscores how traffic patterns across U.S. downtown areas have been reshaped by the pandemic. Remote work and changes in travel preferences offer new challenges for urban planners and transit agencies.
Transit leaders gathered at the American Public Transit Association TRANSform Conference last month to discuss how projects like fare removal in Kansas City, Mo., or a bus rapid transit line in Seattle will help remake cities.
Gov tech veteran and Passport Chief Revenue Officer Doug Rogers discusses mobility management and how technology can help cities create more livable, equitable communities as new options emerge.
The Public Service Company of New Mexico has asked the state’s Public Regulation Commission to approve a six-year "grid modernization" effort with $344 million in upgrades to its distribution system.
Four pilot projects in cities across the country demonstrated some of the everyday challenges faced by deployments of small, self-operating delivery robots. The infrastructure the device must navigate can be a major limitation.
Cities around the world are exploring ways to mitigate the effects of extreme heat and make urban areas cooler. Officials sometimes look to new technology to this end, but are also using low-tech devices, like trees.