Useful Transportation Policy Resources at CNU

The Center for New Urbanism’s website has a ton of very informative sections on topics ranging from energy (specifically LEED-certified building) to sustainable road development, and even municipal finance. To spotlight just one great section, their transportation initiative includes resources on how to initiate transit reform in urban regions, as well as the specific metrics that can be used for measuring sustainable design.

One of the overarching campaigns that CNU has launched is the Connected Networks Proposal, an approach to transportation development that promotes connectivity and network design. This proposal has gained the attention of several policy-makers, including several Congressional legislators, who added network connectivity into the CLEAN-TEA bill, a marker bill that links transportation policy with energy policy (specifically, the climate bill that is being drafted in Congress). The regional benefits of the Connected Networks Proposal are summed up here:

Once a state recognizes a qualifying local area with a network designation, all streets in the network (including the portion of streets devoted to pedestrian use, ie. sidewalks) would be eligible for investment for projects that maintain or improve the function of the network, even accelerated maintenance and pothole repair.

What is your impression of the Connected Networks Proposal? How do you think the Lehigh Valley could benefit?

About Beata Bujalska

Beata Bujalska is the former Campaign Coordinator for Renew Lehigh Valley. She currently lives in Panama, a place that fascinates her due to (among other reasons) its recent development boom.

Posted on October 16, 2009, in Public Infrastructure, Transportation, Urbanism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. The Congress for the New Urbanism is often overlooked in the Smart Growth movement. I think many see CNU and Smart Growth as competitors, but CNU is simply a Smart Growth organization with a wide influence. I’m glad to see them get some recognition on here.

    I think the Connected Networks Proposal makes a lot of sense. It is the same type of concept that makes a Main Street program more successful than the revitalization of a single street here and a single street there. Neighborhoods and cities fail because of systematic problems; thus, we need to address those problems in systematic ways. Viewing transportation as connected networks and providing funding for maintaining and updating the entire network is an important first step to effectively addressing systematic problems.

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