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?