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Although city leaders are increasingly prioritizing resilience planning in the face of climate change, food systems have been largely left out of the conversation. Our new research finds that natural disasters could create extended food supply disruptions in U.S. cities, especially in neighborhoods with limited food retail options and food insecure populations.

The internet and rise of e-commerce, where apps can facilitate anything from rides to laundry or meal delivery, has transformed consumer expectations to an on-demand economy. Now the digital infrastructure is in place to support this economy, the physical infrastructure must catch up.

The race towards fully autonomous vehicles has shifted into overdrive. In the past year, major partnerships and acquisitions between tech firms and traditional automakers have signaled the race is heating up for the future of transportation-and the stakes are high.

Transportation planners today face a ton of challenges as they work to build efficient, safe, and sustainable urban transportation systems. From rising congestion to increased demand for public transit, the travel behavior and transportation preferences of modern city dwellers are changing fast. These challenges raise complicated questions for urban transportation planners; for example, “How do we handle the rise of ride hailing apps? If we add more public transit options, will people use them? How do we minimize the impact of construction if we do expand public transit?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 11:30

"The Long and Winding Road to Smart City P3s" is a program from Scranton Gillette Communications and Meeting of the Minds that explores the position of Public Private Partnerships for Transportation (P3s) in the modern infrastructure portfolio.

On a Friday night late last year, my home state of Massachusetts formally flipped the switch and converted to no-stop electronic tolling on the infamous Mass Pike.

Everyone who has experienced no-stop electronic tolling appreciates the time savings it creates — and how it eliminates looking under floor mats for that extra quarter while going 50 mph. I still recall stories from 8 years ago about how revolutionary it was to blaze down the US 36 toll road between Denver and Boulder, paying tolls through the mail.

Second perhaps only to waterways, road systems have had the greatest impact on the design and physical structure of our cities. The car-centric redesign of the American city that began in the early 20th century was embraced with open arms by urban planners and citizens alike.

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 15:45

Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, affecting the face of everyday city services. Mass transit is no exception, with sharing services and mobility apps disrupting the urban transportation landscape. With even more changes on the horizon, its important to make sure that payment systems keep up - both for cities and for consumers.

Market research company Berg Insight has released new findings about the smart cities market and in particular intelligent transport systems (ITS) for public transport. The company believes that the market is in a growth phase which will continue in the years to come.

Chicago Union Station — the city’s vital rail gateway — is the third busiest train station in the United States, moving an average of nearly 130,000 passengers per day carried on more than 300 trains. To address its current capacity challenges and enhance its ability to serve the public through smarter and more resilient transportation, the station has undertaken an impressive development and improvement plan.

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