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13 "SHORT-RANGE," RELATIVELY LOW-COST LIVABILITY IMPROVEMENTS
-> Local leaders, planners, engineers and visionaries of all kinds use a range of innovative and tested techniques to make a community more livable and walkable. See a list of 13 "short-range," relatively low-cost livability improvements can typically be implemented in less than a year — sometimes as quickly as a few weeks — and cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars (http://bit.ly/1Hwu7ro). The "tools" presented here are among those discussed in The Imagining Livability Design Collection, "visual portfolio of tools and transformations.” [http://bit.ly/1LUbzPG]

FHWA GUIDE: PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT TECHNIQUES FOR DECISIONMAKING
-> FHWA’s “Public Involvement Techniques for Transportation Decisionmaking” guide describes a variety of tools to secure meaningful input from the public on transportation plans, programs, and projects and can help agencies improve their overall public involvement techniques. For each technique, the Guide describes what it is, why it is useful, any special uses, target participants, how to use the output, costs, possible use with other techniques, any drawbacks, and when each is used most effectively. [http://1.usa.gov/1JhfMN2]

RECENT TRB PAPERS ON LOW-VOLUME ROADS
-> TRB’s Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2471 publishes 26 papers relating to low volume roads, including “Decision Tree–Based Method for Safety Treatment Selection at Intersections Involving Shared-Use Low-Volume Roads.” [http://bit.ly/1CHaQMr]

REPORT: AMTRAK’S EFFECT ON PASSENGERS AND U.S. ECONOMY
-> The Center for American Progress has released a report (Understanding Amtrak and the Importance of Passenger Rail in the United States) that explains the context of passenger rail in the United States and its effect on passengers and the U.S. economy. [http://ampr.gs/1RQy1Lf]

CIVIL ENGINEERING UNDER-GRAD & GRAD TRANSPORTATION SAFETY COURSE
-> The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has released a report (Development of a Highway Safety Fundamental Course) that describes their civil engineering university-level undergraduate and graduate transportation safety course. It covers seven topics: introduction to highway safety, basic safety concepts, safety-related data, fundamental statistics, development of safety models, safety predictive models in HSM, and safety evaluation. Its lecture notes with homework assignments, quizzes, and exams can also be used in roadway safety training and engineering continuing education. [http://bit.ly/1LG1d91]

URBAN COURSES & PROGRAMS
-> Urbanicity’s City Matters Education Special Issue lists 8 urban courses and programs from around the world including Designing Cities: Planning and Architecture BA Honours - University of Westminster; Master of Sustainable Transportation - University of Washington...[http://bit.ly/1SWiqMC]

RURAL COMMUNITIES: SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL FACTSHEETS
-> “Rural Communities: Making Safe Routes Work” provides an overview of why Safe Routes to School initiatives are important in rural communities, approaches to explore, and how to get started. (http://bit.ly/1LBYzQE) “Rural Communities: Best Practices and Promising Approaches for Safe Routes” describes the needs for and benefits of Safe Routes to School in rural areas, explores the challenges that may arise, spells out specific approaches that show promise, and showcases successful rural examples. (http://bit.ly/1Hwkk4D) See also “Rural Communities: A Two Pronged Approach for Improving Walking and Bicycling.” [http://bit.ly/1IM7FoI]

NEW NACTO WEBSITE
-> Check out NACTO’s new website. It includes all Urban Bikeway Design Guide and Urban Street Design Guide content, as well as a case study finder, searchable references, information about NACTO design trainings, and information about past and future conferences and events. [http://bit.ly/1GItZ1p]

NEW TERMS IN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH THESAURUS
-> The Transportation Research Thesaurus (TRT) indexes and retrieves transportation information. New terms are added to the TRT quarterly to reflect current and common transportation-related concepts. Data Management, Data Management Plans, and Cloud Computing were added to the TRT in May. See the "Newest Terms" box at: http://bit.ly/1U4HG4R. [http://bit.ly/1HsySjW]

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