Transit on the agenda (and the ballot) in Nashville

a map of the proposed BRT routes, light rail lines, high-frequency bus corridors, and community transit centers on the Nashville ballot this May.On May 1, residents in Nashville will be voting on a $5.2 billion proposal to dramatically improve and expand the city’s transit system with improved frequency on existing lines, new BRT routes, and a new light rail system. Our upcoming conference, Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets, is happening right in the midst of this once-in-a-generation conversation.

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Best Complete Streets Initiatives: Baltimore City Councilman Ryan Dorsey

Councilman Ryan Dorsey, in collaboration with the advocacy organization Bikemore, drafted a groundbreaking Complete Streets ordinance for the City of Baltimore. The Complete Streets ordinance, if adopted, will introduce stringent, binding requirements to proactively reduce disparities in community engagement, project delivery, and performance measurements. The proposed ordinance is the result of a yearlong stakeholder engagement process that has built a broad coalition of supporters to oversee the adoption and implementation of this ambitious ordinance.

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Best Complete Streets Initiatives: VELO Bloomfield

Equity is embedded in VELO (pronounced vay-low) Bloomfield’s mission. Based in Bloomfield, NJ, VELO is a publication and advocacy organization that informs and educates the public and policymakers on how to make the streets of Northern New Jersey and New York City safer for people, regardless of gender, age, race, disability, and/or socioeconomic status. Since their launch, they have championed Complete Streets implementation, particularly in the immediate Bloomfield area, and amplified the voices of community members around transportation policies.

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Why I’m a part of the Rebuild America’s Neighborhoods campaign: Pres Kabacoff

Pres Kabacoff, co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of HRI Properties, shares more about his experience as a member of LOCUS’ Rebuild America’s Neighborhoods campaign. Pres discusses the campaign’s work influencing recent federal legislation, upcoming opportunities for action, and more.


TIGER grants focus on rural areas, recognize the value of complete streets, and ignore transit

Just a month after the Trump administration proposed a budget that would eliminate the competitive TIGER grant program entirely next year, the US Department of Transportation announced the winners of this year’s awards. This year’s winners show a clear shift in priorities—this round is decidedly rural or small town in nature and nearly devoid of transit projects. However, the winners also show that this administration recognizes how smaller-scale complete streets projects bring tremendous value to local communities.

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Millinocket, ME: Recovering from the loss of an industrial giant

Millinocket, Maine epitomizes the plight of many rural communities across the country that struggle as legacy industries or major employers that once helped sustain a place slow down or close altogether. Millinocket has found new hope in part by pairing improved broadband internet access with a new focus on downtown revitalization, giving the community the chance to take hold of their future and “actually build something” new.

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Albuquerque investing in place

In this month’s episode of Building Better Communities with Transit, we connect with a planner who helped bring high-quality bus rapid transit to Albuquerque. ART, as the new line is called, is just one project but it forms a frequent and reliable backbone for Albuquerque’s entire transportation system.