SGA News Clips, 5/17/11

Riverside Hopes New Policies Will Help Curb Sprawl, Obesity
California Healthline, 5/16/11
“The county, the fourth most populous in the state, is ranked near the bottom of the 58 California counties for having physical environments that are conducive to good health, according to the health department. A study by the not-for-profit Smart Growth America ranked the Riverside-San Bernardino metropolitan area No. 1 in the nation for sprawl.”

Study: $2 trillion needed for U.S. infrastructure
Washington Post, 5/16/11
“The United States is falling dramatically behind much of the world in rebuilding and expanding an overloaded and deteriorating transportation network it needs to remain competitive in the global marketplace, according to a new study by the Urban Land Institute. Burdened with soaring deficits and with long-term transportation plans stalled in Congress, the United States has fallen behind three emerging economic competitors — Brazil, China and India, the institute said.”

Group: Fix existing roads and bridges first
The Daily Record, 5/16/11
“A report by a transportation advocacy group said the state Department of Transportation should spend more of its capital budget to improve existing roads and bridges and less on expansion, something the group contends is not what the DOT’s fiscal year 2012 capital plan does.The Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s analysis of NJDOT’s almost $3.5 billion program for major projects on the state’s road, bridge and transit network for the coming year said 44 percent of the budget is being spent on “Fix-It-First” repairs and improvements to existing infrastructure — less than in 2009 — while 11 percent of the budget is being spent to build new lanes, a higher percentage than in the last 10 years.”

Amtrak Sets April Ridership Record
AltTransport, 5/16/11
“Four-dollar gas is bad news for drivers, airlines and pretty much anyone without access to reliable public transportation. But it’s good news for Amtrak, which just reported the biggest April ridership total in its history. According to the industry website Progressive Railroading, the system’s 2.7 million passengers last month represents a ten percent jump over last year, and marks ’18 consecutive months of year-over-year ridership growth.'”

Safeway plots mixed-use development in Tenleytown
Washington Post, 5/15/11
“Safeway, one of the area’s top grocers, has updated its stores and solidified its presence in the region by playing the role of co-developer in mixed-use projects. Now the Pleasanton, Calif.-based chain has its sights set on its next project, in Tenleytown, where the chain owns a 34,000-square-foot store off of Wisconsin Avenue NW and is considering a mixed-use project featuring a larger, 58,000-square-foot store, with some 150 apartments on top and 10 to 15 new town homes.”