Transportation

ASLA 2010 Honor Award, Analysis and Planning Category. Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Master Plan by Interface Studio LLC. Image: Interface Studio LLC

ASLA 2010 Honor Award, Analysis and Planning Category. Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Master Plan by Interface Studio LLC. Image: Interface Studio LLC

According to the ASLA Blue Ribbon Panel on Climate Change and Resilience, transportation must be considered through multiple lenses: as critical connectivity from homes to jobs, amenities, and essential services; as a major source of greenhouse gas emissions; and as a contributor to or detractor from a community’s appearance and function. Planned and designed thoughtfully, transportation systems can promote resilience.

ASLA recently released a report that includes the panel’s recommendations for improving transportation systems:

  • Require transit-oriented development, including affordable housing, with multimodal green and Complete Streets.
  • Provide equitable access to transportation options, including safe, connected pedestrian, bicycle, and transit routes.
  • Anticipate, plan, and provide infrastructure to support electric vehicles and new
    transportation methods and technologies.
  • Apply technologies and design strategies to achieve net-zero-carbon streets.
  • Promote regional transportation planning and development.

Please share your experiences in designing and building transit systems. How do you build consensus so that thoughtful, safe transportation projects actually get built?