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Cornillie T.C.,AICP
Journal of Rail Transport Planning and Management

Aspirations toward creating a new role for intercity passenger rail service and anxieties about the apparent expansion of government have anchored a debate that has persisted over much of Amtrak's existence. Amid controversy, the corporation has played a key role in creating a meaningful niche for short-distance intercity passenger rail service under the management of state and regional sponsors. However, questions continue to surround the form and function of Amtrak's long-distance routes. With the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 (PRIIA), Congress mandated the creation of new tools to engage state and regional sponsors of intercity passenger rail service and to reexamine the form and function of long-distance routes. In PRIIA's wake, there is an opportunity to consider the progress that has been made and to identify the potential for further change. This paper builds from the following question: Does the progress that intercity passenger rail experienced under PRIIA make it feasible to consider redirecting Amtrak's mission toward supporting the development of a competitive market for intercity passenger rail services? Amtrak's ubiquitous role in providing intercity passenger rail service is indisputable. However, with a redefined mission, Amtrak could be reoriented to support the creation of a competitive marketplace. © 2015. Source

Kimbler J.D.,AICP
ITE Journal (Institute of Transportation Engineers)

The Charlotte Wayfinding and Parking Guidance System is implemented with real-time parking supply information in order to address the parking problem in Charlotte's central business district. It provides clear, consistent signage to help customers and visitors to uptown more easily find attractions, more easily find attractions and improve signage to destinations and parking to save motorists' time and fuel. The key parking policies include balance parking supply with transit service and implementing a vehicular wayfinding system to efficiently direct motorists to the parking supply available. A collaborative parking system provide opportunities for owners and operators to more effectively market their parking facilities based on support provided by the collaborative's marketing and branding. Dynamic wayfinding and parking guidance signs to direct parkers to their facilities are key components of the collaborative system. Source

Stribiak J.J.,AICP
ITE Journal (Institute of Transportation Engineers)

This year's Young Consultants Award winner examines the principles and practical applications of the emerging and exciting field of active traffic management (ATM). Can ATM reduce congestion and improve throughput? How do you get the public and the policymakers who hold the purse strings to buy in? And where is ATM already working and how might its uses be expanded in the United States? Source

Jerry Weitz, planning professor, FAICP, shares his views on the role of principles of ethics in planning, which has become more complex. Planners have to deal with so many stakeholders and many different factors, facing more difficulties in deciding on the most ethically suitable solution. Preservation is just one of the many areas that have become ethical battlegrounds as planners broaden their roles. Another disputed ethical issue that is being debated involves as to how to resolve the inequities of the conventional food distribution system. Samina Raja, an associate professor of urban and regional planning at SUNY Buffalo, US, states that this issue needs to be addressed, as planners have ignored this subject for a long period of time. Raja and University of Pennsylvania planning professor, Tom Daniels are urging for a change in the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to recognize food planning as an aspirational goal. Source

Hansen R.P.,AICP
Environmental Practice

On December 31, 2009, President Barack Obama proclaimed the 40th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), a landmark "conservation" law. During this 40-year period, NEPA has been hailed as a champion of American "environmental rights" and criticized as an obstacle to economic progress. In the view of some critics, NEPA uselessly exploits private and public time and resources. It is remarkable that NEPA, although battered and worn, has survived virtually intact for four decades. This article is not a "how to" dissertation containing new or revised prescriptions for preparing defendable environmental impact statements (EISs), environmental assessments (EAs), and other action-forcing documents prepared by federal agencies. It is not a recitation of main provisions in the NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act of 1969] with which most readers are familiar. Instead, it selects 10 of a plethora of problems blockading responsible NEPA process implementation: seven historic and persistent and three new or emerging. This selection is by no means an all-inclusive list. Finally, the article reviews NEPA's development and looks to some future steps that might be taken to implement NEPA as its founders intended. Environmental Practice 13:235-249 (2011) © Copyright National Association of Environmental Professionals 2011. Source

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