Creative Bus Shelter Initiative

Images of bus shelter designs via Creative Portland The challenge Waiting for the bus can often be inconvenient for transit riders,  as bus stops often lack protection and comfort for passengers. Nothing beats frequent service for making transit appealing, but studies have shown that small improvements like shelters and information about when the next bus […]

Turning Trash into Treasure: Tires repurposed as bike lane barriers in Memphis

Rubber car tires that have been transformed into bike lane barriers, positioned along a street in Memphis. Photo from Bike Ped Memphis.

Photo from Bike Ped Memphis. Introduction The Binghampton Development Corporation Business Hub and Tad Pierson of Tire Art Design collaborated to create one-of-a-kind bike lane barriers made of recycled tires, presenting a creative and low-cost solution that not only makes the roads safer for all users, but also helps create new job opportunities. Through this […]

People Power Transit!

Photo of the cover and four-page spread of People Power Transit Introduction The Center for Urban Pedagogy’s (CUP) guide, People Power Transit!, explains the structure of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the decision-making processes within the agency, and how New Yorkers can advocate for transit improvements on their own behalf. The challenge Using public transit […]

Activating Noblesville’s north alley

North Alley mural funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Introduction Alleyways are frequently perceived as dark, dangerous, and unpleasant places where no one wants to go. However, alleys can be whatever you want them to be, including vibrant community assets. The COVID-19 pandemic showed the incredible need to create safe […]

Asphalt Art Safety Study

Photo of street art transformation Introduction When most people think of transportation infrastructure, they envision drab, forgettable stretches of asphalt and concrete that get you where you need to go but are not destinations in their own right. Furthermore, many safety features, such as sidewalks and frequent crosswalks, are often absent and/or uncomfortable to use […]

Arts & Transportation Rapid Response: The Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation

New rural transportation service to support public health, equity amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Ware, MA The challenge Quaboag Valley, one of Massachusetts’ most rural, least populated, and remote places, was recently classified by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as an Area of Economic Distress. These areas are generally characterized by declining populations, lower […]

Arts & Transportation Rapid Response — Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

Thoughtfully addressing homeless ridership during the pandemic in Atlanta, GA The challenge During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) saw an increase in the number of unsheltered people seeking refuge in the transit system. To assist these individuals, MARTA partnered with HOPE Atlanta, a local non-profit organization that provides housing, social […]

The 11th Street Bridge Project

An infrastructure reuse that will soon create a new world-class destination park, provide a new pedestrian connection across the Anacostia River, and support neighboring residents to ensure that they will be able to stay and thrive along with the new park. The Challenge While DC is often associated with the Potomac River, the city was […]

Little Mekong

Image of Little Mekong Night Market. Large crowd sits underneath a red tent at night.

Western Avenue Station of the Green Line, located in Little Mekong—a district in the Summit-University and Frogtown neighborhoods of Saint Paul with a high Asian-American population—developed a market following the construction of the station to strengthen community identity, and attract new foot traffic for local vendors and businesses.  The challenge Originally, the Green Line light […]