BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic University wants to make it easier for students to get to and from campus. FAU was awarded a $375,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation to collaborate with Broward College, Palm Beach State College, and the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority. Dr. Louis Merlin said FAU will start a two-year study this summer with 6,000 students working with a new app, which hasn’t been created yet. The app will show students transportation options like bus routes, Uber rides, and potentially new ideas like bike sharing.
“A single app that provides the full range of transportation services including the booking and payment,” said Dr. Merlin.
Students will provide feedback to help with new ideas or changes to existing services.
“The recently opened Brightline in Miami is unique to the United States as it creates an experience only offered in places like Europe and Asia. Similar to these other cities, the Brightline is already proving to be a catalyst for urban infill projects in Downtown Miami that will reshape the city into a more walkable hub for the creative economy of the 21st Century.”
John L. Renne, associate professor and director of CUES, was featured in an interview about his research focusing on planning for natural disasters and the needs of carless residents. Read the interview in TransfersMagazine.org
A study released by SURP’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) found that the vast majority of counties in the Florida Panhandle were less prepared for emergency evacuation compared to the rest of the state. Of the 67 counties in Florida, 10 were rated as having weak levels of evacuation preparedness, and all of these counties were located in the Panhandle/North Florida. Eleven of 16 counties with moderately rated plans also were in this region. Only seven of the counties in the Panhandle had strong plans.
Multiple news outlets featured the research, including
a report by National Public Radio (NPR)’s Science Desk reporter Rebecca Hersher
A study released by FAU’s Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions (CUES) found that the vast majority of counties in the Florida Panhandle were less prepared for emergency evacuation compared to the rest of the state. Read more
An article in Public Square – A CNU Journalhighlighted a study published by Wes Marshall of the University of Colorado at Denver and FAU’s Eric Dumbaugh in Transportation – Planning – Policy – Research – Practice, challenging the assumption that traffic congestion inhibits economic growth and jobs, costing money and driving away business and activity.
Dr. John L. Renne contributes on NPR’s Here and Now on 12/7/17 talking about Brightline, the private-public partnership, high-speed rail project delivering service to South Florida which relates to his research into rail and economic development. Listen to the interview
As reported in The Guardian, the US spends twice as much on a tax break for the rich as on rent for the poorest. Dr. Steven Bourassa comments on the fact that the US spent $60bn in 2015 on the mortgage interest deduction for wealthy homeowners – while just a quarter of those needing housing assistance receive it. Read the article
Dr. John Renne, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, was interviewed on WFTL’s Inside West Palm Beach radio show. Dr. Renne spoke about the high demand for planners in south Florida and the degree programs offered at FAU: