can-do places

Local places turning plans into reality

CAN-DO PLACES

In cities, towns and suburbs across the country, local leaders are responding to new economic challenges with innovative plans for their transportation networks, including taxing themselves to make their visions a reality. But they can’t do it alone and need strong federal and state partners to make it work.

Here you can read those stories — covering some of the places and projects — that illustrate how local communities across the country are casting a vision and often putting their own skin in the game first with local funding while hoping for a strong federal partner to make those plans a reality.

Check back often; we’ll be publishing more of these stories regularly.

  • Seattle: At the speed of the Puget Sound
    Seattle: At the speed of the Puget Sound

    How is Seattle continuing to accommodate its population growth and sustain its economic growth while maintaining a good quality of life?

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  • Indianapolis – enabling citizens to decide their transportation future
    Indianapolis – enabling citizens to decide their transportation future

    Action by the Indiana legislature in early 2014 cleared the way for metro Indianapolis counties to have a long-awaited vote on funding…

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  • Suburban Atlanta county votes to raise taxes and join Atlanta’s regional transit system
    Suburban Atlanta county votes to raise taxes and join Atlanta’s regional transit system

    In 2014, the Atlanta region benefitted from a substantial expansion of transit service for the first time in 40 years, when the once…

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  • Salt Lake City – collaborating to ensure future prosperity
    Salt Lake City – collaborating to ensure future prosperity

    State leaders and citizens have managed to stare down a recession while making transportation investments that accommodate projected…

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  • Normal: Leading the TIGER Pack
    Normal: Leading the TIGER Pack

    A medium-sized city in central Illinois was one of the first to utilize a new, experimental program of competitive federal transportation…

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  • Denver: Betting on the future and seeing early returns
    Denver: Betting on the future and seeing early returns

    Faced with potential employers suggesting that the lack of transit connections were preventing Denver from realizing their economic…

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  • Tracking Increases in State Transportation Funding
    Tracking Increases in State Transportation Funding

    Since the start of the 2013, major new proposals from governors, state legislatures and blue ribbon commissions galore have sparked…

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  • Nashville: Music City’s leaders “amped” about the future of their economy
    Nashville: Music City’s leaders “amped” about the future of their economy

    Rather than wait until the city reaches gridlock, commuters reach the boiling point, and the city’s booming economy is imperiled,…

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