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Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects

Nearly everyone in the Bay Area is sticking close to home during the coronavirus shelter in place, which has left the region’s roadways unusually empty and sped up typically congested commutes for the relatively few people still on the road.

Caltrans is also taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place slowdown by speeding up work to revitalize the region’s rail system.

The goal for these agencies is to get construction work done before the Bay Area reopens and congestion starts to return.

“This is getting a lot of talk in Caltrans and BART and other agencies as well,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “They want to get as much work

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Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS)

EQuity representative opportunity – wats technical committee

The Equity Representative is a voting member on the Technical Committee and is encouraged to apply their expertise in Technical Committee discussions and recommendations to the Policy Committee.

The Equity Representative is invited to:

  • Review proposed projects and policies, noting the impact on racial and socio-economic equity including

  • Discuss the impacts that proposed projects may have in a broader equity context, in particular, supporting connectivity (locally and regionally)

  • Introduce relevant equity initiatives, resources, concerns, etc. that may aid in Committee discussion/deliberation

To find out more about the role click here

To apply click here (applications due to WATS by March 20, 2020)

 *Please note that these are unpaid/volunteer positions.

Bikeshare modernization study

The objective of this project is to plan for the future of bikeshare in the Ann Arbor area transitioning from a pilot phase to a sustainable service program.

TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

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