Bus

Report provides insight on complete communities

Posted on October 4, 2012

Reconnecting America, a national nonprofit that advises civic and community leaders on how to create better communities, released an ambitious report this week that tracks progress in America's regions toward a vision of complete communities.

The report, "Are We There Yet? Creating Complete Communities for 21st Century America," highlights the benefits that complete communities offer all Americans, tells stories about the work being done across the country to create complete communities, and measures progress in every region with a population above 55,000.

"Reconnecting America is all about people, places and possibility," said President/CEO John Robert Smith. "Are We There Yet? clearly illustrates that no matter where you live — big city, small town, Northeast, Southwest — it is possible to live in what we call a complete community. It is a vision that should be a reality for all Americans."

The report introduces the concept of "Opportunity Areas" to help regions track their progress. Characterized by smaller blocks or moderate density housing or jobs, Opportunity Areas have some of the infrastructure in place to help get us "there" by offering greater opportunities to walk, bike or take transit.

Reconnecting America examined all 366 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the U.S. and found 317 have at least one Opportunity Area. In all, one in six Americans lives in an Opportunity Area. Using Opportunity Areas and other regional indicators, Reconnecting America graded each region on its performance in categories we have called Living, Working, Moving and Thriving.

But offering transportation choices is only one element of complete communities. "Are We There Yet?" offers stories and data-driven observations about the role that complete communities play in enhancing the way all Americans live, work, move and thrive and how they contribute to the health of overall regional economies.

"Leaders across the country are working to move America in the right direction, but there is still much to be done to ensure opportunity for all," said Allison Brooks, Reconnecting America's chief of staff. "In issuing this report, Reconnecting America is making a call for a robust national effort to create complete communities for all -communities that are affordable, healthy and well-connected to economic opportunity. This report shows what works and what doesn't work, and offers constructive ideas for how every region can improve their grade, something everyone wants to see on their report card."

To download the report, visit www.ReconnectingAmerica.org/arewethereyet

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

AVTA to become nation's first 100% electric bus fleet

BYD Motors will build and deliver a variety of all-electric bus models including a 40-foot low-floor transit bus, a 60-foot low-floor articulated bus, and a 45-foot commuter coach.

Bridj, KCATA, Ford partner for urban mobility pilot project

The transformative program is the first U.S. public-private partnership that brings together a major U.S. transit agency, an automaker and an urban technology company with the aim of enhancing Kansas City’s existing mass transit system by providing greater access and mobility to residents.

L.A. Metro opens new 'green' bus facility

Division 13 will serve as a bus maintenance, operations and service facility with a multi-level parking garage that accommodates 200 CNG buses, fueling equipment, transportation offices and support areas.

Starcraft Bus named Ford's top volume pool account for 10th year

The company has purchased and sold more Ford E-Series chassis than any other bus manufacturer in North America since 2006.

Cummins announces new 'SmartEfficiency' initiative

The product improvement plan focuses on improved fuel efficiency, lower total cost of ownership and improved uptime.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close