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RSG recently completed an air quality permitting study for a new biomass heating plant at Norwich University, a project that will help the University save over $1 million in yearly heating costs. Norwich’s new biomass-fueled heating plant will produce an estimated 97% of the campus’ steam requirements and displace 657,000 gallons of fuel oil. The wood chips that will be used to power the new plant will be harvested within a 100 mile radius of the Norwich campus under Vermont’s Acceptable Management Practices program.
An RSG project is featured as a case study in the recently published National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide. The project examined three design alternatives for the complex Pearl-Prospect-Colchester intersection in Burlington, VT. Working closely with the City and Metropolitan Planning Organization, RSG developed a set of pilot improvements that improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists, are quick to implement, and cost less than $20,000 to install. The design was implemented this summer and the pilot and study period will run until the end of October 2013. The Urban Street Design Guide is considered a new design manual for city streets today and demonstrates how streets of every size can be reimagined and reoriented as safe, sustainable public spaces for people walking, driving, biking, and taking transit.
RSG is excited to welcome Stacey Falzarano to the position of Senior Director of Human Resources. After an extensive local and national search, the selection board, comprising RSG’s operating team, corporate team and current human resources staff unanimously agreed that Stacey was the best fit for this role at RSG.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee grants the William M. Millar Award for the best paper in the area of public transportation.
Working with RSG, the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission, and various stakeholders, Burlington’s Department of Public Works announced the start of a “solution-oriented pilot-program” at the Pearl Street/Prospect Street/Colchester Avenue intersection as part of the Pearl Street/Prospect Street/Colchester Avenue Scoping Study. This notoriously busy and problematic intersection, designated a high-crash location by VTrans, will undergo a number of changes during the pilot project including a new traffic pattern, signals, and signage. The piloted changes are part of a short term alternative being considered and will allow the project’s Steering Committee to evaluate and compare it to other longer term/higher-cost options that cannot be field tested.
The Town of Seabrook Planning Board recently voted to amend their Site Plan Regulations to include RSG’s traffic exaction formula for US 1 through Town. US 1 is a densely developed commercial corridor that faces significant development pressure and ongoing traffic congestion. RSG worked with the Town of Seabrook (NH) to develop a clear, understandable approach to developer traffic exactions (i.e., per trip cost that a developer must pay to develop along a specific corridor to fund road improvements) that would provide a fair and level playing ground for developers and allow the Town and NHDOT to finance critical improvements to the US 1 corridor. It is great to see our work making a positive impact.
The Supreme Court ruled today in favor of equal treatment under federal law for legally married same-sex couples, a position RSG supported in an employer amicus brief filed earlier this year on behalf of 278 employers nationwide. RSG was one of only two Vermont companies to sign the brief, which argued that DOMA forced employers to separate lawfully married employees into two categories—married same-sex couples and married opposite-sex couples—for taxation purposes and benefits administration.
Shadde Rosenblum, AICP, an expert in transportation planning, has joined RSG as a Senior Consultant.
RSG President and co-founder, Thomas Adler will be presenting “Transportation Research in the Green Mountain State: A Sampler” today as part of the MIT Center for Transportation & Logistics Distinguished Speaker Series. Tom’s presentation will touch upon quantifying forecast risks from complex travel demand models and an intercity bus/rail trip planner.
RSG consultants are slated to present 26 sessions over the five-day TRB conference kicking off on May 5th in Columbus, OH. Presenters are excited to share current RSG work and learn from others to advance transportation planning techniques and methods.
A project on which RSG worked with the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) was recognized with an Excellence in Regional Transportation Award by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). The award and project will be featured today at NADO’s 2013 National Rural Transportation Conference in Greenville, SC. RSG’s contributions included designing, developing, and conducting a survey of residents within Chittenden County. The analysis focused on identifying changes and trends in attitudes toward transportation-related issues between 2000 and 2012.
RSG recently released an open-source software package, on The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). The package named “RSGHB” is designed to estimate Hierarchical Bayesian (HB) models from choice-based conjoint data, allowing users to estimate sophisticated models which until now required significant custom programming.
RSG Analyst, Chloe Ritter, was a member of a team who received an AICP Student Project Award for their work on the project “Connect Cascade Locks: A Recreational Trails Plan for Economic Development.” The award was presented this week at 2013 APA National Planning Conference in Chicago.