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MDOT teams up with TRCLC researchers and community partners
to host design charrette focused on complete streets
September 18, 2014 | Complete Streets Coalition of Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO—Between September 30 and October 3, city leaders and transportation professionals will evaluate Stadium Drive and Michigan Avenue between Western Michigan University and the Kalamazoo River. This vital transportation corridor connects WMU, Kalamazoo College, downtown, and adjacent neighborhoods. Using a placemaking-based approach, the study team will gather public input, evaluate alternatives, and present a feasible vision of potential future changes to the roadway to accommodate all users and drive economic development. Improvements could include traffic calming, pedestrian safety, bikeways, mobility, connectivity, parking, and streetscape. [...]
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TRCLC community partner invites non-motorized transportation
expert Dan Burden to Kalamazoo to conduct walkability audit
by Linda S. Mah
August 6, 2014 | MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette

KALAMAZOO—Dan Burden, founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, will present his walkability audit of Kalamazoo and the economic and social benefits of being a walkable community beginning at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites. The presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation wraps up a two-day visit by Burden, which is being organized by Disability Network Southwest Michigan. The Disability Network says Burden's work ties into the city's master plan work. [...]
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TRCLC hosts First Summer Conference on Livable Communities
July 16, 2014

TRCLC held its First Summer Conference on Livable Communities 15 July 2014 at the Parkview Room, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This meeting provided opportunities for TRCLC researchers to meet one another, discuss current projects and plan future proposals.  [...]
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Numerous TRCLC researchers present, win award at TRB's
93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
January 16, 2014 | Transportation Research Board

TRCLC held its First Summer Conference on Livable Communities 15 July 2014 at the Parkview Room, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This meeting provided opportunities for TRCLC researchers to meet one another, discuss current projects and plan future proposals.  [...]
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Numerous TRCLC researchers present, win award at TRB's
93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.
January 16, 2014 | Transportation Research Board

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. January of this year. Several TRCLC researchers participated in the more than 4,500 presentations, 800 sessions and workshops at the conference. We are extremely pleased that the winner of this year’s Patricia F. Waller Award as the most outstanding paper submitted to the Pedestrian Committee in 2013 was the Effects of High-Visibility Enforcement on Driver Compliance to Pedestrian Yield Right-of-Way Laws by TRCLC researcher Ronald Van Houten and co-authors Brad Huitema, Louis Malenfant and Richard Blomberg. [...]
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WMU receives $1.4 million to start transportation research center
by Mark Schwerin
November 5, 2013 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO—A multidisciplinary team of Western Michigan University researchers led by civil and construction engineers has received a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to create one of 33 transportation research centers at colleges across the country. The grant, which is through the transportation department's Research and Innovative Technology Administration, or RITA, is for year one with the possibility of renewal for three additional years. The WMU grant is part of about $63 million in awards to advance research and education programs that address the nation's critical transportation challenges. [...]
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Western Michigan University team gets $1.4 million to start transportation research center
by Yvonne Zipp
24 October 2013 | MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A multidisciplinary team at Western Michigan University University has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, the university announced Thursday. WMU will be the lead institution for the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities, which will focus on improving public transit, providing safer pedestrian and bicycle networks and making transportation more accessible for children, people with disabilities and lower-income residents. It will be one of 33 transportation research centers at colleges across the U.S. [...]
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CCE Dr. Jun Oh Receives 1.4 Million U.S. Department of Transportation Grant
by Anita Ludwig
18 October 2013

The project being funded by the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) is titled, “Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities”. The principal investigator is Dr. Jun -Seok Oh, the co -principal investiga-tors are Dr. Osama Abudayyeh, and Dr. Valerian Kwigizile all three are from the Civil and Construction Engineering department. Dr. Richard Long from Blind and Low Vision Studies, Dr. Christopher Smith from Geography, and Dr. Ron Van Houten from Psychology are all co -principal investigators as well. Dr. Oh explained that WMU is the lead institution of the Transportation Research Center for Livable Communities (TRCLC), and that the following universities are member institutions of the center: Tennessee State University, Universi-ty of Texas, Arlington , Utah State University, and Wayne State University. [...]
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