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Designing Cities Initiative

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Designing Cities is a NACTO initiative to improve street design in urban environments.

Highlights include NACTO’s design guides, the annual Designing Cities conference, local training and workshops, and Practitioners’ Papers.

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Designing Cities Initiative

Curb Appeal: Curbside Management Strategies for Improving Transit Reliability

Cities are clearing the way for transit by taking control of their curbs. Urban curbsides, including parking and loading regulations, have conventionally been based on the immediately adjoining building: meters in front of...

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Better Boarding, Better Buses: Streamlining Boarding & Fares

Transit agencies are moving more people in less time, by implementing all-door bus boarding and off-board bus fare payment, on busy lines and system-wide. The time it takes for a bus to stop...

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Urban Street Design Guide

Streets comprise more than 80% of public space in cities, but they often fail to provide their surrounding communities with a space where people can safely walk, bicycle, drive, take transit, and socialize. Cities are leading the movement to redesign and...

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Designing Cities 2017: Chicago

Join us October 30 - November 2 in Chicago for NACTO's Designing Cities conference, convening transportation leaders and practitioners from across the country and world to discuss key trends in urban street design and transportation policy....

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Training and Workshops

Design Guide Trainings The NACTO Design Guide Training Program brings together leaders in street design for intensive hands-on workshops. Training workshops are available throughout North America and beyond. NACTO’s Certified Trainers lead most workshops outside the NACTO member city network, bringing a deep...