Building Better Mode Shift Programs: Now With Science

June 18, 2019

My team (Alta’s unique Programs Team) exists to help people walk, bike, and take transit more often. More specifically, we help public agencies design, run, and evaluate behavior change campaigns. If you were asked to design a campaign like this, what would you do? You might tell people about the health benefits of walking and […]

The Empire State Trail: Talking Teamwork with Kristie Di Cocco

June 3, 2019

Blog 3 of 4 about the Empire State Trail When complete, the Empire State Trail will be the longest multi-use trail in the US. We caught up with Kristie Di Cocco, one of Alta’s senior engineering associates working on this project. Who are the key players? Are there other organizations or stakeholders that were involved […]

Urbanism Next Recap: Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know

May 17, 2019

The Urbanism Next Conference, held in Portland, OR last week, is emerging as one of the premier events focused on the impacts that new technology, new transportation options, and new data are bringing to the way we plan, build, and interact in our communities. This was the second annual event, hosted by researchers from the […]

Statewide Active Transportation Planning: Lessons Learned

May 15, 2019

Photo credit: Nancy Pierce, 2017 Statewide active transportation planning presents a unique challenge. How do you create a comprehensive, cohesive approach for biking and walking across numerous diverse and unique communities? It takes effective coordination and a depth of experience to develop an effective approach. From Alta’s experience completing numerous statewide active transportation plans across the […]

3 Things You Need to Know About Bike-Transit Integration

May 8, 2019

By: Matt Pinder, Senior Designer, EIT, Alta Planning + Design A commuter rail system is only as good as its ability to get people to and from stops and stations, known as the first- and last-mile (FMLM), yet far too often we take this critical aspect of the system for granted. Heavy reliance on car […]

Celebrating World Landscape Architecture Month

April 22, 2019

Landscape Architecture has great breadth as a design profession, with significant impacts on communities and quality of life. Alta’s design group includes a collaborative team of landscape architects and landscape designers who understand that truly successful projects are a reflection of their communities. As landscape architects, we have the instincts to shore up the attributes […]

4 Trail Trends Explained

March 19, 2019

Trails and greenways are well known for providing active transportation and recreation benefits to communities. But there are other advantages associated to these outdoor spaces. From CPTED to trail economics, these four emerging trends in trails can help inform your next project. 1. Quantifying the Value of Trails Economic Impact Analyses (EIAs) are helpful tools […]

Bike to Ride! Recognized for Outstanding Planning and Analysis

March 12, 2019

Our Atlanta office was busy over the weekend! Senior Planner Kat Maines attended the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Georgia Chapter’s Awards Gala, to receive an Honor Award in the Planning and Analysis category. Alta worked with the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to develop Bike to Ride: An Idea Book of Regional Strategies for […]

Celebrating National Engineers Week

February 20, 2019

To celebrate National Engineers Week, we’re highlighting a different project each day, showing the innovative ways our engineers create active, healthy communities. See which projects have already been shared below, and check back each day for updates throughout the week! 1. Coachella Valley Link The Coachella Valley Link is an innovative, multimodal facility of national […]

Complete Streets 2.0: Putting Design Principles into Action

January 23, 2019

Last week we discussed eight Complete Streets 2.0 design principles that serve as a framework for successfully integrating new and emerging mobility options into our streetscapes. These principles allow us to adapt current designs, in response to new and shifting modes of transportation, while better balancing a street’s uses and services. Today, we’ll take a […]

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