Donjek Tools: Transportation Consulting for Public and Private Clients

Donjek Transportation Consulting
Donjek is rolling out with transportation planning and policy service, so to speak.  Look to us toDonjek Transportation Service conduct travel demand projections and management analysis, evaluate streetcar finance, negotiate shared parking agreements, and determine whether to use tax increment financing for streets and structured parking.  We identify and present solutions in these areas on behalf of our public- and private-sector clients.  We are able to:
  • Work with mid-size and large employers to reduce payroll taxes and parking lease charges.  We are able to analyze employee travel and parking requirements, to help employers identify and manage these costs, using travel demand management plans and other measures.
  • Form urban and suburban transportation site plans to cultivate the vital places in your city.
  • Develop shared parking arrangements and parking management plans that ensure efficient access and circulation.
  • Prepare traffic impact studies to determine the effect of development on congestion, safety, and parking supply. 
  • Analyze transportation markets to estimate demand and identify innovative, multi-modal solutions to transportation challenges.
Click here for a brief summary of Donjek transportation services and related background.

Getting Less Mileage Out of the Gas Tax
Last week, Congress recapitalized the Highway Trust Fund, a gas-tax funded resource available in the past for construction of roads and bridges as well as transit infrastructure.  If unaddressed, the U.S. Department of Transportation indicated the fund would empty as of October 1.  This article provides a sound recent overview of the move.  It also explores the increasing folly of levying gas tax as a dollar value per gallon, while inflation mixed with reduced fuel consumption by consumers is leading to deterioration of revenues and resources available for investment in transportation infrastructure.  Talk about a volatile mixture!

Learn more about the State of Oregon’s experimentation will replacing gas tax with a mileage fee in an article from Governing magazine available here.  If you have an afternoon to spend on it, see this document.

Invitation: Join Us at the Citizens League’s Regional Policy Workshop

On Tuesday, September 23, the Citizens League will host a workshop to facilitate discussion focused oCL
n regional economic development themes central to the future of the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.  With Stacy Becker, I will co-moderate a morning session entitled, "Developing a New Model for Resource Use." The League's description of the session's content offers more detail:

The last forty years were arguably an era of unprecedented wealth and resources in the United States.  Participants will explore the concept of a new era of relative scarcity, and imagine possible responses.  What impacts will massive demographic changes have on resource use? Are there important and costly areas where we tend to use our resources in single-purpose ways that could be developed into more flexible and adaptive purposes?  Where do solutions overlap? What are the incentives that can encourage people and institutions to develop these approaches?

We'd value your perspective and invite you to attend.  Content in other sessions will raise questions about regional competitiveness, aging, and the foreclosure wave.  And we're not leaving without some answers in hand!

Sign up for the workshop here.  See you there!

Donjek Project: Final Phase of Penn-American District Plan in Bloomington, Minnesota

We are pleased to announce that Donjek has been retained to assist the City of Bloomington, Minnesota and its consultant team in the final phase of district planning for the Penn-American area.  The team includes Close Landscape Architecture, ESG Architects, Lander Group, and Kimley-Horn and Associates.

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Penn Avenue and American Boulevard intersect in the western half of the project area; the district occupies significant land area on the southwest corner of interstates I-494 and I-35W, as shown in the adjacent graphic.  The site as a whole remains largely underutilized and is recognized by the City for its potentially powerful connections to Minneapolis, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and the I-494 corridor.
Our charge is focused on assisting with public finance content for the final report and organizing and refining the report text itself.

Photo:  Courtesy of City of Bloomington, Minnesota.