What you need to know about Blueprint Irondale

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Cyclists shared their concerns and hopes for the city of Irondale. Photo via Egla Nora

Irondale is planning some big changes in regards to its infrastructure. Blueprint Irondale, the city’s planning commission, is working to map out the future. Keep reading to learn more about the program and how you can get involved.

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Have you been to Birmingham’s new downtown Intermodal Facility? Why it’s transformational, according to Urban Land Institute Alabama.

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Birmingham’s new downtown Intermodal Facility. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Urban Land Institute (ULI) Alabama members James Fowler and Charles Ball are calling the new downtown Birmingham Intermodal Facility, a “transformational place in the heart of the city.”

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Traffic congestion, poor roads, safety and lack of public transit top Birmingham regional concerns about transportation

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Participants at the Draft Regional Bicycle Network Open House, photo by Pat Byington

Earlier this week, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham (RPCGB) released their findings from a region-wide survey about transportation needs. Traffic congestion, poor roads, safety and lack of public transit topped the list of concerns.

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Could rapid transit solve Highway 280 traffic woes? Mayor of Hoover says yes.

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When I first moved to Birmingham from Georgia, the hit “Move” by Ludacris was big. The lyrics are about Atlanta traffic on Interstate 20, but I soon learned the tune is perfectly appropriate for Highway 280 in the Greater Birmingham area. Hoover mayor Frank Brocato wants to change that, and he thinks a rapid transit system is the answer.

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Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham needs your input on the future of transportation. Deadline is Monday, May 28.

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Lakeview Local 93 arriving at the corner of 7th Ave. South and 29th. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

The Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham is updating the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan. They need your input to help create a plan that will guide transportation decisions for the next 25 years. The deadline to take the survey is Monday, May 28.

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Birmingham bicyclists unite! Help create a network of safe roads and streets

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Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Ok Birmingham bicyclists! Are you tired of risking your life when you ride your bike on the streets of Birmingham and the metro area? If your answer is yes, now is your chance to advocate and provide input on the new draft Regional Bicycle Network.

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