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    Shared micromobility ridership nearly doubled in 2021: report

    Station-based shared bike use declined less and recovered more than dockless bikes. Shared micromobility ridership has grown even as prices have risen “substantially” since 2018, the report says.

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    How smart cities are taking action on natural disaster resiliency

    How to maximize funding to create resiliency and protect your residents from extreme weather.

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    Owning a home costs 35% more than renting in high-growth cities: report

    The price gap between rentals and homeownership will be most apparent in high-growth cities such as Denver, Phoenix, Nashville, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Tampa and areas with concentrated tech employment, including the West Coast, according to a new report. 

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    Deep Dive

    Houston’s housing-first model is reducing homelessness. Here’s how it works and the obstacles it faces.

    Over 90% housed under Houston’s housing-first program have remained housed for over two years, city officials say. But further progress is challenged by a housing shortage and other factors.

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    3 technologies that could make EVs go farther

    Greater range could spur more EV adoption, with implications for charging infrastructure.

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    Biden signs legislation preventing rail strike, lockout

    The law should help avert disruption to travelers and commuters during the holiday season.

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    Oregon to consider e-bike rebate program in 2023

    Only purchases from authorized in-state retailers would be eligible for rebates, and rebate recipients would need to own their e-bikes “for at least one year after receiving the rebate,” according to the bill.

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    Smart cities in 2022 - what you need to know

    Rail expansion, emerging technologies such as digital twins and air taxis and new approaches to transit and housing have driven the news this year. Catch up with highlights from Smart Cities Dive.

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    The tech worker shortage

    Hidden assets: With reskilling programs, cities are turning existing employees into tech workers

    City employees’ eagerness to learn technology skills and take on new roles has far exceeded expectations, say tech managers that have offered reskilling programs.

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    High-speed rail line from LA to Las Vegas could begin construction in 2023

    Brightline West could become the first privately funded and operated 180-mph intercity train in the U.S.

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    Senate sends bill avoiding rail shutdown to Biden’s desk

    The divided chamber shot down an amendment to give workers seven days of paid sick leave.

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    E-scooter parking ‘corrals’ are coming to this Florida city

    Pensacola, Florida, adopted the policy based on community feedback from the city’s micromobility pilot program, aiming to “reduce parking conflicts with pedestrians on sidewalks,” according to a city spokesperson.

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    Amtrak gets $4.3B to improve intercity passenger rail network

    As ridership for Amtrak intercity passenger rail slowly returns, the railroad plans to modernize trains and stations.

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    DC-area county spurs electrification of future buildings

    Montgomery County, Maryland, is taking aim at its largest source of emissions. Its policy is the latest advancement for building decarbonization on the East Coast.

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    House passes bills to avert US rail shutdown, add paid sick leave

    The vote comes just two days after President Joe Biden urged congressional intervention, warning “a rail shutdown would devastate our economy.”

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    A history of US cities adopting zero waste goals

    The concept has become a mainstream part of municipal waste planning, experts say, even as targets largely remain aspirational and some recent efforts have faced pandemic-related setbacks.

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    Housing tax credit bill gains bipartisan support in Congress

    The Neighborhood Homes Investment Act, which aims to produce 500,000 starter homes over the next decade, has garnered the support of 124 congressional lawmakers.

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    New York transit riders may face steep fare increases, service cuts: state comptroller

    With ridership stuck well below pre-pandemic levels, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority could struggle to maintain service without steep fare hikes.

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    9 startups to join AWS’ Sustainable Cities Accelerator for Infrastructure

    Each accelerator participant aims to address infrastructure-related sustainability challenges by offering products and services targeting power, utility, transportation and other systems.

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    Five US cities target building energy use, emissions with fines

    New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Boston and St. Louis are poised to implement penalties to curb building-level greenhouse gas emissions or energy use.

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    How Houston’s homeless strategy became a model for other US cities

    Over the course of a decade, Houston reduced its alarmingly high homeless population by 63%. Now, other major cities are reaching out for guidance.

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    How Shreveport, Louisiana, used blockchain technology to build a low-cost public WiFi network

    The city has spent about $500,000 on its public WiFi network, a cost that would have ballooned had it partnered with a traditional internet service provider, said the city’s chief technology officer.

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    California unveils 7 guaranteed income pilot projects

    Aiming to support basic needs, the California Guaranteed Income Pilot Program will provide regular, unconditional cash payments to nearly 2,000 pregnant people and former foster youth.

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    Shared e-moped markets are growing — but not in the US. Why not?

    New York and San Francisco are the remaining U.S. cities with shared e-mopeds. Deployment costs, barriers to use and U.S. car culture are blamed for the mode’s weak performance.

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    Labor shortages hinder public transit rebound: APTA report

    Creative benefits and improved hiring processes, safety, scheduling and growth opportunities are among ways transit agencies can help address labor shortages and recruit new employees, experts say. 

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    FAA to lay out air taxi plans by May

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s acting administrator said the agency will present implementation plans for eVTOL or air taxi operations by May 2023.