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  • A bird's eye view of the West Facade of the U.S. Capitol Building and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., as seen from a window in a downtown office building.
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    Washington, DC, readies tax abatement program for commercial-to-residential conversions

    The incentive provides property owners up to $2.5 million for each fiscal year from 2024 through 2026 through a provision that a local attorney describes as “critical to the lifeblood of the city.”

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    For US aerial trams, the sky’s the limit

    Aerial cable cars remain rare for U.S. urban transportation, but cities and private groups see them as a novel solution to traffic woes.

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    US cities unlikely to follow Toronto’s bruising effort to curb Uber

    The company hit back forcibly when Canada’s largest city tried to cap the number of ride-hailing licenses it grants. 

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    FTA to help electric transit bus buyers amid tough times for manufacturers

    The White House convened a roundtable Wednesday on clean bus manufacturing as transit agencies working to green their fleets struggle with price increases and long delivery times.

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    Senators introduce bill to prevent use of algorithms to raise rent

    The bill follows a series of lawsuits about whether property management software has allowed property owners to indirectly coordinate rent prices.

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    9 states pledge to accelerate zero-emission heat pump sales

    The pledge sends a clear market signal, said the senior policy advisor for an association of Northeastern state air quality agencies.

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    Notable 2024 conferences for smart city leaders

    Plan for this year's events, which will cover everything from the latest tech innovations to urban parks.

    Updated Feb. 8, 2024
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    Uber reports strong ride-hailing, delivery growth in 2023

    2023 marked Uber's first full-year profit as a public company, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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    Autonomous delivery bot company raises $90M, reaches $230M in total funding

    Starship Technologies will use the additional funding to expand operations, enter new markets and develop its AI technology.

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    States warm up to intercity and rural bus service

    "Public policy will gradually swing in the industry’s favor," the Chaddick Institute's 2024 Intercity Bus Review predicts. 

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    Neighborhood-scale building decarbonization: 2 approaches

    Relying on the replacement of one appliance at a time isn’t enough to meet federal and state climate goals, said the Building Decarbonization Coalition’s executive director. 

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    New York City to pilot automated collection of large waste containers for high-density buildings

    Department of Sanitation Commissioner Jessica Tisch described this as the biggest advance for local waste collection technology in decades as the city continues its push toward containerization.

  • An aerial view of a hillside landslide brought on by heavy rains, which caused four ocean view apartment buildings to be evacuated and shuttered due to unstable conditions, on March 16, 2023 in San C
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    California storms sever Amtrak, commuter rail line once again

    Coastal erosion continues to threaten the Los Angeles-San Diego route. Authorities can’t say when it will reopen for passenger service.

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    3 ways Washington cities are reimagining downtowns

    Facing empty offices and shops and less pedestrian activity, these cities are seizing the opportunity for creative placemaking.

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    ASHRAE, ICC unveil draft standard for GHG emission assessment in buildings

    The proposed Standard 240P intends to provide a common platform to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions of buildings, the organizations say. 

  • Passengers board a Metra commuter train at Union Station on September 15, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois.
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    Chicago commuter rail begins reduced-fare program for low-income riders

    The new 18-month pilot program is open to all recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the six-county region served by the commuter rail operator, Metra.

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    Q&A

    Parks need money. These researchers have some ideas about where to get it.

    Selling fallen trees, turning pool houses into year-round spas, and asking hotel guests to donate are among the ideas outlined in a new report by the Center for an Urban Future. 

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    China-linked hackers primed to attack US critical infrastructure, FBI director says

    The attacks could target infrastructure such as water treatment plants, oil and natural gas pipelines, transportation systems and the electric grid, warned top cybersecurity officials.

  • As part of a maintenance check, a service engineer inspects the solar cell on a building roof for a damaged part.
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    FEMA to help communities pay for net-zero energy projects post-disaster

    Communities can now leverage the agency’s grant programs to install solar microgrids, heat pumps and passive cooling when rebuilding schools, hospitals, fire stations and other infrastructure in disaster’s wake.

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    US cities’ outlook for 2024

    Cities are pushing ahead on innovative bids to build more sustainable, safe and equitable communities, but many of the roadblocks they face likely aren't going anywhere.

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    Is the EV revolution over?

    Despite a sales slowdown, apartment owners and developers should charge ahead with electric vehicle infrastructure, experts say.

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    Extreme heat watch: Will cities be ready for summer 2024?

    This year could be even hotter than last year’s record-breaker, some scientists say. Cities are using the winter to prepare.

  • Chevy Bolt EV operated by Cruise on the street in San Francisco.
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    GM CEO: ‘We are committed to Cruise’

    Despite investigations, ongoing safety concerns and a $2.7 billion loss last year for the robotaxi unit, General Motors CEO Mary Barra insists the “technology is sound.”

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    Where composting and food waste projects got $11.5M from USDA

    The grants will enhance access to organics drop-off sites in several areas and build on existing capacity in dozens of localities nationwide.

  • A biker squints in the summer sun as she tops the hill at East 82nd Street on the East Drive in Manhattan's Central Park.
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    Micromobility companies rode through rough times last year. What’s ahead for 2024?

    With strong demand for bikes and scooters bumping into some providers’ financial troubles, “We’re at an inflection point in the industry,” said Lime’s chief operating officer.