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    High-speed rail project in Texas gets high-level US, Japan support

    The Texas Central project would connect Dallas and Houston using Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train technology. Amtrak announced its involvement in August.

    By April 12, 2024
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    How transit agencies can succeed at outsourcing operations

    A new report from the Eno Center for Transportation delves into public transportation best practices for a successful relationship with the private sector.

    By April 11, 2024
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    Vehicle Electrification

    Cities and states are trying to harness the growing electric vehicle market to meet decarbonization goals while ensuring the rollout of these vehicles is being done equitably. Their efforts are aided by an influx of federal support.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    $20.5B in federal funds for public transit available in FY 2024

    The funding will support urban, rural and tribal communities with grants "to start new projects, fix old infrastructure, and ensure fast, safe, convenient service,” the acting Federal Transit Administrator said.

    By April 5, 2024
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    State transportation projects need better Federal Highway Administration oversight: DOT audit

    Delays could increase the risk of the 2021 infrastructure law funding not achieving its intended benefits, cautions the audit by the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General.

    By April 4, 2024
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    Cities look to AI-powered cameras to keep bus lanes clear

    Automated bus-mounted camera enforcement systems from Hayden AI, which will soon be implemented in Los Angeles, enabled faster average bus speeds and fewer bus collisions in New York City.

    By April 3, 2024
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    Government officials, transit agencies get silly on social for April Fools’ Day

    Denver is now the 1.6-kilometer-high city. Amtrak has an emotional baggage car. Here are some of our favorite April Fools’ Day jokes posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

    By April 2, 2024
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    $7.5B for transportation and infrastructure projects available from USDOT

    The grant programs support projects “so large, complex, and ambitious that they could not get funded under the infrastructure programs that existed prior to this administration," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said.

    By April 1, 2024
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    Texas court strikes down federal rule requiring states to monitor and set targets for highway GHG emissions

    The rule faced swift backlash from state attorneys general after it was issued in November. Supporters of the requirement say it makes the transportation planning process more transparent.

    By March 29, 2024
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    What’s stifling city climate action? Municipal finance practices, one report says

    The Boston University researchers highlight how city funding approaches make emissions reduction projects easier to move forward than climate adaptation projects.

    By March 27, 2024
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    ‘Rural states have unique needs’: Transportation providers spotlight challenges at House hearing

    Rural bus operators, members of Congress and other witnesses argued for greater local and state control over transportation policies at a House subcommittee hearing last week.

    By March 26, 2024
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    15 minutes with the first state-level chief heat officer

    As Arizona shifts its approach to managing extreme heat risk, Eugene Livar wants to bring communities the resources they need without reinventing the wheel.

    By March 15, 2024
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    Local mandates protecting workers from heat would be banned under Florida bill

    The legislation on the desk of Gov. Ron DeSantis would block counties and cities from requiring companies to provide workers with water, rest and shade.

    By Zachary Phillips • March 15, 2024
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    Biden administration asks for 2.7% FY 2025 increase in DOT budget

    The Federal Railroad Administration, Federal Transit Administration and Federal Highway Administration would receive modest cuts over the fiscal year 2024 budget, while the Federal Aviation Administration would get a $2.7 billion increase.

    By March 14, 2024
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    Automated traffic enforcement is growing. How are cities using it?

    Cameras that cities use to catch drivers speeding, running red lights and blocking bus and bike lanes have “public perception and policy obstacles to overcome,” a safety official said.

    By March 11, 2024
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    Arizona names US’ first state chief heat officer, unveils summer 2024 plans

    Arizona said it has also hired a statewide cooling center coordinator and will deploy solar-powered cooling centers made from shipping containers.

    By March 7, 2024
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    NYC subways get National Guard, state police patrols after high-profile assaults

    While New York City Mayor Eric Adams and transit workers applaud the move, others express concerns about racial profiling.

    By March 7, 2024
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    Robotaxi expansion approved in California over local objections

    Waymo can begin operating driverless robotaxis immediately in Los Angeles and on the San Francisco peninsula following a March 1 decision by the California Public Utilities Commission.

    By March 5, 2024
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    Pedestrian deaths declined modestly in first half of 2023: GHSA

    “A decrease in pedestrian fatalities is welcome news,” said the Governors Highway Safety Association's Adam Snider, but the numbers are still far above pre-pandemic levels.

    By Feb. 27, 2024
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    Los Angeles County sues Grubhub over ‘bait and switch’ fees

    The county calls for an injunction against alleged deceptive business practices and for Grubhub to pay fines for possible violations of California’s unfair competition and false advertising laws. 

    By Aneurin Canham-Clyne • Feb. 26, 2024
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    Congress reintroduces PFAS litigation bill

    The PFAS Accountability Act would make it easier for those significantly exposed to forever chemicals to sue manufacturers.

    By Sara Samora • Feb. 16, 2024
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    San Francisco crowd attacks Waymo driverless car

    The incident could signal a self-driving vehicle backlash as Super Bowl ads criticized Tesla’s Autopilot software and city leaders call for local oversight of AVs in their cities.

    By Feb. 12, 2024
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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. 

    By Ramona Dzinkowski • Feb. 9, 2024
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    As some transit crime rates triple, FTA releases data, other resources

    Grant programs to fund crime prevention and security projects also are available, the Federal Transit Administration announced.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
  • Climate funding takes hit in California governor’s 2024 budget proposal

    Transit funding, however, was relatively unscathed in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2024-25 fiscal year budget, which represents $20 billion in cuts from last year.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    How 3 states are attacking carbon emissions from transportation

    While 21 states sued the federal government over its new rule requiring transportation emission reduction targets, others are forging ahead to clean up this sector.

    By Jan. 8, 2024