Transportation


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    More automated bus lane enforcement cameras coming to NYC

    Oakland-based startup Hayden AI announced its first contract this week with New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority for hundreds of bus-mounted cameras.

    By Aug. 12, 2022
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    Electric bus orders surge, but deliveries lag

    Production backlogs hit major transit bus manufacturers due to supply shortages as the demand to electrify bus fleets continues to grow.

    By Aug. 11, 2022
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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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    EV adoption might be hindered by DMV fees: report

    Some of the same states that incentivize EV purchases charge additional fees to EV owners, but they could restructure those fees to align with emissions goals, according to a July RMI report.

    By Aug. 10, 2022
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    Seattle-area kids can ride transit free starting Sept. 1

    Targeted funds from the Move Ahead Washington mass transit package, aimed at developing the next generation of transit riders, will cover costs related to the Sound Transit Board’s new policy.

    By Charles Pekow • Aug. 9, 2022
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    Cities hope bus-mounted cameras will hold bus lane violators accountable

    Baltimore, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C., are among the cities trying this technology to identify perpetrators, but legal snags and questions about effectiveness remain.

    By Charles Pekow • Aug. 5, 2022
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    Together, EVs, AVs and multimodal transportation will create more vibrant cities

    Gas stations, subway stations, parking garages and roads are among the city features we can reimagine as new mobility technologies change how we get from point A to point B, writes a leading exec at Gensler.

    By Andy Cohen • Aug. 5, 2022
  • Close-up of the right rear of a small SUV with Uber and Lyft stickers on the rear window, with a blurred group of people standing to the right.
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    Uber, Lyft post-pandemic ridership recovery continued in Q2

    Executives at the ride-hailing companies reported during earnings calls this week that ridership grew while wait times declined over the past year, as drivers return to the apps following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By Aug. 5, 2022
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    Boston transit system shutting down a major rail line to fix safety problems

    Runaway trains, a fire and long-delayed maintenance issues are prompting a 30-day shutdown of the MBTA’s Orange Line, used daily by around 100,000 people. Boston Mayor Michelle Wu said the shutdown “will be tremendously stressful for the region.”

    By Aug. 4, 2022
  • United Auto Workers President Ray Curry stands at a podium in an automotive assembly plant under a sign that reads, "A future made in America."
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    EV manufacturers, regulators debate US ability to hit 50% sales goal by 2030

    The right federal policy and charging infrastructure, as well as solutions to supply chain issues, are critical to meeting the goal of half of new vehicle sales being electric by 2030, said Center for Automotive Research event panelists.

    By Aug. 3, 2022
  • A red car and black car are half-submerged on a flooded road bordered by trees as a person in rainwear walks with his back to the camera.
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    Federal Highway Administration announces $7.3B in grants for transportation resilience

    Communities can use these funds to prepare highway, transit, pedestrian, bicycle and port facilities to better withstand natural disasters.

    By Aug. 2, 2022
  • An illustration shows a white bullet train on a viaduct crossing over a road with several pickup trucks on it.
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    High-speed rail efforts in the US: a history

    Decades of plans and money have so far failed to bring a bullet train to the United States. Three projects that are underway hope to change that. 

    By Aug. 1, 2022
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    Congressman Seth Moulton looks to bring true high-speed rail to American cities

    A longtime high-speed rail advocate, Moulton wants Congress and the private sector to pave the way for bullet trains across the U.S., saying federal dollars favor highways and development in coastal cities.

    By Aug. 1, 2022
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    For his new smart desert city, billionaire Marc Lore eyes Nevada, Utah and Arizona

    During a town hall in New York City, the Diapers.com founder and his team envisioned Telosa having dozens of “15-minute cities” and a resident-controlled endowment to help pay for government services.

    By Adina Solomon • July 29, 2022
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    EVs are the fastest-selling used cars in 9 major metro areas

    Cities in California, Colorado, Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania saw buyers choose used electric vehicles at faster rates than gas-powered vehicles. The data could help cities determine where demand for EV chargers will grow.

    By July 29, 2022
  • A woman in a wheelchair at a train station with several other people walking by, with a train behind them.
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    Cities can soon tap into rail station accessibility improvement grants

    The Federal Transit Administration is releasing $343 million in competitive grants through its All Stations Accessibility Program to help bring older rail transit stations into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    By July 28, 2022
  • West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is standing, holding a cell phone with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer alongside.
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    EV tax credits revived in Schumer, Manchin agreement on proposed reconciliation package

    The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 would eliminate the 200,000-unit phase-out of credits for manufacturers, a key concern for automakers and EV buyers. The Senate is expected to vote on it next week as part of a reconciliation package.

    By July 28, 2022
  • A white General Motors Bolt electric vehicle with a red "Cruise" logo is crossing an intersection in downtown San Francisco, with a street of parked cars and businesses behind it.
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    San Francisco AV robotaxi service has a rough start

    General Motors’ Cruise unit faces safety questions about its self-driving car ride-hailing service, which launched earlier this year.

    By July 27, 2022
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    National EV charging network needs private investment incentives, retailers say

    The federal government is preparing to disburse $5 billion to states for the development of a national electric vehicle charging network, but retailers say policies must change to incentivize private investment.

    By Robert Walton • July 27, 2022
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    Amazon preps Rivian EVs for delivery in 100 cities

    The e-commerce giant plans to have 100,000 electric delivery vehicles making deliveries by the end of 2030.

    By Max Garland • July 26, 2022
  • Wildfire smoke lingers over the city of Portland, Oregon, in August 2021.
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    To address its climate emergency, Portland, Oregon, lays out a 43-step plan

    Creating resilience hubs and replacing petroleum diesel at the pump are among the top actions city officials intend to pursue in the coming years after declaring a climate emergency in 2020. 

    By July 26, 2022
  • Massachusetts passes 'landmark' climate bill to decarbonize buildings, transportation

    The bill in part requires annual energy usage reports from buildings 20,000 square feet or larger and creates a pilot for 10 municipalities to offer fossil fuel-free home renovations, targeting affordable housing and multifamily housing.

    By Iulia Gheorghiu • July 25, 2022
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    Pop-up bike lanes assessed with high-tech and low-tech strategies in New Jersey

    Virtual reality-capture technology, traffic cameras and lidar footage — plus chalk, stencils, and a pool noodle — helped Rutgers University researchers evaluate temporary bike lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

    By Charles Pekow • July 25, 2022
  • A smartly-dressed male auto sales representative is showing a digital tablet to a young Black couple in a car showroom.
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    Chase launches EV education website to help consumers navigate the electric vehicle purchase decision

    Making the decision to buy an electric vehicle involves questions about home and on-road charging, costs and driving range that the bank hopes to answer. 

    By July 25, 2022
  • People stand at a subway station identified as 42nd Street in New York City by a large sign on a concrete pillar. A silver train is  arriving or departing.
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    New York state comptroller warns MTA will face 'hard choices' unless ridership and revenue improve

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is “facing stark options,” said New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, which could include cuts to subway, bus and train service, and the need for greater attention to capital projects.

    By July 22, 2022
  • An illustration showing a black electric vertical takeoff or landing aircraft lettered "Vertical" on a runway, in a left rear three-quarter view.
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    American Airlines commits to buying 50 eVTOL aircraft from Vertical Aerospace

    Major air carriers American and United Airlines bet on the future of electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft for short-haul flights. 

    By July 21, 2022