Transportation


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    Urban flooding presents challenges for electric vehicle charging stations

    Considerations around sea level rise and intense rains come as the Federal Highway Administration weighs where to effectively locate chargers for the future as more people drive EVs.

    By Charles Pekow • July 5, 2022
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    Volvo Group Venture Capital invests in transit software provider Optibus

    The investment aims to advance bus electrification and support software infrastructure for sustainable, digital bus operations, the companies said.

    By July 5, 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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    New York's congestion pricing plan back on track after federal slowdown

    Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chair Janno Lieber said the agency responded to virtually all outstanding questions from the Federal Highway Administration and hopes to implement the tolling plan in 2023.

    By July 1, 2022
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    Elon Musk's Boring Co. has big Texas tunnel ambitions, according to local media reports

    The company reportedly has at least three projects in development with Texas communities, including a San Antonio airport-to-downtown connector that will shuttle riders in Tesla cars.

    By June 30, 2022
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    US Department of Transportation now accepting applications for Reconnecting Communities program

    Over the next five years, $1 billion will be available to help with highway teardowns or smaller projects like pedestrian crossings.

    By June 30, 2022
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    Seattle residents can request an EV charger on their street

    By installing EV chargers on utility poles and freestanding structures, Seattle aims to meet the charging needs of residents in multifamily housing or others who don’t have garages, carports, or driveways.

    By June 29, 2022
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    General Motors aims to make EV charging accessible to apartment residents

    Working with cities, states and local GM dealers, the automaker wants to solve the challenge of charging access for those who live in multifamily dwellings, its EV charging analyst explains.

    By June 28, 2022
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    Regent aims to launch flying boat network in Hawaii

    Hawaii could be among the first states to see flying boats in regular operation if Regent clears certification and permitting hurdles for its proposed launch in 2025. 

    By Updated June 27, 2022
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    5 strategies to advance micromobility for urban last-mile delivery: report

    If urban deliveries grow 78% by 2030 as predicted, traffic and emissions will grow too, an Uber-commissioned whitepaper states. The use of bikes, cargo bikes, trolleys and drones could reduce those impacts.

    By Charles Pekow • June 24, 2022
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    Transportation, labor, business, environmental groups object to Biden gas tax holiday proposal

    The administration's plan for a three-month suspension of federal fuel taxes to help alleviate high prices received bipartisan pushback.

    By June 23, 2022
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    New York transit authority to upgrade most inaccessible subway stations by 2055

    The Metropolitan Transportation Authority agreed to add ramps or elevators to 95% of all inaccessible New York City subway stations under a lengthy timeline resolving multiple class-action lawsuits.

    By June 23, 2022
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    Transit worker shortage could be exacerbated by proposed federal drug testing rules, labor leader says

    With transit agencies, Amtrak and airlines pressed for workers, the president of the Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, said changes could cause some employees to lose their jobs and deter potential hires.

    By June 22, 2022
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    Las Vegas approves Boring Co. Loop under downtown

    The city council last week greenlit an agreement with the Elon Musk-owned company, permitting it to build, own and operate underground tunnels beneath the Las Vegas Strip.

    By Zachary Phillips • June 22, 2022
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    Micromobility operator Helbiz announces intent to acquire Wheels

    The deal would bring together two micromobility players and give Helbiz seated scooter and integrated helmet assets.

    By June 21, 2022
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    AI-enabled cameras and lidar can improve traffic today and support the AVs of tomorrow

    Upgrading traffic cameras with AI improves performance and prepares for advancements such as autonomous vehicles. Future systems will likely tap the benefits of both cameras and lidar, write the co-founders of AI platform Derq.

    By Georges Aoude and Karl Jeanbart • June 17, 2022
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    FTA seeks public comments on automated transit bus research

    Regulators want to hear from transit operators and users as more automated buses and shuttles begin testing on city streets. “The No. 1 focus for us is, can this benefit safety?” said Federal Transit Administration’s Karina Ricks.

    By June 15, 2022
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    Cars using self-driving technology involved in hundreds of crashes over 10 months: NHTSA

    Tesla vehicles using advanced driver assistance systems — like its Autopilot feature — were involved in 75% of the reported crashes between July 2021 and May 15, 2022, according to NHTSA data.

    By June 15, 2022
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    Transit advocates create NYC subway safety plan to address root causes of crime

    The Riders Alliance held a rally in Brooklyn this weekend to roll out a public safety plan that calls for funding for shelter beds and permanent housing, among other measures, to improve safety.

    By June 13, 2022
  • DOT proposes rules for national EV charging network, including 97% uptime and 150 kW requirements

    The proposal, which requires fast-charging stations to offer a standard plug and at least four charging ports, would apply to projects funded by the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program.

    By Robert Walton • June 10, 2022
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    Micromobility operators expand their footprint in small and midsized cities

    As e-scooter and e-bike fleets hit the streets in dozens of smaller cities nationwide, operators try to take a localized approach to address many of the same complaints that have been voiced by residents of larger cities.

    By Austyn Gaffney • June 9, 2022
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    Traffic deaths addressed in House transportation subcommittee hearing

    Witnesses spoke about the surge in traffic fatalities, including pedestrian and bicyclist deaths while warning that inflation is eating into the funds available from the bipartisan infrastructure law to address these issues.

    By June 9, 2022
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    Efforts to reduce distracted driving a 'traffic safety culture failure'

    The Governors Highway Safety Association outlined more than two dozen recommendations for states to combat distracted driving, saying a “cultural reset” is needed.

    By June 8, 2022
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    EVTOL aircraft could become common in cities in the 2030s: Deloitte

    Investors are pouring billions into advanced air mobility companies, but one local transportation leader cautions that cities have to be "included in the conversation" to fulfill their regulatory and community responsibilities.

    By June 7, 2022
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    Federal funding uncertainty affects transportation planning, study finds

    While states and regions have strategies to mitigate the negative effects, their transportation asset quality, federal highway network size and access to funding alternatives factor into the extent it affects them.

    By Charles Pekow • June 2, 2022
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    Aerospace accelerator CEO forecasts a 'wave of disruptions' in urban air mobility

    VTOL and other advanced air mobility technologies will change urban transportation, but the transformation will be slower than many expect, says Starburst CEO François Chopard. 

    By May 27, 2022