Transportation


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    Lyft, Bird execs say subsidies, infrastructure crucial to expanding micromobility

    Cities should prioritize making parking for micro-electric vehicles universal and pay "pennies on the dollar" to provide service in less profitable, low-density neighborhoods, industry leaders said this week during Micromobility World.

    By Jan. 14, 2022
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    North Carolina sets goal to sell 50% zero-emission vehicles by 2030

    An executive order released Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper expands the state's climate ambitions with new goals for zero-emission transportation and workforce equity.

    By Emma Penrod • Jan. 11, 2022
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    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg praises smart city innovation at CES

    In a virtual address last week, Buttigieg said he anticipates that cities will be built on connected technology and guided by government policy that encourages collaboration, experimentation and support for workers.  

    By Jan. 10, 2022
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    Electric, autonomous delivery vehicle boom expected on city streets as inventories and orders grow

    With Amazon, FedEx and Walmart among those placing major orders for electric delivery vehicles, thousands will appear on the road in coming years, executives announced at CES.

    By Jan. 7, 2022
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    Scooter helmet laws pit safety against accessibility

    Miami allowed scooters to return to city streets with a new helmet requirement, but some critics warn that top-down helmet mandates do more harm than good.

    By Jan. 6, 2022
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    At last, an infrastructure bill that gives people a reason to get out of their cars

    The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act could bring tech-enabled mobility to urban ‘transit deserts,' expanding economic opportunities while reducing emissions and traffic congestion, writes Via's head of public policy. 

    By Andrei Greenawalt • Jan. 6, 2022
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    The road ahead: How legacy auto brands will level the EV playing field in 2022

    After setting the stage at CES with lofty product announcements, carmakers will focus on value, range and brand heritage to close the gap with disrupters like Tesla.

    By Peter Adams • Jan. 5, 2022
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    12 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2022

    As local leaders continue to adapt to the tremendous changes that the past year brought, industry players share how they anticipate cities will evolve.

    By Jan. 5, 2022
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    Q&A's from 2021 that spotlight 13 smart cities voices

    Revisit the year's one-on-one conversations, including with tech and climate leaders in Honolulu, Phoenix and San Diego and with execs at Revel, Veo and Drop Mobility.

    Dec. 23, 2021
  • How the pandemic has shaped driver and pedestrian behavior

    The past year has seen drastic changes to driver behavior and commuting patterns, ushering in an era of high traffic and pedestrian deaths.

    Dec. 22, 2021
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    To cut traffic deaths, safety groups call for an approach that factors in human error

    The USDOT is expected to put out the first National Roadway Safety Strategy in January. Can safety officials, law enforcement, automakers and government regulators agree on how to stop the surge in traffic fatalities?

    By Dec. 21, 2021
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    Cities lack sufficient data to monitor their progress toward climate goals: report

    Just 19 of 100 large U.S. cities studied by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy are on track to meet their climate goals, and only 25 have set goals to cut emissions from transportation.

    By Dec. 17, 2021
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    Seattle's regional transit system adopts plans for more equitable service

    The King County Council unanimously approved a series of long-range plans that will expand service for underrepresented communities, a shift from its historic focus on serving commuters and suburban riders.

    By Dec. 16, 2021
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    New Jersey pursuing on-demand AV transit service in Trenton

    State officials say the service could help bridge first- and last-mile transportation, while one expert says it's unclear if "sexy new transportation technologies" like autonomous vehicles can achieve transportation goals. 

    By Dec. 15, 2021
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    Smart tech aims to improve transit accessibility for the visually impaired

    Transit data firm Moovit and UK startup WeWALK have partnered to bring real-time transit directions to electronic canes, intended to improve the accessibility of public transit for visually impaired riders.

    By Dec. 14, 2021
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    White House unveils EV charging action plan, prepares network rollout guidance for cities, states

    The Joint Office of Transportation and Energy will help guide federal efforts and coordinate with state and local entities for an equitable rollout of a charging network, utilizing funds from infrastructure legislation.

    By Robert Walton • Dec. 14, 2021
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    Biden order on emissions-free power, EVs sends market signals, experts say

    As part of the effort, the federal government — the largest U.S. energy consumer — would get half of its power from 24/7 emissions-free sources by 2030.

    By Ethan Howland • Dec. 10, 2021
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    Boston's new chief of streets to steer city beyond car-centric transportation

    Former city CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge will begin the role in January, aiming to support the sustainable transportation ideas that recently elected Mayor Wu campaigned on, including fare-free bus routes. 

    By Dec. 10, 2021
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    Jersey City to add network of secure bike lockers doubling as transit shelters

    The placemaking installations near transit hubs will be the nation's first holistic network of secure bike parking, according to a local official, supporting local cycling culture as many residents have cited concerns about bike theft. 

    By Dec. 9, 2021
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    Traffic ticks up but remains below pre-pandemic levels: report

    Downtown trips are down nearly 25% compared with 2019 as office workers work remotely, according to INRIX. Boston, for example, ranked first in the U.S. for congestion in 2019 but has seen traffic levels drop 47% since then.

    By Dec. 7, 2021
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    As infrastructure funds begin to flow, climate, safety, equity impacts are not enough, some say

    With most Transportation Department infrastructure funding going to roads and bridges, the money could perpetuate practices that fail to address certain key fronts, critics say.

    By Dec. 2, 2021
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    'The crossroads between climate and equity': Advocates push for transit justice

    With the momentum of the just-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill and a growing emphasis on equity, advocates work toward building greater transit justice for underserved communities. 

    By Dec. 1, 2021
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    Miami set to temporarily restore scooters after ending pilot program

    Less than two weeks after removing scooters due to safety concerns, the city commission is bringing them back — with new rules.

    By Nov. 30, 2021
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    'A long way to go': How utilities are helping 6 cities meet big EV goals

    From New York City to Los Angeles, cities and utilities face cost, land and grid challenges in their efforts to electrify transportation systems.

    By Robert Walton , Emma Penrod , , Scott Van Voorhis • Nov. 30, 2021
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    Cycling surge here to stay in many cities, report suggests

    A host of Southern cities have seen significant jumps in ridership since before the pandemic. "If we match the demand with real infrastructure, who knows what our numbers could be," said one official at Walk Bike Nashville.

    By Nov. 29, 2021