Transportation


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    Transit leaders debate urban mobility myths 'busted' by the pandemic

    At the CoMotion LA conference last week, transportation leaders from Miami, Los Angeles and Vancouver reflected on how transit can better serve communities and where universal basic mobility could play a future role. 

    By Nov. 24, 2021
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    Bird, Lime lead micromobility expansion after pandemic lull

    Following Bird going public and Lime raising $523 million, one analyst said the industry may see its greatest growth by expanding existing operations, whereas “second-tier cities” might lack the ridership to support larger investments.

    By Nov. 22, 2021
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    Flying taxis, hyperloops and driverless cars: Is it too early to start planning for future mobility?

    Miami, Orlando and Pittsburgh are planning for air mobility and other novel modes of transport decades ahead. Critics say focusing on flashy, futuristic technologies distracts from simpler solutions for today.

    By Nov. 19, 2021
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    Buyer interest in EVs grows as automakers introduce more appealing models

    Electric vehicles are in the spotlight this week following Biden's visit to a Detroit factory and the debut of new models at the L.A. Auto Show. But concerns about cost, charging and consumer acceptance remain. 

    By Nov. 18, 2021
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    Traffic is Boring: Tracking Elon Musk's tunneling proposals

    Some projects for The Boring Co. have gotten off — or rather under — the ground, as others peter out. Here's where the ambitious plans stand today.

    By Zachary Phillips • Nov. 17, 2021
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    Amtrak's $117B Northeast Corridor revamp expected to benefit local cities

    The 15-year upgrade of the Washington, D.C.-New York-Boston route will increase capacity and travel times, while also benefiting localities with new stations and transit-oriented development.

    By Nov. 12, 2021
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    NYC electric bike fires on pace to double in 2021

    E-bike fires were linked to 72 injuries and three deaths through October in New York City. From London to Austin, Texas, city safety officials have noted lithium-ion battery fire risks with the increasingly popular micromobility devices.

    By Nov. 10, 2021
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    Smart city evolution: How cities have stepped back from a 'tech arms race'

    Following the 'first wave' of the smart cities movement, local leaders describe how they have largely shifted from a tech-first to a resident-first approach.

    By , , Nov. 9, 2021
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    Reassessing the smart cities movement

    Smart Cities Dive asked 25 of the largest U.S. cities how they define a "smart city" and how it's evolved, the challenges they've faced in rolling out equitable policies and technologies, and their outlook for what's next.

    By the Smart Cities Dive Team • Nov. 9, 2021
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    Transportation leaders react to passage of infrastructure bill with funds for transit, EVs, rail

    Industry advocates and private sector players praised the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as a landmark first step while looking ahead to the Build Back Better Act.

    By Nov. 8, 2021
  • EV adoption poised to surge if Congress OKs $100B in purchase incentives, experts say

    U.S. electric vehicle sales could finish 2021 at 5% of new purchases, according to industry observers. That's a milestone, but experts say adoption could really take off depending on federal government investments.

    By Robert Walton • Nov. 5, 2021
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    Traffic deaths soar in first half of 2021 as experts debate best solutions

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is creating a strategy to combat traffic fatalities, which according to an agency report, rose 18% during the first half of 2021.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    As Tesla, Ford and others invest billions in EVs, will the power system be ready?

    The new White House zero emission vehicle target of 50% of new car sales by 2030 has a long way to go, a short time to get there, and big challenges ahead.

    By Herman K. Trabish • Nov. 3, 2021
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    New York City races ahead with its e-scooter pilot. Will slow and steady pay off?

    After watching from the sidelines for the past few years, New York City has finally taken the plunge and launched its first-ever shared e-scooter pilot program.

    Nov. 1, 2021
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    Greyhound acquired by fast-growing FlixMobility, which aims to expand bus travel in the US

    Greyhound and the intercity bus industry have struggled with declining ridership, exacerbated by the pandemic. Munich-based FlixMobility, operating in 36 countries, says it can expand the U.S. market for long-distance bus travel.

    By Oct. 29, 2021
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    Populus CEO: Cities should be able to leverage 'really messy data' for Vision Zero efforts

    As part of the second phase of a U.S. Department of Transportation-backed initiative, mobility data firm Populus intends to help cities use data from micromobility fleet operators to craft road safety plans.

    By Oct. 28, 2021
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    Jaywalking reform efforts see mixed results across states, cities

    Policymakers in California, Virginia, Philadelphia and Kansas City, Missouri, are among those who have considered how to promote pedestrian safety while reducing enforcement inequities.

    By Oct. 22, 2021
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    Amtrak plans major expansion by 2035 if infrastructure bill passes

    Amtrak's expansion plans could connect small towns and reduce inequalities, while boosting development, housing and jobs in cities. However, those ambitions face some hurdles. 

    By Oct. 20, 2021
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    Opinion

    We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to meet cities' pressing needs. Let's get it done.

    Passing the Biden infrastructure bill will have ripple effects across the U.S., writes Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, driving investments in areas including electric vehicles, energy efficiency and recycling infrastructure. 

    By Kate Gallego • Oct. 18, 2021
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    5 ways New York City can overhaul its streets to be more resilient: report

    A Regional Plan Association report calls for expanding bike lanes and busways, gradually phasing out free parking, adding green infrastructure to gather stormwater and more.

    By Oct. 13, 2021
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    Climate adaptation plans from US agencies envision transit resilience, modern building codes

    The Biden administration's whole-of-government approach to climate resilience planning has environmental, transportation and housing regulators, among others, mapping out more equitable preparedness in communities.

    By Oct. 12, 2021
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    Global urban mobility is key in building financial inclusion across cities of tomorrow

    Providing people access to bank accounts and new payment options can open the door to improving their quality of life.

    Oct. 11, 2021
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    Long Beach partners with Mercedes-Benz on connected vehicles, supporting local Smart City Initiative

    The California city's partnership, which includes artificial intelligence firm Xtelligent, will help the locality get ahead of new vehicle tech before it becomes commonplace, the local smart cities program manager said. 

    By Oct. 6, 2021
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    After biking boom, some cities beef up infrastructure

    From bridges to boulevards, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C., are among the major cities spending on protected bike lanes.

    By Oct. 4, 2021
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    3 years later, city leaders still debating scooter regulations across the US

    Pittsburgh is setting new speed and road restrictions for e-scooters, Ann Arbor, Michigan, is approving their use on sidewalks and streets, and Washington, D.C., is considering limiting the number of micromobility providers it will allow.

    By Sept. 29, 2021