Transportation


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    San Francisco snags $3.4B from FTA to bring commuter rail to downtown transit center

    The project also promises to support California’s high-speed rail ambitions. But first, local leaders will need to find even more funding.

    By May 28, 2024
  • A person sits on the ground outside painting a colorful bench, while another lays behind the bench. Buckets of paint sit next to them.
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    Guerrilla urbanists are ‘doing it our damn selves’

    Some people decide to install bus stop benches, crosswalks and bike lanes without official approval. Experts say it’s an opportunity for cities to engage with the community.

    By Adina Solomon • May 23, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    As cities add bus and bike lanes, traffic enforcement keeps them clear

    Automated cameras mounted on transit buses or fixed locations such as traffic signals can help catch violators and protect these priority lanes.

    By May 22, 2024
  • A autonomous Waymo Jaguar I-PACE SUV yields to a pedestrian at a crosswalk.
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    NHTSA probes Waymo, Zoox over ‘unexpected’ self-driving behavior

    The robotaxi companies are facing investigations after their autonomous vehicles behaved erratically, causing collisions.

    By Haley Cawthon • May 21, 2024
  • Many men in suites board a high-speed train in Japan.
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    Optimism grows for US high-speed rail

    Private- and public-sector advocates praised recent progress at the annual high-speed rail conference in Washington, D.C., this week. 

    By May 17, 2024
  • Congressional Democrats call for greater focus on traffic deaths

    “The loss of one life is too many,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., at a Wednesday press conference. 

    By May 16, 2024
  • An Amtrak Acela train at a station with waiting passengers.
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    $2B for Northeast Corridor passenger rail projects available

    Projects to address stations, capital renewal and major backlog needs previously identified as priorities can apply for the Federal Railroad Administration funding.

    By May 15, 2024
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    Smart community technologies get USDOT grant funding opportunity

    Innovative and experimental projects that "solve real-world transportation problems" are eligible for the program, the Transportation Department said.

    By May 14, 2024
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    More money needed for infrastructure fixes: ASCE

    Headwinds such as supply chain challenges and extreme weather are keeping the investment gap from being noticeably reduced, the American Society of Civil Engineers said in a report released Monday.

    By Julie Strupp • May 13, 2024
  • Air taxi developers report progress toward achieving FAA certification

    Archer Aviation revealed potential prices that would be slightly more than double the cost of ground-based ride-sharing — for rides that are five times as fast.

    By May 13, 2024
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    Sponsored by Franklin Electric EV Systems

    Investigating the uptime challenges facing charge point operators

    Explore the common causes of DC fast charger uptime issues.

    May 13, 2024
  • A man carrying luggage walks in front of a building with a large sign that reads "Greyhound."
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    Chicago could soon lose its main intercity bus station. What then?

    A report from the Chaddick Institute at DePaul University warns the closure will reduce travel options and lays out recommendations for immediate and long-term solutions.

    By May 10, 2024
  • A woman with rolling luggafe walks near Uber and Lyft signs.
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    Uber, Lyft saw rider growth in Q1 but face regulatory challenges

    The ride-hailing companies also see the promise of autonomous vehicles but differ in their outlooks.

    By May 9, 2024
  • A fleet of white eVTOL aircraft with four rotors, one parked with landing gear on concrete surface in front of glass terminal building and others in midflight.
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    Air taxis will require urban, aviation planners to join forces: APA

    With eVTOL operations coming as soon as next year, a report from the American Planning Association delves into key issues for urban planners.

    By May 8, 2024
  • The BMW Vision Neue Klasse X electric Sport Activity Vehicle.
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    BMW’s future EVs will support bidirectional charging

    The automaker’s next generation of vehicles will be able to store energy to send back to the grid.

    By Eric Walz • May 7, 2024
  • New York City firefighters outside a building after a fire in an e-bike repair shop.
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    As e-bike fires proliferate, safety advocates urge consumer education

    A new report from UL Standards & Engagement found that electric mobility owners aren't aware of the dangers hidden in the batteries on these devices.

    By May 7, 2024
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    Transit bus maker New Flyer sees record orders, but delivery challenges remain

    As demand grows for zero-emission buses, the company expects them to account for 40% of deliveries next year.

    By May 6, 2024
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    How will AI impact transportation? US DOT wants public input.

    The federal agency predicts that the deployment of AI tools and applications will impact virtually all aspects of transportation.

    By David Taube • Updated May 7, 2024
  • People on bicycles and skates along a bike land in Manhattan.
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    New York City to add dozens of new bus lanes and bike lanes

    The New York City Department of Transportation outlined a list of 37 new projects to improve access to and within Manhattan as the nation's first congestion pricing plan is set to begin June 30.

    By May 3, 2024
  • An illustration of a high-speed train at a Brightline West station.
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    For high-speed train sets, Brightline West picks Siemens Mobility

    The 220-mph trains will be built in the U.S. at a forthcoming facility and will create “new jobs and a new supply chain,” said Brightline’s CEO.

    By May 2, 2024
  • Construction continues near unfinished Purple Line rail tracks at the Paul Sarbanes Transit Center on April 8, 2021 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
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    Want to improve your transit system’s sustainability? A relaunched FTA program can help.

    The Federal Transit Administration's two-year program includes an environmental review, virtual workshops and two audits and requires the participation of transit agency executives.

    By April 30, 2024
  • Two people rolling bikes next to them walk across a crosswalk on a city street
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    Los Angeles’ decade-old street safety plan must be implemented, voters decide

    A recently passed ballot measure aims to make streets safer for pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders. But disagreements remain about the plan’s $3.1 billion cost and impact on first responders.

    By Danielle McLean • April 30, 2024
  • Commuters walk into a flooded 3rd Avenue/149th St. subway station amid disrupted service due to extremely heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida on September 2, 2021, in NewYork City.
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    Facing expensive climate threats, NYC’s transit system unveils a resilience plan

    The $6 billion climate resilience plan is meant to address rising sea levels, more intense storms and extreme heat events that will impact subways, buses and commuter trains. 

    By April 29, 2024
  • A Volvo VNR Electric charges at the high-powered chargers available to fleets at TEC Equipment, Fontana.
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    White House earmarks $1.5B in push for freight decarbonization

    The largest piece of the president’s plan provides $1 billion to cities, states and tribes to replace heavy-duty vehicles.

    By Larry Avila • April 26, 2024
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    NYC fare-free bus experiment to end

    Although funding to continue the program was not included in the recently passed state budget, two lawmakers are looking to expand the program with new legislation.

    By Updated April 30, 2024