Transportation


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    Pittsburgh targets bike, pedestrian infrastructure spending using traffic and crash data analysis

    Adding StreetLight Data’s trip information to the city’s crash data, the project found that areas with less bike and pedestrian traffic experienced the most severe crashes.

    By Charles Pekow • May 26, 2022
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    Philadelphia joins cities tackling bike lane parking violations

    Following a decrease in the enforcement of bike lane parking regulations during the pandemic, the Philadelphia Parking Authority is rolling out an initiative dedicated to cracking down on rule-breakers.

    By May 25, 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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    Infrastructure coordinators help cities pursue funding, evaluate projects

    In the spirit of cities wanting to “dig once” when it comes to infrastructure improvements, local governments are tapping coordinators to oversee projects as they access millions in federal funds.

    By Karen Kroll • May 23, 2022
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    Mobility leaders dream of a less car-centric future

    At the National Shared Mobility Summit, leaders envisioned a more accessible and racially equitable shared mobility landscape, highlighting the role of compensated community engagement to help achieve that vision.

    By May 23, 2022
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    Micromobility companies use Google augmented reality technology to target scooter litter

    Disability rights advocates say it’s too soon to know whether the technology will reduce the hazards caused by improperly parked scooters, but increasing awareness is an important first step.

    By Melissa Goldin • May 20, 2022
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    Autonomous transit buses will still need skilled operators, researchers say

    Automation can't handle all the situations a driver may encounter and would add stress to human operators who might have to react at a moment's notice, a report states. Labor leaders ask for "strong federal rules” to govern this tech.

    By May 20, 2022
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    Chicago bike-share program rolls out charging stations for e-bikes

    Lyft and CDOT will gather data during the initial pilot to guide the charging station network expansion.

    By May 19, 2022
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    Amtrak advances intercity corridor plan

    States, cities and other public bodies can submit proposals this year for new or added passenger train service, but some worry that small and rural communities will struggle to compete with larger regions.

    By May 19, 2022
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    Traffic fatalities hit 16-year high in 2021, with pedestrian deaths up 13%

    While 2020's increases were shocking, 2021's numbers are worse, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. Communities can now apply for $1 billion from the infrastructure law for greater transportation safety efforts.

    By May 18, 2022
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    Mobility leaders seek to 'unburden' people from private cars

    A group of over 50 public, private and nonprofit leaders announced a Shared Action Mobility Agenda at the National Shared Mobility Summit today. Among their goals, the group plans to reframe the narrative around car ownership.

    By May 17, 2022
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    Uber increases EV incentives to achieve its all-electric by 2030 goal

    The company announced new efforts to entice drivers to switch to EVs and the addition of "premium" electric vehicles in a press conference today on expanding its event, food delivery and travel services.

    By May 16, 2022
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    Motional, Uber Eats launch autonomous delivery pilot project in Santa Monica, California

    Uber Eats customers can opt into curbside delivery and a Motional autonomous vehicle might deliver the order using Hyundai IONIQ 5 vehicles.  

    By May 16, 2022
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    These 3 technologies could make self-driving cars safer

    With autonomous vehicles already operating in several cities, technology companies are working on high-definition maps, better artificial intelligence models and remote control for fleets when needed. 

    By May 11, 2022
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    States band together to push for nationwide fleet electrification

    A coalition of 17 states from across the country as well as Quebec and Washington, D.C., signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on an action plan for pushing truck and bus electrification in their states.

    By Kate Magill • May 10, 2022
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    Transit agencies struggle to access funding, rights-of-way, due to complex governance structures

    During a recent Eno Center for Transportation webinar, agency leaders from Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Vancouver, British Columbia, shared the challenges that current governance systems can create. 

    By May 9, 2022
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    California approves $11.7M vehicle-to-grid pilots in PG&E footprint

    The programs will support the build-out of bidirectional charging equipment, which regulators say can provide broader resiliency benefits.

    By Kavya Balaraman • Updated May 9, 2022
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    As scooter activity rebounds, San Diego cracks down with new restrictions

    With the return of riders and tourists following the pandemic's dramatic dip, the city proposes quadrupling operator fees and tightening regulations in response to dangerous sidewalk use. 

    By May 6, 2022
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    Delivery services extend gas incentives as drivers face high gas prices

    DoorDash's program, which provides drivers 10% cash back on gas purchases on a prepaid Visa card, will now run through August. Grubhub and Waitr have similar incentives, while Uber Eats has imposed a fuel surcharge on customers. Higher fuel prices and overall inflation are both affecting restaurants' recovery. 

    By Alicia Kelso • May 5, 2022
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    GM and INRIX collaborate to provide safety data, insights to transportation officials

    Combining data from GM's connected vehicles and INRIX's analytics platform with public data, the application aims to help communities prioritize road safety needs, evaluate plans and make a case for federal funding.

    By May 4, 2022
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    Opinion

    To reduce transportation emissions, make it realistic for people to ditch cars

    Building walkable communities with easy access to public transit is key to reducing our reliance on cars and achieving environmental goals, writes the CEO of Keolis North America.

    By David Scorey • May 2, 2022
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    'Hyperlocalized' service benefits micromobility users, regulators and the public, industry exec says

    Responsiveness to safety, access and other concerns is essential for shared bikes and scooters to grow as part of a community's transit mix, according to speakers from Tier Mobility and Joyride at a webinar hosted by Mavenoid.

    By May 2, 2022
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    Los Angeles launches $17.8M universal basic mobility pilot

    “We have to change the conversation about transportation investments and how they benefit cities if we hope to shake ourselves awake from zombie conversation about how much it all costs,” said one LADOT official.

    By Austyn Gaffney • April 29, 2022
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    Michigan awards grants to spur EV equity and economic development

    The grant program aims to increase access to electric vehicles and charging stations in underserved communities while also creating EV-related jobs through public-private partnerships.

    By April 29, 2022
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    The race to add more public EV chargers

    To meet President Biden's goal for half of all U.S. vehicles sold to be zero-emission by 2030, the country will need 20 times more EV chargers. To support those ambitions, companies are developing innovative charging technologies.

    By April 28, 2022
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    Lessons from California: Tips to keep transit projects on time, on budget

    Local agencies tend to poorly plan infrastructure work and don’t have enough capacity to manage megaprojects, and common procurement methods create a management bottleneck, a new study from UC Berkeley found. 

    By Julie Strupp • April 28, 2022