Transportation


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    Uber and Motional to roll out autonomous ride-hail and delivery services in US cities

    AV developer Motional, which also works with Lyft, announced a 10-year agreement with Uber on Thursday. The partnership’s first driverless rides are slated for later this year.

    By Oct. 6, 2022
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    $100 monthly transit subsidy bill advances in Washington, DC

    Such a program may help mitigate the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority’s pandemic-era financial losses and could support other priorities related to traffic safety, health and climate.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Oct. 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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    How cities and states can compete for infrastructure funds

    Massachusetts’ mobility chief said the FHWA is looking for innovative and data-backed projects focused on safety and vehicle electrification at the MOVE America conference in Austin, Texas.

    By Oct. 5, 2022
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    Building EV charging through public-private partnerships

    Cities and companies can work together to install charging stations along curbs, at multifamily housing, in parking lots and at public facilities, panelists said at Smart Cities Connect.

    By Oct. 4, 2022
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    ‘Minimobility’ could fill the gap between micromobility and electric cars, analysts say

    Three- or four-wheeled electric-powered vehicles, whether shared or privately owned, could become an important option for urban transport, according to a new report from the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility.

    By Charles Pekow • Oct. 3, 2022
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    3 takeaways from the Smart Cities Connect fall conference

    Public- and private-sector professionals shared ideas on how to get support for procurement, make progress on open-source and interoperable technologies and more.

    By Sept. 30, 2022
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    New York begins implementation of 2035 ban on new gas-powered cars and trucks, following California lead

    Boosting sales of EVs in New York may require changing the law around how vehicles are sold, according to the Alliance for Clean Energy New York.

    By Robert Walton • Sept. 30, 2022
  • BP and Hertz to develop national EV charging network

    The move sets the foundation for BP and Hertz to “drive the future of mobility and accelerate EV consumer adoption,” the companies said in a statement.

    By Brett Dworski • Sept. 29, 2022
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    Ridership surpasses 70% of pre-pandemic levels, boosting transit agency finances: APTA

    Growing ridership could help transit agencies address their financial problems, avoiding service cuts and fare hikes.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    EV charging network plans approved for all 50 states

    The FHWA’s approval unlocks $1.5 billion in NEVI program funds through fiscal years 2022 and 2023 for all jurisdictions across the U.S., allowing the build-out of chargers covering about 75,000 miles of highway.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Boston to grow bike lane network

    The city aims to add 9.4 miles by the end of 2023, becoming the latest since the pandemic began to substantially expand its bike network.

    By Charles Pekow • Sept. 28, 2022
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    Don’t let flying taxis be the next scooters, city planners warn

    Private companies could begin operating air taxi services by 2024, experts said last week during the ITS World Congress in Los Angeles. Cities need to plan their regulatory approach now.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
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    Community involvement needed in traffic safety strategies, Vision Zero manager says

    A systematic approach to planning that assumes human error was among the strategies urged at a Washington, D.C.-area summit. Meanwhile, U.S. DOT seeks public input on vulnerable individuals and intersection safety.

    By Charles Pekow • Sept. 23, 2022
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    Demand on the rise for electric vehicle charging at multifamily properties

    EV adoption will accelerate next year thanks to new tax credits and expanding options from automakers.

    By Mary Salmonsen • Sept. 22, 2022
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    Protected bike lanes in North Kansas City slowed traffic, increased biking: study

    Congestion also increased after the barriers protecting cyclists along the busy road were installed, a Streetlight Data study found.

    By Charles Pekow • Sept. 22, 2022
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    Self-driving cars’ benefits, perils outlined in new report

    Autonomous vehicles have the potential to improve equity and safety but need regulation at all levels to ensure those outcomes, an Urban Institute report concludes.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Massachusetts, Washington confirm plans to end gas car sales by 2035, following California

    State officials detailed their policy plans on Tuesday. Separately, GM announced a big rental EV order and weighed in on federal clean car standards.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Latinos in Transit aims for more people of color in management roles at transportation agencies

    Building connections, mentoring and scholarships are among the strategies LIT is using to advance people of color from front-line transit jobs into management, President Alva Carrasco says.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    To break an impasse in connected vehicle tech, transportation leaders call for a federal policy framework

    A national framework could address the chicken-and-egg problem of who should invest in the technology first, carmakers or communities, transportation experts say. Without such guidance, each is hesitant to move forward.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    Transit agencies can’t hire enough drivers to keep the buses running

    Low pay, safety worries and other workplace issues dissuade potential workers, but a recent report from transit advocacy foundation TransitCenter says government and transit operators can address those concerns.

    By Sept. 19, 2022
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    $2.4B for state EV charging infrastructure, other projects, announced by Biden administration

    The first 35 state highway EV charging programs have been approved to leverage $900 million, while $1.5 billion in grants for highway, multimodal freight and rail projects also were announced Thursday.

    By Sept. 15, 2022
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    Railroad strike averted, preventing shutdown of commuter rail lines serving major cities

    Commuter railroads including Chicago’s Metra and Los Angeles’ Metrolink had already begun planning to suspend service on some or all of their lines because they rely on freight rail tracks a strike would have affected.

    By Sept. 15, 2022
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    With attacks on public transit up, cities struggle to make riders feel safer

    Already grappling with depressed ridership, U.S. cities are responding to increased violent crime on public transportation, which recent analyses have reported, with “transit ambassadors” and other approaches.

    By Sept. 14, 2022
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    Cities turn to microtransit to fill gaps in public transportation

    Local leaders aim to bolster existing transportation systems to reduce personal car use or fill gaps in traditional bus and rail networks.

    By Sept. 13, 2022
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    Minneapolis light rail extension $9.5M over budget, 9 years behind schedule

    A new audit shows the cost of the $2.74 billion Southwest Corridor project is more than double its 2011 estimate.

    By Julie Strupp • Sept. 12, 2022