Transportation


  • Close-up under the hood of a future Honda vehicle, with a large gray component marked "Fuel Cell."
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    3 technologies that could make EVs go farther

    Greater range could spur more EV adoption, with implications for charging infrastructure.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Biden signs legislation preventing rail strike, lockout

    The law should help avert disruption to travelers and commuters during the holiday season.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 5, 2022
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    Oregon to consider e-bike rebate program in 2023

    Only purchases from authorized in-state retailers would be eligible for rebates, and rebate recipients would need to own their e-bikes “for at least one year after receiving the rebate,” according to the bill.

    By Dec. 5, 2022
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    Smart cities in 2022 - what you need to know

    Rail expansion, emerging technologies such as digital twins and air taxis and new approaches to transit and housing have driven the news this year. Catch up with highlights from Smart Cities Dive.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    High-speed rail line from LA to Las Vegas could begin construction in 2023

    Brightline West could become the first privately funded and operated 180-mph intercity train in the U.S.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    E-scooter parking ‘corrals’ are coming to this Florida city

    Pensacola, Florida, adopted the policy based on community feedback from the city’s micromobility pilot program, aiming to “reduce parking conflicts with pedestrians on sidewalks,” according to a city spokesperson.

    By Dec. 2, 2022
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    Senate sends bill avoiding rail shutdown to Biden’s desk

    The divided chamber shot down an amendment to give workers seven days of paid sick leave.

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 2, 2022
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    Amtrak gets $4.3B to improve intercity passenger rail network

    As ridership for Amtrak intercity passenger rail slowly returns, the railroad plans to modernize trains and stations.

    By Dec. 1, 2022
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    House passes bills to avert US rail shutdown, add paid sick leave

    The vote comes just two days after President Joe Biden urged congressional intervention, warning “a rail shutdown would devastate our economy.”

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Dec. 1, 2022
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    New York transit riders may face steep fare increases, service cuts: state comptroller

    With ridership stuck well below pre-pandemic levels, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority could struggle to maintain service without steep fare hikes.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    9 startups to join AWS’ Sustainable Cities Accelerator for Infrastructure

    Each accelerator participant aims to address infrastructure-related sustainability challenges by offering products and services targeting power, utility, transportation and other systems.

    By Nov. 30, 2022
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    California unveils 7 guaranteed income pilot projects

    Aiming to support basic needs, the California Guaranteed Income Pilot Program will provide regular, unconditional cash payments to nearly 2,000 pregnant people and former foster youth.

    By Nov. 29, 2022
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    FAA to lay out air taxi plans by May

    The Federal Aviation Administration’s acting administrator said the agency will present implementation plans for eVTOL or air taxi operations by May 2023. 

    By Nov. 28, 2022
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    Labor shortages hinder public transit rebound: APTA report

    Creative benefits and improved hiring processes, safety, scheduling and growth opportunities are among ways transit agencies can help address labor shortages and recruit new employees, experts say. 

    By Stephenie Overman • Nov. 28, 2022
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    Shared e-moped markets are growing — but not in the US. Why not?

    New York and San Francisco are the remaining U.S. cities with shared e-mopeds. Deployment costs, barriers to use and U.S. car culture are blamed for the mode’s weak performance.

    By Kalena Thomhave • Nov. 28, 2022
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    Charlotte phone app warns drivers of behavior that puts pedestrians, others at risk

    As part of the North Carolina city’s ongoing Vision Zero campaign, drivers using the TravelSafely app will be alerted when they are driving too fast in certain areas or approaching pedestrians in crosswalks. 

    By Nov. 23, 2022
  • Construction resumes on $2.4B Los Angeles Metro Purple Line

    The October suspension following safety issues and dozens of injuries was lifted last week when tunnel work restarted.

    By Matthew Thibault • Nov. 23, 2022
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    Building out nationwide EV charging is taking longer than consumers think, Fuels Institute says

    Permit approvals, government funding and knowing where to deploy charging stations are some of the many hurdles EV stakeholders face.

    By Brett Dworski • Nov. 23, 2022
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    Amtrak, freight railroads agree to restore intercity passenger service to Gulf Coast

    A long dispute among freight railroads and Amtrak to restore intercity passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama, may be nearing a resolution. 

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    NYC to expand bike lanes, public spaces in 2023

    The upgrades build on the city’s Open Streets program, which closes streets to vehicle traffic for use by pedestrians and cyclists, and its efforts to create the largest bike network in the U.S.

    By Nov. 23, 2022
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    Want to electrify your bus fleet? A new FTA-funded research center can help.

    Battery and hydrogen fuel-cell electric buses are “fundamentally different technologies” cities and transit agencies will have to learn, said a researcher from The Ohio State University's Center for Automotive Research.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    Austin to double e-bike rebates in 2023

    The city increased the rebates to encourage more people, especially “historically underserved populations,” to buy and use e-bikes, a spokesperson for Austin’s publicly-owned utility said.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
  • A dark blue electric bus showing a sign on the right side that reads "Nova Bus: Bring life to your city" is on a road under green trees.
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    Electric transit bus orders boom after FTA funds 1,100 buses

    Cities, states and transit agencies need to plan ahead to transition their fleets to electric buses, as manufacturers struggle to keep up with orders.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
  • A sidewalk in Tampa, Florida, with embedded solar panels designed to help power traffic lights at an intersection.
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    Tampa tries sidewalk solar panels as backup power for traffic lights

    The Florida city started using solar sidewalks for backup power after 2017’s Hurricane Irma created lengthy power outages at intersections. It assessed the technology's performance this fall during Hurricane Ian.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
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    California commits $2.6B to sustainable mobility, prioritizing low-income communities

    Calling the funds the "largest state investment yet" in sustainable transportation, the California Air Resource Board will direct the money to help low-income consumers buy EVs, among other programs.

    By Nov. 18, 2022