Transportation


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    Get old cars off the road to protect vulnerable California communities, report urges

    “The state must commit to retiring the dirtiest vehicles on the road,” said one of the report’s authors.

    By June 9, 2023
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    Dallas in the homestretch of ransomware attack recovery

    Security operations and tools are also getting a refresh as city officials rebuild impacted systems and make upgrades across multiple departments.

    By Matt Kapko • June 8, 2023
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    Smart Cities Dive 2023 Outlook

    In the year ahead, city leaders will continue to face economic headwinds while tackling the housing shortage, rethinking land use, dealing with changes in travel behavior and implementing federal spending programs to electrify and decarbonize cars, buses and buildings.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    To reduce subway crime, NYC transit agency eyes platform doors, other options

    Many people have long argued for installing platform screen doors at subway stations, but limitations exist, “so we do have to look at other things that we can implement more effectively and quickly,” an MTA spokesperson said.

    By June 8, 2023
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    California autonomous vehicle bill advances as legislators worry about heavy-duty truck safety

    If the proposed law passes, a human operator could need to be onboard heavy-duty, autonomous trucks in the Golden State until at least Jan. 1, 2029.

    By David Taube • June 7, 2023
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    Intercity passenger rail expansion sought by 90-plus cities and states, Amtrak CEO tells House committee

    Some lawmakers made the case for why Amtrak should add service to their regions, while others questioned the railroad’s commitment to passenger safety and security and its need for ongoing federal funding.

    By June 7, 2023
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    Boston commuter rail lines need overhaul, advocates say, as transit agency tackles safety, financial issues

    Electric, regional rail would be “an absolute game changer,” says a rail expert, but even 2020 cost estimates top $40 billion, and the MBTA is still recovering from safety failures and revenue shortfalls.

    By June 6, 2023
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    State-owned roads blamed for traffic fatality uptick in Austin, Texas, in new report

    “Fatal crashes occurring on State-owned roadways increased substantially while those occurring on City-owned streets remained relatively flat,” the city says in a new report.

    By June 5, 2023
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    How Panasonic is working on connected-vehicle technology in three states

    The Panasonic Smart Mobility office's goal for these real-world projects is to demonstrate the use of vehicle-to-everything technologies at scale and help prepare cities and states for the rollout of connected vehicles.

    By June 5, 2023
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    St. Paul, Minnesota, bans truck parking on city streets

    The ordinance followed complaints about commercial vehicles crowding roads and blocking a brewery.

    By Colin Campbell • June 2, 2023
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    Debt ceiling deal leaves DOT mostly unscathed, but transportation, housing funds may still be at risk

    “We're still assessing the best ways to accommodate the caps and restraints that are part of this deal,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

    By June 2, 2023
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    Serve Robotics, Uber Eats will deploy up to 2K delivery robots

    Over 200 restaurants in the Los Angeles market already use Serve’s robots to complete deliveries, which the company claims can reduce air pollution.

    By Aneurin Canham-Clyne • June 1, 2023
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    Robotaxi companies are expanding existing operations — and coming soon to new cities

    Despite pushback from the city of San Francisco, two companies received approval to operate driverless ride-hailing vehicles for paying passengers anywhere in the city at any time. 

    By June 1, 2023
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    DOT’s Reconnecting Communities highway removal program lacks performance measures: GAO report

    The Government Accountability Office report comes as El Paso, Texas; New York City and Philadelphia are looking into decking over major highways that split communities. 

    By May 31, 2023
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    $400M for low-emission school buses available from EPA grant program

    The zero- and low-emission school bus funding has a “particular focus on reducing air pollution in disadvantaged communities overburdened by dirty air," said David Cash, EPA New England regional administrator.

    By Stephen Singer • May 31, 2023
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    Shared micromobility boosts job access when linked with public transit: report

    While other analyses often make cars falsely appear faster than other modes, this study may provide a more accurate assessment by accounting for factors such as traffic congestion and how people use micromobility, researchers said.

    By May 30, 2023
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    How AI can advance, harm transportation equity

    “Responsible AI” is critical because “AI has the potential to either exacerbate or alleviate existing biases and discrimination in transportation,” one researcher said during a Transportation Research Board webinar.

    By Kalena Thomhave • May 29, 2023
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    Utility plan to build 460 EV fast-charging stations in Colorado angers retailers, other charging proponents

    Gas stations, convenience store owners and other businesses say Xcel Energy's plan to own chargers makes it less likely they will install them.

    By Robert Walton • May 26, 2023
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    Shared micromobility companies recommended model regulations. Here’s what they didn’t mention.

    Bird, Lime, Spin and Superpedestrian’s recommendations largely leave out safety, infrastructure and community engagement concerns, researchers and micromobility consultants said.

    By May 26, 2023
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    With $200M for electric vehicles, Minnesota aims to boost ownership, charging infrastructure

    To increase EV adoption in the state, the new state budget provides consumer rebates, auto dealer grants and more funds for the statewide EV charging network.

    By May 25, 2023
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    NYC region faces significant health inequities: report

    All decisions made in the region, from building more housing to expanding highways, affect public health outcomes, one of the report's authors said.

    By May 24, 2023
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    Collecting data to support energy-burdened communities poses unique challenges, experts say

    Census data isn’t collected often enough to reflect neighborhood demographic shifts, and asking communities to self-report can present additional burdens, panelists said at a clean energy summit.

    By Diana DiGangi • May 24, 2023
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    Can Boston improve pedestrian safety with redesigned streets, intersections? It’s about to find out.

    City leaders hope a new initiative will reduce speeding and crashes by installing more speed humps, redesigning intersections and making traffic signals more pedestrian-friendly.

    By May 24, 2023
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    The ‘infrastructure decade’ is here, but challenges loom for local governments at the helm

    “Money is flowing, grant applications are live, private capital is ready to move. But there are real constraints to achieving public goals,” Brookings Metro Senior Fellow Adie Tomer said at an event last week.

    By May 23, 2023
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    High-speed rail gains steam as Atlanta, Dallas aim to come aboard

    With Texas and Georgia looking seriously into future bullet trains, high-speed rail could appear in states outside California.

    By May 23, 2023
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    E-scooter riding on the sidewalk? Speed restrictions may be to blame: study

    “If cities are serious about reducing or eliminating sidewalk riding, they will reduce the speed of cars on local streets and invest in Infrastructure like protected bike lanes, ” a Lime spokesperson said.

    By May 22, 2023