Transportation: Page 2

  • A view of downtown Austin, Texas.
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    US DOT and Austin, Texas, launch first-of-its-kind $22 billion transportation partnership

    It’s the first time the Transportation Department has entered an emerging projects agreement with a city to fast-track networks of related projects rather than using a piecemeal approach.

    By March 7, 2023
  • Several charred boxcars lie alongside a railroad track with a white industrial building behind them.
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    National League of Cities calls for congressional action to improve rail safety

    The letter calls for specific improvements to rail safety as legislators consider new bipartisan action in response to the Ohio train derailment in February.

    By March 6, 2023
  • An aerial view of the Miami skyline. Explore the Trendline
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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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    Sponsored by International Parking & Mobility Institute

    Point-counterpoint: should garages be the “gas station” of the future for electric vehicle charging?

    Experts at the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI) are driving innovation, transformation, electrification, and the future of parking and mobility.  Plug in to the conversation on when, where, and how to charge electric vehicles for maximum impact.

    By Mary Smith, PE, and Andrew Sachs, CAPP excerpted from articles in Parking & Mobility Magazine • March 6, 2023
  • Two men wearing hardhats and bright vests are working on construction of a highway overpass in the foreground, while highways are seen behind them.
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    Federal infrastructure funds begin to flow, mostly to roadwork

    Spending on roadway contracts in 2022 was more than 29 times higher than spending on rail and transit contracts, according to American Road & Transportation Builders Association data.

    By March 3, 2023
  • A woman ride an e-scooter in a protected bike lane.
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    New Mexico considering bill to mandate, fund protected bike lanes in some roadway improvement projects

    The requirement would apply to roadway improvement projects in municipalities with 10,000 or more residents.

    By March 3, 2023
  • A participant in Denver's e-bike rebate program.
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    Denver’s e-bike program produced more new riders, less car trips: report

    Program participants who were surveyed said they rode their bikes an average of 26 miles per week, replacing 3.4 round-trip vehicle trips, a new report found. 

    By Danielle McLean • March 2, 2023
  • Close-up of building with Department of Transportation lettered on yellow bricks.
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    US DOT to audit SEPTA rail car contract with China-based supplier for Buy America compliance

    A photo showing a rail car bound for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority being assembled in China prompted Congress to request the investigation.

    By March 2, 2023
  • A view across the water looking at the skyline of Buffalo, New York at dusk during blue hour.
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    45 projects receive first Reconnecting Communities grants from US DOT

    With funding from the bipartisan infrastructure law, the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program aims to restore connections between communities that had been severed by highways and other transportation infrastructure. 

    By March 1, 2023
  • An image of Chick-fil-A's Brake Room in New York City.
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    Chick-fil-A opens free space for food delivery workers in NYC through mid-April

    Couriers in Manhattan can access The Brake Room, which has bathrooms, bike storage, electrical outlets, seating, Wi-Fi and beverages.

    By Julie Littman • March 1, 2023
  • A sign on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency building in Washington, D.C.
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    $250M for curbing climate pollution, advancing environmental justice available from US EPA

    Each of the 67 most-populated U.S. metropolitan areas is eligible for $1 million in planning grants, which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will follow with $4.6 billion to help cities and states implement their plans later this year.

    By March 1, 2023
  • Crowds of people walk across a busy crosswalk at the intersection of 23rd Street and 5th Avenue in Manhattan New York City.
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    Pedestrian deaths up 5% in first half of 2022: GHSA report

    An average of 19 people a day are killed by motor vehicles, creating "a pedestrian safety crisis on our roads," said a Governors Highway Safety Association spokesperson.

    By Feb. 28, 2023
  • Rendering of the planned Penn Station redevelopment
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    ‘Impossible to build’: REIT Vornado postpones mixed-use development planned for New York’s Penn Station

    The Vornado development is part of New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s plan to redevelop Penn Station with tax revenue generated by the project.

    By Sebastian Obando • Feb. 28, 2023
  • Four people are in line to board a blue and gray Greyhound bus, with one person handing her luggage to the driver standing in front of the open luggage door of the bus.
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    Intercity bus station closures create problems for riders

    The closure of many Greyhound bus stations “is putting a lot of pressure on state and local governments to help find fixes,” said a researcher at the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University.

    By Feb. 27, 2023
  • A New York subway car is seen from the outside looking through a window showing several seated and standing passengers.
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    States could help struggling transit agencies close their budget gaps: report

    Gas taxes fund transportation in most states, but some of them partially or fully prohibit the use of those dollars for public transportation.

    By Feb. 24, 2023
  • A standing man in a blue sport coat and a sitting woman wait at a bus shelter surrounded by green bushes and trees.
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    Most Los Angeles County bus stops lack protection from extreme heat

    Low-income people of color “are chronically underserved and exposed to heat while waiting for transit," according to the authors of a UCLA study.

    By Feb. 23, 2023
  • An image of Subway Oasis electric vehicle charging parks.
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    Subway sandwich chain to install EV charging stations at select stores

    The smaller stations will have fast EV chargers that provide a 120-mile charge within 17 minutes for about $20.

    By Julie Littman • Feb. 23, 2023
  • Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer speaks at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on March 10, 2021, in Washington, D.C.
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    ARPA fund spending shows regional differences in local government priorities, researchers say

    Large cities and counties have spent the largest share of state and local fiscal recovery funds from the American Rescue Plan Act on government operations. But their spending on other priorities diverges from there, researchers found.

    By Feb. 23, 2023
  • Several white cars are seen plugged into a line of electric vehicle chargers.
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    EV charging infrastructure is “inadequate and plagued with non-functioning stations”: J.D. Power

    Roughly one in five public charging attempts fails, with 72% of them attributed to equipment issues. “Just adding stations isn’t the answer ... we need to make sure those stations are reliable,” one J.D. Power executive said.

    By Feb. 22, 2023
  • U.S. President Joe Biden signs an executive order in Washington, D.C.
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    Biden signs executive order to advance racial equity

    The directive requires federal agencies to improve their community outreach, boost investments in underserved communities and address population displacement, among other initiatives.

    By Feb. 17, 2023
  • A view of the Arlington, Virginia skyline.
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    Virginia county launches smart parking pilot

    Arlington County, Virginia, has partnered with eleven-x to install approximately 5,000 sensors in on-street parking spaces, allowing drivers to use signs and an app to get real-time information about parking availability.

    By Feb. 17, 2023
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    Why storefront car crashes happen at convenience stores so often

    7-Eleven’s recent $91 million settlement for an accident in its forecourt highlights an alarmingly common — and potentially hazardous — issue.

    By Brett Dworski • Feb. 17, 2023
  • Close-up of a vehicle tailpipe spewing out gray emissions.
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    EPA report: US transportation CO2 emissions up 14% from 2020 to 2021

    A draft U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report cites pickup trucks, SUVs and other light-duty trucks as the largest contributor to emissions from fossil fuels in 2021.

    By Feb. 16, 2023
  • A Tesla car recharges its battery at the Petaluma Supercharger on March 09, 2022 in Petaluma, California.
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    Tesla to make some of its EV chargers public as White House announces rules for national charging network

    The rules will require federally funded chargers to be built in the United States, beginning with final assembly and some manufacturing processes.

    By Robert Walton • Feb. 15, 2023
  • The streets are empty in Washington, DC.
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    More people are working from home. Here’s how much it’s costing US cities.

    Commuters are spending thousands less on meals, entertainment and shopping near their workplaces each year because they’re working from home more often than before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study.

    By Feb. 15, 2023
  • A vehicle with dual exhaust.
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    ‘Noise cameras’ aim to address vehicle nuisance complaints on city streets

    Aftermarket vehicle exhaust systems are a noisy nuisance on some streets and intersections. Cities are trying new technology to pinpoint the problem and, in one city, ticket the offenders.

    By Dan Rosenbaum • Feb. 15, 2023