Transportation: Page 3


  • A New York City subway station.
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    NYC subway stations to get more elevators, ramps after MTA legal settlement

    “Only about a quarter of stations are usable by people with disabilities affecting their mobility,” according to Disability Rights Advocates, which sued the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on behalf of people with disabilities.

    By April 26, 2023
  • Rail workers survey a passenger train among the wreckage of the Hoboken, New Jersey terminal where the train crashed into the structure.
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    New FTA requirements coming for transit agency safety plans

    The 2021 infrastructure law directed the Federal Transit Administration to strengthen rail inspection practices, reduce assaults on transit vehicle operators and improve safety training.

    By April 26, 2023
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    Trendline

    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
  • Two transit buses painted gray with an orange stripe stopped on a street behind two trees.
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    $25B for fare-free transit? Federal lawmakers take third shot at passing legislation

    The proposed legislation would create competitive grants to help transit providers establish zero-fare programs, improve bus service and pay for the increased costs of higher ridership.

    By April 25, 2023
  • Elon Musk's Snailbrook community under construction on March 13, 2023 in Bastrop County, Texas.
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    Elon Musk’s company town plans worry some locals, urban planners

    The plans for Snailbrook, near Boring Co. and future SpaceX manufacturing facilities in central Texas, raise questions about local governance, environmental impacts and more.

    By Adina Solomon • April 24, 2023
  • A Greyhound bus making a left turn on a Chicago street seen from the rear.
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    Chicago may lose its only intercity bus station, placing burden on disadvantaged travelers

    Nearly a half-million passengers could be forced to wait at curbside stops for Greyhound and other intercity bus services, even in Chicago's harsh winters.

    By April 24, 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 funds used to fill city budget gaps, Brookings analysis finds

    Spending American Rescue Plan Act funds on “revenue replacement” allowed localities to free up money for long-term priorities, such as economic development, a Brookings Metro researcher said.

    By Kalena Thomhave • April 21, 2023
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    Cybersecurity best practices for smart cities issued by CISA

    Smart city technologies are at risk “of exploitation for espionage and for financial or political gain by malicious threat actors,” according to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

    By April 21, 2023
  • A construction worker stands in a cherry picker high above a worksite, where a long concrete viaduct is visible.
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    Courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority
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    High-speed rail projects vie for scant federal dollars

    There’s not enough money available in the current round of grant funding to meet the needs of the California High-Speed Rail Authority and Brightline West. 

    By April 20, 2023
  • A blurred bus drives down a city street next to a bus lane.
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    Safer bus transit corridors for pedestrians, cyclists require creative solutions on every corner: report

    “Each intersection, station, and even midblock area requires a unique and sometimes creative approach to maximize safety for people walking and biking,” a Transportation Research Board report found.

    By April 20, 2023
  • Dozens of packages are lined up along a Manhattan street as a FedEx truck makes deliveries on December 6, 2021 in New York City.
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    New York City to test local delivery hubs

    Microhubs will provide designated locations for trucks to unload items for last-mile delivery providers in a pilot program starting this summer. The city hopes they will curb traffic congestion and lower vehicle emissions. 

    By Max Garland • April 19, 2023
  • Pedestrians and cyclists cross a crosswalk.
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    Creating safe streets for all users takes community engagement, funding, transportation leaders say

    As the U.S. Department of Transportation opens grant applications for more than $1 billion to improve local road safety, equity for vulnerable road users is the subject of a new webinar series.

    By April 19, 2023
  • Construction workers move among equipment in a lofty airport terminal
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    Courtesy of Charlotte Douglas International Airport
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    5 major airport projects take off in the South

    Funding from the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law is fueling aviation construction around the country.

    By Julie Strupp • April 19, 2023
  • A motor vehicle crash.
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    US traffic deaths reach highest level since 2005: NHTSA

    Nearly 43,000 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways in 2022, finds a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. The total essentially matches 2021’s, which was the highest estimated fatality rate since 2005.

    By Updated April 21, 2023
  • Two city buses are seen from a low angle at a crosswalk in a busy street.
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    $14B for city and state transit awarded in FTA formula grants

    The Federal Transit Administration funds can go toward improving public transportation, upgrading stations and tracks, converting bus fleets to zero-emission vehicles and services for older adults and those with disabilities.

    By April 17, 2023
  • Cones and a sign blocking a lane off from traffic.
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    With recent crash, road safety again thrust into the spotlight

    A Maryland collision that killed six construction workers nabbed national headlines and was a reminder that job sites are at the mercy of speeding drivers.

    By Jen Miller • April 17, 2023
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    Sponsored by International Parking & Mobility Institute

    Are your operations EV-ready? Share your expertise and insight in landmark industry research survey by April 28

    Electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure are poised to transform the parking, transportation and mobility industry. IPMI released an EV readiness survey to capture critical benchmarks and data.

    By Rachel Yoka, CAPP, LEED AP BD+C • April 17, 2023
  • A futuristic flying boat painted white above and on the wings, with multiple blue strips below, and six electric propellers on the left wing, sits inside an industrial building.
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    Courtesy of REGENT
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    Flying electric boat closer to takeoff as Regent unveils full-scale mock-up

    With more than 500 orders to date, the company’s CEO said commercial service is expected to begin by mid-decade, starting in Hawaii.

    By April 14, 2023
  • A row of electric vehicle chargers in a parking lot.
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    The costs and surprises of EV charging, according to convenience store retailers

    Read the EV charging station maintenance challenges, lessons learned and more from convenience and fuel operators, who are a big part of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure nationwide.

    By Brett Dworski • April 14, 2023
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    Deep Dive

    FedEx and Amazon still haven’t figured out sidewalk delivery robots. Will mass adoption ever come?

    Delivery giants' tests of autonomous bots fizzled out. But many logistics experts still believe that the technology can catch on, creating potential challenges for cities.

    By Max Garland • April 13, 2023
  • Several vehicles lined up along a curb are blurred while in the foreground a white and silver electric vehicle charger is in focus.
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    Booming EV sales amp up the pressure on cities and companies to meet charging demand

    “This is a wake-up call,” an executive at an energy management company said. “The transformation required to enable widespread vehicle electrification will be a massive challenge.”

    By April 13, 2023
  • The entrance to the Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
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    Retrieved from GAO.
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    $1 billion in grants to prevent traffic deaths available: DOT

    This year’s application process differs significantly from last year’s, including a new portal to submit applications and an updated definition of underserved community, the Transportation Department said.

    By April 12, 2023
  • Construction worker wearing safety harness and safety line working at high place.
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    On infrastructure jobs, OSHA steps up workplace safety enforcement

    As federal funds flood into construction projects thanks to the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is concerned about protecting workers in the infrastructure sector.

    By Julie Strupp • April 12, 2023
  • A sign on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency building in Washington, D.C.
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    Tighter EPA vehicle emissions standards may speed up electric vehicle transition

    The new emissions standards would apply to 2027 through 2032 model-year vehicles, but they would not mandate EVs, leaving it up to automakers to decide how to meet the rules.

    By April 12, 2023
  • An aluminum New York City subway train at an underground station.
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    Transit projects not meeting ridership projections: GAO report

    While transit agencies have gotten better at estimating project costs, less than half of projects correctly predicted weekday ridership.

    By April 11, 2023
  • Passengers walk along a platformat a station next to a bilevel Amtrak train with hillside trees in the background.
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    Amtrak long-distance passenger rail study groups report back from six regions

    Adding routes and increasing service frequency were common themes emerging from the series of meetings with government officials, railroads and NGOs.

    By April 10, 2023