Transportation: Page 4


  • Two futuristic air taxis (eVTOL aircraft) on a rooftop heliped with one flying among large skyscrapers in the backround.
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    Air taxi progress hindered by FAA regulatory, management issues, says DOT inspector general’s office

    While eVTOL aircraft could offer many benefits, they don’t fit into existing federal aviation regulations, delaying the certification process, the Transportation Department inspector general’s office said.

    By June 27, 2023
  • A blue New York City transit bus marked "clean-energy bus" travels along the curb lane under a sign for Fifth Avenue, with trees in the background.
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    $1.7B for cleaner transit buses, bus facilities awarded by FTA

    The grants will support the purchase of 1,700 transit buses, about half of which will be zero-emission vehicles. 

    By June 26, 2023
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    Trendline

    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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    FMCSA’s grant programs can help you improve road safety

    Learn about grant funding opportunities to help improve roadway safety.

    June 26, 2023
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    As 3 states launch e-bike rebates, Denver program shows promising results

    An estimated 100,000 car miles a week are now on e-bikes purchased by rebate program participants, Denver's climate office said.  

    By Maylin Tu • June 23, 2023
  • A group of 12 men and 1 woman in suits holding yellow rail spikes stand on a platform between two trains.
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    $5B high-speed rail extension completed in Florida, offers lessons for other projects

    The 170-mile line from the Orlando Airport to West Palm Beach, Florida, will connect to the existing network run by private passenger rail company Brightline.

    By Julie Strupp • June 23, 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 hit 41-year high in 2022 with more than 7,500 killed

    “Nothing seems to be changing,” said a Governors Highway Safety Association official, as pedestrian deaths continue to climb. 

    By June 22, 2023
  • Seattle Washington aerial view from Queen Anne neighborhood toward Space Needle and downtown
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    Which zoning changes best alleviate the housing crisis? Seattle-area cities have a new way to find out.

    An interactive online tool from the Urban Institute estimates the impact on housing development of four different zoning changes around transit construction in the Puget Sound area.

    By Kalena Thomhave • June 22, 2023
  • Collapsed I-95 overpass will be repaired, reopened in next 2 weeks

    President Joe Biden called the federal government’s $3 million in quick-release funding "a down payment" after he took an aerial tour of the site.

    By Colin Campbell • June 20, 2023
  • A snowplow on a large service truck pushes multiple inches of snow toward the viewer. The plow is on a suburban street while snow continues to fall.
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    Transportation jobs are hard to fill. Here’s what works for Oregon’s DOT.

    One outreach campaign doubled subscriptions to the department’s email newsletters and resulted in an uptick of job applicants, an ODOT content strategist said in a recent webinar.

    By Adina Solomon • June 20, 2023
  • A fleet of white eVTOL aircraft with four rotors, one parked with landing gear on concrete surface in front of glass terminal building and others in midflight.
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    Air taxis are coming soon. Zoning and regulatory authorities are not ready.

    Air taxis, also known as eVTOL aircraft, could come to major cities as soon as 2025, but few local governments have policies for new vertiports, says a Mineta Transportation Institute report. 

    By June 20, 2023
  • An overhead map of Culver City indicating phase 1 of the Move Culver City project with a green and red line where bus lanes and bike lanes were being tested.
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    Cars will get more space after residents clash over complete streets pilot in Los Angeles area

    Bike, bus, scooter and pedestrian activity increased during the MOVE Culver City pilot, and traffic impact was minimal, but residents’ traffic concerns led the city to scale back the effort.

    By Gaby Galvin • June 13, 2023
  • A red sedan, passenger side elevated, lying across a sidewalk in New York. A smashed, burned front end and other damage indicate it was in a crash. Firefighters are standing near it.
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    Getting to zero traffic fatalities will take more than infrastructure funds, experts say

    Traffic violence is a preventable public health crisis, experts said during a Mineta Transportation Institute webinar. Federal funding for local communities will help, but cities need to cultivate a “culture of safety,” one mayor said.

    By Maylin Tu • June 13, 2023
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    Q&A

    When climate disasters strike, how can cities evacuate people who don’t have cars?

    "There's not a place in this country” where everyone has a car, said the deputy director of the new federally funded Center for Equitable Transit-Oriented Communities, and emergency planners must meet carless residents’ needs.

    By June 12, 2023
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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
  • Many people exit and enter a silver New York City subway trains at a Manhattan underground station.
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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
  • A sleek Amtrak rain painted in two shades of blue accented by red and white is seen along a body of water with green trees in the background and a clear blue sky above.
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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
  • Purple and silver commuter trains fill tracks at a large train station in Boston, as one approaches the camera leaving the station.
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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 Michael Brady • June 5, 2023
  • Overhead view of highway with cars and trucks with lines drawn among them implying connected vehicles using intelligent transportation systems.
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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
  • Trucks sat on the street for more than 48 hours during a snowstorm, leaving snow banks that prevented customers from parking, co-owner Jill Pavlak said.
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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
  • U.S. President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are seated in armchairs in the Oval Office.
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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
  • A woman and child are about to enter a white self-driving, ride-hailing vehicle with large sensors on the roof in San Francisco.
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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