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Category Archives: Transport

June 25, 2017
Oslo Couldn’t Ban Cars Downtown, So It Took Away Parking
Fast Company Design

All Oslo wanted to do was lighten its environmental footprint. But the Norwegian capital’s noble goal—to cut greenhouse gas emissions down to 95% of their 1990 levels by 2030—necessitated restricting car traffic. And that’s where the troubles began.

Transport’s Approaching Upheaval

Technology is continuously reshaping our relationship with travel, and that change is accelerating to another inflection point. Advances in transportation technology reshape our lives and cities, and how and where we all settle. And U.S. history guides us on what’s to come.

L.A. Councilmember Chooses Safety Over Speed

Los Angeles Councilmember Mike Bonin sent a clear message to commuters upset about traffic calming projects in his district: “We don’t have to lose one more precious life.”

When Will Charlotte’s Streetcar Finally Spur Promised Development?
Charlotte Observer

Two years ago, Charlotte’s streetcar carried its first passengers and brought the hope that it would eventually spark new development in areas that had been overlooked, particularly near Johnson C. Smith University. But when will that finally happen?

Containerization Can Replace More Vans With Cargo Bikes

Most of you probably already know that the cargobike is a productive, low-cost, sustainable and city-friendly solution for all of that small goods that is such a big part of city logistics. But there is another way to increase the attractiveness of using cargo bikes: containerization.

Atlanta’s Fulton Co. Begins Transit Plan Meetings
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Public meetings are planned in the coming weeks in Fulton County outside Atlanta on a proposed countywide Transit Master Plan that officials say will address cities’ plans for the future, the potential role of transit and public needs and desires.

June 22, 2017
NYC Pushing for New Infrastructure-Project Methods

New York City officials said on Thursday they will keep lobbying for the right to use a new procurement method to build big public infrastructure projects faster and cheaper after the state legislature failed to authorize it.

Air Traffic Control Privatization Wins Over Few Critics
The Hill

A revived effort to separate air traffic control from the federal government has so far struggled to win over critics despite a White House endorsement and a series of legislative changes designed to gain new supporters.

1/8 Cent Sales Tax Levy in Works for Caltrain
San Jose Mercury-News

After watching a flurry of local transit-related tax measures pass last November and seeing the Legislature endorse a statewide gas increase in April, voters in Santa Clara, San Francisco and San Mateo counties might soon be asked to tax themselves for another transportation service.

June 21, 2017
Rigged: South L.A.’s Exploitative Port Trucking Industry
U.S.A. Today

A yearlong investigation by the USA TODAY Network found that port trucking companies in southern California have spent the past decade forcing drivers to finance their own trucks by taking on debt they could not afford.

Timeline to Travis Kalanick’s Departure from Uber

Travis Kalanick announced he will step down as Uber’s CEO on Tuesday night. His resignation comes after several months of scandals and controversies that led to many other c-suite executives to leave the ride sharing company.

Uber Can’t Be Fixed, Regulators Must Shut It Down
Harvard Business Review

The company’s cultural dysfunction, it seems to me, stems from the very nature of the company’s competitive advantage: Uber’s business model is predicated on lawbreaking. And having grown through intentional illegality, Uber can’t easily pivot toward following the rules.

Congress is Finally Working on Regulating Autonomous Cars

7 years after Google started developing robocars, 13 months after a Florida man died in a Tesla Model S that was driving itself, and almost a year after self-driving Ubers started picking up passengers in Pennsylvania, Congress might actually start regulating autonomous vehicles.

The End of Car Ownership
Wall Street Journal

Ride sharing and self-driving vehicles will redefine our relationship with cars. Auto makers and startups are already gearing up for the change.

Driverless Shuttle Coming to University of Michigan

The University of Michigan’s North Campus already is noted as a hub of activity for driverless vehicles and technology development through Mcity, its 32-acre connected and automated vehicle test site.


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