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Category Archives: Transport

July 23, 2017
S.F. City Attorney Seeks Court Order for Uber, Lyft Data

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is seeking a court order to force both Uber and Lyft to share records on driver safety, disability access and other operations, in compliance with the city attorney’s subpoenas from last month.

Lyft Forms Autonomous Vehicle Unit
Los Angeles Times

Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars.

Trump Orders Creation of Infrastructure Advisory Council
Politico Magazine

The council will include a maximum of 15 members, all picked by Trump. They will “represent the interests” of areas like labor, finance and construction. Trump will select two members to be the council’s co-chairs.

5 Reasons to Be Wary of the Hyperloop

High-speed vactrains might be the ticket for a Martian colony. As a practical transit investment for Earth, the technology has a long way to go.

Perceived Crime-Transit Link Tough to Dispel
Houston Chronicle

A range of experts I interviewed this week agreed that little evidence supports the “buses lead to crime” idea. Yet the perception persists that mass transit is the first step in the ruination of a community.

As Uber Grows, SEPTA Rethinks Bus Service
Philadelphia Inquirer

There has been a significant shift in the Philadelphia region away from public transit, particularly buses, to Uber and Lyft. SEPTA’s 123 bus and trolley routes lost about 4.4 million ride trips from fiscal years 2014 to 2016.

Portland To Set Lower Bike Mode Share Target
Bike Portland

For eight years one of the strongest organizing principles for Portland bike advocates has been the stated goal of having 25 percent of commute trips made by bike by the year 2030. Now, the City wants to decrease the bike commute mode share target to just 15 percent.

July 20, 2017
Hyperloop ‘Verbally Approved’ For East Coast
Los Angeles Times

Elon Musk said Thursday that he has received “verbal government approval” — but not a formal go-ahead — for his newest, tunnel-digging venture to build an underground, high-speed transportation system connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Americans Back a Higher Gas Tax to Fix Roads

Congress hasn’t raised the federal gas tax since 1993 when Bill Clinton was president, but a narrow majority of Americans would support an increase to help fix crumbling roads and bridges in their own states.

L.A. Should Ignore Elon Musk, Build a Subway
Urbanize L.A.

Instead of paying attention to Musk’s effort, Los Angeles should build subway tunnels to relieve its traffic, just as every other major city in the developed world has done.

How Transit Data Will Improve Your Commute

So the New York City subway is falling apart. Washington, DC’s Metro sometimes catches on fire and had to undergo serious repairs. But fear not, dear rider. Data—with a little bit of help from Google—could make your commute significantly less excruciating.

Cyclists Fear Spread of Oregon’s Bike Tax
Washington Post

Oregon has yet to collect a penny from a pioneering tax on bicycles to pay for infrastructure, and already at least one lawmaker from another state is thinking about getting into the act.

U.S. Transportation Funding Is Not Created Equal

With fuel-efficient vehicles and inflation on the rise, the federal gas tax contributes to a shrinking share of U.S. transportation spending. How states and cities make up the difference depends on where you are.

Miami-Dade Mayor Changes Course From Rail to BRT

What’s the smartest way for Miami-Dade to address its excruciating traffic problems? Not the trains in the $3.3-billion SMART (Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit) Plan the county rolled out just last year, according to Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

July 19, 2017
Video: The High Cost of Free Parking
Mobility Lab

The more parking we have, the more encouraged we are to drive and to shape our urban landscapes based on that parking. This story and stats are part of a new video on the price of parking and how we have historically done it all wrong in this country.

Appeals Court Throws MD’s Purple Line A Life Line

After months of legal setbacks that left the proposed Purple Line on the brink of cancellation, a federal appeals court on Wednesday gave new life to the $2 billion light rail project, originally planned for last fall.

Richmond’s 80-Mile BRT Vision
Greater Greater Washington

Officials in Richmond have adopted a plan that outlines what a regional bus rapid transit network there could look like. They envision 80 miles of BRT on five lines, fanning out in all directions from downtown Richmond.


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