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Category Archives: Transport

June 21, 2017
Cuomo Makes a Surprise, Late MTA Power Grab
Second Avenue Sagas

Governor Andrew Cuomo, faced with a daily crisis over subway service reliability, has, instead of fixing the subways, decided to draw the transit world into a different fight entirely.

The Benefits and Struggles of Central Florida’s Public Bus System
Orlando Weekly

Serving a population of 1.8 million in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, CFRTA provides more than 85,000 rides every weekday, for a total of 27 million passenger trips in fiscal year 2016. But riders and transportation advocates say rides to work or school can take hours.

“Captive” and “Choice”: The False Dichotomy of Transit
Greater Greater Washington

Agencies and officials often sort transit riders into two groups: “captive” and “choice.” This is a false dichotomy that perpetuates inaccurate assumptions about who rides transit and what their motivations might be.

June 20, 2017
The Car Was Repossessed, but Debt Remains
New York Times

Unable to recover the balance of loans by repossessing and reselling the cars of owners who default, some subprime lenders are aggressively suing the borrowers to collect what remains.

Speed Still Drives Mobility
Automotive World

IT-driven innovations will undoubtedly create progress, but the ‘old’ driving forces behind mobility will also have a considerable impact on mobility growth in the coming decades. This article focuses on some of the developments that are already emerging.

DART Vote Opens Old Wound Over Urban, Suburban Rail
Dallas Morning News

A Dallas Area Rapid Transit meeting Tuesday started as an effort to organize financing for a suburban commuter rail line, but turned into a showdown between Dallas and the suburbs over which major project should be the greater priority.

A Talk with the Head of Oakland’s DOT
Streetsblog S.F.

The reins of Oakland’s newly formed Department of Transportation were turned over on May 8 to Ryan Russo, formerly New York City DOT’s Deputy Commissioner of Transportation.

CA Considers Lower Traffic Fines for Low-Income Drivers
Marketplace

Supporters say if it becomes law, it will keep minor traffic violations from pushing low-income California drivers deep into debt. And, it could help the state recoup tens of millions of dollars in delinquent fines that people just can’t afford to pay.

June 19, 2017
Lyft Reinvents the Bus
New York Magazine

Lyft’s shuttle is a bus, funneling money away from public infrastructure and toward private enterprise, so young, tech-savvy urbanites don’t have to briefly share space with the lower class. Enjoy your dumb bus.

Houston Streets About to Get Smarter
Houston Chronicle

Drivers can say a lot about Houston’s streets. They’re bumpy, crowded and stretch for miles into the far reaches of the metro area. In a few months, they also just might be the smartest streets in the country.

MD Lawmakers Plan to Remake Metro, Let Jurisdictions Pay
Washington Post

Ten Maryland legislators are proposing a radical overhaul of Metro’s board and a flexible, equitably shared funding plan that would yield the $500 million in dedicated funding proposed by Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld.

Autonomous Cars Might Mean End of Traffic Lights
New Atlas

A new system developed by researchers in Singapore would see autonomous cars adapt their speed to cross intersections inside a safe “virtual bubble,” without ever needing to come to a stop.

June 18, 2017
Electric Bus Start-Up Aims To Juice CA’s Economy
Los Angeles Times

Tesla’s Elon Musk transformed electric cars into objects of desire, but looks aren’t everything. The market for battery-powered electric buses seems ready to rocket. Orders in the U.S. are gaining traction.

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