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Category Archives: Transport

June 18, 2017
Why the K Street Streetcar Will Succeed, if DC Builds It
Greater Greater Washington

If DC extends the streetcar west to downtown and Georgetown, it’s going to be more like light rail, much faster, and more reliable than the H St. line. It would be the linchpin for making streetcars in DC a success overall, and would become one of America’s best surface rail lines.

North American Bikeshare Association Hires 1st Executive Director
Bicycle Retailer

Samantha Herr, the new executive director, is the former program manager for the City of Boston, where she spearheaded efforts to offer low-cost bikeshare memberships, making it one of the first major U.S. cities to focus on equity in bike share.

Google’s San Jose Renewal Plan Centers on Transit
San Jose Mercury News

Google’s plan to build a massive transit-centered village in downtown San Jose could provide a new model for the design of sprawling tech campuses by addressing one of the Bay Area’s biggest headaches: commuters sitting in seemingly endless traffic jams.

June 15, 2017
L.A. Mayor: Monorail Over I-405 Could Clear Gridlock
Los Angeles Times

Politicians have long sought to link the San Fernando Valley and the Westside via a rail line so commuters can avoid the 405 Freeway’s notorious traffic. On Tuesday, Mayor Eric Garcetti raised a new idea to relieve the traffic bottleneck.

Can Cyclists & Self-Driving Cars Coexist?
The Guardian

Driverless cars appear unstoppable – except of course you can simply walk in front of one and force it to brake. Could this conundrum eventually mean a return to a dystopian world of segregated urban highways?

Pricing Roads for Autonomous Vehicles
City Observatory

Portland and other cities are considering future policies for a world of autonomous vehicles: We have some advice: Use this opportunity to dynamically price roads.

Senators Outline Driverless Car Legislation
The Hill

A bipartisan group of senators outlined a broad sketch of their highly anticipated driverless car legislation on Tuesday as Congress looks to speed up the deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Should UTA Just Handle Bus and Rail?
Deseret News

The Utah Transit Authority should shift to just running rail and bus lines and leave future projects to another entity, a lawmaker proposed to the Legislature’s Transportation and Governance Task Force Wednesday.

June 13, 2017
SF TNC Report, 20% of VMT is Ride Hailing Traffic
San Francisco County Transportation Authority

Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft are an increasingly visible presence on San Francisco streets. But until now there has been no comprehensive data to help the public and policy-makers understand the volume, or frequency and coverage of TNC trips or their impact on San Francisco’s streets.

200 Years Old, The Bicycle
Tree Hugger

On this day in 1817 Baron Karl von Drais rode his Laufsmaschine for the first time. According to a biography by Dr. Gerd Hüttmann:

Citi Bike has First Death
CityLab

A long safe-riding streak has come to an end. After more than four years and 43 million trips since New York’s Citi Bike system debuted, the system saw its first fatality Monday morning.

130 Self Driving Chevy Bolts Completed
Detroit Free Press

GM announced today it has finished making 130 autonomous Chevrolet Bolt test vehicles at its plant in Lake Orion, an achievement that the automaker says will help put it at the forefront of the race to develop and deploy self-driving cars.

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