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Category Archives: Transport

June 8, 2017
NYC Must Curb Excessive Bus Stops
Human Transit

When bus routes meander, do little squiggles, or make too many stops, the cause is almost always local elected officials who insisted that transit agencies say yes to whatever a noisy constituent demands. But transit agencies must learn when to say ‘no’.

Boston Emerging as a Center for Mobility Innovation
Meeting of the Minds

While headlines debate whether the nucleus of mobility innovation is Silicon Valley or Detroit, Boston’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has not only churned out an impressive array of start-ups but has also attracted established businesses seeking innovation & research talent.

Will Buyers Pay For Autonomous Cars?
Forbes

Look around in traffic at the number of other drivers focused on their phones, and you begin to understand why so many are ready to let autonomous vehicles take control. But although many drivers can’t wait to release the wheel, there’s just one major hitch: Most won’t pay for it.

Self Driving Vehicles’ Six Levels of Autonomy
New Atlas

As the self-driving car revolution continues apace, you’re going to hear a lot more about autonomous cars, and which of six “autonomy levels” they’re at. So here’s a quick primer on what each autonomy level means, from the fully human ‘0’ to the completely autonomous level 5.

What Should Fill Akron’s Downtown Freeway Vacancy?
Streetsblog U.S.A.

For years, Akron, Ohio, has been planning to dismantle a nearly-empty highway through its downtown. Now that work is underway, the city has an open-door policy to figure out what to do with the land — and Akronites are coming up with all sorts of ideas.

June 7, 2017
Gaping Potholes in the Trump Infrastructure Plan
NRDC

The facts of the President’s plan remain sketchy six months after an election in which he proclaimed infrastructure a top priority. The Administration is still months away from presenting an actual bill to Congress.

Public-Private Projects Where the Public Pays and Pays
New York Times

Whatever the advantages of giving the private sector a stake in public works, experts agree that while some public-private partnerships may result in near-term savings, there is little hard evidence that they perform better over time.

Visualizing Transit Revenue Data Through Plotly
Lisa Schweitzer

This week I wanted to challenge myself to learn how to use Plotly, as those always look so nice. The other thing I wanted was to clear up some questions I had with WMTA’s budget numbers.

Fully Autonomous Cars May Hit The Road Next Year
Washington Post

Autonomous vehicles with no human backup will be put to the test on publicly traveled roads as early as next year in what may be the first attempt at unassisted autonomous piloting.

New Madrid Bridge Unites 3D-Printing, Infrastructure
Doggerel

In late 2016 the world’s first 3-D-printed bridge opened in Alcobendas, a small city in the north of Madrid. Directed by ACCIONA, a global infrastructure leader based in Spain, the project marks a significant advance in the application of this technology.

June 6, 2017
U.K. Report Suggests Solutions for Urban Logistics
UK Haulier

With e-commerce growing at over 10% annually, a new report by the Independent Transport Commission shines a light on ways to optimise efficiency in urban freight movements as well as reducing congestion and emissions.

Hillsborough Transit Agency Braces for Bus Overhaul
Tampa Bay Times

Pending public hearings and board review, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority will roll out 34 routes in October, down from the existing 41. Some of the routes will be new, some will stay the same and others will be truncated, altered or combined.

Trump Missed Shot At Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal
Washington Post

President Trump this week began rolling out what he bills as a massive plan to rebuild America’s highways, bridges, railways and airports — but Sen. Thomas R. Carper (Del.), a key infrastructure player, is nowhere to be seen so far.

Dutch Transport Official Reflects on SF Infrastructure
Streetsblog SF

Mark Sloothaak is a “Beleidsadviseur” (policy adviser) and urban transportation planner for the City of Amsterdam. But he’s currently taking a sabbatical in San Francisco “to see what’s going on over here in smart transportation and smart mobility”.

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