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Category Archives: Transport

March 12, 2017
What CO Transportation Bill Does for Active Transport
Denver Streetsblog

Colorado lawmakers took a step closer to finalizing a transportation funding measure that would go before voters in November. The bipartisan bill consists of a small sales tax hike — .62 cents on the dollar — and a $3.5 billion bond package. Combined revenue would come to an estimated $627 million a year over the […]

Pittsburgh BRT Options Revealed
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pittsburgh and Port Authority of Allegheny County officials on Thursday revealed route options and cost estimates for a long-discussed “bus rapid transit” system that would link Downtown and Oakland.

Well-Timed Pitch Sells TX Bullet Train To Trump
Dallas Morning News

Texas is closer than ever to building the first high-speed train in the United States, thanks to President Donald Trump’s fascination with these transportation projects and a well-timed pitch to his administration.

Transit Fans: Worry About Congress, Not Trump
CityLab

L.A.’s newly reelected mayor Eric Garcetti may butt heads with the president over immigration. But congressional cuts to transit funding are more likely to derail his city’s transportation ambitions.

‘Wild-West’ Era of Autonomous Vehicles is Over
Eno Trans

For nearly a decade, a consortium of tech firms and auto manufacturers has roved the West, pioneering autonomous vehicle technology far from federal regulators in Washington, D.C. That era is over.

One Simple Solution To BART’s Deficit
Systemic Failure

BART needs to close a $25-$35 million shortfall in its operating budget. The media blames the deficit on overpaid janitors, while staff is proposing a menu of fare increases. But there’s one simple solution to its finance problem.

California’s Finally Ready for Driverless Cars
Wired

If you live in California, chances are you’ve spotted a self-driving car—some 21 companies are testing tech in the Golden State, and they’ve running around all over the place. But those sightings are never quite as futuristic as they could be.

March 9, 2017
States Aren’t Waiting for Trump’s Infrastructure Funding
Bloomberg

Republican leaders from at least six states are pushing to raise gasoline taxes or other fees to pay for upgrading roads and bridges, saying they can’t count on President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan to deliver what they need.

Senate Unanimously Repeals MPO Consolidation Rule
Eno Trans

Last night, the U.S. Senate passed, by unanimous consent, legislation to repeal the December 2016 final rule from the U.S. Department of Transportation that would force many local metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in the same region to merge.

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Infrastructure
Washington Monthly

Instead of embracing Donald Trump’s vision for gargantuan and indiscriminate building projects, Congress should insist that any federal infrastructure legislation be focused on delivering what the market says Americans want: walkable communities.

Dakota County to Twin Cities Transit Board: Don’t Drop Dead
Minnpost

It turns out that breaking up is hard to do, at least for the Counties Transit Improvement Board, the five-county agency that is a major funder of mass transit in the Twin Cities and was recently slated for a breakup. Now they might not dissolve themselves after all.

CA Hears Suit On Driverless Car-Crash Liability
Capital Public Radio

Who should be liable if a driverless car crashes into another vehicle, a bicyclist or pedestrian on California’s roadways? And how much insurance should driverless car owners be required to carry?

March 8, 2017
Self-Driving Cars Can’t Cure Traffic, But Economics Can
New York Times

If decades of urban planning and economic research are any guide, the solution to autonomous congestion is unlikely to come from technology but from something similar to Uber’s surge pricing: charging people more to use driverless cars at rush hour.

Do Toll Roads Hurt The Poor?
Strong Towns

The idea of paying for transportation with a gas tax or, even worse, a sales tax runs counter to everything we advocate for. Everyone pays a little, everyone expects a lot. But do toll roads work better, and more equitably?

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