L.A. Explores On-Demand Public Transit - Next City

Several weeks after the on-demand bus service Bridj announced a relaunch in Sydney, Australia, Los Angeles Metro has made public its intentions to kick off a similar program. The agency is looking for a “friend” to help build an on-demand transit program to supplement its fixed services, Wired’s Aarian Marshall reports, clarifying that by “friend” the agency of course means “private company.” Last week, Metro reportedly issued an RFP, and Marshall speculates that potential partners could include Uber, Lyft, Ford’s Chariot or New York’s Via. The “MicroTransit” service, as Metro has taken to calling it, will be very similar to the Bridj program, which operated in Boston, Washington, D.C., and,

12 big cities commit to electric-only buses & fossil-fuel-free zones - Treehugger

The air in our cities is about to get a whole lot cleaner. The recent rapid grown in electric car sales is a positive sign for our environment, but it leaves two major problems: 1) Electric cars are still cars, and car-centric development is extremely problematic. 2) Personal vehicles make up just under 60% of transportation-related oil consumption, so electric cars still leave a large piece of the pie untouched. Reuters reports on a new pledge from 12 global cities that could help to address both issues. Starting in 2025, the Mayors of London, Los Angeles, Paris, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Quito, Vancouver, Mexico City, Milan, Seattle and Auckland have promised to only purchase elect

Techies: There are better ways to figure out how to catch your Metro train - Mobility Lab

Many of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s fundamental problems – like funding and infrastructure – appear to be sticking around. But the agency’s open-data policy provides a lot of space for the public to at least better manage the passenger experience and plan for an improved system down the road. Transit enthusiasts at the Transportation Techies’ seventh Metro Hack Night presented – in a show-and-tell format Wednesday night at Metro headquarters – how the public is able to leverage the Washington D.C. system’s open data. Big-picture toolbox WMATA’s data provides a digital toolbox that both passengers and planners can use to smooth out movement through the system and unde

Four Policies Can Reduce U.S. Transport Emissions 45%, Cut Oil Use 23%, Save 5,300 Lives Per Year -

America’s transportation sector is undergoing a profound shift toward cleaner and more efficient vehicles. Today, transportation is responsible for 27% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but continued cost declines in electric vehicle (EV) prices and sufficient deployment of charging infrastructure could dramatically reduce transportation emissions over the coming decades.However, EVs are not the only mechanism for achieving emissions reductions in the transportation sector. Four other promising policies can combine to reduce U.S. transportation emissions 45% by 2050 compared to business-as-usual (BAU) and help accelerate the transition to clean mobility for people and goods. Using the Ener

What Happened When the University of Maryland Embraced Public Transit - Next City

Exciting things are happening in university towns across the United States. Many are changing from sleepy commercial strips meeting retail needs to becoming major centers of innovation, entrepreneurship activity and wonderful walkable communities with a real sense of place. This leap to the future is happening right now at the University of Maryland in College Park. The change is everywhere. This fall, a four-star hotel at the University of Maryland opened at the main gate to the campus. On Route 1, we see new destinations like the Milk Boy Art House, a restaurant/pub/music venue partnered with the University’s Center for the Performing Arts. On the east side of campus near the Metro transit

Get ready to plan automated vehicles on the streets where you live - Mobility Lab

To: City Manager (aka Mobility Momma) From: Concerned City Council Member (composite character, not intended to resemble a real live person) Re: Mini Metropolis – Behind the Eight Ball I feel like we in Mini Metropolis have either missed the party or we’re headed for a meltdown on driverless cars. No matter who I talk to, whether it’s a new business we’re courting, our financial advisors, the state DOT, concerned cities, or the taxi drivers, it seems like we are way behind! Waymo says it is going into production next year. Taxi drivers say they’re concerned we caved on Uber and Lyft. The director of our bus system says that AVs will syphon off ridership and then, because it wil

How Police Are Preparing for the Arrival of Autonomous Cars - CityLab

On a sunny June afternoon in Chandler, Arizona, more than a dozen police and emergency vehicles paced up and down a mostly empty street, with their sirens blaring and emergency lights flashing. All eyes, though, were on the handful of self-driving cars that shared the road. Some drove in front of a fire truck; others cruised alongside police motorcycles and unmarked cars. Spectators, including Police Lieutenant David Ramer, watched in anticipation as the cars decided when to pull over and when to yield. For the hours-long demonstration, Ramer spent three months coordinating with Alphabet’s Waymo to find the right time, place, and fleet of vehicles to help the company train its cars to recogn

How 53 Cities Are Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles - Next City

ubai has big plans for autonomous vehicles — some of the most ambitious globally, in fact — with a strategy that could slash the city-state’s transportation costs by 44 percent and reduce accidents by 12 percent. But while they may not meet Dubai’s scope, the U.S. cities of Palo Alto and Portland are on similar paths, emphasizing pilot zone identification and building up their city fleets in their pursuit of self-driving cars. The ability to compare and contrast those cities — by regulations, policies and urban strategies — is one key takeaway from Bloomberg Philanthropies’ new Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles. The interactive map and accompanying list of cities (53 total) is a s

Young leaders rewarded for showing results on people-focused transportation - Mobility Lab

The transportation demand management industry – like many other industries – is changing. TDM used to be about carpools and vanpools and bike-to-work days. But transportation, in general, has been getting more and more complex. As TDM professionals get smarter with data and start to visualize less highway-centric transportation strategies, they’re still presented with the issues of population growth, the relationships of people to their private vehicles, and the continuing struggles of lifestyle choices like transit and bicycling and carpooling to gain market share. Those are some of the reasons why it’s exciting to see what the next batch of leaders will do to improve the current transporta

Why Disney Should Take The Lead On Self-Driving Cars - Forbes

I feel fairly confident that autonomous vehicles are coming eventually, and that the roadblocks critics cite are surmountable. But rather than showing up overnight as fully functioning options at the car dealership, autonomous vehicles will show up gradually as incremental growth of autonomy and flexibility. One of the first places that should go autonomous is pretty clear to me: Disney World. Buses are likely to be among the earliest applications of autonomous driving in the real world. This makes sense because buses run on predictable paths, and therefore have to deal with less uncertainty and require less flexibility. This is happening already in some ways, with autonomous shuttles being

LA Looks to Rideshare to Build the Future of Public Transit - Wired

Back in ye olden times, beckoning a ride with a phone tap was for the 1-ish percent. Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick says he launched his world-shaking app back in 2009 so he could look über-rich and powerful. "We just wanted to push a button and get a ride, and we wanted to get a classy ride,” he later told Business Insider. "We wanted to be baller in San Francisco.” Now, the sort of on-demand transit Uber, Lyft, and other ride-hailing companies have made so popular might finally make it to the masses—maybe even to those without smartphones or bank accounts. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority just announced it’s looking for a friend to help it build an on-demand tr

Prospect Park in Brooklyn will be permanently car-free - ABC7 NY

PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn (WABC) -- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that Prospect Park in Brooklyn will be permanently car-free. The ban of cars on the park's entire loop drive, east and west, comes after the park went entirely car-free from July through September. The change will go into effect January 2, 2018. "Prospect Park is Brooklyn's backyard. I married Chirlane here. This is where my kids played little league," said the mayor. "And I have always wanted it to be the safe, quiet refuge for Brooklyn's families that it was intended to be. Restoring Prospect Park as a car-free oasis will improve the lives of the millions who use this park today and of generations to come

Here's what the extended King of Prussia SEPTA rail would look like - Philly Voice

This month the Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed King of Prussia Rail Project was released, giving the public a chance to comment on the potential rail line online and during open house presentations throughout November. If seen to completion, the rail project will extend the Norristown High-Speed Line (NHSL) all the way to the King of Prussia. As it stands now, the line extends from 69th Street Terminal to Norristown Transportation Center. The only current public transit option to take riders to the King of Prussia mall, for example, is a bus transfer. Supporters of the SEPTA extension argue the rail could help cut down congested highway travel, attract new transit

Pittsburgh Tests Out Red Bus Lanes Downtown - StreetsBlog USA

y the numbers, Pittsburgh’s Liberty Avenue is a walking and transit street. During the busiest times of day, 6,000 bus riders and 2,000 pedestrians travel the corridor per hour, compared to 1,200 drivers. But until last month, you’d never guess from looking at the physical design of Liberty Avenue that transit riders and pedestrians are so numerous. The vast majority of its 50-foot width was dedicated to general travel lanes, so a relatively small number of motorists were slowing down the far larger number of transit riders. Now Pittsburgh residents are getting a taste of how Liberty Avenue can work when it’s designed to prioritize transit riders. For the next 18 months, the city is testing

GVF and King of Prussia District Mobilizes Group To Bring SEPTA Rail To King Of Prussia - Phoenixvi

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA — A local group has revitalized a project to expand SEPTA's rail system to include a train from Philadelphia to King of Prussia. This project proposes an expansion of the existing Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia. The line would stop once at Henderson Road before following the Pennsylvania Turnpike into the King of Prussia Mall. There would be two stops at the mall, another in the KOP business park, and a final stop at the Valley Forge Casino. "A dedicated transit line into the center of King of Prussia is vital to connecting suburban Philadelphia’s largest employment center and the East Coast’s largest shopping mall to rail," writes the KOP Rail Coalition

SEPTA To Hold Another Round Of Public Meetings On King Of Prussia Rail Project - CBS Philly

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — SEPTA has scheduled another round of public hearings on plans to extend the Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia. The next round of public meetings to discuss King of Prussia rail project will be held next month, and they come after the Federal Transit Authority released its draft environmental impact study. In that report, says SEPTA’s Liz Smith, alternate proposals were designed after their previous round of public meetings with residents. “We’ve come up with some additional design options that help to address their concerns and reduce impacts to those residential neighborhoods,” Smith said. The four-and-a-half mile rail will connect the King of Prussia M

Release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the King of Prussia Rail project! - GVF

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the King of Prussia Rail project was released by SEPTA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in October 2017. The DEIS comes five years after SEPTA kicked off Phase 1 of the project in fall 2012 and is a milestone for this important project. The DEIS “describes and summarizes the transportation and environmental benefits and impacts of extending Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) rail transit service to the King of Prussia Mall and other destinations in the King of Prussia-Valley Forge area of Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.” The DEIS announces and discusses the decision for the Locally Preferred Alternative (L

Policies for autonomous vehicles come into focus - Mobility Lab

This article was originally published by Brookings. It is co-authored by Annibel Rice, a research assistant temp with Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program. Autonomous vehicles own today’s hype cycle, and likely for good reason. While it’s fascinating to daydream about what AVs may look like, how much they will cost, and how they will change our travel habits, business is already booming. Hundreds of companies are engaged in one slice or another of the industry, and deals between companies can regularly exceed $100 million (and even $1 billion). Governments are not left out of this hype cycle either. On Capitol Hill, in state capitols, and within city halls, public sector teams are moving a

GVF and King of Prussia District form Coalition to back Rail to King of Prussia as Vital City-Suburb

A new group of business, civic, and academic leaders backing SEPTA’s proposed Norristown High Speed Line extension to King of Prussia is portraying the project as a crucial link between the region’s largest suburban employment center and Philadelphia’s urban core. The King of Prussia Rail Coalition was formed to promote the extension after the release late last week of a draft report on the project’s impact, an important early phase of development. Jerry Sweeney, president and chief executive of Philadelphia developer Brandywine Realty Trust, was named the group’s chairman. The project would branch off the existing line a few stops shy of its Norristown terminus, wending west through about f

FTA unveils environmental report for SEPTA's King of Prussia Rail project - Progressive Railroad

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has released a draft environmental impact statement for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's (SEPTA) King of Prussia Rail project. The project calls for extending SEPTA's Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia from either the 69th Street or Norristown transportation centers. The environmental document identifies alternatives and analyzes the effects the proposed project would have on the natural, cultural and socioeconomic environments. The King of Prussia extension would provide a more frequent transit option between Philadelphia's Center City and Norristown, including to the King of Prussia Mall and adjacent emplo


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