Dockless Bike-Share Is Leading a Stunning Cycling Comeback in China - STREETSBLOG USA

Maybe bikes will save the planet after all. According to a report from the Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Innovation Institute, helpfully relayed from the original Chinese by Carlton Reid at BikeBiz, cycling rates have doubled in Chinese cities since the advent of dockless bike-share systems. There are now about 16 million dockless bike-share bikes in circulation around China, with each used for an average of three trips per day, according to the British Medical Journal. China already had a strong cultural tradition of bicycling for transportation. Until recently, cycling was the dominant urban transportation mode, and most people are old enough to remember streets full of bike traffic. After los

King of Prussia Rail Project to move to the next phase - MONTCO.TODAY

The King of Prussia Rail Coalition applauds SEPTA’s Board decision today to approve the Locally Preferred Alternative as presented in the King of Prussia Rail Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) with the North/South design option. This action paves the way for the start of the Final Environmental Impact Statement phase of the project, according to a press release issued by SEPTA. King of Prussia Rail will extend the existing Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia, providing a one-seat ride to King of Prussia from either 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby, or Norristown Transportation Center in Norristown. This transformative project will connect the three

Seoul's Answer to a Pollution Crisis: Free Public Transit - CityLab

When it comes to air pollution, China gets most of the attention as one of Asia’s worst offenders (and rightly so). But South Korea has a massive pollution problem all its own, earning the unenviable title of worst air quality among OECD nations—and experts predict the problem will only get worse over the next five years. So when a thick layer of yellow dust settled over the city last week, local leaders took a drastic step to confront it: declaring an air quality emergency and, for the first time ever, giving commuters free rides on public transit. During the morning and evening rush hours last Monday, the city waived subway and bus fees as the level of “fine dust” started out at 79 microgr

SEPTA board OKs alternative route for King of Prussia line - Curbed Philly

The route will shift away from residential areas The King of Prussia Rail project just took a major step forward with SEPTA board’s approval of an alternative route that will cut travel time between KOP and Philly by 30 minutes and veer away from residential areas. The SEPTA board voted to approve the PECO/Turnpike First Avenue, Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) with the North/South design option on Thursday. This route was preferred by the community among the 30-some alternative routes offered and discussed at a series of public community sessions held last fall when the first draft of the Environmental Impact Study was released. To avoid impact on residential areas, the approved route wi

SEPTA approves final route for proposed King of Prussia extension - PhillyVoice

Extension of the Norristown High-Speed Line will include two stops at the mall SEPTA's board on Thursday approved a final route for the Norristown High-Speed Line extension that will provide direct service to the King of Prussia Mall. The 4.5-mile, elevated high-speed rail extension would give riders a faster connection among King of Prussia, Center City and University City, the region's three largest economic hubs. It is projected to cost between $1-1.2 billion and will include two stops at the mall among others in the King of Prussia vicinity. The extended coverage is expected to cut the commute between Center City and King of Prussia by about 30 minutes each way. Overall, the extension wi

Major Step Forward for the Region as SEPTA Board Adopts Locally Preferred Alternative for King of Pr

Transformative project would connect King of Prussia, the largest employment center in suburban Philadelphia, to Center City and University City, Philadelphia via SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (January 25, 2018) - The King of Prussia Rail Coalition applauds SEPTA’s Board decision today to approve the Locally Preferred Alternative as presented in the King of Prussia Rail Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) with the North/South design option. This action paves the way for the start of the Final Environmental Impact Statement phase of the project. King of Prussia Rail will extend the existing Norristown High Speed Line into King of Prussia, providing a one

SEPTA Board Adopts Locally Preferred Alternative in King Of Prussia Rail Project's Draft Environ

Key milestone enables KOP Rail Project to move to the next phase PHILADELPHIA (January 25, 2018) - The SEPTA Board today approved the adoption of the recommended Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) as presented in the King of Prussia Rail (KOP Rail) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) with the North/South design option. This action paves the way for the start of the Final Environmental Impact Statement phase of the project. "King of Prussia Rail is a critical initiative in SEPTA's efforts to connect the region for more integrated mobility, and enhance the area's economic vitality, sustainability and quality of life," said SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon, Sr. KOP Rail is SE

SEPTA to vote on route for proposed King of Prussia rail -

SEPTA’s board is expected to approve a final route Thursday for the Norristown High-Speed Line extension to King of Prussia, transit agency officials said Wednesday. The proposal diverts the railroad tracks away from a community that opposed an earlier design that had the line running nearly through residents’ backyards. The final plan, which shifts the tracks to the north side of I-276, away from the Valley Forge Homes development, represents a “huge victory,” said Dan Cowhey, a leader of opposition to the line through the No KOP Rail group. “It is something that I think we all, in that particular neighborhood, are happier with,” he said Wednesday. SEPTA altered an earlier proposal that pl

U.K. City Plans to Develop “Lighter” Light Rail - Next City

English City Plans to Develop “Lighter” Light Rail ​The town of Dudley in Britain’s West Midlands is launching a program to make itself the hub of research into the next generation of light-rail technology, Global Rail News reports. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council and the University of Warwick’s Warwick Manufacturing Group have drawn up plans to launch a research center for the development of “very light rail” technology, which its advocates hope will revolutionize rail transit construction and operation. The goal is to reduce the weight and cost of vehicles and track in order to make rail transit a viable option for suburban and rural areas as well as cities. Those of a certain age may

How Toronto Turned an Airport Rail Failure Into a Commuter Asset - CityLab

For years, arrivals to Toronto via its Pearson International Airport emerged into a sunless area beneath an overpass 14 miles from downtown. Until recently, anyone without a ride waiting for them outside the terminal would have to settle for a taxi, rental car, or a city bus. With downtown cab costing a fixed $53 CAD before tip, many settled for the $3 bus. Unlike Chicago, which wants a new rapid transit service between O’Hare and downtown—potentially courtesy of Elon Musk—Toronto doesn’t have a subway connection to its airport. As a result, the 192 Airport Rocket bus was just the first in a series of steps necessary to reach the city center as it dropped off passengers at the end of the sub

New transit trends will accelerate throughout 2018 - Mobility Lab

As a rule, trends are difficult to predict—and the rule definitely applies to transit. From new legislation to groundbreaking technology, there’s always something impacting the industry’s trajectory. After reading tea leaves and consulting the stars, here’s what we at TransLoc [Editor’s note: TransLoc is a North Carolina-based tech company that works with many cities to better connect their transportation networks] anticipates 2018 has in store for public transportation. Autonomous vehicles aren’t going away anytime soon Prediction #1: Google/Waymo will launch an autonomous TNC. Uber and Lyft have nibbled around the edges with autonomous vehicles, but Waymo has more autonomous miles under it

SEPTA tokens will be phased out starting early 2018 (update) - Curbed

It’s official: Early 2018 will be the end of the archaic SEPTA token. SEPTA just announced that it will begin the phase-out of its token payments in mid-January, with token sales officially ending at the last-remaining locations on or about March 1, 2018. Update: The phase-out at at cashiers’ booths begins Monday, January 22 and runs through the first week of February, SEPTA announced. Between February 12 to 28, all remaining vending machines will be removed. In the following weeks sales of the token will come to a halt at other major SEPTA locations and the third-party vendors. You can find the full list of dates broken down by line on SEPTA’s website. It’s the final phase of SEPTA’s ongoin

To Measure the 'Uber Effect,' Cities Get Creative - CityLab

They’d cut back on traffic, ease air pollution, and complement public transit. Or so they said. But the effects of Uber, Lyft, and other transportation network companies (“TNCs,” in wonk-speak) are proving more complicated on city streets. In New York City, rapid growth in on-demand vehicles roving the roads—with and without passengers—is contributing to markedly slower traffic, as numerous analyses of Taxi and Limousine Commission data by Bruce Schaller, a transportation consultant and former NYC DOT official, have shown. As the old chestnut goes, cities can’t manage what they can’t measure. But because Uber and Lyft carefully guard raw trip data, the kind of analyses Schaller produces is h

Cities Debut Semi-Dockless Bike Shares - Governing

First came the large-scale bike-sharing systems, with permanent docking stations dispersed around cities. Then came dockless systems, which let riders leave or pick up their rented bikes almost anywhere it’s legal to park a bike. Some riders love the convenience of being able to leave a bike wherever they want. But other residents hate the nuisance of finding the free-standing bicycles clogging sidewalks, often blocking walkways and entryways to buildings. (One Washington, D.C.-based blog began cataloging all the worst bike-parking jobs, including on stairways, on fences and even inside stores and lobbies.) Now one company has a new service that it says offers the best of both models. Zagste

Philly Trolleys Could Get a Billion-Dollar Upgrade and We Can’t Wait - PhillyMag

Some good news for your Friday: A major upgrade is in the works for Philly trolleys. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has released plans for a billion-dollar revamping of Philly trolleys, designed to improve passengers’ experiences boarding, riding and exiting the trolley, as well as living and biking near their stations. The organization touts the proposal as a “once in a generation” modernization that will transform the city’s six trolley lines (SEPTA routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34 and 36) into a “state-of-the-art light rail system.” Per DVRPC, changes will include: Replacing the existing trolley fleet, which dates back 36 years to the Reagan era Lower vehicle floors – meaning n

Global traffic study suggests U.S lagging behind peers in road safety - Curbed

A new report examining the global crisis of road deaths and traffic fatalities around the world found that a more systemic approach to safety and traffic infrastructure can save lives. Despite having more resources to tackle road redesigns and reduce traffic fatalities, the United States isn’t keeping up with many of its peer nations when it comes to creating safer streets. Sustainable and Safe: A Vision and Guidance for Zero Road Deaths, a joint report by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Bank, analyzed how countries around the world approach traffic safety and roadway design. Road deaths are a global issue: 1.25 million people are killed on the world’s roads each year, maki

New SEPTA Regional Rail schedules take effect - 6abc

SEPTA has revised its Regional Rail schedules. The new schedule takes effect Sunday, January 14, 2018. For most lines, select trains will depart stations earlier or later than previously scheduled. On the Paoli/Thorndale and Trenton Lines, there are significant changes to Weekday trains, with select trains departing EARLIER than previously scheduled. Airport Line Changes include adjustments to departure times and train originations. INBOUND (toward Center City): Train #4848 (previously #4376), departing at 4:37 p.m., will now serve Fox Chase stations. Customers traveling to Melrose Park, Elkins Park, Jenkintown-Wyncote, and continuing to West Trenton Line stations should transfer at

Tax cuts mean mass confusion, but likely little change, for transit and parking subsidies - Mobility

HR1, the tax bill signed into law on December 22, has spurred a “massive influx of confusion” regarding transportation benefits. So said Kendle Bjelland, program manager at Commute Seattle. While some employers believe the bill has cut all tax subsidies offered by employers for parking and transit, this is not true. It has cut only one kind of subsidy, and the effects are likely to be minimal. Indeed, the bill may lead employers to increase transit subsidies relative to parking subsidies – good news for boosters of trains and buses. Previously, employers could write off $255 monthly in corporate taxes per employee subsidized for either transit or parking. That is no longer the case, although

Net Neutrality and the Driverless Future - CityLab

Tech and transportation are now traveling the same (cellular) wavelength If you work in transportation and enjoy schmoozing, you made a tough choice this week. Do you hit sunny Las Vegas for the big annual Consumer Electronics Show, where self-driving, on-demand cars, smart streetlights, and flying taxis herald the future of mobility? Or do you kick it at the annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board in Washington, D.C., where thousands of academics, government officials, and policy influencers are debating how to get there? If you’re like CityLab, it’s TRB time. (TRB is more fun than it sounds, by the way. The asphalt lobbyists supposedly throw a pretty sick afterparty.) The techn

Competing With the Giants in Race to Build Self-Driving Cars - NY TIMES

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Before the car can drive without a human, one must first get behind the wheel. As the driver at this company accelerates, stops and turns on local streets, sensors on the car record what he sees and track how he responds. Then a team of engineers builds software that can learn how to behave from that data. The software is installed in the car, and it can drive on its own. In the end, the car mimics choices made by the human driver. This is how things work at Aurora Innovation, a start-up founded by three veterans of autonomous vehicle research, including Chris Urmson, who previously led the self-driving car project at Google. The company’s methods are part of a change swe


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