Las Vegas Gambles on a 'Smart City' Technology Makeover - City Lab

Las Vegas is a famously watchful place. Casino cameras keep tabs on players and dealers from the walls, tables, and ceilings. Analytics software tracks and predicts credit-card swipes, game preferences, and buffet choices. Occupancy levels are closely counted; peculiar behaviors noted. It’s all with an eye to lock down the vast stores of cash that keep Sin City afloat. To keep the odds in its favor, the house is always watching. Recently, the famed vigilance of the Strip’s casinos has been spilling into the city proper. A few miles away, the city of Las Vegas is testing out dozens of cameras, sensors, and internet-connected services, trained on what’s happening downtown. At the intersection

Oregon Bill Would Increase Density Near Transit - StreetsBlog USA

Land within one-half mile of frequent transit would be automatically upzoned for higher density development under a proposal before the Oregon legislature. Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) unveiled a bill this week that would zone properties within one-half mile of transit to a maximum of 75 units per acre, according to Willamette Week. Properties within one-quarter mile of light rail would be rezoned to an upper limit of 140 units per acre. That’s equivalent to about a six-story building. Currently in Portland, density is only about seven people per acre. Low residential density around transit means access to transit is restricted and it can lead to housing price appreciation that

States May Forfeit $1 Billion in Biking and Walking Funding - StreetsBlog USA

States across the country are at risk of forfeiting up to $1 billion in funding for sidewalk construction, bike trails or other important safety projects — if they don’t use all the federal cash by September, according to the League of American Bicyclists. States face a looming deadline for “rescissions,” a routine budgetary practice where unspent portions of transportation funding must be returned to the federal government. Right now states have about $1 billions in unobligated biking and walking funds. The problem is one of political will, says Caron Whitaker, the Bike League’s vice president for government relations. By comparison, very little money for highways is in danger of being lost

DVRPC's Andrew Svekla talks to GVF about the King of Prussia Rail Station Area Planning Study -

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) recently released its Station Area Planning for the Norristown High Speed Line Extension to King of Prussia. Andrew Svekla, Associate Manager, Office of Smart Growth at DVRPC spoke to us about the potential station locations, recommendations made and his thoughts on the project benefits. Andrew - your report studies something very important to the neighbors of the King of Prussia rail project - where the stations are planned for Upper Merion Township. How many stations are currently planned? Could you give us some idea of how these locations were chosen? What were some of the criteria? The route that was selected as the Locally Preferr

Congress’s new transportation leader wants to make a deal - Curbed

Infrastructure is finally at the center of U.S. political discourse. But debates about the border wall aren’t what Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, the new chairman of the House’s transportation and infrastructure committee, wants to talk about. He wants to sound the alarm about the backlog of repairs fueling an economic—and environmental—crisis. “If we don’t make these investments, we’re going to become more carbon-intensive, in terms of transportation, and have the potential for economic catastrophe when something like the tunnels under the Hudson River go down,” says DeFazio. “I’m going to approach it from a very hard-hearted way: Boy, you’re stupid if you don’t make these investments.” DeFazio

D.C. moves to keep cars, including Ubers and delivery trucks, out of bike lanes - Curbed

Uber, Lyft, and taxi vehicles picking up or dropping off passengers as well as delivery trucks transporting goods would be explicitly barred from blocking city bike lanes under new rules that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced last Friday. The changes aim to close loopholes in the current rules as part of D.C.’s Vision Zero traffic safety program. It is already unlawful to obstruct District bike lanes in most instances, but the proposed regulations would expand the ban on doing so to include situations where drivers try to “avoid conflict with other traffic” and “load or unload passengers or freight,” per DDOT. Practices such as these endanger cyclists by bringing spe

Transit app Citymapper wants to simplify public transport with a weekly subscription - The Verge

Getting around a global city like London, New York, or Shanghai has become vastly more complicated in recent years. In addition to public transport options like buses and metro systems, travelers can now choose from a myriad of taxi apps, bike hire schemes, and new “micromobility” options like electric scooters. Transport app Citymapper wants to simplify the process of navigating all of this with a contactless payment card that runs on a weekly subscription: the Citymapper Pass. The card is only available in London right now with an initial rollout limited to a few thousand subscribers, but Citymapper says it’s part of a long-term goal to simplify city transit. “Right now, we see a real prol

The Cities With the Most Innovative Transportation Futures - The Street

Anyone who remembers The Jetsons might remember the family's flying bubble car or George Jetson shooting through a pneumatic tube that transports him to Mr. Spacely's office in the year 2062. As cities around the world become more congested and their air grows more polluted from crowded roads, mobility and transportation becomes an increasingly critical issue. Mobility in cities plays a central role in their economic prosperity, according to research by Deloitte, which recently published a report examining the future of mobility in cities around the world. According to Deloitte, an international professional services and consulting network, success of city mobility tends to stem from intelli

Three planning principles for better transportation projects - Mobility Lab

Washington, DC’s Southwest and Capitol Riverfront neighborhoods are changing. According to Michael Stevens of the Capitol Riverfront BID, this area of DC is rapidly developing into a sort of “new downtown”—the number of residents is expected to double in the next 10 years, and planned development projects range from commercial real estate to hospitality and performance venues. The neighborhoods have complicated histories. Before the 1950s, Southwest DC was a vibrant black working-class community, while the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood was largely a commercial and industrial site for the Navy. Construction of the interstate 395/695 and urban “renewal” projects in the 50s displaced resident

Ready or Not, Here Comes the Micromobility Revolution - City Lab

Inside a luminous former factory on the Bay Area waterfront last week, software geeks, VCs, and sundry tech evangelizers zipped around on electric bikes, scooters, and hoverboards. Industry representatives from Jump, Spin, and Lyft hawked their compact transportation widgets. This was the Micromobility Conference, billed online as “an event focused on unbundling the car with lightweight electric vehicles.” It wasn’t the world’s first summit for aficionados of tiny shared urban conveyances—one in Copenhagen in 2017 might have taken that honor. But the event’s historically resonant setting (an Albert Kahn-designed industrial space that once churned out military jeeps during World War II) and g

Minneapolis and Seattle Have Achieved the Holy Grail for Sustainable Transportation - Streets Blog U

Two American cities have finally cracked one of the hardest codes in city planning: Even with low gas prices, even with population growth, even with Uber and Lyft circling 24/7, Minneapolis and Seattle have reduced the amount of driving in their cities. Vehicle miles traveled are down 2 percent in Minneapolis between 2007 and 2016, according to city officials. During that time the city gained roughly 30,000 residents. Average daily traffic declined 5 percent in Seattle over roughly the same period — between 2006 and 2017, according to Dongho Chang, the city’s lead traffic engineer. Believe it or not, this is a rare feat. For example, San Francisco’s vehicle miles traveled increase 13 percent

Uber new feature will let you pay transit fares through its app - Curbed

With options to rent scooters and electric bikes via its Jump subsidiary, a ride with Uber today doesn’t always mean getting in a car. Now, thanks to a new feature, it may soon mean hopping onto a train. Today, Uber will launch a new Transit feature in Denver that allows users to plan their trips with public transportation in mind, and in the near future, pay for rides on buses and trains in-app. The new feature will include real-time transit information for the Denver Regional Transportation District, as well as step-by-step directions. Developed with technology from Masabi, a mobile ticketing service that began working with the ride-hailing giant last year, this new service will eventually

Why biking must be explicitly added to the Green New Deal - Mobility Lab

Now’s the time for sweeping climate change legislation that will reduce carbon emissions in the United States. That’s where the popular Green New Deal (GND) comes in, a proposal from newly-elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that, if passed, would set goals for future climate lawmaking. The first draft of the resolution leaked this morning, so the goals outlined might change. But as of this writing, there’s one glaring omission: biking. The surprisingly lackluster transportation goals in the GND are listed as the last item in the clean and renewable energy section, even though transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The goals are: Zero-emissio

How to reimagine public transit and get people out of cars - TreeHugger

Years ago, Alex Steffen wrote: There is a direct relationship between the kinds of places we live, the transportation choices we have, and how much we drive. The best car-related innovation we have is not to improve the car, but eliminate the need to drive it everywhere we go. We are seeing this play out in real time in California, which has more electric cars than any other state, but where tailpipe emissions continue to rise. According to Nichola Groom in Reuters, Houston's emissions have soared by 46 percent (but she doesn't say since when). Transportation emissions have also been rising in other major cities such as Atlanta, Philadelphia, and San Antonio, according to city climate emissi

6 ways trip-planning apps can change your commute - Curbed

In the final weeks of 2018, I caught a glimpse of transportation’s future on my way to an appointment. I was walking briskly to catch a bus I knew had 20-minute headways. If I missed it, I’d be late. I fired up a trip-planning app on my phone, which gave me a real-time countdown to when the bus would arrive. I had five minutes to go three blocks. Crap! Now walk-jogging, I toggled over to the ride-hailing option, ready to reluctantly summon a car as a fallback. But then my thumb glanced over a new button that had recently been added to the app’s home screen. Of course! I only had to veer a few steps out of my path to grab an electric scooter (since I already had an account, scanning the QR co

Self-driving cars could make city centers like old airport arrival areas - Mobility Lab

People who are authorities on autonomous vehicles (AVs) often say a major benefit will be the accompanying mass reduction in parking needed. And replacing parking with places where people can socialize, lounge, and generally enjoy living does indeed sound like a utopian vision for our cities of the future. But new research from the University of California, Santa Cruz in the current issue of Transport Policy finds a dark side when AVs replace all that wasteful parking. Author Adam Millard-Ball notes that AVs would be able to cruise around city streets – completely devoid of people – at less cost than having to pay to park during that time. Science Daily claims that “Millard-Ball is the first

R.I. Takes Biking/Walking Funds for Highways - The streets blog

Almost one dozen biking and walking projects across the state of Rhode Island are in jeopardy after a state agency decided to transfer $27 million in federal money dedicated to active transportation to highways and administrative expenses over the next 10 years. The money represents about 33 percent of the tiny pool of funding the Rhode Island Department of Transportation receives from the feds for walking and biking. The state blamed the changes on a state law that requires roads to be in a “state of good repair.” “We must use our limited funds for vital safety concerns [like] structurally deficient bridges,” the agency said in a statement. Rhode Island bridges have been ranked worst in the

Atlanta Regional Commission calls for major transit expansion with ‘long-range’ vision - Curbed

Gwinnett County voters are on the cusp of approving or denying massively consequential legislation that could lead to the introduction (or not) of Atlanta’s MARTA system in the northeastern suburbs. In March, Gwinnettians will elect to adopt or shoot down the idea of linking the MARTA transit agency with the region’s most populous suburban county. But that vote isn’t the only effort to grow metro Atlanta’s transit network in a way that could join other OTP communities with the city proper—and bolster transit within the city itself. On Wednesday, the Atlanta Regional Commission board okayed a “long-range” transit vision that suggests, among other proposals, an expansion of the light rail syst


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