How cities and states can get more zero-carbon vehicles on the road - Greenbiz

States have started to put together the policy building-blocks for decarbonization of their economies. The federal government — and states that have lagged behind — can follow their lead in setting carbon emission targets, mandating renewable energy use, upgrading electric grid technology, improving energy efficiency and various other areas laid out in earlier installments of this series. To support these efforts, we also will have to overhaul our transportation system. Over the course of the past century, we used fossil fuels to revolutionize the way we move from place to place — creating unprecedented mobility, but substantially contributing to climate change. About 30 percent of U.S. gree

Can autonomous scooters solve sidewalk clutter? - Curbed

A new startup, Tortoise, believes that combining two of the latest trends in transportation technology, electric scooters and autonomous vehicles, can create a more efficient, sustainable transit option. Founder and president Dmitry Shevelenko, a former Uber employee, says Tortoise doesn’t want to be a new operator, it simply wants to be a technology partner making other scooter systems better. With the ability to move scooters without human operators—which require more vehicle traffic, carbon emissions, as well as hourly wages—Tortoise’s technology can move scooters that are obstructing sidewalks or driveways to city-approved parking spots, public transit hubs, even someone’s front doorstep

Toyota will offer robot taxi rides during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo - The Verge

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has largely kept quiet on its self-driving car program. The Japanese company has released some information about its test vehicles and the types of sensors it’s using, but we’ve seen very little of the cars in operation. That’s about to change in 2020: Toyota says it will be conducting a limited ride-hailing pilot in downtown Tokyo with its fleet of “SAE Level-4” automated vehicles. (SAE stands for the Society of Automobile Engineers, and Level 4 is a reference to the group’s classification for an autonomous vehicle that can perform all of the driving tasks under a specific set of conditions, such as weather or geography.) Toyota may be calling its cars

Transit-Oriented Development, Philadelphia Style - Railway Age

Since its conception in the early 1980s, TOD has taken hold from coast to coast, with recent high-profile projects like Hudson Yards and One Vanderbilt in New York City. On the West Coast, the Bay Area is investing billions of dollars in TOD. So, what’s happening in the City of Brotherly Love, one of America’s oldest and most storied cities? It’s important to take a step back and look at the founding of this city, when William Penn laid out the original streets, avenues, blocks and parks. At the time, transportation was dependent on horse and carriage. While not all of Philadelphia’s streets still conform to such widths, many still do, and have the cobblestone paving to show for it. And the

New Report Mulls Transportation Parking Options for the Next Decade - UVA Today

The University of Virginia’s 10-year parking and transportation master plan features a combination of transportation innovations and increasing parking efficiency and capacity. A steering committee equipped with significant input from the public and employees directed the plan, a joint effort produced by the Office of the Architect for the University and the Department of Parking and Transportation. The final report promotes transportation alternatives, such as enhanced incentives for carpooling, along with more traditional responses, such as expanding the parking inventory. The options are laid out in short-, mid- and long-term plans, although Rebecca White, director of the Department of Pa

Cities look to where the future lies with bus rapid transit - METRO

Mark Huffer will be speaking on Bus Rapid Transit at our upcoming Advancing Mobility Summit on the Novemeber 4th at the Crowne Plaza. When bus rapid transit (BRT) systems first started becoming popular in the U.S. a decade or so ago, no one could have predicted how they would change the landscape of how transit is provided. Technology advances and a renewed focus on the customer will change it yet again. With enhanced stations, dedicated travel lanes, level (or near-level) boarding, and off-board fare payment, BRT represents a significant enhancement from traditional bus service, and BRT capital costs can be as little as $10 million per mile, depending on the type of system and length of the

The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America - The New York Times

Transportation is the largest source of planet-warming greenhouse gases in the United States today and the bulk of those emissions come from driving in our cities and suburbs. The map below shows a year’s worth of CO2 from passenger and freight traffic on every road in the Philadelphia Region. Emissions from driving in the Philadelphia metro area grew faster than population between 1990 and 2017, which means emissions per person have increased. These findings come from a New York Times analysis of new data released through Boston University’s Database of Road Transportation Emissions. The database provides the most detailed estimates available of local on-road CO2 over the past three decades

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Chester Valley Trail, the Crown Jewel of the County’s Trail System

No matter where you go in Chester County, you will find several people who are interested in trails. These trails provide unique experiences and places for residents and visitors to exercise and relax. “Our trails and open spaces are such an important part of the strong quality of place in Chester County,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Michelle Kichline. “In addition to providing recreational benefits that contribute to the positive health of those who live here, trails are becoming an important component of the county’s multimodal transportation network.” Here are five things you may not know about the crown jewel of Chester County’s trail system, the Chester Valley Trail: The Ch

San Francisco’s Busiest Street Is Going Car-Free - CityLab

A just-approved plan will redesign Market Street to favor bikes, pedestrians, and public transit vehicles. But the vote to ban private cars didn’t happen overnight. A weekday bike commute on Market Street is like running an obstacle course for your life. For the unprotected 1.5 miles between Eighth Street and the Embarcadero, cyclists must swerve around streetcar tracks and bus platforms, negotiate with clots of crossing pedestrians, and dodge cars, delivery trucks, and buses weaving in and out of lanes. Little wonder that Market is part of San Francisco’s “High Injury Corridor,” the 13 percent of streets that make up 75 percent of the city’s severe and fatal collisions. Prepare for some big

Trains Are Great, But RTD Sees A Future Denver Packed With Bus Rapid Transit - CPR News

Since voters approved a multi-billion dollar capital plan called FasTracks in 2004, the Regional Transportation District’s expansion efforts have been nearly all about trains — they’ve opened the four new rail lines since 2014, and there are plans for another next year. Now though, the transit agency is exploring a new network that could have the speed of rail with much cheaper costs. Yes, RTD is looking to get back on the bus. Not just any old bus, though. RTD is putting the finishing touches on a study of busy arterial roads that are good candidates for bus rapid transit. Those lines would use rubber on pavement and have other premium characteristics that are more typical of rail. The most

Active Transportation Transforms America - Rails to Trails Conservancy

More than half of all trips in the United States are within a 20-minute bike ride or less, and more than one in four trips are within a 20-minute walk or less, according to the 2017 National Household Travel Survey. Even so, the majority of these short trips are taken by automobile. Across rural, suburban and urban America, there are opportunities to shift short trips from driving to walking and biking by creating safe active-transportation networks. In the process, this mode shift can create remarkable economic returns and improve the quality of lives; in fact, the findings of this report reveal that the potential annual return on investment of connected active-transportation infrastructure

Every bus in this country deserves its own lane - Curbed

Earlier this month, New York City did something remarkable. The city transformed one of its busiest crosstown routes into a bus-only street and, by all accounts, the world did not end. It’s being called a miracle, but really, it required no divine intervention: Faced with crushing congestion on 14th Street, the city simply separated its buses from other vehicular traffic. The M14 bus now runs at twice the speed of the M42 bus, which travels a similar distance along Midtown Manhattan’s 42nd Street; it’s so fast that riders are missing their stops. The street is quieter, calmer, and safer, with no adverse affects on other nearby streets. Improved service that exceeds all expectations? This is

Waze thinks it can get Americans carpooling again - The Verge

A year ago, navigation app Waze made a risky bet on carpooling, a type of commuting that has waned since its heyday in the 1970s. It launched Waze Carpool, a dedicated app that lets nonprofessional drivers offer rides to people who are traveling on a similar route for a nominal fee. So how’s it been going? Pretty good it seems, according to some statistics the company released on October 10th to celebrate its first year in the carpooling business. Waze says carpool customers completed more than 550,000 rides globally last September. (Waze Carpool is available in the US, Mexico, Brazil, and Israel.) The company predicts that it will cross 1 million monthly rides by early 2020. Carpool custome

A Micromobility Experiment in Pittsburgh Aims to Get People Out of Their Cars - CityLab

The Pittsburgh Micromobility Collective will create an all in-one mobility hubs near transit stops, to compete with Uber and Lyft and help commuters go car-free. Last October, a few weeks before thousands of white-collar urban transit professionals descended for a convention of their own, Pittsburgh hosted a different type of transportation summit. Dubbed MobiliT, it convened city officials, transit technologists, and civil society-types with everyday Pittsburgh residents. Each person in the last group brought some type of mobility challenge unmet by Pittsburgh’s current bus, light rail, and bikeshare offerings. Some were single mothers traveling with multiple kids. Others were service worke

Why the Bus Got So Bad, and How to Save It - CityLab

If you had flicked through the cavernous layers of New York City transit Twitter last Thursday morning (and practically ever since), all you would have seen were buses. There they are, speeding down Manhattan’s 14th Street on freshly painted red lanes devoid of private car traffic, which is now banned for most hours of the day. This was the first glimpse of a true bus-centric street in America’s largest city, a feat of traffic engineering that fended off civil lawsuits to become a reality. The busway is now over a week old and has already increased the speeds of one of the city’s pokiest routes. In hindsight, its mission statement—give buses priority, and they will move efficiently—seems so

Street by Street, Amsterdam Is Cutting Cars Out of the Picture - CityLab

Armed with a street-design tool called the knip, the Dutch capital is slashing car access in the city center, and expanding public transit hours. Famously, private cars in Amsterdam take a back seat to bicycles: Roughly two-thirds of urban journeys in the Dutch capital take place on two wheels, and only 19 percent of citizens use cars every day. Still, there are a lot of cars left in the city, and they’re causing tension for everyone else. Mobs of cyclists jostle for cycling space and limited bike parking spots, which in turn often antagonizes pedestrians, who find their spaces invaded by bikes. In an effort to ease this clash of mobility modes and achieve its ultimate goal of becoming a “ca

New Provo-Orem rapid bus now rivals the ridership of TRAX Green Line - The Salt Lake Tribune

One Utah Transit Authority bus route now is carrying about as many people — or more on some days — as the Green Line TRAX trains. The Utah Valley Express (UVX), a bus rapid transit line in Orem and Provo that serves both Utah Valley and Brigham Young universities, now averages about 14,600 boardings daily. On some days, like the football game between BYU and the University of Utah, it had more than 16,000. In comparison, ridership on the Green Line TRAX averaged about 15,400 boardings a day in August. Its lowest monthly average so far this year was in May, with 13,284, according to UTA data. Light-rail lines such as TRAX — which offer service every 15 minutes on trains with many long cars —

Electric bus fleets are the latest tool for improving air quality - Greenbiz

Concerns about air quality and vehicle emissions are rising globally. According to the Health Effects Institute, air pollution is one of the top-ranking risk factors for death and disability, with vehicle emissions the main contributor of outdoor pollution. Local and regional governments are increasingly focused on improving their ambient air quality. Enter the electric bus While the bus market historically has been dominated by internal combustion engines, electric buses are increasingly popular in transportation headlines. More and more, transportation agencies are setting sunset timelines for the purchase of diesel buses and announcing goals to transition to zero-emission fleets — primari

A glimmer of hope as ridership rebounds for Metro and other transit systems - The Washington Post

EndFragment EndFragment EndFragment Americans took 2.5 billion passenger trips on public transportation in the second quarter of 2019 — 11 million more trips than during the same period last year, according to the latest report by the American Public Transportation Association. The increase in subway ridership was largely driven by the New York subway and Metro. Some places, including King County, Wash., Sacramento and Minneapolis, showed significant gains in light-rail ridership. Commuter rail systems in central Florida, Denver and New York also had big increases. And ridership for the Blacksburg, Va., bus system was up nearly 28 percent for the second quarter of the year, according to the

Ford Using Artificial Intelligence to Solve Urban Driving Problems - Car and Driver

Ford's transition from automaker to mobility company took another step forward in a small office space in downtown Ann Arbor this week. Instead of a new car or fancy self-driving tech update, Ford's big news was, basically, an AI-powered database. Standing next to a big 3D model of the city, Ford's vice president of mobility, marketing and growth, Brett Wheatley, announced the Ford City Insights platform. It uses AI and data from various sources—among them traffic cameras, parking garages, and police reports—to analyze everything from where collisions are most likely to happen to which roads would be best served by microtransit shuttles or scooters. The City Insights platform is made up of


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