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    Archer Aviation receives FAA certification to operate air taxi service

    While eVTOL aircraft may seem futuristic, they will "become reality in the not-too-distant future," Archer's chief operating officer said.

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    Julie Strupp/Smart Cities Dive
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    How climate change is hitting highways

    The Federal Highway Administration does not have enough money to continue replacing roads that are not resilient against extreme weather, a federal highway research engineer said.

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    How US summer cooling costs are rising in 2 charts

    The average U.S. electric bill this summer is projected to set a 10-year record, finds a June 3 report from the National Energy Assistance Directors Association and Center for Energy Poverty and Climate.

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    Two cities win Lime competition for help with safe streets planning

    “We have information about bikes and pedestrians and scooters which essentially no one else has,” said the micromobility company's head of global policy.

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    Courtesy of Volvo Cars
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    $1.3B available for EV charging network expansion in US

    Government entities nationwide can apply for federal funding to build charging infrastructure in their communities. 

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    NYC’s heat safety plans for 2024: Free ‘cool kits,’ pet-friendly cooling centers

    “We learned a lot from last year,” Mayor Eric Adams said at a May 30 press conference.

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    What smartphone data can reveal about traffic accidents

    Distracted driving increased 30% from 2019 to 2024. One company wants to use data to help authorities "better understand what is happening more in real time."

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    Code compliance not enough to protect builders from lawsuits amid climate change

    Contractors and engineers must keep up with more frequent, severe extreme weather despite outdated building codes, said legal experts at a recent building innovation conference.

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    (2012). "Sailors set up lights in Hoboken." [Photograph]. Retrieved from Official U.S. Navy Page/Flickr.
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    FTA publishes climate resilience guidebook for transit agencies

    Updated climate data sources and community vulnerability screening tools are among the recommendations in the latest resource from the Federal Transit Administration.

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    Notable 2024 conferences for smart city leaders

    Newly added events focus on using technology and AI to address climate change. Bloomberg CityLab also announced details for its 2024 summit.

    Updated May 30, 2024
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    EVs will power buildings in Colorado city’s ‘transformative’ pilot

    The pilot will inform how vehicle-to-everything charging technology can be used in areas at high risk of prolonged outages due to natural disaster or emergency events, a utility partner said.

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    What are the top 10 US smart cities in 2024?

    New ProptechOS research analyzed 16 metrics related to connectivity and infrastructure, sustainability and the tech job market to name a new top smart city.

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    The most deadly cities for pedestrians keep getting deadlier: report

    US streets are "designed primarily to move cars quickly at the expense of keeping everyone safe," finds a Smart Growth America report released May 30.

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    Dallas signs EV charging agreement with Ford Pro

    As the city aims to electrify all its fleet vehicles by 2040, Ford will scale up the necessary EV charging infrastructure.

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    3 AI takeaways from Smart City Expo USA

    “Hard conversations” about AI can reveal "what the priorities are for your community and make sure that you're using AI responsibly" in that context, one tech leader said.

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    Retrieved from Office of Gov. Jared Polin on May 29, 2024
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    Colorado commits to expanding passenger rail

    Funding to expand Denver's rail transit north to Fort Collins and to develop a plan for intercity rail south along the Front Range was in legislation enacted this month.

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    States see wave of squatting-related legislation

    Florida, New York and other states passed laws this spring enabling removal of residents who are not legal occupants. Similar bills are being considered in other jurisdictions.

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    Brownfield clean-up job training programs can get $14M from EPA

    The federal agency also awarded over $300 million in grants to clean up polluted sites so communities can repurpose them into assets such as affordable housing and green space.

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    Courtesy of Caltrain
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    San Francisco snags $3.4B from FTA to bring commuter rail to downtown transit center

    The project also promises to support California’s high-speed rail ambitions. But first, local leaders will need to find even more funding.

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    Deep Dive

    Heat safety laws for workers in Texas, Florida, Phoenix to be put to the test

    As summer begins, some states prevent cities from mandating water breaks. Still, there are commonsense practices to protect workers from soaring temperatures, safety officials say.

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    Top cities for certified energy-efficient buildings announced by EPA

    Los Angeles has dominated the rankings for Energy Star-certified buildings year after year. The U.S. EPA has some ideas on why. 

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    Guerrilla urbanists are ‘doing it our damn selves’

    Some people decide to install bus stop benches, crosswalks and bike lanes without official approval. Experts say it’s an opportunity for cities to engage with the community.

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    Uvalde families announce $2M settlement with city, additional lawsuits

    While the families of those killed in a 2022 mass shooting will not pursue further legal action against the city, their legal team said they are suing state-level officers and intend to sue the federal government.

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    As cities add bus and bike lanes, traffic enforcement keeps them clear

    Automated cameras mounted on transit buses or fixed locations such as traffic signals can help catch violators and protect these priority lanes.

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    Litter audit data could drive more litigation and policy, experts say

    New York is suing PepsiCo for allegedly “harming the public and the environment with its single-use plastic packaging,” in part based on such data.