Transportation


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    NY congestion pricing pause already has consequences for infrastructure projects

    The region’s transit agency stopped subway extension work that relied on the plan’s revenue. Meanwhile, a final federal approval of the congestion pricing came through.

    By June 20, 2024
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    Courtesy of Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
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    Virginia, Maine announce new state-supported intercity bus routes

    Both states are looking to expand their intercity bus services using federal and state funds.

    By June 18, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from Smart Cities Dive

    From worsening climate change to a shifting transportation landscape and the housing affordability crisis, cities have their work cut out for them in 2024.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    ‘A totally different world’: Autonomous trucks prepare to go driverless in Texas

    Heavy-duty, driverless AVs could hit the state’s roads this year. The companies operating the vehicles say safety is a priority, but some critics are still concerned.

    By David Taube • June 17, 2024
  • U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford making a statement at a Congressional subcommittee hearing.
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    (2024). "Revenue, Ridership, and Post-Pandemic Lessons in Public Transit" [Video]. Retrieved from T&I Committee Republicans/YouTube.
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    Public transit in the post-pandemic world: Views diverge at congressional hearing

    Some described transit as “essential” and needing stronger federal support, while others focused on the impact of higher costs and reduced ridership.

    By June 17, 2024
  • People line up to board a double-decker Megabus.
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    Megabus owner Coach USA files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The company has struggled to recover from the plummeting ridership and driver shortages sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    By June 14, 2024
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    Courtesy of California High-Speed Rail Authority
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    Building high-speed rail is ‘not for the faint-hearted.’ Here’s how to get started.

    A new document from the U.S. High-Speed Rail Coalition outlines the steps advocates should follow in the early stages of planning a high-speed rail line.

    By June 13, 2024
  • People holding signs in an ornate building. The largest sign reads, "Gov Hochul don't defund the subway."
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    Transit agency faces $15B funding gap after NYC congestion pricing reversal

    “We’re going to fight like hell to make sure we don’t have to reduce service,” Metropolitan Transportation Authority chair and CEO Janno Lieber said.

    By June 12, 2024
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    Amazon’s Zoox expands robotaxi testing to Austin, Miami

    The company will use retrofitted Toyota Highlanders with safety drivers instead of its autonomous robotaxi to gather "valuable insights and feedback."

    By Haley Cawthon • June 12, 2024
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    Uber loses gig worker court decision

    The battle over whether gig workers are independent contractors continues. A separate court case will decide the legality of a Lyft- and Uber-backed ballot measure in California that would define them as such.

    By June 11, 2024
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    NY governor stops Manhattan congestion pricing plan ‘indefinitely’

    The plan to help fund the transit authority by charging drivers entering Manhattan’s central business district faced fierce opposition from labor unions, taxi drivers and commuters.

    By June 5, 2024
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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.

    By Julie Strupp • June 5, 2024
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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.

    By June 5, 2024
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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. 

    By Haley Cawthon • June 4, 2024
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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.

    By June 4, 2024
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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."

    By June 3, 2024
  • Man in military uniform and two others wearing high visibility apparel outside a railroad terminal.
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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.

    By May 31, 2024
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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.

    By May 30, 2024
  • A Ford Pro electric vehicle charger with a F-150 Lightning pickup truck parked in the background.
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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.

    By Eric Walz • May 30, 2024
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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.

    By May 29, 2024
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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.

    By May 28, 2024
  • A person sits on the ground outside painting a colorful bench, while another lays behind the bench. Buckets of paint sit next to them.
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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.

    By Adina Solomon • May 23, 2024
  • Head-on view of a transit bus in a bus only lane along a busy Manhattan avenue.
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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.

    By May 22, 2024
  • A autonomous Waymo Jaguar I-PACE SUV yields to a pedestrian at a crosswalk.
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    NHTSA probes Waymo, Zoox over ‘unexpected’ self-driving behavior

    The robotaxi companies are facing investigations after their autonomous vehicles behaved erratically, causing collisions.

    By Haley Cawthon • May 21, 2024
  • Many men in suites board a high-speed train in Japan.
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    Optimism grows for US high-speed rail

    Private- and public-sector advocates praised recent progress at the annual high-speed rail conference in Washington, D.C., this week. 

    By May 17, 2024
  • Congressional Democrats call for greater focus on traffic deaths

    “The loss of one life is too many,” said U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., at a Wednesday press conference. 

    By May 16, 2024