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Transportation roundup 10/31/14

Transportation roundup 10/31/14

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The University of Michigan Transport Research Institute discusses public perceptions of self-driving vehicles, with most people expecting that they’ll cut accident rates. A plurality had positive views of the burgeoning technology. Also from the always-superior (but invariably underappreciated) state of Michigan, Rachel Dovey’s article on how the formerly humble burg of Grand Rapids is becoming one of America’s […]

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New laws in China to encourage electric vehicle production

New laws in China to encourage electric vehicle production

| October 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

China used to be a country of cyclists. Fifty years ago, cars were such a rare sight that young boys would idle at street corners in Beijing, hoping one would drive by just so they could get a whiff of the foreign scent of petrol. Today China is becoming a nation of cars, second only to […]

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Transportation roundup 10/30/14

Transportation roundup 10/30/14

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Far more economic stimulus money earmarked for transportation projects seems to have gone to districts voting Democratic than Republican – 48% to 33%, according to ABC News, with the remainder going to projects crossing party lines. The USDOT points out that TIGER grants are merit-based, and often garner bipartisan support regardless of awardee districts. The redoubtable […]

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Gov’t tracks license plates, refuses citizens access to own records

Gov’t tracks license plates, refuses citizens access to own records

| October 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Law enforcement agencies are collecting license plate data on millions of American cars. Who’s tracking your license plate? And does it matter? The answers may startle you. A compelling report by AutoBlog reveals how law enforcement is using automated license plate readers to collect data en masse, allowing them insight to millions of American drivers’ […]

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Transportation roundup 10/29/14

Transportation roundup 10/29/14

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Trust us: the Westminster neighborhood in London is nowhere you want to park. It’s full of throngs of tourists, one-way streets, and tight security that can lead to annoying delays. It’s also an ideal place to test out SmartPark, an RFID system that will update participating drivers on vacancies in realtime, relying on RFID and […]

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How construction permits affect San Franciscans’ parking

How construction permits affect San Franciscans’ parking

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Street parking is becoming an even hotter commodity in San Francisco, a city known for its scarcity of spots, reports SFGate. Why? A construction boom is the city is responsible for eating up parking spaces, as stretches of curbside parking are blocked off as tow-away zones for weeks and months at a time so that […]

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Transportation roundup 10/28/14

Transportation roundup 10/28/14

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

A juicy new academic study from Health & Place [paywall] reports that “lower income tracts have higher prevalence of active commuting in all three modes [walking, biking, public transit] compared with higher-income tracts.” This flies in the face of a more tightly focused study alleging that lower income communities in Washington D.C. were less active. Is D.C. atypical, […]

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On the brink of the largest recall in U.S. history

On the brink of the largest recall in U.S. history

| October 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Members of Congress are calling faulty air bags from Japanese manufacturer Takata “a public safety threat,” foreshadowing what could become the country’s largest recall in history and prompting skepticism about automakers’ ability to manage the recall. It could be massive, affecting more than 30 million cars and trucks — top-selling models from Honda, Toyota, Chrysler, […]

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Transportation roundup 10/27/14

Transportation roundup 10/27/14

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Reinventing Parking points out that Sao Paulo is not, in fact, instituting parking maximums, it’s forcing developers to reckon parking past a certain point as part of Floor Area Ratio; if you build more than a certain amount of parking, it counts as floor space (I assume this is significant for taxation?). The Greater Marin […]

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Guardrails off the market due to safety & fraud concerns

Guardrails off the market due to safety & fraud concerns

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

A guardrail company will, for the time being, stop selling a product that has been found to impale auto occupants in crashes. Trinity Industries’ guardrails, which had already been banned in 13 states and counting as of last week, will be off the market until “further testing” can be done, reports the New York Times. […]

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How traffic signals work

How traffic signals work

| October 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s an intersection you’ve never really noticed because its light always seems to be green when you blow through it, and there’s another that seems to have the longest red light in the world. Both experiences reflect intentional differences in the ways traffic signals work, and while it can seem like cars trump pedestrians and […]

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