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SimCity for pros? Transitmix fosters fantasy transportation

SimCity for pros? Transitmix fosters fantasy transportation

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

You’ve heard of fantasy football. But for urban planning junkies like ourselves, what could be more thrill-inducing than fantasy transportation? A new mapping tool, Transitmix, provides exactly that. Particularly useful for urban planners – but open to all transport aficionados — Transitmix allows users to create bus routes across certain cities by clicking on different […]

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How hearing impaired drivers work at Lyft

How hearing impaired drivers work at Lyft

| October 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Out of the ongoing hubub over regulating rideshare companies emerges a positive new trend at ridesharing service Lyft: The company, recognizable for the giant pink mustache logos attached to its cars, is seeing an uptick in deaf hires. A number of sources have reported that deaf drivers using the app are on the rise, and, […]

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Senate bill: increase localities’ control over transport budgets

Senate bill: increase localities’ control over transport budgets

| September 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new bill would potentially give local agencies much improved access to federal transportation funding, reports Streetsblog. The bipartisan bill, introduced last week by senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, and Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, is called Innovation in Surface Transportation Act and, if passed would designate certain federal funds — long under […]

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Miami Beach loses $19 million in parking fees

Miami Beach loses $19 million in parking fees

| September 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although the government sector was the only one among other sectors in South Florida to contract in 2013, suggesting strained budgets, the City of Miami Beach has failed to collect almost $19 million in revenue from parking fees dating twenty-five years back. City staff discovered the oversight during a review of Miami Beach’s “fee in […]

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Pasadena uses parking meters to stop panhandling, help the homeless

Pasadena uses parking meters to stop panhandling, help the homeless

| September 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Some panhandlers stay silent and use signs to ask for money; others call out to passersby. No matter the method, it’s unclear if the money given will lift recipients out of their circumstances or keep them there by funding the purchase of drugs or alcohol. Pasadena hopes to get rid of that uncertainty with an […]

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Surprising findings on traffic tickets and parking prices for D.C. drivers

Surprising findings on traffic tickets and parking prices for D.C. drivers

| September 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Vindication for motorists across the Washington, D.C., area: Three public agencies responsible for issuing traffic tickets were reprimanded in a damning report released earlier this month by the district’s inspector general. Comparing D.C. against the states and nearby jurisdictions, the 115-page audit discovered multiple shortcomings: a startling number of ticket writers often confused about regulations […]

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NYC adding to speed cameras near schools

NYC adding to speed cameras near schools

| September 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

As New York Transportation Department sets out to exercise more control on traffic, drivers speeding near NYC schools will find it difficult to escape tickets. In a recent announcement, Mayor Bill De Blasio revealed that the city has started installing speed cameras near schools to protect kids against accidents. The move is a part of […]

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Eye-tracking technology comes to General Motors

Eye-tracking technology comes to General Motors

| September 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

So you’ve had your eye on that hot little number from General Motors. Sometime between now and 2019 you can expect it to return your gaze. Thank the company: the automaker recently inked a deal with Seeing Machines to purchase tracking devices for 500,000 vehicles over the next five years, says the Financial Times. The […]

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D.C. writing tickets over nonexistent streetcar

D.C. writing tickets over nonexistent streetcar

| September 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’ll be months before H Street sees the streetcar go live, but already D.C. enforcement officials are issuing tickets to drivers who park in its route. Testing of the line began in July, with the Department of Public Works issuing 143 tickets between July 24 and August 21. Because the fines run $100, the tickets […]

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Why aren’t parents buying technology that protects kids in hot cars?

Why aren’t parents buying technology that protects kids in hot cars?

| September 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parents who forget their kids in hot cars are viewed pretty harshly by others, but the sad truth is that it can happen to even the most loving parent or caregiver. Hot car fatalities claim an average of 38 kids per year in the US. From 1998 to 2013, 606 children in the age group […]

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Miami Beach losing thousands in parking fines, city workers say

Miami Beach losing thousands in parking fines, city workers say

| August 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

In just eight weeks, Miami Beach said goodbye to $85,000 in revenue it could have earned from parking citation fees. That’s the implication of claims from enforcement officials who say that the new parking system implemented by the city three months ago has serious glitches. When working correctly, the system allows motorists to pay for parking […]

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