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Self-braking cars reduce rear-end accidents by 38%

Self-braking cars reduce rear-end accidents by 38%

| May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Self-driving cars, long hailed for their safety benefits, are on the horizon (consider the Cadillac, for one). But one new study claims that just a single driver-free feature could reduce accidents by a staggering 38%. Recent research from the European road safety research organization Euro NCAP concludes that self-braking cars (which automatically hit the brakes to […]

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Study: Companies near highways should pay for employees’ driving

Study: Companies near highways should pay for employees’ driving

| May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just how much can a highway impact the local economy? A new study, “Infrastructure and the shaping of American urban geography,” from Yonn Dierwechter and Ali Modarres aims to find out to what degree businesses benefit from their proximity to the national highway system by studying Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Given nearly 60 years of investment […]

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New app for finding accessible parking in Hawai’i

New app for finding accessible parking in Hawai’i

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

A new smartphone app is helping drivers find accessible parking in the state of Hawai’i, according to Maui Now. DPark, an app supported by the Hawai’i State Disability and Communication Access Board, displays 500 photos of accessible spots that are available at airports, government office parking, certain malls, medical facilities, local venues, and state parks. App […]

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Housing costs depriving U.S. economy of billions

Housing costs depriving U.S. economy of billions

| May 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Regulations on new housing — and the resulting shortfall in supply — are costing the U.S. economy billions each year. How? A new study, “Why Do Cities Matter? Local Growth and Aggregate Growth” by Chang-Tai Hsieh of the University of Chicago and Enrico Moretti of UC Berkeley, finds that income disparity in metro areas is […]

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Transportation roundup 5/12/15

Transportation roundup 5/12/15

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Streets & Highways New Highway First Responders App Should Shorten Highway Closures // Santa Cruz, CA Patch Study suggests 25% of cars cause 90% of pollution // Autoblog Here’s What Happened When A Neighborhood Decided To Ban Cars For A Month // Co.Exist [Korea] Honda safety campaign hunting for faulty Takata airbags in junkyards // Autoblog Do Light Rail and Gentrification […]

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Transportation roundup 5/11/15

Transportation roundup 5/11/15

| May 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Streets & Highways Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty // NYTimes.com [reporting on NYU Rudin study] Making the Economic Case for More Walkability // Urban Land Magazine Self-driving cars involved in accidents in California // Autoblog ‘Biko’ app seeks to reward people for cycling in traffic-choked cities // CTV News “Abundant Access”: a map of a community’s transit choices, and […]

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Chicago app cage match: ParkWhiz vs. SpotHero

Chicago app cage match: ParkWhiz vs. SpotHero

| May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Earlier this week, the app ParkWhiz rolled out flat-rate “Simple Price Parking” at over 100 Chicago parking facilities, allowing drivers to reserve an hour of parking for just five bucks, or two hours for $10 and 12 hours for $15. “…The main goal with regards to introducing Simple Price Parking is we want to make parking […]

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The difference between “no parking” and “no stopping”

The difference between “no parking” and “no stopping”

| May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some drivers just don’t know when to stop. And who can blame them? All drivers have been directed by “No parking” signs and “No stopping” signs, but how many have stopped, er, paused to consider the difference between these two dictates? At least one California-based Press Enterprise reader has, and, while the answer to the […]

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L.A. strives for sustainability

L.A. strives for sustainability

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Smog, traffic, countless cars: Los Angeles strives to re-frame itself as a sustainable city. As Slate recently reported, L.A. has a bad rap for being environmentally-unfriendly. In early April, the governor announced California’s first mandatory restrictions on water use, and Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new sustainability “pLAn” outlines a number of goals, including removing coal from the city’s energy portfolio and […]

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Transportation roundup 4/30/15

Transportation roundup 4/30/15

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Streets & Highways Baltimore’s Day Off // The Atlantic Amid Baltimore Protests, These Residents Held a Town Meeting on the Street // Next City What If City Streetlights Brightened and Signs Spoke As You Passed? // Smithsonian The 10 Most Walkable Cities In The U.S. // Co.Exist Don’t Allow Seattle’s Enthusiasm for Light Rail to Be Used as Leverage to Win Highway […]

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Delays inhibit transportation infrastructure

Delays inhibit transportation infrastructure

| April 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Construction problems, project delays, and soaring price tags are inhibiting transportation infrastructure in the U.S. Consider the latest: Southwest Light Rail Transit, Minnesota’s largest transportation project, now requires a budget of $2 billion. The Silver Line Metro extension in the D.C. area is 13 months behind schedule and $226 million over budget. Transportation infrastructure, as we’ve written about […]

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