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Transportation roundup 11/21/14

Transportation roundup 11/21/14

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

Washington, D.C. cancelled the planned streetcar that was to serve the Columbia Pike neighborhood in Arlington. David Alpert at Greater Greater Washington goes through some of the possible outcomes of the cancellation, and discusses fallout. The Los Angeles Auto Show’s Green Car of the Year ribbon was pinned not on Tesla, but the BMW i3. Unlike other plug-in […]

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Americans’ taxes subsidize congestion, study finds

Americans’ taxes subsidize congestion, study finds

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

The federal government is working at cross purposes with itself and local and state governments. In a study released last week by TransitCenter and Frontier Group, researchers discovered that federal tax subsidies are undermining transportation goals established by multiple levels of government. This discovery came through a review of commuter tax benefits. Currently, employers can […]

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Transportation roundup 11/19/14

Transportation roundup 11/19/14

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Technology Review published another in a series of articles penned in advance praise of V2V communication lately. Simply relaying velocity and speed can help reduce accidents, but one concern is uptake – the technology is unlikely to be required anytime soon, and like any network technology, V2V will be less useful until it’s ubiquitous. Transportation […]

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Fee set to punish hybrid & EV owners in Wisconsin

Fee set to punish hybrid & EV owners in Wisconsin

| November 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new proposal in Wisconsin would mean that the state would join four other states in effectively punishing electric vehicle owners in order to compensate for the revenue lost in fuel taxes, reports the Associated Press. Proposed by Governor Scott Walker’s office, the $50 yearly charge — which was included in a $750 million package […]

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Transportation roundup 11/18/14

Transportation roundup 11/18/14

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Tampa for getting a bikeshare program! Ybor City, the only bike-and-pedestrian-friendly enclave that I know of in all of Gulf Coast Florida, is now super-duper bike-and-pedestrian friendly! Everyone else, you can have US 19 (pictured). Dick van Veen argues in People for Bikes that a little chaos in street design isn’t a bad […]

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Transportation spending doesn’t fit public’s needs, study finds

Transportation spending doesn’t fit public’s needs, study finds

| November 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

We may be on the cusp of 2015, but transportation policies of state and federal governments are stuck in 2005, says the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (USPIRG). In a study released by the organization in September, researchers discovered that Americans drive no more in total than they did in 2005 and no more on […]

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Transportation roundup 11/17/14

Transportation roundup 11/17/14

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

A new app, Tug, alerts pedestrians who use their cell phones while walking when they’re about to amble into the street. South Florida airports vet drivers carefully before they can pick up or drop off riders. Now, Autoblog reports that Uber is advising drivers in Miami on how to avoid getting ticketed by airports for […]

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Vision Zero for cities symposium tackles traffic safety

Vision Zero for cities symposium tackles traffic safety

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week in Brooklyn, advocacy group Transportation Alternatives held the Vision Zero For Cities Symposium, a panel on Vision Zero, New York City’s movement to reduce traffic injuries to zero with the guiding principle that “No human being should be killed or seriously injured in traffic.” The event included leaders from the NYC Department of Transportation, […]

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Transportation roundup 11/14/14

Transportation roundup 11/14/14

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tesla Motors, which routinely sells out of cars and keeps supplies painfully low, supposedly has 3,000 cars packed away, unsold as of yet. Could mean bad news for the EV superbrand. Perhaps in response to Transportation Alternatives’ Vision Zero for Cities Symposium which kicked off yesterday, the city of New York launched a map tracking […]

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Remembering victims of traffic accidents worldwide

Remembering victims of traffic accidents worldwide

| November 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

On Sunday, November 16, all member countries will celebrate the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, an effort led by the United Nations (UN). In Greece, the SOS Road Crimes group is asking participants to gather and bring well-worn shoes to remind others of “the traveler and his unfulfilled desires.” In London, the Brahma […]

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Transportation roundup 11/12/14

Transportation roundup 11/12/14

| November 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since a rash of pedestrian-killing accidents involving distracted cyclists, New York City lawmakers have been intent on banning cell phone use while biking. Oh, wait, all those accidents never happened? I guess it was just a slow day in city council. Anyway, if Mark Treyger gets his way, the ban is on. Bike activists are irritated, the […]

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