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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.

grand rapids bridge with Loch Ness Monster statue

Image of the lovely city of Grand Rapids from Steven Depolo.

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 great transit cities, through rezoning, BRT, progressive bike lane enforcement (i.e., any at all – we New Yorkers are jealous!) and other measures.

We’ve been following this for awhile, but distracted driving laws are starting to look more and more problematic, not because driving distracted is a great idea, but simply because implementation is so difficult. The Detroit News says the IIHS just released a study showing that handheld phone bans aren’t affecting accident rates (and this is on the heels of another in California with similar findings).

Developers and local activists are rarely in so much accord as around the issue of new parking construction: the less of it the better. Miami is the latest city to hear from both groups about dumping parking minimums for new properties, and Commissioner Francis Suarez appears to back the play, according to the Miami Herald. We wish them luck.

The New York Times reports on some interesting new parking carousels built by Parkmatic in Brooklyn – the first of their kind here.

And to send you into the weekend with an acrid and sulfuric whiff of bureaucracy, news from state DOTs:

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