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How Cities Should Be Preparing for the Onset of Autonomous Vehicles
GovTech, April 19, 2017 - Last year, when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its autonomous vehicle guidelines, the document helped lay out a strategy for how the government will adopt self-driving vehicles. NHTSA suggested that the vehicle itself should be certified safe as a part of its federal motor vehicle safety standards and that states should remain responsible for the licensing and registration of the vehicle
Cities Seek Deliverance From the E-Commerce Boom
CityLab, April 2, 2017 -Just before 3 in the afternoon on a rainy spring day, Keith Greenleaf busts out his “bricklaying” skills. That’s delivery-driver parlance for balancing an inordinate amount of cardboard boxes on a metal handcart. As high as his collarbone he stacks them, packages labeled HP, J. Crew, Amazon Prime. “This is probably one of the first days I don’t have Pampers or dog food,” he says.
Who Will Buy Baby Boomers' Homes?
CityLab, April 14, 2017 - A recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies forecasts that the remodeling industry will remain robust over the next ten years. The growth will be driven, as ever, by the Baby Boomer generation, 80 percent of whom own homes, and two-thirds of whom have expressed a desire to “age in place.” This means that many of them are modifying their living quarters to include such “universal design” features as wider doors and hallways to accommodate wheelchair use.
Dubai Aims to Be the Transportation City of Tomorrow
Wall St. Journal, April 13, 2017 - DUBAI—Transportation authorities here in the largest city in the United Arab Emirates are working on a novel solution for businesspeople stuck in traffic jams: flying, driverless drone taxis that will swoop in and swiftly take them to their destinations. Dubai is looking at approving use of an autonomous drone that will carry one passenger short distances. The battery-powered flying taxi—built by Chinese drone maker Ehang Inc.—could be available for booking through an app as soon as this year, depending on how tests go, Dubai’s transportation authority says.
National Awards for Driving Positive Change in Underserved Communities
March 30, 2017 - hAt a social innovation summit in the nation’s capital today, The Atlantic and Allstate will honor five nonprofits with Renewal Awards for their innovative, grassroots approach to solving our nation’s most pressing challenges.The five Renewal Award recipients have a shared mission, which is to meet the needs of underserved communities, including LGBT homeless youth, incarcerated women and their families, neighborhoods ravaged by violence, and at-risk young men and women. The winners have affected thousands of lives and serve as role models for other organizations grappling with how to drive change in communities across the country.
Ports, Truck Drivers Testing Appointment Systems 2.0 for Shipping Container Pickups
Trucks.com. March 28, 2017 - Truck drivers are on the fence about new appointment systems meant to eliminate congestion outside terminal gates that are popping up in ports from Long Beach, Calif., to Newark, N.J. That’s because they remember early appointment systems intended to allow drivers to pick up and drop off shipping containers that fell short of their intended outcome. Some were designed without input from the truckers that used them.
WELCOME TO UBERVILLE: Uber wants to take over public transit, one small town at a time
The verge, March 17, 2017 - My first morning in Altamonte Springs, Florida, I was faced with a dilemma: how to travel the two miles from my hotel to city hall without a car. Walking would take nearly an hour in the sweltering June heat. Taking a bus would entail waiting up to a half hour at a stop with little shelter from the forecasted thunderstorms, followed by a looping detour to the local mall. The trip could potentially take longer than walking.
What Works: The Train Line That Brought the Twin Cities Back Together
Politico magazine, March 15, 2017 - More than 45,000 people rode the Green Line on its first day, June 15, 2014—the first time trains had connected the Twin Cities’ downtowns in more than 60 years. The $957 million project had taken eight years to design and build, but it was 30 years in the making if you counted the time it took to line up political support. The party wasn’t a simple celebration of a civic triumph. It was also a chance for light rail’s supporters to start winning over residents and business owners along the route who had been skeptical, even downright hostile to the trains. It was their chance for the supporters to start making good on promises that light rail would do more good than harm.
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Transportation authority seeks public input for long-term transportation plan NJTPA Mention
NewJerseyHills.com, 4/24/2017 - The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) is asking for the public's input as it creates "Plan 2045: Connecting North Jersey," the region’s next long-range transportation plan.
Watch out! These North Jersey crosswalks are the most dangerous The Record, 4/21/17 - If you’re dying to know which crowded intersections require the most caution, here’s a little research-based advice to keep you from joining the ranks of the nameless pedestrians who typically are killed or injured in more than 770 crashes at busy streets in Bergen and Passaic counties each year.
After Stampede at Penn Station, Amtrak Police Point to Security Flaws WNYC, 4/21/2017 - On any given day, the police union says, there are five Amtrak officers per shift to patrol all of Penn Station — the busiest commuter hub in the country, with 650,000 commuters a day. That's more than LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports combined.
Can Amtrak bar NJ Transit from Northeast Corridor if state withholds rent? NJ.com, 4/20/2017 – NJ Transit pays Amtrak $93 million a year so that more than 400 of its trains can use the Northeast Corridor, but Gov. Chris Christie wants to stop making the lease payment until he gets answers to maintenance questions after an April 3 derailment in Penn Station.
Ever wonder if you're really getting name brand gas at a service station? NJ.com, 4/20/2017 - Do you ever wonder if the gasoline that's delivered to your gas station in a tanker truck with a different name on the side is the correct brand that you're paying for?
Amtrak CEO Says New York City-Area Railroad Troubles Will Get Worse Bloomberg, 4/20/2017 - After three passenger-train mishaps in the past month underscored the fragility of New York City rail travel, Amtrak Chief Executive Officer Wick Moorman said the only solution is the $23 billion Gateway tunnel project.
How does NJ decide which road projects will get funded? NJ 101.5, 4/20/2017 - In the next few months, New Jersey lawmakers are expected to approve a plan to create a commission that would give final approval for road, bridge and rail projects funded by the Transportation Trust Fund.
Newark Airport to Get New Terminal A NJTV News, 4/19/2017 - The Port Authority’s vision for a new A includes a 1 million square-foot, T-shaped terminal that’ll handle 13 million passengers through 33 gates — a 50 percent increase in capacity.
Birthplace of the electric car gets charging stations from BMW NJ.com, 4/19/2017 - The first electric vehicle charging station to be installed by BMW at 100 National Park Service sites was unveiled Wednesday at the West Orange laboratory where Thomas Edison worked on an electric car battery 100 years ago.
Amtrak CEO upbeat despite derailments The Record, 4/19/2017 - Charles W. Moorman, Amtrak’s new president and CEO, is having a tough spring.
NY, NJ senators invite transportation secretary to view decaying train tunnels Reuters, 4/19/2017 - To preserve federal funding for critical rail projects, New Jersey and New York senators on Wednesday asked U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to examine firsthand the decaying train tunnels that threaten to cripple regional travel if they fail.
Do police really give out tickets for parking in spots for the disabled? NJ.com, 4/18/2017 - Is there a way to ensure that drivers who have placards or license plates that allow them to use parking spaces for the disabled are eligible to do so?
New Hope-Lambertville Bridge to temporarily close NJ 101.5, 4/18/2017 - The New Hope-Lambertville Bridge will close next week to vehicle traffic to allow for utility work on the New Jersey side.
Bridge repair, replacement planned near Airpark Micromedia Publications, 4/18/2017 - The Ocean County Freeholders have committed to replacing Zebb’s Bridge, which begs the question: Where is Zebb’s Bridge?
The $1B road to a new Pulaski Skyway in 15 photos NJ.com, 4/18/2017 - The reopening of all Pulaski Skyway lanes has been pushed back for a third time to spring 2018 after state transportation officials decided to replace retaining walls while lanes on the 3.5-mile span are closed.
Hoboken concourse, platform to reopen after fatal crash The Record, 4/17/2017 – A concourse at Hoboken Terminal will reopen this summer after being boarded up since an NJ Transit train barreled over a bumper block and into the station, killing one women and injuring more than 100 people.
Feds pledge $229M to repair Holland Tunnel damage from Sandy NJ 101.5, 4/17/2017 - Nearly five years after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the east coast, the federal government announced it will spend more than $200 million to repair damage done by the storm to the Holland Tunnel.
Rutherford, Ridgewood awarded Safe Routes grants The Record, 4/17/2017 - Rutherford will receive $368,000 and Ridgewood $400,000 in funding intended to make bicycling and walking to school safer for local children.
Paramus resident's commuter proposal gets attention The Record, 4/17/2016. In its latest newsletter, the borough published a commuter survey intended to gauge Paramus residents' views regarding their commutes to and from work.
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