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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.
Study: Driverless tech means millions fewer cars, but new bills to pay
Curbed, March 13, 2017 - With Uber, Lyft, and leading automakers running trials for ridesharing with local transit agencies and testing automated drivers, a new future for urban transportation is beginning to take shape. According to a new report, “Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders,” prepared by researchers from Arcadis, H&R Advising, and Sam Schwartz Consulting, that shift will change cities in many of the same ways you’ve heard before: roadways won’t look the same and urban design will need to adapt to new transportation realities. But this report also offers some new ways of looking at how this shift will impact U.S. cities. First of all, the study attempts to place numbers on just how many drivers will be impacted by the technology shift, and how many could afford or decide to switch to AV vehicles or a combination of AV rides and ridesharing, effectively abandoning private ownership.
Omaha’s Answer to Costly Potholes? Go Back to Gravel Roads
New York Times, MARCH 7, 2017 - After living more than 40 years along a road plagued by potholes, Jo Anne Amoura was excited to see city crews shred her block of Leavenworth Street into gravel. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, this is great. We’re going to get a new street,’” Ms. Amoura recalled. “And then we waited and waited and waited.” Fresh pavement never arrived. Only after the asphalt had been ripped out almost three years ago did Ms. Amoura and her neighbors learn that their street had been “reclaimed,” Omaha City Hall’s euphemism for unpaving a road.
Building a Road Map for the Self-Driving Car
New York Times, MARCH 2, 2017 - How do you create a map showing every road in the United States, with the precise location of every stop sign, all the lane markings, every exit ramp and every traffic light — and update it in real time as traffic is rerouted around construction and accidents? That’s a challenge that automakers and technology companies are confronting in their race to develop self-driving cars, the kind that someday will let you sit back and read or watch TV on the way to work each morning.
When Robots Take Bad Jobs: Trucking industry ripe for automation
The Atlantic, Feb. 27, 2017 - James Ford worked at various printing presses for decades, eventually becoming head pressman at a bookbinding shop in Michigan. But the industry was changing, and as the work required fewer and fewer people, he searched around for his next career. He settled on truck driving…Ford is one of thousands of workers going through schools like Celadon, which promise to get people out on the road and into employment in short order. Every year, the trucking industry makes a big push to recruit new workers like Ford, bemoaning a driver shortage in a booming industry.
How to pay for Texas' $12 billion bullet train without asking the state for money
Dallas Morning News, Feb. 20, 2017 - Texas Central Partners has repeated its promise time and time again.It will connect Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes with the nation’s first high-speed rail line. And it will get the $12 billion job done without public funding.This collaboration between The Dallas Morning News and the Texas Tribune explores how a plan to link Dallas and Houston by high-speed rail highlights a widening divide between Texas' rural roots and its explosive urban-suburban growth. Proponents of the Texas bullet train say it’s not only possible, but inevitable, as the country's interstates, bridges and tunnels near the end of their useful lives.
Highway or No, Trenton Eyes Waterfront Redevelopment
NextCity | February 17, 2017 - Just south of Trenton’s famous bridge, which telegraphs the message “Trenton Makes, the World Takes,” is a swath of waterfront property many agree could yield much more for New Jersey’s capital city — if only a pesky little highway could be replaced. Cut off from the rest of downtown by Route 29, the crescent-moon-shaped tract of land hosts a minor league baseball stadium, a nightclub, an underutilized park and a handful of state agency offices. Employees overwhelmingly drive to the area and, when there’s not a game going on, leave it nearly empty after 5 o’clock.
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Bayonne awards 5-year contract for bike-share program The Jersey Journal, 3/17/2017 - Along with moving forward with a commercial center off of Route 440, the City Council during its meeting Wednesday night approved a five-year contract to establish a bike-share program in the Peninsula City.
Chadwick Beach Island Bridge study funding approved NJTPA Mention
Toms River Patch, 3/16/2017 - The bridge that connects Chadwick Beach Island to Route 35 on the barrier island in Toms River may be getting some needed attention after officials approved a study of the bridge in March, Ocean County officials said.
County will look into replacement options for Chadwick Island Bridge NJTPA Mention
Shorebeat, 3/16/2017 - Ocean County has received grant funding that will go toward studying replacement options for the wooden bridge which carries Strickland Avenue over a lagoon to Chadwick Island.
Could Newark's Central Avenue Bridge be replaced? Essex County Place, 3/17/2017 — NJTPA Mention
Green Brook explores creating town center myCentralJersey.com, 3/17/2017 — NJTPA Mention
Glen Ridge pushes for bike lane to Branch Brook Park NJTPA Mention
NorthJersey.com, 3/16/2017 - Members of the Glen Ridge Borough Council took a step toward potentially creating a bike path connecting the borough with other parts of Essex County.
Do trucks really get tickets for riding in the left lane? NJ.com, 3/16/2017 - Ever get annoyed by that slow moving bus or truck hogging up the left lane, especially when there are signs telling them not to be there?
Amtrak says Gateway project would mean 4-to-1 economic payback Bloomberg News, 3/15/2017 - Gateway, the $25 billion project to ease commuter congestion between New Jersey and New York, would generate $4 for every one spent, according to a summary released by Amtrak.
Why is my car shaking after the snowstorm? The Record, 3/15/2017 - This can be alarming for some who don't know the cause, and may even lead you stop at the mechanic on the way to work. But there's a fix, and it may not be what you think.
Road Warrior: Ice-cold logic for a wintry commute The Record, 3/15/2017 - If you’re like Hilary Eth, Tuesday’s snowstorm and Wednesday’s aftermath left you “amazed and upset by people who still don't clear the snow off their roofs.”
Is construction on the Harrison PATH station running behind? NJ.com, 3/14/2017 - Construction is underway and ongoing for the new eastside station "head" houses, which house stairs, elevators, escalators and turnstiles between the platform and the street.
Essex County names Irishman, Irishwoman of the Year NJTPA Mention
Bloomfield Patch, 3/14/2017 - During the afternoon ceremony, the County Executive recognized Mary Murphy, Executive Director of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, as the 2017 Essex County Irishwoman of the Year, and Essex County Clerk Christopher Durkin as the 2017 Essex County Irishman of the Year.
Feds say 27 county bridges need repairs New Jersey Herald, 3/12/2017 - According to 2016 data compiled by the Federal Highway Administration, New Jersey's percentage of structurally deficient bridges (9 percent) is just slightly below the national average (9.4 percent).
NJSP to set up St. Patrick's Day DWI checkpoints Asbury Park Press, 3/13/2017 - State troopers will set up sobriety checkpoints throughout the state Friday, two of them in Monmouth County, they announced Monday.
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