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A list of links to recent articles, reports and announcements relating to transportation policy, legislation and research.

In bleak report, U.N. says drastic action is only way to avoid worst effects of climate change Washington Post, Nov. 26, 2019 - The world has squandered so much time mustering the action necessary to combat climate change that rapid, unprecedented cuts in greenhouse gas emissions offer the only hope of averting an ever-intensifying cascade of consequences, according to new findings from the United Nations.
FCC Spectrum Proposal Spotlights Automaker Technological Divide Bloomberg, Nov. 20, 2019 - U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed reallocating to mobile devices airwaves long assigned to vehicle safety while preserving some of the spectrum for carmakers planning to deploy new technology.
Cities Worldwide Are Reimagining Their Relationship With Cars New York Times, Nov. 14, 2019  - At a time when most of humanity lives in cities, where do cars belong — especially the old, polluting ones that make city air foul for people to breathe? That question has vexed city officials across the world.
Is It Time To Take Highways Out Of Cities? Forbes, Nov. 21, 2019 - As we debate the future of the interstate highway system in light of advances in smart infrastructure and autonomous and electric vehicles, it’s worth considering whether some portions of the system should be removed, especially urban portions that are underused or harmful to the vitality of cities.
The future of autonomous delivery may be unfolding in an unlikely place: Suburban Houston The Washington Post, Nov. 13, 2019 - On the muggy streets of suburban Houston, amid McMansions, bright green lawns and stately oak trees, a futuristic race is quietly afoot. The contestants are not people but late-model Toyota Priuses outfitted with an array of sophisticated sensors. Despite fierce competition and unending pressure to perform, the nearly silent electric vehicles do not speed. They move cautiously, rigorously following traffic laws and never topping 25 mph.

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