In NYC the subway as made real estate developers rich but nearly every expansion of transit since 1940 has been paid for by the riders and the general public

By JIM DWYER DEC. 14, 2017 NYTimes.com The Subways Made Them Rich. Is It Time for Them to Pay Up?  The Second Avenue subway line led to soaring property values along its first set of stops. When the next phase is completed, some transit officials say, the subway should benefit from the new wealth.CreditAlex Wroblewski for The New York Times By now, it …

Rooftop solar owners want a way to sell their surplus power, especially locally, cheaper, faster, more transparently

Bear in mind that most things that could be done with blockchain technology could also be done with centralized computer systems, too, so the real question is whether blockchain offers a more efficient, or more democratic, way of doing these things.  Ecowatch Jan 2018 A major obstacle to addressing climate change is that our energy system is highly centralized, while …

State carbon tax update

Washington State Carbon Tax Seattle Times, Jan 2018 Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday released an ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state. But will the Washington Legislature approve it? By Hal Bernton and Joseph O’Sullivan Seattle Times staff reporters OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday urged Washington lawmakers to embrace his ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state. In his State …

Regenerative Finance shows what non-extractive investing could look like

Araz Hachadourian posted Jan 10, 2018 in Yes! Magazine.  From the Winter 2018 issue on Solidarity: How to Build Joyful Economies In 2013, Kate Poole was at a conference for young people who wanted to put their vast wealth to good use. She had opportunities to invest in green technology and local food, but she felt that even well-intentioned investing often …

How AVs may affect private investment in new roads

Re-posted from John Niles on the End of Driving blog, 22 Sep 2017 Private-sector investors and their public sector counterparts should consider how autonomous vehicles might affect their investment in new transportation infrastructure. These $9 billion proposed P3 lanes would need to be tolled well beyond the multi-decade diffusion period of driverless cars. Maryland Proposes $9B Public-Private Partnership To Widen I-495, I-270, MD-295. …

3 Finance and Policy Fixes That Could Dramatically Reduce Transportation Emissions

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Dec 8, 2017 Transportation now surpasses electric power as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Graph:Bloomberg Toward the end of last year, the U.S. transportation sector surpassed electric power as the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. At Bloomberg, Tom Randall writes that the Trump administration’s attack on fuel efficiency standards could slow down attempts to clean up transportation …

Federal grant programs specifically for connected transportation and AV projects

Funding/financing Among the areas covered by the grants are connected vehicle technology (including systems for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications); dynamic signaling systems to reduce congestion; signage and design features that facilitate autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technologies; cybersecurity elements to protect safety-critical systems, and many more. These programs include: Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA): INFRA is a $1.56 billion …

AVs influence on revenue for agencies

From the Brookings Institute, 2016, Local government 2035: Strategic trends and implications of new technologies  Consider the following. This past year, the City of Los Angeles generated $161 million from parking violations.18 Red light violations have a fee of $490.19 Californians caught driving under the influence are fined up to $15,649 for a first-offense misdemeanor DUI conviction and up to $22,492 …

Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be – Is Capitalism Insolvent?

By T. Sabri Öncü  Prime Economics and The New Weather Institute 20 July 2017 Debts That Cannot Be Paid Will Not Be  International & World, Private Debt Total global debt has increased, growth has been slowing down since the onset of the global financial crisis in 2007 and has been rapidly decelerating after 2012. This may be a sign that the world has arrived at …