The Transit App (integrated with Uber now) makes transportation easier

By Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica, 15 June 2017 Transportation systems never stay still. They are practically by definition and ever-evolving part of our society. As you may have noticed, ever-changing and expanding multimodal transportation systems are increasingly relying on apps, or connected to apps. In my recent experience of car-free weeks, I relied on multimodal systems and found it easy …

It’s time to stop pretending that roads pay for themselves: Car owners don’t come close to covering the price of maintaining the roads they use

By Angie Schmitt, 25 Nov 2015 If nothing else, the current round of federal transportation legislating should end the myth that highways are a uniquely self-sufficient form of infrastructure paid for by “user fees,” a.k.a. gas taxes and tolls. With all the general tax revenue that goes toward roads in America, car infrastructure has benefited from hefty subsidies for many …

95% of U.S. Car Miles Will Be Traveled in Self-Driving, Electric, Shared Vehicles by 2030

Business Wire, May 4, 2017 LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A historic revolution in transportation will end over 100 years of individual vehicle ownership and reshape the world’s energy economy in the process. That’s according to a groundbreaking new research report, Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030: The Disruption of Transportation and the Collapse of the ICE Vehicle and Oil Industries.   Assuming existing …

NY City Council wants to find a solution for transit deserts

By Josh Cohen, Next City, 1 May 2017 New York City Council Wants to Find a Cure for Transit Deserts Last week, the New York City Council passed a bill that requires the NYC Department of Transportation to study and propose solutions to subway deserts — neighborhoods with poor access to a system whose average weekday ridership is more than 5 …

What drove the driving downturn?

In an (academic) brawl over sprawl, planners are debating whether compact development contributed to a recent decrease in vehicles miles traveled. See Journal of the American Planning Association and CityLab By Richard Florida, 6 April 2017 Wikimedia Commons Since 2004, driving as measured by the number of vehicle miles traveled declined, reaching a two-decade low in 2012. Slumping figures for …

The hybrid plane that could halve the cost (and travel time) of flights: Boeing and JetBlue back hybrid-electric craft

Zunum Aero building 10-50 seat planes that ‘sip fuel only when they have to’ Firm claims this could allow them to tap into underutilized regional airports They say this could decrease travel times by 40 percent on busy routes  By Cheyenne MacDonald, Originally published in The Daily Mail, 6 April 2017 Boeing and JetBlue have turned their sights to hybrid-electric …

Transit ridership falling everywhere except cities with redesigned bus networks; CityLab says: stop asking whether Uber and Lyft are the enemy

Seattle offers protected bikeways.  Houston launched a totally redesigned bus network in 2015. The new system is designed to increase access to bus service that arrives at least every 15 minutes, as well as expand service on weekends and evenings. According to the FTA data, bus ridership in Houston grew 3.3 percent year over year. Seattle was one of the few …

Porterville, CA makes bus fleet fully electric

By James Ayre, 12 March 2017 Originally published on EV Obsession. The City of Porterville in California has entered into a sales contract with GreenPower Motor Company for the purchase of 10 EV350 40-foot zero-emission, all-electric, transit buses. The purchase will see all 9 of Porterville Transit’s routes go fully electric. Accompanying the purchase, 11 charging stations are to be …

Why Cities Are Starting to Decriminalize Fare Evasion

By Angie Schmitt on Streetsblog Mar 08, 2017 If you’re under 18 in California, jumping the turnstile can no longer saddle you with a criminal record. Last year, the state decriminalized transit fare evasion for minors, meaning young people can be fined but not charged with a misdemeanor. California State Senator Robert Hertzberg, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley, sponsored …