Seattle uses tax on biggest businesses to fund program to curb homelessness. How Nashville is funding a $5.2bn transit upgrade

By Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky, 16 Oct 2017 Smart City Dive Two Seattle councilmembers have proposed a business tax that could generate up to $24 million a year to fund the H.O.M.E.S (Housing, Outreach, and Mass-Entry Shelter) program, developed to alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis, according to GeekWire and others. The tax would be imposed upon the city’s highest-grossing businesses, which are those with at …

Increasing ridership, bucking the trend in Seattle: 3 perspectives

Oct 2017, CityLab: Three experts in three very different positions weigh in on their city’s ridership success. SHARE Almost every major U.S. city has seen years of decline in bus ridership, but Seattle has been the exception in recent years. Between 2010 and 2014, Seattle experienced the biggest jump of any major U.S. city. At its peak in 2015, around 78,000 …

Four achievable ways to build a better bus system

Greater, Greater Washington TRANSIT By Alon Levy (DC Policy Center ) October 3, 2017 article 80 Image by thisisbossi licensed under Creative Commons. There are a slew of bus route changes up for debate in DC right now. Where Metrorail’s troubles lie in complicated funding, safety, and logistical challenges, the buses’ are about network design–which happily, is relatively easy to change. Here are four achievable ways to make our local buses better. …

Good transit allows you to travel when you want and live a freer life

Oct 2017, MobilityLab “Freedom’s Just Another Word for Public Transportation” Not every transit agency can be a superstar communicator like LA Metro. (For the latest evidence of that, don’t miss the system’s new ads that embrace the weird and use a topic as vanilla as “good manners on the train and bus” as a launching pad for reaching a goal of actually getting …

Next micro-transit experiment seeking partners in LA

Los Angeles’ transit agency already runs buses and trains throughout the county, but now it’s looking into a brand new option for transportation — on-demand van pools. Dubbed micro-transit, the vehicles could be hailed by riders at street corners who need to get to transit hubs or destinations not served by buses and trains. “It’s kind of combining the best …

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility

The Kaohsiung Strategies for the Future of Urban Mobility Final draft as of 21 September 2017.  Announced 2-4 October 2017 We, the representatives of cities and entities that support implementing sustainable urban mobility, assembled in Kaohsiung on 2-4 October 2017 for the Third EcoMobility World Festival and EcoMobility World Congress 2017.  Following the Congress themes of liveable, shared, and intelligent, …

LA Metro contributes funds to create and preserve affordable housing near transit

By Steve Hymon, The Source, 20 Sep 2017 A new affordable housing loan program for Los Angeles County begins this month. It was created with $9 million in seed money approved by the Metro Board of Directors last year and will be called the Metro Affordable Transit Connected Housing (MATCH) program. The idea is simple: provide loans to ensure that affordable housing …

India committed to the transport transition, in Delhi, 85% of the city’s 700,000 rickshaws are electric

Anuradha Sengupta in Yes! Magazine, 4 Oct 2017  It is about 6 p.m. in New Town, a satellite township of Kolkata, India. As the daylight dims, streetlights flicker on. Chintu Mondal has parked his blue-and-red electric rickshaw near a new, swanky glass-and-steel building. Very soon, the offices inside will disgorge hundreds of employees looking for rides home. Taxis here are hard to …

EVs will mean auto factories with a final assembly area that is half the size, requires half the capital investment and 30% fewer labor hours per car. Opening EV manufacturing in new areas? Learn from Lancaster, CA. Also next gen Lithium-Ion battery production in NY

In addition to the EV investments they are undertaking, by 2022 Ford plans to cut spending on future internal combustion engines by a third, or about $500 million, putting that money instead into expanded electric and hybrid vehicle development, on top of $4.5 billion previously announced. Ford also will cut the time it takes to engineer a new car by 20 …