Riding the world’s first autonomous shuttle in regular route public transportation

For Intelligent Transport, Paul Comfort of Trapeze Group details the processes Switzerland took to introduce an autonomous shuttle into the regular public transport system in Neuhausen Rheinfall. One of the most promising developments in the public transportation sector is the use of driverless or autonomous shuttle buses. Much has been made of recent tests of these vehicles in places like Las …

35 California mayors representing a quarter of state’s population sign on to support transition to 100% EV state transit

By Iulia Gheorghiu Aug. 23, 2018, Utility Dive A coalition of 35 California mayors submitted comments today to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in support of the proposed Innovative Clean Transit (ICT) measure, which would transition the state to 100% zero-emission buses by 2040. The mayors represent nearly 25% of the state’s population, and several of the transit agencies serving them have already …

More than two dozen transit agencies have launched partnerships with transportation network companies, with varying degrees of success

BY SKIP DESCANT / AUGUST 20, 2018,  Transit and Ride-Sharing Partnerships on the Rise, Despite Growing Pains, Government Tech What Do Transit Riders Prize Even More than Cheap Tickets? Convenience Think Uber and Lyft Are Killing Transit? Think Again Airport Parking Takes Hit From Uber, Lyft A woman awaits a ride via a ride-hailing app like Uber or Lyft. Roughly two-dozen transit agencies have launched …

EV buses expected to be half of city fleets in the 2020s and 80% by 2040

It is true that electric buses cost more up front than their diesel-powered counterparts. However, those costs are falling, and when considering the entire life cycle of the vehicle — purchase price, fuels, operational and maintenance expenses — electric buses prove to be cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, according to BNEF, the projected decline in battery costs likely make electric …

With the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year.

The news was announced by the Volkswagen Brand Board Member for Sales, Jürgen Stackmann, at an event held in Berlin today that with the decline in car ownership for young people and the increased interest in all-electric vehicles, VW is announcing a new all-electric car-sharing platform called ‘WE’ that will launch next year. Stackmann said: “We are convinced that the car …

Lyft and Uber Won’t Be Happy Until They’re Your One-Stop Transit Guide

Lyft is buying the parent company of CitiBike and other bike-sharing programs.CreditGabriela Bhaskar for The New York Times By Michael J. de la Merced July 3, 2018 Uber and Lyft came to prominence with their ride-hailing services. But increasingly they’re betting on other modes of transportation — with the aim of becoming the only service people need to get around cities. Lyft …

Kansas City boosts job access by 17% in one year through transit and 2.2 sq mile “smart area”. New York City leads on job access via transit, study says

By Jason Plautz, July 2, 2018, Smart City Dive Dive Brief: New York City has the highest job accessibility by transit, with 31% of the city’s commutes being made by transit, according to a new study from the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota. Kansas City, MO showed the greatest improvement in the annual survey, with a more than 17% increase in its transit …

The Hidden Forces That Shape Cities

By Feargus O’Sullivan in City Lab, 6 June 2018 Why is London’s public transit thriving while New York City’s is struggling? It might be tempting to ascribe the difference between the two cities as one of social and political culture—high European public spending versus American agnosticism about the state. According to Ricky Burdett, professor of urban studies at the London School …