Chicago publishes ride-hailing info on open data portal

Katie Pyzyk on Smart Cities Dive, April 16, 2019 Chicago has published comprehensive data from ride-hailing companies including Uber, Lyft and Via on its open data portal. The data sets provide the public with information about ride-hailing trips, drivers and vehicles. The city reports that it took the key step of removing sensitive personal information to maintain driver, rider and company privacy. The data sets …

Lyft is setting up a $50 million fund called Lyft City Works to pay for projects like discounted rides for the homeless and better bike infrastructure–and a series of local councils who will help them direct the money

Lyft wants to be a better neighbor: The ride-hailing company is setting up a $50 million fund called Lyft City Works to pay for projects like discounted rides for the homeless and better bike infrastructure–and a series of local councils who will help them direct the money 03.29.19, BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI, Fast Company WORLD CHANGING IDEAS,  As Lyft hurtles toward its IPO, the ride-sharing company is …

Sustainability and self-sufficiency for rural areas through solar power PV in Alaska. Microgrids allowed and encouraged!

Diesel fuel comes at a high cost for off-road villages that rely on aircraft, boats, and snow machines for transportation. Solar beats diesel on cost, creates new local jobs, and helps to level the socio-economic playing field.   Diesel-Killing Alaska Solar Power Company Walks The Green New Deal Walk by Tina Casey, CleanTechnica.com, April 6th, 2019  Solar Power & The Green New …

Free Public Transit is Gaining Traction Around the World

Making Free and Accessible Public Transit Happen Free transit has already been adopted by more than 100 cities including Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. Recently, five major German cities have announced their intention to do the same thing. In Canadian cities like Winnipeg and Calgary, transit is now free for some people, or in some areas. (Even Ottawa has free transit for seniors …

Cities leading the way off cars and pollution

BY ADELE PETERS Fast Company, March 2019 In downtown Cairo, it’s not uncommon to see streets clogged with cars. But in a proposed redesign for a central thoroughfare, they’re hard to spot. Instead, in the concept illustration for what looks like the Egyptian version of Amsterdam, a two-way bike lane, a sidewalk, and a plaza filled with palm trees replace the sea of …

These Coloradans Want to Ditch Their Diesel School Buses

In Colorado, more than 4,000 yellow school buses run on diesel. They carry 42 percent of the state’s schoolkids and spew out nearly 50,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year. Each electric school bus can save districts nearly $2,000 a year in fuel and $4,400 a year in maintenance costs, according to a report by the Colorado Public Interest Research Group …

How to build a better state DOT, the digest

By Sean Doyle, Smart Growth America, March 19, 2019 State departments of transportation (DOTs) direct most of the transportation spending in the United States but they’re often focused on building highways and are ill-equipped to address the far more diverse mix of challenges they’re tasked with solving today. In a month-long series we just wrapped up, we examined how we got here, …

Takeaways from the shared use mobility summit

On March 5, 6, and 7, SUMC brought together  (more than 700 mobility practitioners from 40 States and 14 countries—including policymakers, public and private sector leaders, agency heads, startups, and researchers—for the 2019 National Shared Mobility Summit. It is the only conference of its kind that focuses not just on sharing the latest developments in shared mobility, but on asking tough …

What the Climate Strikers Want

First, the Youth Climate Strike sees the Green New Deal (GND) as the pivotal mechanism to enact climate action. (If you need to refamiliarize yourself, here’s the full text of Congress’ Green New Deal Resolution, introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.) The Youth Climate Strikers want: An equitable transition for marginalized communities that will be most impacted by climate change An equitable …

Austin plan aims to reduce single-occupancy vehicle use, especially solo commuters from 74% now to 50% by 2039

Austin, TX releases final draft of strategic mobility plan, by Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, March 6, 2019.   Austin releases their first comprehensive multimodal transportation plan.  Atlanta, another heavily car-centric city without a robust transit system, released a long-term transportation plan last year to address the city’s immediate transportation needs and account for long-term regional growth. Like Austin’s plan, Atlanta’s includes elements to get people …