Minnesota DOT to test use of autonomous bus in cold weather climate

Metro Magazine, Posted on June 13, 2017  The Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin testing the use of an autonomous bus in a cold weather climate.  “There’s not been much research done in the northern climates,” said Jay Hietpas, MnDOT state traffic engineer and director of the agency’s office of safety and technology. “Minnesota is the perfect state to test …

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 …

Lyft aims for 100% renewable energy & self-driving Bolt fleet

By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica June 16th, 2017. Originally published on Gas2. General Motors makes the Chevy Bolt, a fully electric car. General Motors also has a half billion dollar investment in Lyft, the on-demand taxi service that competes head to head with Uber. In the future, the Chevy Bolt may be the backbone of Lyft’s fleet of autonomous …

Here’s a first: Hartford’s downtown now offers free roadside assistance – downtown business improvement district has got you covered.

By Stephen Miller, StreetsBlog, 9 June 2017 A staffer from Hartford’s downtown business improvement district responds to a call for a bike repair. Photo: Hartford BID Bicyclists in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, have a new option if they need repairs on the go — the area’s business improvement district has launched a first-of-its-kind roadside assistance program. Roadside assistance for bikes isn’t a …

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 …

Car-sharing’s promise of clean cities

Originally stolen from euobserver.com By PETER TEFFER Would you hand in your car, if you knew that public transport in your city could be completely overhauled and made more attractive? Imagine if you could order a shared taxi with your smartphone, which would bring you door-to-door to your destination, without any transfers. You could book it in real-time, with a …

Fast tracking people friendly streets in Nashville and Denver

By Stephen Miller, Streetsblog, 25 May 2017 Nashville’s busiest bus routes are in line for more frequent service and transit-only lanes under the city’s new action plan. Photo: Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County Nashville is known as the home of the country music industry — and a fast-growing region of car-centric sprawl. But local leaders realize they can’t accommodate …

EV update – May 26, 2017

From Dan Welch at C2ES.org — thanks, Dan!  Supplemented with some additional info from Inside Climate News. Financial analysis firm UBS says that some EV models could reach cost of ownership parity with typical cars in 2018, though such parity would be achieved in the short term by automakers selling at a loss.  The investment bank UBS sees the cost …