A “defining moment for transit agencies”: why we need transit-AV-TNC planning, and why transit systems are positioned to take center stage in a smart city revolution

18 April 2017, By Colin O’Donnell in Tech Crunch After years of talk about smart cities, people are wondering when — and where — will we start to see them really begin to take shape. What will they look like? How will we interact with them?  A smart city is more than the sum of its parts. With a street light here, …

Car sharing increases mobility, decreases greenhouse gas emissions

July 20, 2016, phys.org Credit: University of California – Berkeley Drive, ride or share? It’s a question more people are asking themselves as transportation options are rapidly evolving. But what does it mean for road congestion and the environment? In the first-ever North American one-way carsharing impact study, the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) reveals that car2go has a substantive …

Maybe cities are the future of suburbs – apartments going up where there is space

Any place can become urban if enough people move in. By Noah Smith, Bloomberg, 11 Sep 2017 Urban or suburban?  Photographer: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images I recently had a discussion with my Bloomberg View colleagues Conor Sen and Justin Fox about whether cities or suburbs are the future in the U.S. This turns out to be a very popular and contentious topic. Richard Florida, the noted …

New shared mobility solutions being implemented right now

Utility Dive, Sept 2017 “Shared mobility is really a term used to describe any transportation services that are shared among users,” said Tim Frisbie, communications and policy director at the Shared-Use Mobility Center. That definition covers newer options like bike or car sharing, but it also includes old-school forms of public transportation like railroads. In fact, public transit “is kind …

In Baltimore, 130 out of every 100,000 residents are likely die every year due to long-term exposure to air pollution

Study: Air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths each year in the U.S. (but we have options and need to choose better ones!) New MIT study finds vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to these premature deaths. Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office August 29, 2013 Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have come out with some sobering new …

Vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to the 200,000 premature deaths from air pollution in the US every year

MIT Study, 2013 http://news.mit.edu/2013/study-air-pollution-causes-200000-early-deaths-each-year-in-the-us-0829  New MIT study finds vehicle emissions are the biggest contributor to these premature deaths. Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office August 29, 2013 Researchers from MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have come out with some sobering new data on air pollution’s impact on Americans’ health. The group tracked ground-level emissions from sources such as industrial smokestacks, …

Why hydrogen vehicles are not the future – from former hydrogen advocate Micheal Liebreich, head of BNEF

Michael Liebreich (though he looked to this technology earlier) says, hydrogen “doesn’t solve a problem we don’t have” in this short youtube video of a conversation with Zach Shahan of Clean Technica. https://youtu.be/rCM3xd8YhSo EVs are quieter, accelerate better, can charge at home or office, have fewer and sealed moving parts, much lower maintenance cost, regenerative braking – less particulate pollution and …

BYD expects shift to electric vehicles to be complete in just over a decade

20 Sep 2017 By David Stanway in Reuters #TECHNOLOGY NEWS  SHENZHEN (Reuters) – Chinese automaker BYD Co Ltd (002594.SZ) expects the country’s shift to cleaner new-energy vehicles (NEV) to be complete in just over a decade, an aggressive timeframe that would challenge traditional carmakers in the world’ top auto market. All vehicles in the country will be “electrified” by 2030, which …