How Louisville, KY is driving the trend of data-centric traffic optimization: laying out a network of city-owned gigabit fiber and place to store data they hook up more and more signals and sensors to their own network

Louisville started with Waze data, the city/DOT process that data into an internal database and mine that for information about speeds and jams and events and they are adding sensors and optimizing data, then the ultimate goal is to automate things like signal timings based on real-time traffic flow and optimize the flow of cars but also buses, emergency vehicles [and] pedestrians …

MIT study finds that energy-efficient construction is key strategy for energy and effectively fighting climate change

Employing the full complement of building energy efficiency approaches for new construction and retrofits, and a rapid electrification of the automobile fleet are the most effective ways to substantially reduce emissions.   For building efficiencies, it is important to get this implemented for new construction, where it is easiest to make a difference.  Mandating that newly built homes be more energy …

Social transformation from below through self-management, self-organization and networking, a study of the Cooperativa Integral Catalana (CIC)

The Cooperativa Integral Catalana (CIC) is one of the most interesting cooperative projects which have sprung up during the age of crisis in Europe. First of all, it is notable on account of its revolutionary character: the main objective of the CIC is nothing less than to build an alternative economy in Catalonia capable of satisfying the needs of the …

How electric buses, which are already 20% of Chinese fleets, save cities money. Each bus saves $237K in maintenance costs, $150,000 in reduction of respiratory and other illnesses, $1.76 million in diesel fuel savings over 16 years

Nashville is one of several cities that have started integrating electric buses into their routes. The buses are more expensive up front but save cities money on fuel and other costs. Credit: Proterra This story was updated Oct. 23 with an announcement by 12 major cities committing to zero-emissions buses. Two years ago, the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) …

AV symposium seeks to develop policy for cities and address mobility for all

How will driverless cars and other autonomous vehicle (AV) technology change the way we plan cities? On October 6, 2017, 85 of the nation’s top thinkers on AV gathered at the National League of Cities (NLC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss and plan for the impacts of AV on cities and regions. This event — a collaboration between APA, …

MnDOT chooses EasyMile for AV Shuttle Bus Project

MODE, MULTIMODAL, PUBLIC TRANSIT, RESEARCH ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportationchose EasyMile, a France-based company specializing in driverless technology, to lead its autonomous shuttle bus pilot project. MnDOT announced in June it will begin testing the use of an autonomous shuttle bus in a cold weather climate. “We’re excited to partner with EasyMile to help MnDOT test autonomous technology,” said Jay Hietpas, MnDOT state …

Better Bikeshare: Q&A: Seattle’s private bike shares are affordable. Does that make them equitable?

Post by Stefani Cox, BetterBikeShare.org, and Michael Andersen, PlacesForBikes. Welcome back to our series investigating Seattle’s new dockless bike share systems through interviews with on-the-ground practitioners. We talked with Tom Fucoloro to understand how he views the newest form of bike share in the city. Fucoloro is the founder and editor of Seattle Bike Blog, an independent news source that seeks to get more Seattle …

Why SUMC Supports Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities

By Tim Frisbie October 27, 2017 News Shared mobility has the potential to deliver transformative benefits for cities and regions, from reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips to lessening household transportation costs and opening up access to jobs and opportunity. However, these benefits are only truly possible if new and emerging modes of transportation work for everyone. Proactive leadership is needed, now more than ever, …

Clean up electricity and electrify everything

David Roberts gets on Leslie Glustrom’s bandwagon!  Vox.com 27 Oct 2017 Tackling climate change is a complicated undertaking, to say the least. But here’s a good rule of thumb for how to get started: Electrify everything. Replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on electricity, like electric …

Helsinki shared mobility study – ITF

OECD-ITF 2017 Executive summary New types of ride-sharing services have been gaining ground in recent years, especially in urban areas. These services may be precursors to more optimised shared mobility solutions that could deliver better outcomes for citizens. This report examines how the optimised use of new on-demand shared transport modes can change the future of mobility in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area in …