New Poll Finds 81% Of New Yorkers Want To Choose Clean Energy

13 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill  on Clean Technica A new report published earlier this month has revealed that New Yorkers overwhelmingly want the ability to choose their energy supplier, clean energy, and want more renewable energy in New York’s electricity mix. Commissioned by renewable energy company CleanChoice Energy and conducted by SurveyUSA, the new poll interviewed 600 New York State residents and …

Shuttles find niche in Austin’s ride-hailing market 

Capital MetroA Capital Metro “Pickup” driver helps a passenger out of the Pickup shuttle. CapMetro’s ride-hailing pilot Pickup has seen growth since beginning operations in June. By Sebastian Herrera Austin Statesman,  sherrera@statesman.com Nov 2017  On a recent morning at the Mueller Market District in North Austin, Lynda Williams’ sky blue shuttle rolled to a stop in front of the H-E-B store, parking among the …

CDOT crunches the numbers to bring Hyperloop to Colorado

State officials take first steps toward realizing the high-tech transportation system. It sounds as far-fetched as flying cars.  Imagine zipping across Colorado in a levitating pod that can reach speeds of 700 mph. You could travel from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs in less than 20 minutes and be at the airport in no time.  The reality is closer than …

AVs need to start with transit. “Transit agencies need to be the first adopters of AV technology, or public transit dies in America”

How can AVs and microtransit be more than a distraction from the time- and work-intensive solutions needed to fix city travel ills, such as better payment systems, upgraded trains and vehicles, more frequent service, and road pricing schemes? https://www.curbed.com/2017/11/2/16593004/bus-autonomous-vehicle-electric-public-transportation MOD/MaaS may be impacting bus ridership. The continued adoption and expansion of Uber and Lyft have led many to begin thinking about the systemic impact of …

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) …

Seattle uses tax on biggest businesses to fund program to curb homelessness. How Nashville is funding a $5.2bn transit upgrade

By Katie Pyzyk@_PyintheSky, 16 Oct 2017 Smart City Dive Two Seattle councilmembers have proposed a business tax that could generate up to $24 million a year to fund the H.O.M.E.S (Housing, Outreach, and Mass-Entry Shelter) program, developed to alleviate the city’s homelessness crisis, according to GeekWire and others. The tax would be imposed upon the city’s highest-grossing businesses, which are those with at …

Increasing ridership, bucking the trend in Seattle: 3 perspectives

Oct 2017, CityLab: Three experts in three very different positions weigh in on their city’s ridership success. SHARE Almost every major U.S. city has seen years of decline in bus ridership, but Seattle has been the exception in recent years. Between 2010 and 2014, Seattle experienced the biggest jump of any major U.S. city. At its peak in 2015, around 78,000 …

Four achievable ways to build a better bus system

Greater, Greater Washington TRANSIT By Alon Levy (DC Policy Center ) October 3, 2017 article 80 Image by thisisbossi licensed under Creative Commons. There are a slew of bus route changes up for debate in DC right now. Where Metrorail’s troubles lie in complicated funding, safety, and logistical challenges, the buses’ are about network design–which happily, is relatively easy to change. Here are four achievable ways to make our local buses better. …

Good transit allows you to travel when you want and live a freer life

Oct 2017, MobilityLab “Freedom’s Just Another Word for Public Transportation” Not every transit agency can be a superstar communicator like LA Metro. (For the latest evidence of that, don’t miss the system’s new ads that embrace the weird and use a topic as vanilla as “good manners on the train and bus” as a launching pad for reaching a goal of actually getting …

Next micro-transit experiment seeking partners in LA

Los Angeles’ transit agency already runs buses and trains throughout the county, but now it’s looking into a brand new option for transportation — on-demand van pools. Dubbed micro-transit, the vehicles could be hailed by riders at street corners who need to get to transit hubs or destinations not served by buses and trains. “It’s kind of combining the best …