Transportation Electrification Accord

From Utility and Smart Cities Dive, 14 Nov 2017 A group of environmental nonprofit organizations has worked with businesses and other stakeholders to draft the Transportation Electrification Accord which includes principles and guidance for electric transportation. Entities such as the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Honda and Siemens have already signed the accord. The pact offers information and guidance for …

Your car is the next target and Massachusetts is stepping in

  DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF Traffic on the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. By David Abel Boston Globe, 13 Nov 2017 Over the past decade, Massachusetts has made significant progress in reducing its carbon emissions, primarily by curbing pollution from power plants. Now comes the hard part — limiting emissions from cars and other vehicles, which have surpassed power plants as …

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 …

Federal grant programs specifically for connected transportation and AV projects

Funding/financing Among the areas covered by the grants are connected vehicle technology (including systems for vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications); dynamic signaling systems to reduce congestion; signage and design features that facilitate autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle technologies; cybersecurity elements to protect safety-critical systems, and many more. These programs include: Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA): INFRA is a $1.56 billion …

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 …

AVs influence on revenue for agencies

From the Brookings Institute, 2016, Local government 2035: Strategic trends and implications of new technologies  Consider the following. This past year, the City of Los Angeles generated $161 million from parking violations.18 Red light violations have a fee of $490.19 Californians caught driving under the influence are fined up to $15,649 for a first-offense misdemeanor DUI conviction and up to $22,492 …

Incorporating Health into Long-Range Transportation Planning

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth region, has integrated health into its transportation planning process, including its most recent long-range transportation plan. By considering health in the transportation planning process, NCTCOG recognized the health benefits of initiatives it was already pursuing, such as those related to safety and air quality. …

Best practice opportunities for DOTs renewable energy in the rights-of-way

Renewable energy generation in the DOT ROW, 2017 The FHWA and U.S. DOT/Volpe Center (2010) have estimated that the National Highway System encompasses approximately 5 million acres of land and nearly 550,000 lane miles.  With over 8 million lane miles of public roadways under state DOT supervision, the properties that DOTs manage are presumably locations with the potential to generate significant amounts of …

Next Generation Scenario Planning: a Transportation Practitioner’s Guide

Also: The Rethinking Streets Project is soliciting examples of completed street or intersection retrofits for possible inclusion in a new book project, “Rethinking Streets for Bikes.” This project builds on the success of the original effort, “Rethinking Streets: An Evidence-Based Guide to 25 Complete Street Transformations.” The new book will be available for free download. Table of Contents, FHWA Fall 2017 1 What is Scenario Planning? …