Transit and shared mobility news April 2019

LA’s journey to faster, more efficient bus lines has been a silent successor to the city’s 19th-century streetcar system, and smart data may be the next step in its transit evolution.

What does a retired engineer with 40+ years of experience in federal project construction management think of Maryland’s plan to expand Interstates 495 and 270? Scrap it and invest in mass transit instead.

According to a WPI Economics study, “poor design in the urban environment” negatively affects mental health while improving infrastructure and service efficiency while preventing delays helps elevate it.

One ride at a time, autonomous shuttles have revved up from closed pilots to potential first/last mile transit connectors in the the mobility streetscape while city officials, self-driving tech companies, and AV hardware manufacturers converge to figure it all out.

Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group (ATG), which handles the company’s autonomous vehicle technology, is going to get a $1 billion boost in funding from Toyota, Denso, and Japan’s SoftBank. Not bad.

St. Catharine’s Transit Commission in Ontario will be the first agency to support of Masabi’s integrated mobile ticketing payment in the Transit app.

Now you can find out where to charge up to get where you need to go on Google Maps.

“The details of congestion pricing systems matter. Congestion pricing won’t work as traffic reduction policy if it’s hollowed out by exemptions. And it won’t work as a revenue source for transit if it’s too complex to administer efficiently.” TransitCenter has a few recommendations for officials in New York City.

Hopefully starting a trend we’ll see nationwide, a coalition of 10 non-profit organizations representing housing, smart growth, climate, transit and bicycle/pedestrian advocacy in Fairfax County, VA signed a statement to improve the sustainability, inclusiveness, and livability of the area.

Meanwhile:  the planet saw its fourth-highest level of tropical tree loss since the early 2000s—about 30 million acres, according to a new analysis published Thursday.