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Category Archives: Transportation

New AAA study – Hit-and-run deaths at all-time high with cyclists and pedestrians at top of the list

ABC News: “Deaths from hit-and-run crashes in the United States are now at an all-time high, according to a new study released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 2049 people were killed by hit-and-run crashes in 2016 — a 62 percent increase from 2009, the last year in which a downward trend was… Continue Reading

Traffic Violations Have Highest Growth Rate for Secure Communities Removals

“Recently released ICE removal-by-removal records from Secure Communities — current through October 2017 — provide a portrait of deportations of immigrants from each state and county in the nation. While the new administration initially did successfully ramp up deportations nationally, the latest data show no further increase. The number deported under this program – including… Continue Reading

CityLab – Since December 16, 1940 New York has not opened another new subway line

Why New York City Stopped Building Subways – Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade. “In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and much of… Continue Reading

Seeking to normalize and expand biking centric cities

Fast Company: “Mikael Colville-Andersen rides his bike everywhere in Copenhagen, but he would never introduce himself as a cyclist. “I’m just one of the 400,000 people riding a bike in this city because it makes our daily lives more effective,” he tells Fast Company…At the center of…Colville-Andersen’s mission: To renormalize the bicycle. A successful cycling… Continue Reading

Trends in Public Transportation Ridership: Implications for Federal Policy

CRS report via FAS: Trends in Public Transportation Ridership: Implications for Federal Policy, William J. Mallett, Specialist in Transportation Policy, March 26, 2018. “Despite significant investments in public transportation at the federal, state, and local levels, transit ridership has fallen in many of the top 50 transit markets. If strong gains in the New York… Continue Reading

Google providing WiFi and Chromebooks to school buses in rural areas

The Verge: “Google today announced an expansion of its Rolling Study Halls initiative to over 16 additional school districts, giving “thousands” of students access to Wi-Fi and Chromebooks on their buses. Google has piloted the program in North Carolina and South Carolina over the last couple years, focusing its efforts on rural communities where some… Continue Reading

AI And Open Data Show Just How Often Cars Block Bus And Bike Lanes

Fast Company: “Alex Bell, a cyclist, programmer, and lifelong New Yorker, is fed up with vehicles drifting into lanes that are not meant for them. His frustration began with UPS trucks: So frequently would the large brown vehicles idle in the bike lane near Bell’s Harlem home that he eventually sued the company to get… Continue Reading

BBC – Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands?

For all my friends, colleagues and fellow cyclists – wherever you may be cycling: “There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The BBC’s Hague correspondent, Anna Holligan, who rides an omafiets – or “granny style”… Continue Reading

TSA Tests See-Through Scanners on Public in New York’s Penn Station

ACLU: “The TSA and Amtrak Police are trying out new see-through body scanners in New York City’s Penn Station that raise serious constitutional questions. And as is so often the case, the government is not being sufficiently transparent about the devices, how they will be used, on whom, and where they will eventually be deployed.… Continue Reading

New LibGuide – Prices and Wages by Decade

Via Maria Concannon, Govt Documents Coordinator, University of Missouri Libraries: “I’m writing to bring your attention to our LibGuide Prices and Wages by Decade…This guide points to government publications listing retail prices for common items or “necessities of life.” Prices for foods, articles of clothing, household items, appliances, hardware, fuel and other physical goods fall… Continue Reading

guardian – German cities to trial free public transport to cut pollution

The Guardian: ““Car nation” Germany has surprised neighbours with a radical proposal to reduce road traffic by making public transport free, as Berlin scrambles to meet EU air pollution targets and avoid big fines. The move comes just over two years after Volkswagen’s devastating “dieselgate” emissions cheating scandal unleashed a wave of anger at the… Continue Reading

Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Between Public Transit, Shared Mobility, and Personal Automobiles

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2018. Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Between Public Transit, Shared Mobility, and Personal Automobiles. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/24996. “TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) has released a pre-publication, non-edited, draft version of Research Report 195: Broadening Understanding of the Interplay Between Public Transit, Shared Mobility,… Continue Reading