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  • Finland's capital hopes a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network could essentially render private cars obsolete.

    The Guardian
  • Low transit fares have a long tradition in American cities. In his 1921 reelection campaign, Mayor John F. Hylan called the nickel fare a "property right" of New Yorkers, even though inflation during World War I had raised wages, and turned what had been a profitable fare for the transit companies into a fare that guaranteed ongoing losses, eventually requiring a government takeover...Shifting away from subsidized fares offers the promise of several benefits in return: improved and expanding services, more creative management, and the ability of even lower fares for certain riders who need them. 

    CityLab
  • Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel -- a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels. A new technology based on carbon nanotubes promises commercially viable hydrogen production from water.

    Science Daily
  • CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.—At offices, parks, intersections and a pedestrian bridge across the Tennessee River, people here can rent bicycles from solar-powered stations to zip around, using extra-low gears on steep streets....Bike-sharing programs are spreading across the U.S., with more than 21,000 shared bikes in at least 36 urgan areas...up ffrom just six programs in 2010...Susan Shaheen, a researcher of bike-share programs at the University of California, Berkeley, adds: "The business model is still under development. Some of it is trial and error."

     

     

    Wall Street Journal
  • According to a report released Thursday by transportation nonprofit TRIP, rural communities across the country face a backlog of deficient roads and bridges, higher vehicle crash rates, and connectivity and capacity issues. TRIP's report, "Rural Connections: Challenges and Opportunities in America's Heartland," said rural roadways experience traffic crash and fatality rates nearly three times higher than all other roadways. For example, in 2012, non-Interstate rural roads had a traffic fatality rate of 2.21 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles of travel. That number was .78 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles of travel on all other roads.

    AASHTO Journal
  • Amazon wants to take its much-hyped fleet of delivery drones on test runs near its Seattle office -- but first the Internet retailer needs permission from regulators. In a formal request to the Federal Aviation Administration, Amazon's vice president of global public policy Paul Misener wrote that "one day, seeing Amazon Prime Air will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today."

    ABC News
  • For the first time in more than two decades, Los Angeles transportation officials can legally discuss building a light-rail line through a southern swath of the San Fernando Valley.

    LA Times
  • U.S. cities trying to attract young residents and the businesses that hire them are increasingly finding magic in the bike lane. With more people pedaling for transportation and recreation, lanes separated from traffic by poles, curbs or other barriers have almost doubled since 2011 and may again by 2016, according to PeopleForBikes, a Colorado advocacy group that tallies them.

    Santa Fe New Mexican
  • ...According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global status report on road safety 2013, only 7% of the world’s population is governed by comprehensive road safety laws. In a world that already sees1.24 million deaths from traffic crashes each year and increasing motor vehicle usage, this is a frightening prospect and limits our thinking on traffic safety to driver behavior. Countries like Sweden, however, have taken ambitious, holistic steps to improve traffic safety and save lives through an initiative called Vision Zero, a road safety framework that asserts that “no loss of life is morally acceptable.” The concept has spread to places such as New York City, where newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned and has adopted the approach. 

    Sustainable Cities Collective
  • Mercedes-Benz president and CEO Steve Cannon discusses what the smart car of the future will do, plus trends in the luxury car market on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero.rcedes-Benz president and CEO Steve Cannon discusses what the smart car of the future will do, plus trends in the luxury car market on Lunch Break with Tanya Rivero.

    Wall Street Journal