Safr ride-sharing app for women
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A new women-focused ride-sharing app called Safr will be available in downtown Orlando for customers who download the company's app, Ride Safr. Created "for the safety and empowerment of women" in mind, initial service from the ride-sharing provider will be in Orlando's urban core—including at the…
September 17, 2019
Michigan, Ohio get federal support for autonomous vehicle research
Michigan, Ohio get federal support for autonomous vehicle research
The U.S. DOT is awarding $7.5 million grants to the City of Detroit, the State of Michigan, the University of Michigan and the American Center for Mobility in Ypsilanti, Michigan; and an Ohio-based team of industry, academic and community partners, respectively, to boost research, development, and…
September 13, 2019
Florida DOT's SunTrax facility includest multi-scenario infield for driverless testing
Florida DOT's SunTrax facility includes multi-scenario infield for driverless testing
Florida DOT is presently deep into construction of SunTrax, a 465-acre facility to test autonomous vehicles in Auburndale. Crews began construction on the $42.5 million outer track, which will enable testing at high speeds, in June 2017, and completed the 2.25-mile-long oval in April 2019. The…
September 12, 2019
A recent study published by the personal finance website WalletHub released rankings of the the best and worst U.S. cities for public transportation. In order to determine the cities with the best and worst public transportation systems, WalletHub compared a sample of 100 U.S. cities across three…
September 12, 2019
Caltrans traffic safety hardware recommendation following Tesla crash into crash attenuator
The crash attenuator involved in the fatal Mountain View crash (right) is seen alongside an undamaged attenuator. Image: Caltrans via NTSB
The National Transportation Safety Board issued a Safety Recommendation Report this week as part of its ongoing investigation of the fatal crash of a Tesla in Mountain View, California, that took place back in March 2018. In its report the NTSB issued a safety recommendation to the California State…
September 10, 2019
expanding public transit options for late-shift workers
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The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently released a study—“Supporting Late-Shift Workers: Their Transportation Needs and the Economy”—which showcases the needs of late-shift commuters and recommends steps transit providers can take to improve commuting options. APTA…
September 09, 2019
The Chicago Transit Authority this week held an event for members of the media to discuss and detail its $2.1 billion Red-Purple Line Modernization project (RPM), the opening salvo of which is expected to get underway this month. The project will involve three phased periods of construction, and is…
September 06, 2019
The Arizona DOT is using a first-of-its-kind alert system to help reduce emergency braking and collisions along I-15 in the Virgin River Gorge in order to enhance safety and manage traffic through a bridge improvement project in the area. With I-15 reduced to one lane in each direction during…
September 05, 2019
WalletHub best worst cities for driving 2019
Map of best and worst cities for driving, ranked for 2019. Image: WalletHub
A recent study conducted by the personal finance website WalletHub ranks the best and worst cities to drive in the U.S. To determine the most driver-friendly places in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 100 largest cities across 30 key metrics. The data set ranges from average gas prices to annual…
September 04, 2019
BNSF Railway Bridge project over Central Tri-State Tollway in Illinois
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Advance work is scheduled to begin this week as the Illinois Tollway prepares to begin rebuilding the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Bridge over the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) in western Cook County. Construction of the new bridge is a multi-year project scheduled to complete by…
September 03, 2019
Researchers are testing sensors on Michigan’s “Mighty Mac” Mackinac Bridge
Researchers are testing sensors on Michigan’s “Mighty Mac” Mackinac Bridge
Researchers from Michigan State University and Washington University in St. Louis are testing sensors on Michigan's Mackinac Bridge. The 5-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which is the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world, known locally as the “Mighty Mac,” connects Michigan's upper and lower…
August 30, 2019
Valley Metro light-rail transit
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Phoenix voters this week rejected an initiative that would have halted all light rail construction and prohibited future rail investments in the city. The vote marks the fourth time since 2000 that Phoenix residents have publicly supported light rail projects at the ballot box.  “Today was a…
August 29, 2019