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Travel & Public Transit

RTA identifies costs, potential funding strategies for Metra service improvements

May 20, 2020

Via: Metro Magazine

Chicago’s Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) recently completed a study of potential service improvements along Metra’s North Central Service (NCS) line and the feasibility of various funding mechanisms to support those improvements. The RTA partnered with the Village of Mundelein, the […]


Vehicles

Americans Still Skeptical of Self-Driving Cars, Poll Shows

May 19, 2020

Via: Transport Topics

Nearly half of Americans say they would not get in a self-driving taxi, according to a poll commissioned by the advocacy group Partners for Automated Vehicle Education. The poll, conducted online in February and March by SurveyUSA, found widespread skepticism […]


Impact & Regulations, Infrastructure

A Lawmaker Wants Fast Trains to Rev Up the US Economy

May 19, 2020

Via: Wired

ACCUSE REPRESENTATIVE SETH Moulton of loving trains too much at your peril. Yes, the Massachusetts Democrat worked for a time on a high-speed-rail project in Texas, one that is now finally inching towards a groundbreaking ceremony. He’s pressed for a […]


Infrastructure

FRA report looks at PTC progress

May 18, 2020

Via: Metro Magazine

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released a quarterly status update on railroads’ self-reported progress, as of March 31, toward fully implementing positive train control (PTC) systems by Dec. 31, 2020, as required by Congress. Based on railroads’ First Quarter 2020 […]


Impact & Regulations, Vehicles

Tesla Reopens California Plant, Says It Has Alameda County’s Approval

May 18, 2020

Via: Transport Topics

Tesla Inc. told employees that a California county health official has now signed off on safety measures the company took last week at its car plant as it restarted production in defiance of the area’s shutdown order. The Alameda County […]


Impact & Regulations, Travel & Public Transit

Could TSA do temperature checks at airports?

May 15, 2020

Via: Politico

With airlines and the White House pushing for the agency to start conducting passenger temperature screenings, there are concerns on the Hill that it may not have the legal authority, our team scooped Thursday. A House Homeland Security aide told […]


Shipping

COVID-19 could be driving force to decarbonise shipping before 2050

May 15, 2020

Via: Offshore Energy

“The coronavirus could be the driving force enabling us to achieve the decarbonisation goals even before 2050,” Aleixendri pointed out, explaining that one possible way to cut emissions today is wind propulsion. Her Catalan start-up does its share to make […]


Impact & Regulations, Travel & Public Transit

Worldwide, aviation tries to figure out the next step

May 14, 2020

Via: Politico

A collection of health and aviation groups, including the International Civil Aviation Organization, want to establish so-called public health corridors, in which steps have been taken to ensure passengers, crew, planes and airports are “COVID-19 free” to the extent possible. […]


Impact & Regulations

Uber’s Bid to Acquire Grubhub Draws Rebukes

May 13, 2020

Via: Transport Topics

Uber Technologies Inc.’s offer to buy Grubhub Inc. antagonized officials in Washington and major U.S. cities, who already were taking steps to limit the fees companies charge restaurants and regulate their treatment of workers. If a deal between the companies […]


Impact & Regulations

House Democrats Propose $15 Billion for State Highway Programs

May 13, 2020

Via: Transport Topics

The country’s transportation agencies would receive a funding boost in a coronavirus economic relief measure House Democrats unveiled May 12. A $3 trillion bill prepared by Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s caucus would provide $15 billion for transportation departments at states and […]