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Impact & Regulations

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal Federal Excise Tax on New Trucks

May 7, 2019

Via: Transport Topics

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives recently introduced legislation aimed at repealing the 12% federal excise tax on certain heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers. Reps. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) led a bipartisan effort April 29 […]


Vehicles

Riding a Scooter? Protect Your Head

May 3, 2019

Via: Wired

IN THE PAST year, electric, shared scooters have sprouted like weeds on corners in cities as varied as San Diego, Detroit, and Barcelona. Riders have hopped aboard, neighborhood groups have objected to the scooter companies’ business models, and policymakers are […]


Impact & Regulations

37,000 lives could have been saved in the last 25 years with lower speed limits

April 8, 2019

Via: TreeHugger

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says over five precent of deaths on the roads are due to higher speed limits. In 1995 the US Congress removed federal regulation of speed limits, and in the years since, they have crept up […]


Impact & Regulations, Vehicles

Big surprise: Car industry doesn’t like the idea of speed governors

December 17, 2018

Via: TreeHugger

They fought them in 1923 and they are fighting them today. As noted in an earlier post, there is discussion in Europe about installing “Intelligent Speed Assistance” on cars, which is a fancier name for a speed governing device that […]


Travel & Public Transit

Elon Musk Ducks Out Of One Los Angeles Tunnel But Pursues Another

November 29, 2018

Via: The Huffington Post

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has scrapped plans for a high-speed passenger tunnel under the West side of Los Angeles but is moving ahead with a similar proposal across town designed to whisk baseball fans to and […]


Impact & Regulations, Vehicles

Strong US freight activity runs counter to economic fears

November 19, 2018

Via: JOC

The US economy remains “extraordinarily strong,” based on the level of freight shipped and money spent on transportation this autumn and despite the agita caused by elections, trade wars, and the stock market, data from the latest Cass Freight Index […]


Impact & Regulations

Self-driving bill, nominations could be in the queue for lame duck

November 12, 2018

Via: Politico

Congress returns this week to kick off a jam-packed lame duck session. In the House, Democrats are rejuvenated and Republicans are staring down the reality of at least two years in the minority wilderness. And the GOP Senate majority is […]


Travel & Public Transit

Elon Musk says the Boring Company’s first tunnel under LA will open December 10th

October 22, 2018

Via: The Verge

The rapid transit tunnel that Elon Musk’s Boring Company is digging beneath Los Angeles will open on December 10th, and free rides will be offered to the public the following night, Musk tweeted on Sunday evening. The two-mile test tunnel […]


Travel & Public Transit

L.A. Metro breaks ground on improvements project

October 15, 2018

Via: Metro Magazine

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) broke ground on the Metro Orange Line Improvements Project, which will improve bus speeds and safety, and prepare the bus rapid transit line in the San Fernando Valley for a future conversion […]


Vehicles

The electric scooter craze is officially one year old — what’s next?

September 20, 2018

Via: The Verge

The electric scooter frenzy is turning one. The two companies that kicked off the new transit trend when they first started dropping motorized scooters on city streets without permission a year ago — Bird and Lime — are celebrating their […]