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Americans Are Driving Less In Nearly Every State

“After 60 years of car-worship, Americans in virtually every state are driving less, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). Over the past eight years, the number of vehicle miles traveled has steadily decreased, a trend dominated by the so-called millennial generation’s much lower driving rates.” Source: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/08/29/2547801/americans-driving-declines/By: Aviva Shen

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End of ‘driving boom’ spurs talk of reshaping state transportation plans

“The trend, which began before the recent recession, suggests a lifestyle change among younger Americans that state officials should factor into future transportation policy, said Joanna Guy, program associate with Maryland PIRG Foundation.” Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-pirg-driving-study-20130829,0,492232.storyBy: Kevin Rector

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Top transportation technologies for urban dwellers

“Getting from point A to B quickly and safely in the crowded confines of a large city requires a different set of skills and technologies than are required by the open road. Drivers must drive efficiently in conditions that are inherently inefficient. They must be aware of not just other vehicles, but also more fragile pedestrians and cyclists. Without spacious …

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The Future Of Social Transportation: Bandwagon Is Helping You Share Cab Rides

“One person per taxi might offer some nice privacy, but it’s ridiculously inefficient. This startup wants to change that–and get you cheaper cabs.” Source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3016329/the-future-of-social-transportation-bandwagon-is-helping-you-share-cab-ridesBy: Sydney Brownstone

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Can Engineers Make Hyperloop a Reality?

“Elon Musk, well known as the founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, is now also well known for his recent Hyperloop Alpha Proposal outlining what he calls a “fifth mode of transportation.” But is this fifth mode of transportation feasible from an engineering and construction view, and how can engineers improve upon it?” Source: http://enr.construction.com/technology/construction_technology/2013/0807-stop-laughing-can-engineers-make-the-hyperloop-reality.aspBy: Luke Abaffy

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Biggest American Town Without Public Transportation Finally Catches the Bus

“Arlington, Texas has a population of 375,000 people, and up until now, it was the most populous city in the U.S. to lack a comprehensive public transportation system. That’s about to change as the city tentatively tries out a bus service for two years, but Arlington residents shouldn’t sell their cars just yet. The ride could get a bit bumpy.” …

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American Vehicle Miles Driven Have Sunk To New Post-Financial Crisis Lows

“The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Commission has released the latest report on Traffic Volume Trends, data through June. Travel on all roads and streets changed by -0.4% (-0.9 billion vehicle miles) for June 2013 as compared with June 2012. Travel for the month is estimated to be 258.1 billion vehicle miles. Cumulative Travel for 2013 changed by -0.1%. Cumulative …

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Sustainable Transport Award

Nominate your city for the 2014 Sustainable Transport Award. – http://ow.ly/nUi9c

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Elon Musk Reveals Design for High-Speed Transit System Hyperloop

“Musk has described the Hyperloop as “a cross between a Concord, a rail gun and an air hockey table.” The actual plans show that his original description wasn’t too far off. He published the 57-page design plan on both Tesla Motors’s and SpaceX’s blogs as a PDF available for download.” Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/elon-musk-reveals-design-hyperloop/story?id=19940273By: JON M. CHANG

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HYPERLOOP

http://www.spacex.com/hyperloop  

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