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Gamechanger – How COVID-19 Might Change Transport Forever

Tampa Roadway (ESRP CORPORATION)

“What appears certain is that, at least in the short term, more people will work from home, more meetings and conferences will move online, more people are likely to walk and cycle more often and public transport will struggle to attract customers even in large conurbations and international travel will reduce significantly.” See More . . . Image: Photo By …

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Tampa’s Malfunction Junction fix could come sooner than expected

I-275 near Malfunction Junction

“The refurbished interchange is a toned-down version of an earlier, controversial plan that would have taken up to 340 homes to add express lanes on the interstates. Another discarded version would have taken between 30 and 100 homes . . . .The project also includes $10 million worth of trail upgrades, plus enhanced lighting and landscaping in the vicinity of …

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HART looks to replace diesel buses with electric battery buses by 2035

“The plan includes three phases. First, HART will replace 74 diesel buses that are ready for replacement within the next two years. Then, in the next two to five years, HART could replace as many as 44 diesel buses with electric battery buses.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Wslupecki / Public Domain, via Wikimedia CommonsText Source: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/driving-tampa-bay-forward/hart-looks-to-replace-diesel-buses-with-electric-battery-buses-by-2035By: …

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Study finds ride-sharing intensifies urban road congestion

Lyft Vehicle (Pink Mustache)

“The study also finds easy access to ride-sharing discourages commuters from taking greener alternatives, such as walking or public transportation. Survey data from various U.S. cities also showed that approximately half of TNC trips would otherwise have been made by walking, cycling, public transport, or would not have been made at all.” See More . . . Image: Photo By …

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Munich Airport and Nuremberg Airport to become hubs for Lilium operations

“Based on agreements in principle with the landing site operators, Lilium has undertaken extensive preparatory work, covering site search, structural implementation and airspace integration, use cases and routes. This partnership will offer all-electric connections, with each of which can transport six passengers between different locations across Southern Germany.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Lilium / Media Kit, …

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Selmon Extension connecting Hillsborough and Pinellas opens

Lee Roy Selmon Expressway Extension

“The extension stands 30-feet above the ground and is a 1.9-mile toll lane seamlessly connecting Hillsborough and Pinellas County . . . cost about $230 million to build, but no taxpayer dollars were used. Toll revenues and bonds fully funded the project.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Wslupecki / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia CommonsText Source: https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2021/04/19/selmon-extension-connecting-hillsborough-and-pinellas-opensBy: …

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Air Force Looks to Hybrid Electric Solution for eVTOL and UAS Energy Concerns

Wingcopter

“The Air Force is investing in LiquidPiston’s X-Engine technology to create a hybrid-electric propulsion system to power emerging technologies like unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and orbs, the company announced on March 4.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Akash 1997 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia CommonsText Source: https://www.aviationtoday.com/2021/03/04/air-force-looks-hybrid-electric-solution-evtol-uas-energy-concerns/By: Kelsey Reichmann (Aviation Today)

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Autonomous Vehicles or eVTOL: Which Will Be First?

Joby Aviation Aircraft

“eVTOLs will initially be human-piloted and, barring any near-term leaps in battery technology, first iterations may even have hybrid propulsion. Both factors will significantly accelerate the timeline against AVs. Because they will provide such drastic time savings, even with human pilots, these new aircraft will deliver tremendous value.” See More . . . Image: Photo By Joby Aviation / Media …

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Jaunt Air Mobility and Varon Vehicles Partner for Aerial Mobility in Latin America

Cartagena, Colombia

“Jaunt had previously partnered with Uber Elevate, and although Elevate has now been acquired by Joby Aviation, the partnership showed Jaunt’s readiness to enter markets in the U.S and abroad within the next few years. Jaunt believes its ‘Journey’ aircraft will be in operation moving people and aircraft by 2026, with demonstrations beginning in 2023.” See More . . . …

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Transportation leaders: Pedestrian safety bills could have unintended consequences

Pedestrians Crossing at Mid-Block (ESRP)

“Two companion bills in the House and Senate are making their way through the statehouse to keep you safe when you cross the street. Yet, some local transportation leaders worry the bills could have unintended consequences and could actually put all of us in more danger.” See More . . . Image: Photo By ESRP / All Rights Reserved, via …

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