Transportation News/Articles

Shutdown threatens California transportation future

“Amid this financial backdrop and highly partisan political environment, Congress next year must approve new authorizing legislation for the nation’s transportation program. There isn’t sufficient money available to continue paying for current programs, let alone for an expanded effort to meet our growing infrastructure needs.” See More . . . Source: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/openforum/article/Shutdown-threatens-California-transportation-4892874.phpBy: Will Kempton (Executive director of Transportation California, a …

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Google updates maps tool with multi-stage directions

“Driving, walking and cycling directions can now have multiple destinations. Clicking a plus sign lets users search for new locations and add them to the bottom of the list. They can then be rearranged by clicking and dragging, with up to 10 locations visited in order.” See More . . . Source: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/oct/10/google-updates-maps-toolBy: Alex Hern (technology reporter for the Guardian)

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Iowa State awarded $5.2 million grant to establish Midwest Transportation Center

“The center will conduct research on “data-driven performance measures” of transportation infrastructure, traffic safety and project construction, said Shauna Hallmark, the interim director of Iowa State’s Institute for Transportation.” See More . . . Source: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20131011/NEWS/131011011/Iowa-State-awarded-5-2-million-grant-to-establish-Midwest-Transportation-CenterBy: desmoinesregister.com

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Big data firm Inrix is using big data to re-route traffic . . .

“The traditional approach to monitoring traffic involved using road sensors, which are expensive and barely worth installing on minor roads. Inrix uses GPS signals, which each car with a satnav, fleet-tracking device or configured smartphone app provides. Inrix sucks in real-time GPS data from 100m vehicles. This gives a picture of traffic flow in the UK, the US and other …

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Bringing Markets to Meters

“At the heart of this revolution lies technology like that announced in 2011 by IBM: sensors determine when a spot is occupied by a vehicle and relay that information to a software suite that maps the real-time occupancy of a city’s parking meters. This system can then be coupled with an algorithm that prices each block or even each individual …

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Local transportation summit features Florida rail projects

“Business and government leaders developing commuter train service between Miami and Orlando, and a separate rail system within metro Orlando, will be featured at the Tampa Bay Regional Transportation Summit on Thursday.” See More . . . Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/tampabay/blog/morning-edition/2013/10/miami-orlando-rail-projects-feature.htmlBy: Mark Holan (Staff Writer – Tampa Bay Business Journal)

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Howard Frankland replacement plan will accommodate light rail

“But before the agency begins the project, which is still waiting for funding, transportation officials want to know what Pinellas and Hillsborough are planning. Pinellas is likely to ask residents to approve a 1-cent sales tax increase in 2014 for light rail. Voters in Hillsborough struck down a similar referendum in 2010.” See More . . . Source: http://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/howard-frankland-replacement-plan-will-accommodate-light-rail/2146199By: ANNA …

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A New Kind of Tax for Funding Transportation Improvements?

“There are pros and cons to a wholesale ad valorem tax. On the plus side, it would track with inflation, rising in line with the price of gasoline. It takes an act of Congress to increase the current per-gallon tax on gas, which loses its efficacy with each passing year.” See More . . . Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertbowman/2013/10/07/a-new-kind-of-tax-for-funding-transportation-improvements/By: Robert Bowman

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I Believe: Transportation solutions will take more than electric cars

“Electric cars should be part of the solution — but the focus should be first on reducing use, providing real alternatives to the car, building communities that enable walking and biking, and living in ways that reduce our auto-dependence.” See More . . . Source: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20131006/GREEN01/310060018/Transportation-solutions-will-take-more-than-electric-cars?nclick_check=1By: RICHARD WATTS

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Experiencing the future of transportation at Ceatec 2013

“While crazy, conceptual gadgets are always a highlight at Japan’s Ceatec, some of the most interesting devices at recent iterations of the show featured something unusual: wheels. While Japan’s Tokyo Motor Show has always been a haven for tech-riddled concept machines, many companies are choosing to show off their forward-thinking rides at Ceatec, which takes place a few weeks earlier …

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