Transportation News/Articles

He’s at It Again: Elon Musk Buys James Bond’s Submarine and Has Big Plans for It

“This time, Musk is pushing the boundaries of travel by visiting the past. Last month, he purchased a car-turned-submarine from the 1977 James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me for just shy of $1 million. Musk says he plans to drop a Tesla engine inside the vehicle and turn it into a submarine that converts into a drivable car.” …

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Pinellas transit planners working out details for future transportation hubs

“ST. PETERSBURG — Transportation planners are drawing up plans for the 16 rail stations that could be built between St. Petersburg and Clearwater if voters approve a penny sales tax referendum next fall and are trying to enact the needed zoning changes so the transit hubs eventually can anchor bustling commercial centers.” See More . . . Source: http://tbo.com/pinellas-county/pinellas-transit-planners-working-out-details-for-future-transportation-hubs-20131014/By: Kate …

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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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