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  • Md. Bill Would Punish Left Lane Lingering With Fine Up To $250

    03/27/2017 12:37:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 96 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | March 27, 2017 | WJZ
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A bill that has already passed the Maryland House of Delegates would fine drivers up to $250 for lingering in the left lane of a highway after passing another vehicle.House Bill 1451 was sponsored by Frederick County Republican Delegate William G. Folden and is now pending in the Senate.Folden says the aim of the bill is to prevent traffic congestion.When it passed in the House last week, he posted the following statement on his Facebook page: “By the slimmest of margins and probably the most bi-partisan voting sheet I’ve seen, my bill for “Left Lane Passing Only”...
  • Businesses worry street beautification project could affect their operations

    03/27/2017 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Boulder City Review ^ | March 22, 2017 | Celia Shortt Goodyear
    Boulder City is planning a beautification project for Nevada Highway, and several local merchants are concerned with how it could affect their businesses. As part of the Boulder City Parkway complete street project, the plan is to widen the sidewalks, create bike lanes, improve pedestrian and bike crossings, improve the median, and create bus turnouts from Gingerwood Street to Buchanan Boulevard. All these additions will take away space from the businesses along that portion of the roadway. Chris Gatlin, owner of Woodchucks, is concerned about the lack of space hell have once the sidewalk and road are widened. Woodchucks, at...
  • Trucking Leaders Talk Health Care With Trump at White House

    03/23/2017 3:35:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Transport Topics ^ | March 23, 2017 | Eugene Mulero and Joe Howard
    President Trump intends to make the country better aware of truck drivers' challenges, such as health care, when he meets with industry executives at the White House on March 23. The high-profile event will take place just as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on legislation that would significantly alter the nations health care landscape. House Republican leaders are aiming to advance a bill designed to repeal President Obamas signature health care law. American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear and several other trucking executives will be on hand for the meeting with Trump. It is an honor to...
  • The Road to the Future (Autonomous Vehicles)

    03/16/2017 1:12:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 116 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | March 6, 2017 | Jessica Stoikes
    New research suggests that children born today will never drive a car. The auto industry's embrace of self-driving technology has been accelerating fast and those technological advances mean that by the time today's toddlers come of age, they'll likely never even have to get behind the wheel of a car, according to Henrik Christensen, the director of the University of San Diegos Contextual Robotics Institute. My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car, Christensen told the San Diego Union-Tribune in mid-December. Autonomous, driverless cars are not 10, 15 years out. All the automotive...
  • Theres no solution to the D.C. regions traffic congestion

    03/16/2017 11:07:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 6, 2017 | Robert Thomson
    Every once in a while and perhaps especially now, if were really going to talk about a trillion-dollar infrastructure program we need to revisit the basics: This is probably a column-length question, but what are the solutions to traffic congestion in the D.C. region? That reasonable question came in during the midst of last Mondays online discussion about whether traffic conditions would be improved if everyone just went faster. (In fact, we would not all be better off if youd just go as fast as the driver behind you wants.) What are we really hoping to achieve when...
  • Alkane Truck Company to Establish Assembly Operations Across North America

    03/14/2017 7:08:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    PR Web ^ | March 14, 2017 | Miguel H. Pea and Pedro Flores
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (PRWEB) March 14, 2017 - Alkane Truck Company, the South Carolina-based assembler of alternative fuel vehicles, has announced it will establish more than a dozen assembly facilities in the USA, Canada and Mexico over the next 36 months. Alkane is coordinating with economic development offices across North America to identify potential business partners interested in becoming contract assemblers. We will provide training for their employees and deliver all components required to assemble Alkane vehicles for direct shipment to our existing and ever-expanding dealership network," says Bob Smith, CEO of Alkane Truck Company. "These business partners will...
  • Colorado Aims to Expand a Main Artery, but Beleaguered Neighbors Balk

    03/12/2017 7:14:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 60 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 19, 2017 | Julie Turkewitz
    DENVER Each morning Yadira Sanchez and her three children awaken to the roar of traffic and the plumes of exhaust that spill from the highway that cuts through their neighborhood. Now, Ms. Sanchez and her family are confronting a plan to triple the width of this states main east-west artery, sending tens of thousands more cars by their door. Denver was the fastest-growing large city in America in 2015, with a population of nearly 700,000, and the scene of a tech and marijuana boom that has drawn 1,000 new households a month. But as in other cities, its highways...
  • Court ruling could delay beltway

    03/07/2017 8:09:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Winston-Salem Journal ^ | February 16, 2017 | Wesley Young
    A judges order could delay the start of construction on the next segment of the Winston-Salem Northern Beltway unless contested condemnation claims are resolved by this coming fall. Attorney Matthew Bryant said Forsyth County Superior Court Judge John Craig would be signing orders this week dismissing some new condemnation proceedings started recently by the N.C. Department of Transportation against some landowners in the beltway segment planned between Reidsville and New Walkertown roads. Those new condemnation proceedings were started as part of the states effort to acquire land for that beltway segment, which is scheduled to go to contract this fall....
  • Brown to highlight countrys infrastructure projects in Cincinnati

    03/07/2017 7:43:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Hamilton Journal-News ^ | Feburary 13, 2017 | Michael Pitman and Ed Richter
    CINCINNATI - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, will highlight in downtown Cincinnati this morning key infrastruture projects, such as the Brent Spence Bridge, as he outlines a framework to rebuild and repair the countrys infrastructure which will create millions of construction jobs. The northern Ohio Senator will be joined by Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority President and CEO Laura Brunner, and OKI Regional Council of Governments Deputy Executive DirectorRobert Koehler. President Donald Trump previously promised $1 trillion of investment in American infrastructure during his campaign. Brown joined Senate colleagues to release a roadmap for making...
  • Wikileaks hints CIA may have had a role in the death of Michael Hastings

    03/07/2017 6:50:17 AM PST · by RummyChick · 167 replies
    twitter ^ | 3/7/2017 | zerohedge
    Wikileaks hints CIA may have had a role in the death of Michael Hastings
  • I-75 construction has Hernando neighbors losing sleep

    03/06/2017 3:53:10 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    FOX 13 News ^ | March 2, 2017 | Haley Hinds
    BROOKSVILLE (FOX 13) - Some neighbors in Hernando County have had it with the noise. They say all-night construction on I-75 is keeping them awake, even shaking their homes. It's all related to a 6.5-mile, $95 million FDOT project that started last summer. Crews are currently widening Interstate 75 from four to six lanes, starting south of State Road 50 and finishing at the Hernando/Sumter County line. Lauretta Clemons, who lives on Shadywood Lane in Brooksville, remembers her backyard 30 years ago. "Beautiful," Clemons said. "Trees, ferns, flowers, birds and wild animals." Now, the trees are gone and she and...
  • Trump administration deals a big setback to Caltrain (Trump puts the brake on Bullet Train)

    03/05/2017 3:51:28 PM PST · by MaxistheBest · 65 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 02/27/2017 | Matier & Ross
    In the first big hit to the Bay Area from the Trump administration, newly minted Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has put the brakes on $647 million for Caltrain to go electric and in the process pretty much killed for high-speed rail coming to San Francisco anytime soon. It puts the (electrification) project in serious jeopardy, Caltrain spokesman Seamus Murphy said Friday. Caltrain carries about 60,000 riders a day between the South Bay and San Francisco, but its diesel-driven trains are both costly to operate and slow. Officials see electrification as a way both to increase ridership and save money...
  • Md.'s real transportation woes

    02/27/2017 7:34:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 31, 2017 | Brian Dolan, Maryland Asphalt Association
    The 2017 Maryland General Assembly session recently started with several issues receiving the majority of attention. We have all heard about both medical marijuana and Gov. Larry Hogan's "road kill bill." As someone who has spent a lifetime involved in the highway industry, I would like to share my thoughts on the latter topic ("Hogan's 'road kill bill' lie," Jan. 5).We have all noticed the severe deterioration in our highway system, be it local, state or interstate. There are many reasons for this and I will share them all with you. However, the overriding principle is that our roads are...
  • US transportation secretaries have left a lasting legacy in D.C. region

    02/27/2017 5:51:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Lori Aratani - The Washington Post
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had been on the job only a few weeks when she took action on one of the region's most intractable problems and directed millions in federal transit dollars be withheld from the District, Maryland and Virginia until they create a safety agency to oversee D.C.'s subway, Metro. Chao was making good on a threat by her predecessor, Anthony Foxx, a move that surprised some local officials who had hoped that the jurisdictions had shown enough progress to stave off the action. It's too soon to say whether Chao's action is a sign she will continue...
  • $100 million in annual toll fines put citizens on road to toll bankruptcy

    02/27/2017 5:19:00 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | February 7, 2017 | Dan Menefee
    Excessive penalties and poor customer service at the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system have put some Marylanders on the path to “toll bankruptcy,” Sen. Roger Manno told the Senate Finance Committee last week.“Folks [are] exasperated because they’ve been caught in a system that is not working,” Manno said.Broad enforcement powers enacted in 2013 to address toll violations have led to wage attachments, financial hardship and non-renewal of vehicle registrations at MVA, witnesses testified. Sen. Roger Manno “The penalty structure that we set several years ago in the General Assembly was not intended to be punitive,” Manno said. “It was not...
  • Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite

    02/20/2017 10:00:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 12:52 AM EST | Gerry Shih
    A prefecture in Chinas far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking systems as part of stepped-up measures against violent attacks. Traffic police in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture announced the regulation on Sunday, shortly after thousands of heavily armed police paraded in the Xinjiang capital and ruling Communist Party officials vowed to ramp up their campaign against separatists and Islamic militants. The vehicle-tracking program in Bayingolin will utilize Chinas homegrown Beidou satellite system, launched in recent years to reduce Chinas reliance on U.S.-based GPS providers for sensitive applications. Authorities said they will also track cars using...
  • Brownback Asks Trump To Save Some Kansas Highway Projects

    02/19/2017 11:10:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    KCUR 89.3 ^ | January 26, 2017 | Jim McLean & Sam Zeff
    Kansas Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is hoping the federal government can rescue several critical infrastructure projects that the state can no longer afford.The Brownback administration recently sent what amounts to a wish list to President Donald Trump for inclusion in his planned infrastructure initiative. It includes the following $240 million in highway and bridge projects delayed or abandoned because of the states ongoing budget problems: $50 million to replace a section of the Lewis and Clark Viaduct that carries Interstate 70 across the Kansas River between Kansas and Missouri.$91 million to build an I-235 interchange in Wichita.$45 million to reconstruct...
  • Audit finds huge cost overruns at Wisconsin DOT, some road project costs triple

    02/19/2017 9:58:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    FOX 6 Now ^ | January 26, 2017 | Theo Keith
    <p>MADISON -- A new audit shows huge cost overruns at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, with dozens of projects costing double or triple their original estimates.</p> <p>The Legislative Audit Bureau report finds that estimated costs for 19 major projects completed between 2006 and 2016 were $1.5 billion, double the initial projection. The audit also finds that the estimated costs of 16 ongoing major highway projects have increased by $3.1 billion.</p>
  • Elon Musk to dig tunnel to ease traffic in LA, but he doesn't yet have permission

    02/17/2017 3:13:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | January 26, 2017 | Olivia Solon
    Elon Musk announced plans to start digging a traffic-easing tunnel under Los Angeles in a month or so, but city planning bodies say he doesnt yet have permission.The SpaceX and Tesla CEO has been mulling the idea since December, when he revealed his frustrations with congestion in the city. Traffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging, he said on Twitter.It shall be called The Boring Company, he added. Boring, its what we do.At the time it wasnt clear whether he was joking, but todays announcement suggested he was not. Elon...
  • United States: The Plan For The Future Of American Infrastructure

    02/17/2017 4:55:24 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    Mondaq ^ | February 13, 2017 | Richard P. Puttr, Eric W. Sedlak, Kevin J. McIntyre, Isel M. Perez and James F. Channing
    A Look Into the Opaque Crystal Ball for Infrastructure Initiatives in the First 100 Days of the Trump Administration President Donald J. Trump's "America's Infrastructure First" plan is one of the Trump Administration's priorities during his first 100 days in office. Throughout the campaign, President Trump heralded his plan to build and restore highways, tunnels, airports, bridges, and water systems across America and promised a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure sector over a 10-year period. Leaders from both parties acknowledge the nation's deteriorating infrastructure, and there have been expressions of support from both sides of the aisle for some...
  • Closing This One Loophole Could End The Road Toll Debate Right Now

    02/15/2017 8:34:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | February 10, 2017 | Paul de Jong
    As cities across Ontario finalize their budgets and try to squeeze out savings to expand public transit, something doesn't add up. Too many cities, including Toronto, are missing out on hundreds of millions in savings. That's because Ontario has a labour law loophole that's putting cities, companies and taxpayers at a huge disadvantage. The heated debate over road tolls in Toronto has distracted from a far simpler way of saving for public transit expansion. Here it is: Change the way construction projects are tendered. Right now, Toronto and too many other municipalities including Hamilton, Sault Ste. Marie and the Region...
  • Trump and Congress can jumpstart improvements to interstate highways in Southern California

    02/15/2017 7:38:04 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | February 5, 2017 | Robert Poole
    President Trump has promised to eliminate regulations and rebuild the nations aging infrastructure. Federal agencies are awash with regulations and provisions based on the presumption that government is, and should be, the sole provider of infrastructure. But now that we understand the merits of public-private partnerships, which can provide more accountable public-purpose infrastructure, these numerous regulations and provisions serve as major obstacles preventing the improvement of highways and other infrastructure. Back in 1995, Reason Foundation published a policy study itemizing a number of these regulatory barriers. Sadly, most of them still exist today. If a state or municipal facility has...
  • With money tight, Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads

    02/13/2017 10:16:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | February 13, 2017 | Jim Malewitz and Brandon Formby
    More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5 billion should move forward as planned. Texans voted in 2015 to boost funding for states public roadways and bridges, which have strained under the states growing population. Proposition 7 loudly cheered by top Texas leaders and supported by 83 percent of voters changed the state constitution to route some taxes collected on car sales to the State Highway Fund. But in an unusually tightfisted legislative session, some Texas lawmakers are...
  • Express lanes, motorcycle helmets among bills filed in Florida

    02/12/2017 10:08:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The St. Augustine Record ^ | January 15, 2017 | Kristina Webb
    It could be a busy legislative session for transportation issues in Florida. Already, several bills have been filed addressing controversial topics ahead of the sessions March 7 opening. Heres a quick look at a few youll hear about in the coming weeks. Express lanes A bill proposed in the Florida Senate would prevent the creation of more express lanes on the states highways while also setting rules for how express lane toll money must be spent. The measure, SB 250, was filed by state Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami. If the bill is made law during the upcoming session, it would...
  • Here are five examples of social justice warriors blocking ambulances

    02/06/2017 1:50:31 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 6, 2017 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Here are five examples of social justice warriors blocking ambulances 1) In December 2014, in Berkeley, Missouri, Alvin Henry Jones Jr., 62, died two days after Black Lives Matter protestors blocked an ambulance that was carrying him.2) In January 2015, in Milton, Massachusettes, Black Lives Matter protestors blocked an ambulance that was carrying Richard McGrath, 82. The protestors chained themselves to barrels full of concrete to make especially sure that no vehicles could get by. In February 2016, after 10 of the protestors pled guilty to “willfully impending an emergency vehicle,” and were sentenced to six months of probation and 60...
  • Brownbacks plan to sweep more highway money faces pushback

    02/06/2017 8:07:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | January 14, 2017 | Dion Lefler and Bryan Lowry
    Larry Hauth has a farm in Coffey County and a daughter in Wichita. Good roads are kind of important to him. So hes disturbed by the ongoing and accelerating trend of the state taking money out of the highway fund to balance the rest of its budget. One of the things Kansas has going for it, compared to our surrounding states, is our road system, Hauth said. When they built them in years past, they were thinking ahead. I dont think were thinking ahead right now. Were trying to tread water, at best. Gov. Sam Brownback wants to take nearly...
  • [October 2016] South Florida's plan for traffic: 'We're going to make them suffer'

    02/01/2017 8:28:57 AM PST · by Lonely Bull · 36 replies
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | October 28, 2016 | Susannah Bryan, Emily Miller
    Faced with ever-increasing traffic jams, South Florida's public officials have come up with a plan: Make it worse. Instead of fixing the problem, government officials are deliberately adding to it in hopes we'll all walk, ride the bus or take the train. "Until you make it so painful that people want to come out of their cars, they're not going to come out of their cars," Anne Castro, chair of the Broward County Planning Council, said during a meeting last year. "We're going to make them suffer first, and then we're going to figure out ways to move them after...
  • Protesters Arrested In NYC Demonstration Against Trump Supreme Court Pick

    01/31/2017 7:49:54 PM PST · by Ray76 · 59 replies
    WCBS ^ | Jan 31, 2017
    Moments after President Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his U.S. Supreme Court pick, a small group of protesters blocked traffic in front of Trump Tower and got arrested. After Trumps announcement, about a dozen demonstrators knelt in the middle of Fifth Avenue as an act of civil disobedience. They were calmly led to a blue and white police bus in plastic handcuffs.
  • Bystanders Cheer on Police as They Take Down Anti-Trump Protesters Blocking Traffic

    01/31/2017 6:16:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 26, 2017 | Cameron Cawthorne
    Portland, Ore. police officers in riot gear took down and arrested over a dozen protesters on Wednesday as they gathered in downtown Portland, blocking transit lines. Fox 12 Oregon captured video of protesters blocking multiple buses from driving down the street, including one demonstrator who was even sitting on the front of a bus. Within seconds, however, the riot police emerged from behind one of the buses and tackled the protesters with clubs in hand. As the police threw some of the protesters to the ground, the crowd that had gathered began cheering them on. "Take them all down!" one...
  • Sacramento Police: Protester With Device Shuts Down Tower Bridge, Capitol Mall

    01/31/2017 6:21:30 PM PST · by markomalley · 25 replies
    KHTK ^ | 1/31/17
    4:23 p.m. UPDATE: The woman has been peacefully taken into custody after an hour and a half, and police are inspecting the vehicle.4:10 p.m.: UPDATE: The City of West Sacramento is urging people to avoid the area and use alternate routes.The woman is still located inside the vehicle as policestage around the scene.-3:40 p.m. UPDATE: Sacramento Policehave shut down the Tower Bridge and Capitol Mall. Traffic is being redirected to Interstate 80 andthe I Street Bridge.For the latest traffic conditions on the freeways, visit http://cbs13.com/traffic.SACRAMENTO (CBS13) A woman claiming to have a device has shut down traffic around...
  • Accidents create need for changes at Gurnee tollway exit

    01/28/2017 10:15:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | January 23, 2017 | Bob Susnjara
    Bill Bertram frequently felt uneasy as cars whizzed past while he waited in traffic to reach the Tri-State Tollway's Grand Avenue exit ramp in Gurnee in the months after a $19.4 million reconstruction project was completed in 2015. Thoughts of being a sitting duck for a rear-end crash crossed his mind. Still, the 59-year-old Round Lake Beach resident said, driving north on the tollway to the westbound exit ramp was the most efficient option to head home from his Evanston job. On Nov. 16, at about 5:15 p.m., the rear-end crash he worried about happened. Bertram was stuck in a...
  • From Rust to Robots: How the Midwest Could Become a Hub for Advanced Transportation

    01/27/2017 7:40:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Car and Driver ^ | January 26, 2017 | Pete Bigelow
    A new collection of transportation agencies and universities is taking one small step toward transforming the Rust Belt into a place associated with the future instead of the past. Eleven agencies and institutions located in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have formed the Smart Belt Coalition, which will spur joint efforts on the testing and deployment of autonomous and connected cars. The collaboration comes on the heels of a legislative overhaul of Michigan regulations last month, which have been relaxed to spur the testing of self-driving technology on the states public roads. Ohio and Pennsylvania do not have laws on the...
  • Gas tax increase, turnpike toll hike greet drivers in the new year (already happened by now)

    01/27/2017 5:00:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Decembeer 28, 2016 | Ed Blazina
    The cost of driving in Pennsylvania is going up on two fronts in the new year. First, the state tax on wholesale motor fuels will increase Jan. 1 8 cents for gasoline and nearly 11 cents for diesel fuel. Those costs are expected to be passed on to retail prices at the pump. A week later, tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike will increase for the ninth year in a row, this time by 6 percent. The change will increase the cost of a trip from Ohio to New Jersey from $48.90 to $51.85 for cash and from $34.93 to...
  • Decades-old mistake may have caused bridge beam to fail

    01/24/2017 8:11:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 23, 2017 | Jason Laughlin
    An apparent construction error six decades ago could have caused the fracture discovered Friday in a steel beam that forced the closure of the Delaware River Bridge, an engineering expert who viewed pictures of the cracked truss said Sunday. An image of the cracked truss - a supporting piece - on the bridge that runs between Bucks County in Pennsylvania and Burlington County in New Jersey shows signs of holes that had been mistakenly drilled into the steel beam and then filled with plug welds, a typical solution in the 1950s when the bridge was built, said Karl Frank, professor...
  • Skedaddle is Bringing Busloads of Women to March on Washington (Uber for buses)

    01/18/2017 1:23:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Inverse ^ | January 17, 2017 | Dyani Sabin
    The hottest ticket to the Womens March on Washington is on the bus-sharing startup Skeddadle, which allows people to commission private bus rides and is trying to change the future of long-distance transportation. Most of Skeddadles business comes from people scheduling events going to ski resorts or music festivals for a weekend. Its a social experience where passengers share rides with people who have similar interests. But Skeddadle sees itself as public transit of the future, and is building towards being the least expensive, most convenient way to get in or out of a city. The March is amazing...
  • Governor's grab of cash for roads risks fight in legislature

    01/17/2017 11:14:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | January 17, 2017 | Bob Christie, Associated Press
    PHOENIX (AP) Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's decision to again take for other uses state gas tax money intended to help cities and counties build and repair roads is getting a cold reception from some in the Legislature. The Republican governor's budget proposal for the year starting July 1 eliminates $86.5 million in highway spending in the current year, a decision likely to spur a fight with lawmakers from both parties who have been seeking a permanent stop to shifts of cash for road work to other uses. Legislation that would bar the practice and require gas tax money only...
  • Crashes surge on Interstate 10 between Winnie, Orange

    01/17/2017 8:05:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The Beaumont Enterprise ^ | January 16, 2017 | Natalie Krebs
    The fatal lunchtime accident that shut down Interstate 10 for hours on Tuesday caught Vidor resident Theresa Manley's attention right away. "My 17-year-old totaled her car in that spot last summer," said Manley, 45, as she filled up her car at the Flying J in Orange on Wednesday. "That was a scary phone call." Manley said her daughter, who was driving with Manley's 12-year-old son, rear-ended a pick-up truck after it rear-ended the car in front of it. Her daughter's small Pontiac went under the large truck and was destroyed, she said, but her children were unharmed. The accident happened...
  • New OKeefe Video: Leftists Plan to Blockade Trump Inauguration

    01/17/2017 1:10:35 PM PST · by maggief · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 17, 2017 | JOEL B. POLLAK
    <p>James OKeefe and Project Veritas released a new undercover video on Tuesday showing left-wing activists with the DisruptJ20 effort plotting to stop Donald Trumps inauguration by chaining D.C. Metro trains and blocking roads. The video adds a layer of deep detail to a story by Ryan Lovelace in the Washington Examiner earlier this month, How protesters plan to wreck Donald Trumps inauguration, which first reported the efforts of #DisruptJ20.</p>
  • I-70 CLOSED AVALANCHE!!!!

    01/10/2017 7:40:33 AM PST · by WellyP · 38 replies
    COTRIP ^ | 10 Jan. 2017 | WellyP
    I-70 is CLOSED both directions on Vail Pass due to an avalanche across the Interstate.
  • I-66 tolls a good idea for Northern Virginia

    01/05/2017 8:00:41 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Fairfax County Times ^ | December 19, 2016 | Patrick Rhode
    Dear Editor, As states and municipalities around the nation struggle to find ways to afford much-needed improvements to aging and congested roadways, the Commonwealth of Virginia has established itself as an innovative leader when it comes to carefully prioritizing the states transportation investments and wisely leveraging private sector resources to ensure the best deal for state taxpayers. The I-66 Outside the Beltway project exemplifies this leadership, and Cintra, together with its partner Meridiam, is proud to be part of the team selected by the Commonwealth to finance, design, build, operate and maintain this more than $3 billion transformative project at...
  • Aubrey Layne: Trump's infrastructure plan is no magic bullet

    01/05/2017 7:16:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 30, 2016 | Aubrey Lane
    PRESIDENT-ELECT Donald Trump has proposed a $1 trillion plan to fix Americas infrastructure. It relies on public-private partnerships as its primary source of financing. Our countrys complex transportation network needs an overhaul, but private investment is not the answer, mainly because of the returns that investors expect. Public-private partnerships can be an excellent procurement tool, but selecting the right project is key. Virginia has been a national leader in such deals since the General Assembly passed the Public Private Partnership Act in 1995. The law was designed for the partnerships to be used as an option for certain projects if...
  • Biggest Transportation Battles of 2016 to Continue in the New Year (Texas)

    01/02/2017 8:15:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | December 27, 2016 | Brandon Formby
    The cost of toll roads, the toll of urban congestion, ride-hailing battles and a high-speed train war garnered plenty of attention in Texas this year. And after the Legislature spent two sessions focusing on highway funding, lawmakers now appear poised to tackle other transportation matters next year. Here's a look at the year's biggest transportation stories and how they may continue to unfold in the coming months:1. Uber and Lyft roll out of Austin after losing city electionNational ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft stopped operating in Austin after voters there rejected an ordinance that would have repealed certain regulations, including...
  • 2017 The Year Of The Drone

    01/02/2017 8:19:24 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 12 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 02-01-2017 | Michael
    Drones are being seriously considered for use in a number of important applications from military functions, like bomb disposal, to energy applications, like remote pipeline monitoring and inspection. But as the Federal government works to finalize rules on the use of drones in commercial applications, the drones are increasingly finding their way into more and more unusual settings like the delivery of slurpees. Convenience store operator, 7-Eleven is an unlikely participant in drone delivery operating at the bleeding edge of the space. The company has partnered with drone delivery service Flirtey and in November, the two companies completed 77...
  • I-70 Expansion Subject Of Civil Rights Act Complaint

    12/30/2016 4:36:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | December 7, 2016 | Lauren DiSpirito
    DENVER (CBS4)– Federal authorities told the Colorado Department of Transportation and opponents of the planned Interstate 70 expansion this week that it would open an investigation into claims the project violates the Civil Rights Act.The pending investigation comes in response to a federal complaint filed with the U.S Department of Transportation by Earthjustice, an environmental law firm, and neighborhood groups impacted by the project, including the Cross Community Coalition, Colorado Latino Forum and Elyria-Swansea Neighborhood Association. Filed last month, the complaint alleges CDOT’s plan will result in “disparate and severe environmental and economic impacts” on the predominantly Latino communities.Candi CdeBaca,...
  • Hogan announces start of $105 million I-81 widening

    12/29/2016 11:49:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    The Hagerstown Herald-Mail ^ | December 24, 2016 | CJ Lovelace
    Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan came to Hagerstown Thursday bearing gifts, announcing the start of a $105 million project to widen Interstate 81. In partnership with West Virginia, the first phase of construction of the long-sought project, which recently got under way, will expand the heavily traveled interstate to six lanes from U.S. 11 in West Virginia to Md. 63 near Williamsport. "These improvements to I-81 are critical infrastructure investments that will help citizens here in Washington County, across Western Maryland and all across our state go about their daily lives in a faster, more efficient and safer manner," Hogan said...
  • Stop building new roads until we know the threat to the environment (Oh, dear!)

    12/29/2016 7:59:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Myrtle Beach Online ^ | December 10, 2016 | Kenneth M. Lee
    After seeing all the damage from the recent hurricane, its time for South Carolina to abandon projects such as Interstate 73. Theres been a lot of fallen trees and a lot of flooding. What makes the state believe that flooding of urban areas is not being caused by the filling of wetlands, the heightening of new roads, and putting more concrete pilings in drainage basin areas? Before building any more roads, an environmental impact study should include what hindrances there will be to water drainage after all those waterways are filled with dirt, concrete piers and steel rebar. Water from...
  • Williams: Lets see what happens next (I-73 funding)

    12/28/2016 1:10:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Martinsville Bulletin ^ | December 26, 2016 | Ben R. Williams
    On Tuesday, the Henry County Board of Supervisors voted 5-1 to renew the countys contract with Alcalde and Fay LLC, which advocates for Interstate 73 on the state and federal level on the countys behalf. Often when there is a split vote, it is tempting to pick a side. In this case, however, I agree with both sides. There are strong arguments for renewing the contract, and there are strong arguments against renewing the contract, but ultimately, the board made the appropriate call. The lone dissenting vote came from Collinsville District Supervisor Joe Bryant, who argued that he didnt believe...
  • Michigan Legislature Passes Sensible Transportation Reforms

    12/21/2016 11:24:35 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/20/2016 | Geneva Ruppert
    On December 1, the Michigan Senate passed a package of bills that would dramatically improve the ability of Michiganders to get around. The package was originally written to provide a statewide regulatory framework for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, which have been operating in Michigan in a legal gray area. Some cities embraced the services, others banned them. The uncertainty has made it difficult for ridesharing companies to expand beyond a handful of areas in Michigan, and has caused major headaches for drivers, who have received tickets for not having commercial licenses. The latest bills provide not just a...
  • Trump's pledge to boost infrastructure could aid mid-Hudson

    12/08/2016 12:56:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Middletown Times Herald-Record ^ | November 21, 2016 | James Nani
    County leaders are hopeful that the $1 trillion infrastructure investment promised by Republican president-elect Donald Trump will have a big impact on the region. Trump has promised to prioritize infrastructure spending in his first 100 days in office. The move is one that Democrats, now in minority positions in both houses of Congress, have said they're willing to support. The plan, which is not yet fully fleshed out, looks to rely heavily on billions of dollars of infrastructure tax credits to private entities. And while Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen warned recently that weighing down the national debt with...
  • Two sections of First Coast Expressway construction behind schedule

    12/07/2016 11:00:21 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Florida Times-Union ^ | December 6, 2016 | Teresa Stepzinski
    Construction of two of the three sections of the multi-lane First Coast Expressway running through Clay County and neighboring Northeast Florida communities is behind schedule, according to Florida Department of Transportation officials, who cited a variety of factors for the delays. The expressway is a limited access toll facility is touted by elected officials and economic development authorities in Clay as being a gateway to new residential and commercial economic growth, which translates into an increased tax base. When completed, the expressway will span 46.5 miles. It be a connecting road outside of the existing Interstate 295 Loop between Interstate...