Wednesday, July 15, 2020

As Cities Reopen, Outdoor Dining May Provide a Lifeline

The virus can be spread from droplets that an infected person coughs or sneezes, but researchers still aren’t sure how infectious those droplets are....

Sleeker Lidar Moves Volvo Closer to Selling a Self-Driving Car

If any automaker has made its name synonymous with safety, it’s Volvo. The Swedish outfit’s marketing department deserves some credit there, for sure, but...

California Sues Uber and Lyft to Classify Drivers as Employees

The State of California and three of its biggest cities sued Uber and Lyft Tuesday for misclassifying hundreds of thousands of drivers as independent...

Covid-19 Spurs a Road Repair Boom—and Threatens a Bust

Until a few weeks ago, the California Department of Transportation was girding itself for a summer disaster. Come July, it was planning to shut...

Fewer Wrecks, Grounded Planes, and More Car News This Week

Even in the midst of a pandemic, never doubt the world’s ability to surprise. This week, we tracked some remarkable trends. Serious crashes are,...

Elon Musk Says Tesla Stock Is ‘Too High’—and It Quickly Falls

He’s at it again. Launching a Friday morning tweet-tear, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk wrote, “Tesla stock price is too high imo .” Ask,...

Planes Are Still Flying, but Covid-19 Recovery Will Be Tough

Over the past three months, Covid-19 has reduced air travel in the United States to the point where the fact of a nearly full...

A Coronavirus Silver Lining: Less Driving, Fewer Crashes

For all the misery Covid-19 has wrought, the shelter-in-place orders imposed in the name of public health have yielded a few benefits, at least...

The Pandemic Could Be an Opportunity to Remake Cities

Last Tuesday, a Gemballa Mirage GT barrelled into a series of parked cars on a Manhattan street. The driver fled and was arrested. And...

Build Cities for Bikes, Buses, and Feet—Not Cars

The Parisian version of Octavia, it turns out, isn't all he'd hoped. “We screwed this one up,” Tumlin says. “The island is too narrow,...

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During Coronavirus, Jakarta’s Cycling Grows as does Police Backlash

Cities all over the world are realizing the advantages of moving around without a car – cycling, walking, scooting, or even roller blading, are...

What’s next for the INVEST Act?

Last week, the House passed a long-term transportation authorization—the INVEST Act— as part of the Moving Forward Act, House Democrats’ large infrastructure package. But...

Transit will be reeling from COVID-19 for years

When cities and states began shutting down in response to COVID-19, the financial impact to transit was swift and immense, but the immediate impacts...

House’s new climate action plan takes a page from T4America’s playbook

Last week, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released a new legislative blueprint for tackling climate change that incorporates a number of...