A 50-acre parking lot near Nashville, Tenn., could become home to an environmentally savvy mixed-use development that includes a futuristic parking garage designed for self-parking cars. Having occupants exit vehicles at a building's drop-off zone means parking spaces could be narrower and farther away.
Steve Radack, a commissioner of Harris County, Texas, believes that heavy traffic on Interstate 10 would be improved by establishing extra toll lanes near Katy. Meanwhile, Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers would prefer to widen the Westpark Tollway or build an elevated highway to relieve congestion.
A $15 million federal grant will help the Colorado Department of Transportation widen Interstate 25 between Fort Collins and Loveland. The $235 million project will add a tolled express lane in both directions.
Researchers at MIT's Concrete Sustainability Hub contend that big data can help pinpoint where road repairs will have the most impact and help reduce emissions. They studied deflection-induced and roughness-induced pavement-vehicle interactions and found their data-laden process "allows for a maximum reduction in CO2 emissions with minimum lane-mile road maintenance."
A 1.6-mile elevated toll road planned in the Tampa, Fla., area that could provide motorists with an alternative to stop-and-go traffic has received support from the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, which joined the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce in endorsing the project. The Selmon Extension will provide an important emergency route and could allow express lanes to be shifted when necessary.
The opening of the Panama Canal will change the supply chain for any business involved with Asian trade, manufacturing or sourcing. Supply chain managers will see as much as a 30% drop in pricing for shipping some goods from East Asia to the East Coast, but it will take longer.
Several startups aim to transform the truck-freight business through smartphone apps that replace functions previously performed by freight brokers and load boards. The companies are attracting millions in venture capital.
Jaguar Land Rover thinks drivers will still play the key role in operating the autonomous vehicles of the future. "Autonomous technologies will instead work in the background to assist and enhance them," said Adrian Hallmark, group strategy director.
Mark Rosekind, head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, urged automakers to continue to develop self-driving vehicle technology, saying it will make driving safer and prevent fatal accidents. The agency will soon issue regulations to guide the industry, but both Rosekind and US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the technology isn't expected to be perfect.
The Regional Transportation District of Denver, Colo., has launched the B Line from downtown's Union Station to south Westminster this week, boosting connectivity and city travel. The new commuter line, which was a public-private partnership, is also expected to spur development in the region.
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