Detroit's MoGo bike-sharing system has launched a pilot program that uses 13 specifically designed bicycles that provide self-transportation to people with disabilities. The program is part of an initiative in cooperation with the nonprofit Programs to Educate All Cyclists.
The use of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft is not significantly affecting or replacing public transportation, finds a study by the Shared-Use Mobility Center. "What we're seeing in our research ... is that transit is still doing what transit does best, which is moving a whole lot of people at rush hour, in the most efficient way," says Colin Murphy, the center's director of research.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the city's mayor have agreed to have an all-electric bus fleet by 2035. In the interim, the SFMTA plans to purchase a limited number of electric buses in 2019 to evaluate how they navigate the city's crowded and hilly routes.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said $100 million in federal funding is available for communities to improve ground transportation while reducing congestion and emissions. The funding, which will be distributed through a competitive solicitation process, can be used for projects such as recreation trails, preserving historic properties and downtown revitalization.
Reports indicate President Donald Trump tried to pressure US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to double package delivery rates charged to Amazon and other companies. Brennan said doing so would be a violation of the agency's contract with Amazon, and that the US Postal Service benefits from its relationship with Amazon.
Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as 3D printing, could bring major changes to trucking as additional materials become available and the potential grows to significantly cut costs for aftermarket parts. "You're not going to be shipping shoes; you'll be shipping polymers, resins and things that are bulk commodity," said FTR CEO Eric Starks.
Walmart will launch its grocery delivery service across the Chicago market on Tuesday, charging $9.95 for same-day delivery. The addition of Chicago comes as the company strives to cover 40% of American households with grocery delivery services by year's end.
Tolls on the Golden Gate Bridge will increase 25 cents July 1, but no more toll increases are planned. The increase, intended to help prevent a budget deficit, will bring the cost of crossing the bridge to $8 for cash payers.
The Smart Columbus Operating System, developed in Columbus, Ohio, will aggregate data to provide residents with information about transportation and other community services. "Fundamental to 'becoming smart' as a city is discovering how to use data to improve city services and quality of life for residents," Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said.
Acura has unveiled a touchpad used to navigate infotainment systems. Acura aims to create an easier way of navigating such systems without requiring drivers to take their eyes off the road.