The Melissa Independent School District in North Texas is crediting technology with keeping its buses on the move. Drivers are using a tablet-based navigation system to streamline their routes with turn-by-turn directions, and the system syncs with student ID cards to monitor each student's journey.
Washington, D.C. commuters have new transit option as Metrorail service cutbacks continue -- a month-long free membership to Capital Bikeshare. The membership will facilitate 30 days of free rides under 45 minutes at a time, and residents can sign up via the Lyft and Capital Bikeshare apps.
The US Postal Service will hire 40,000 seasonal employees, add 112 new sorting machines and open 45 new facilities to manage spillover packages, all in an effort to ensure on-time delivery for online holiday shoppers. The USPS will be able to handle 35% more packages daily during the peak season than at the same time last year, according to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike is seeing a rebound in commercial traffic, with both toll revenue and traffic volume eclipsing figures recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Revenue increased by 12.5% and traffic volume by 4.1% during the first eight months of the year when compared to 2019.
The Subic Freeport Expressway in the Philippines has earned recognition from logistics companies for improving goods and commodities transport. The 10-mile expressway has attracted over 1.3 million motorists since opening in February.
The American Transportation Research Institute is surveying truck drivers in an effort to gauge adoption of safety technologies. The anonymous survey will grade the performance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Tech-Celerate Now program.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued a nine-point executive order calling on state agencies to help alleviate supply chain bottlenecks by identifying parcels of land that can be used for short-term cargo storage and freight routes that can temporarily be exempted from gross vehicle weight limits. The California Trucking Association praised the effort to house empty containers on state land and urged "equipment providers and local governments to work with the governor to get empty containers off of chassis."
Verizon's cellular vehicle-to-everything communication has been put to the test, seeking to provide "a multi-viewpoint picture of safety hazards." The testing was carried out in conjunction with Nissan North America's Research and Advanced Engineering team, and the technology is expected to move towards deployment.
Only around 1% of the nation's school buses are currently electric, but that is changing as school districts begin replacing older, diesel buses with electric vehicles. The move has several advantages, including the possibility of monetizing excess electricity.
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