Infrastructure

Imagine a world without stoplights; IIHS says roundabouts may be safer than intersections
Imagine a world without stoplights; IIHS says roundabouts may be safer than intersections

Roundabouts, traffic circles, rotaries, whatever they're called, the IIHS has delivered good news: they may create safer roads for drivers. A new study from the insurance industry-funded safety group found roundabouts not only helped reduce crashes in areas that would typically employ a traditional...Read More»

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British owner puts Greyhound bus line up for sale

An icon of the American highway system is up for sale. Reuters reported last week that the British firm that owns Greyhound has put the bus line up for sale. Greyhound has struggled to compete with low-cost airlines in areas where the bus line typically serves. Relatively low oil prices have also...Read More»

Lilium Jet VTOL concept
Electrified aircraft could make flying cars a reality

Those 1950s magazine covers with stylized flying cars zipping around may have been onto something after all. Ford Motor Company and the University of Michigan released the results of a study on Tuesday that suggests vertical take-off and landing contraptions—think cars with wings—may...Read More»

Traffic in Atlanta, Georgia during rush hour (via Wikimedia)
Philadelphia looks at adding a congestion fee

Philadelphia may follow in New York City's tire tracks by adding a traffic congestion fee in busy parts of the City of Brotherly Love. Local NBC News affiliate NBC 10 reported last week that there are no proposals or timelines on the table, but the Philadelphia mayor's office is considering a...Read More»

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Uber spent $2M to champion NYC's new congestion charge

Ride-share giant Uber reportedly spent $2 million in an effort to keep cars out of New York City. The Financial Times (subscription required) reported Wednesday that Uber dug deeper into its pockets than anyone else to lobby New York lawmakers to support a new congestion charge set to fall into...Read More»

Rush hour traffic in Washington, D.C. (photo by Flickr user haddensavix)
LA area floats possible congestion charge to reduce traffic in parts of city

One of the most congested metropolitan areas in the U.S. is considering charging drivers around $4 to enter one of its busiest neighborhoods. A group of governments in the Los Angeles area conducted a study about implementing a congestion charge for drivers in and around Santa Monica, The Los...Read More»

Lidar-equipped de-icer truck in Knoxville, Tennessee
Lidar tech could help make winter road de-icing more effective

Lidar is a technology that helps self-driving cars "see" the world around them, but researchers in Tennessee think the tech could be a boon to help treat snow and ice covered roads more effectively. According to a Digital Trends report last week, the city of Knoxville, Tennessee, has introduced a...Read More»

BMW X7 pre-production at plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina
US DoT grants $25M to help BMW's South Carolina plant

A new grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will directly benefit logistics at BMW's South Carolina production plant. Automotive News (subscription required) reported on Wednesday that $25 million will be funneled into an intermodal project in Greer, South Carolina, to expand the Port...Read More»

Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_nose
Infrastructure study: Cold weather states are falling apart

If there’s one thing almost every American can agree on, it’s this: our roads, bridges, tunnels, and dams need some serious renovation going forward. That’s why President Donald Trump proposed a $1 trillion plan to improve the country’s aging infrastructure, though funding...Read More»

Concept drawing for Uber Elevate flying taxi service
Uber looks beyond cars in Middle East

The idea of using an app to hail a bus might not be as sexy as summoning a flying taxi in Dubai or Dallas, but for Uber, it might be a path to profitability. As a means of beating traffic in ways no car possibly could, the company has begun utilizing alternate modes of transportation in Cairo. If...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
Trump administration scraps infrastructure advisory council

Following the high profile dissolution of both the American manufacturing council and the strategic and policy forum, President Donald Trump is abandoning plans to form an infrastructure advisory council tasked with tackling the country’s crumbling roads and bridges. The council, which was...Read More»

Pothole repair (via Wikimedia)
ICYMI, Donald Trump talked about infrastructure yesterday, too

U.S. president Donald Trump held a press conference yesterday. You might've heard something about it. Long before Trump stepped away from the microphone, media outlets were busy posting reports about his explicit defense of the white nationalists who'd gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia over the...Read More»

California state capitol, Sacramento
California raises gas tax and charges electric car owners $100 per year

America's infrastructure is in desperate need of repair, but despite promises made by President Trump back in February, there's been little-to-no movement on the issue in Washington, D.C. Until there is, states will have to take action themselves if they want to fill in their expanding potholes and...Read More»

Highway sign: 'Expect delays'
America, we have an infrastructure problem, and this documentary is here to explain it

Infrastructure isn't a sexy topic. When many people hear the word, their eyes glaze over and they begin thinking about to-do lists or vacation plans or anything other than the state of our highways and byways. But ignore it all you want, the fact remains that America's infrastructure has been rode...Read More»

County road in Marshall County, Indiana (via Derek Jensen on Wikimedia)
America's infrastructure is so bad, gravel roads are making a comeback

You know it, we know it, even people in Algeria know it: America's infrastructure is in a sad state. How sad is it? America's infrastructure is in such a sad state, gravel roads are making a comeback. That might sound like a punch line from the world's dullest, policy-wonkiest comedian, but...Read More»

New York City's Manhattan Bridge (photo by Ludovic Bertron)
America's bridges are crumbling: here are the iffy ones near you

It's no secret that America's highways and byways are falling apart. Sometimes, the issues are painfully obvious: potholes, eroded shoulders, faded and missing lane markings. Other times, the trouble spots are harder to see, especially on bridges, where the problems may lie in crumbling supports or...Read More»

World rankings of most dangerous countries for drivers (via GPS)
Driving in the US is more dangerous than in Kenya, Romania, or Algeria

Given America's extensive system of highways and byways, it's easy to forget that many of our roads aren't as safe as they seem. As we've reported many times before, U.S. streets are in a serious state of disrepair--and don't get us started on bridges. America isn't alone in that, though. To prove...Read More»

Pothole repair (via Wikimedia)
How should we fix America’s crumbling roads? Our poll results

U.S. roads are in terrible shape. In 2013, the American Society of Civil Engineers rated them a "D". Our bridges weren't too much better, earning a C+. The ASCE's next report card is due in 2017, and given the insufficient sums allocated to roadway maintenance, improvement, and expansion, it's...Read More»

2016 BMW i8 with BMW Home Charger Connect charging station
MIT: 87% of vehicles could be electric today with no problem

Skeptics sometimes doubt whether electric vehicles will catch on. They compare them to gas-powered cars, trucks, and SUVs, bemoaning the fact that EVs have shorter driving ranges and higher sticker prices. However, a new study shows that the biggest obstacle standing between EVs and mainstream...Read More»

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