User: flenvcenter Topic: Transportation-National
Category: Multi-Modal Transportation :: General
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What Happens When You Can’t Catch a Ride to the Polls? 15.10.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Steve Karnowski) Voting booths stand ready in downtown Minneapolis on September 20, 2018, for Friday's opening of early voting in Minnesota. mobility_icon.png Getting a ride with Uber or Lyft doesn’t spring immediately to mind as an example of democracy in action, but on Election Day, the companies plan to offer discounted rides and free trips to voters facing transportation challenges in partnership with groups like #VoteTogether and DemocracyWorks (Uber) and the National Federation of the Blind, Voto Latino, and the National Urban League (Lyft). There’s more to this than good corporate citizenship, as the firms anticipate profiting from their discounted fares and from broadening their rider base, though they also are working with voting-rights groups to raise awareness of voter-registration tools and other election information. Forward-thinking transit systems in some cities and smaller locales also offer free rides on Election Day. But most people fend for themselves. Many voters do not have ...
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The road to eliminating fluorinated chemicals in food packaging 6.9.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Consumers, purchasers and scientists all want a safer alternative — and collaboration can get us there.
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The foreseeable future: How the next generation of mobility will affect cities 21.8.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
And the five things in our world that will change.
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‘Not plastic’, but Bengaluru will now grapple with discarded polyester flags post Independence Day 17.8.2018 Citizen Matters
The state ban on plastic and the central government advisory against use of plastic flags this Independence Day meant that many vendors switched to polyester fabric flags. But what does this really mean? What will be the impact of our celebrations on the environment?
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10 objectives for assessing Mobility as a Service 15.8.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
MaaS has the potential to transform cities, but first, we need a new paradigm for how we are using it.
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Can behavioral economics finally get Americans to stop commuting by SOV? 7.8.2018 GreenBiz.com
Driving real change and influencing mobility decision-making is incredibly difficult.
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Alternative fuels and technologies in accelerating clean energy in transport 28.6.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Decarbonizing Hawaii's ground transportation commitments are not only about electrification. What technologies are currently ready and available for implementation in spaces where electrification is not yet viable? What other fuels are going to be available in the coming years? What is the future trajectory of alternative fuel technologies and when will they be cost-effective?
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Imagining a more equitable Winnipeg: The 2018 Alternative Municipal Budget 20.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Lynne Fernandez Winnipeg cannot control broader macro pressures such as climate change or a stagnant global economy, but it can prepare for the changes that are coming. It can meet climate change with policy to mitigate damage, slow the rate of change, and build resilience. It can stimulate and grow the local economy while making sure that marginalized citizens are included. It can put the brakes on wrong-headed practices like urban sprawl or over-spending on policing, while redirecting resources to deal with the root causes of crime and our infrastructure deficit, and smooth out the inequalities that keep our city from realizing its full potential. The 2018 Alternative Municipal Budget (AMB) is a community response that dares to imagine a greener and more equitable Winnipeg. Why an alternative budget? Government budgets are overwhelmingly complex, inaccessible documents. Our AMB is much simpler; it distills crucial elements of the actual budget into easier to digest sections. It educates, challenges and ...
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From anti-privatization to pro-public 5.6.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Political Action David McDonald is a professor of Global Development Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario whose work over the years has focused on issues related to public services and privatization, mostly in contexts in the Global South and in Europe. Scott Neigh interviews him about his role as a co-organizer of The Future is Public , a conference happening in Montreal on June 15 and 16 that will bring together more than 150 activists, trade unionists, and researchers from across North America to discuss struggles and successes from around the world and to begin figuring out what it might mean to articulate a vision for public services that is not just anti-privatization but one that is resolutely pro-public when it comes to things like water, health care, education, energy, transportation, and all the rest. In recent decades, all of us have become familiar with the agenda of privatization, as governments of nearly every stripe have sought both overt and covert ways to push it forward. ...
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Enter the electrification of everything 22.5.2018 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
Getting planes, trains and automobiles, not to mention houses and commercial buildings, off fossil fuels will happen quicker than most people realize.
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William T. Vollmann turns his mammoth talents to climate change 11.5.2018 LA Times: Commentary

William T. Vollmann opened the multi-lock steel door to his “writing studio,” a 3,000-square-foot former Mexican restaurant-turned-apartment hidden in a dicey outlier of Sacramento. It’s surrounded by wrought iron and chain link fencing topped with razor wire “to prevent home invasion,” he explained....

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Alternatives to flying with your pet 29.4.2018 Washington Post
Alternatives to flying with your pet
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Green Growth for the Commonwealth: Ready for Phase Three 27.4.2018 THE CITY FIX
A few short years ago, the idea of sustainability drew praise as something that ought to be encouraged for its environmental benefits, despite what was then seen as its inevitable trade-off with economic growth. That was Phase One. Phase Two ...
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Moving People, Not Cars 25.4.2018 American Prospect
Cambridge, Massachusetts, is ranked number one in the nation for bike infrastructure and walkability.  This article appears in the Spring 2018 issue of The American Prospect. Subscribe here .  Bike rentals are popping up in every major U.S. city, a harbinger of the desire of more and more people to break the car habit. Enthusiasts have visions of Copenhagen and Amsterdam, where about 40 percent of people commute to work and do many errands by bike. Yet few American cities have separate lanes in which bikes can safely travel. Meanwhile, bus rapid transit—buses moving in their own lanes that drive up to platforms and are boarded like trains—is catching on as a lower-cost alternative to expensive subways. But here’s the catch that is slowing the shift to both bikes and modern buses: There are only so many lanes on a given street, and at some point these uses compete with each other—unless cars are given less space to hog the road. Unlike Europe, American cities tend to have a stunted, token version of these ...
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5 ways the maritime industry can steer toward emissions reductions 19.4.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
Now that there’s finally a target (albeit a weak one), it’s time to pour on the steam.
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Introducing our new Partners-Planet Protector Packaging 9.4.2018 Planet Ark News
Planet Ark is proud to announce we have joined forces with Planet Protector Packaging, the distributor of the multi-award-winning sustainable packaging innovation Woolcool.
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Ridesharing Versus Public Transit 27.3.2018 American Prospect
screen_shot_2017-07-19_at_4.28.52_pm.png Many working people rely on public transportation to get to their jobs. Mass transit choices have often been entangled with racial politics as well. So not surprisingly, issues of race and class are reflected in the Uber-ization of our city streets. Even in American cities with subways, public transportation has been poorly funded and provided sketchy service, compared with the efficient and highly functional mass transit systems in most major European or Japanese cities. Taxi service also has been deficient, with a medallion system in major cities that has constrained the supply of taxis and made it difficult to keep up with demand or provide quality service. Not surprisingly, the U.S. rate of private ownership of vehicles is one of the highest in the world. Cheap gas and relatively ample parking contribute to this tilt. When Lyft, followed by Uber, provided an alternative, ridesharing quickly zoomed in popularity. The 15 percent to 20 percent of Americans who ...
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Washington state's electric vehicle sales tax break to end 22.3.2018 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state's sales tax exemption for electric vehicles is expected to end sometime this summer after efforts to extend it stalled during the recent legislative session....
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Falling transit ridership poses an ‘emergency’ for cities, experts say 21.3.2018 Washington Post
Researchers concluded that factors such as lower fuel costs, increased teleworking, higher car ownership and the rise of alternatives such as Uber and Lyft are pulling people off trains and buses at record levels.
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Metro board to vote on expanding 710 Freeway in the 'diesel death zone' 1.3.2018 LA Times: Commentary

For decades, the 710 Freeway has been the commercial spine of Southern California, funneling the trucks carrying thousands of tons of furniture, clothes, televisions and other goods from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach into the region’s sprawling network of freeways and warehouses.

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