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Category Archives: Transportation

New Uber site provides anonymized data from over 2 billion trips

News release: “Every hour of every day, people use Uber to get around the more than 450 cities we serve. From Sydney to Summit, we’ve been working hard to get to know these cities, with the goal of making them cleaner, more efficient and less crowded. Along the way, we’ve found that local leaders, urban… Continue Reading

GAO Report on Climate Change

Climate Change: Improved Federal Coordination Could Facilitate Use of Forward-Looking Climate Information in Design Standards, Building Codes, and Certifications, GAO-17-3: Published: Nov 30, 2016. Publicly Released: Jan 3, 2017. “The houses we live in, buildings we work in, and roads and bridges we use daily are supposed to be built to last—whatever the local forecast… Continue Reading

The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States, 1995-2015

The Rise and Nature of Alternative Work Arrangements in the United States, 1995-2015. Lawrence F. Katz, Harvard University and NBER and Alan B. Krueger, Princeton University and NBER. First Draft: March 29, 2016 This Draft: September 13, 2016 Abstract: “To monitor trends in alternative work arrangements, we conducted a version of the Contingent Worker Survey… Continue Reading

Metro to install WiFi at all underground stations starting in summer 2017

WaPo – Metro to install WiFi at all underground stations starting in summer 2017 – “Metro started a pilot program in August to test WiFi at six downtown stations. Now, General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld has “greenlighted” an expansion to all underground stations.” Continue Reading

Report – Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy

Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and the Economy – Executive Office of the President, December 2016 “Accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities will enable automation of some tasks that have long required human labor. These transformations will open up new opportunities for individuals, the economy, and society, but they have the potential to disrupt the current livelihoods of… Continue Reading

Uber V. Regulation: ‘Ride-Sharing’ Creates a Legal Gray Area

Crespo, Yanelys, Uber V. Regulation: ‘Ride-Sharing’ Creates a Legal Gray Area (December 1, 2016). 25 U. Miami Bus. L. Rev. 79 (2016). Available for download at SSRN: “Technological innovations are quickly re-shaping our world and even changing the way we travel from place to place. Although the concept of “ride-sharing” only just emerged in… Continue Reading

Magnitude of space junk is a legal, environmental and transportation issue

Our future is in ruins: the archaeology of space, satellites and orbital junk – James Purtill: “Next year will mark six decades of space travel. Orbiting above us are more than one hundred million pieces of debris from this age of exploration – everything from specks of paint and flecks of plastic, to the tool… Continue Reading

U.S. DOT Advances Deployment Of Connected Vehicle Technology To Prevent Hundreds Of Thousands Of Crashes

“Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on U.S. roadways, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule today that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, enabling a multitude of… Continue Reading

Open Data Network

Via Socrata – Publish data and share. Find data and build. Answer questions. Search Data Categories that include: finance, public safety, infrastructure, environment, demographics, transportation, economy, health, education, housing & development, social services, politics and recreation. Users may use an API or link to the host data. Continue Reading

GAO Report on Restructuring Air Traffic Control

Air Traffic Control: Experts’ and Stakeholders’ Views on Key Issues to Consider in a Potential Restructuring [Reissued on December 9, 2016], GAO-17-131: Published: Oct 13, 2016. Publicly Released: Nov 15, 2016. “Experts, aviation stakeholders, and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials GAO spoke to said that if Congress decides to remove air traffic control (ATC) from… Continue Reading

24/7 Wall St – America’s 25 dying industries – America’s 25 thriving industries

“Valued at nearly $20 trillion, the U.S. economy is the largest in the world. Maintaining a competitive edge necessitates remaining diversified and dynamic. While this means that some U.S. industries thrive, others inevitably decline or are rendered obsolete. As certain industries fade, so do hundreds of thousands of American jobs. 24/7 Wall St. analyzed employment… Continue Reading

New Census Data Show Differences Between Urban and Rural Populations

“People who live in rural areas are more likely to own their own homes, live in their state of birth and have served in the military than their urban counterparts, according to the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey…As the nation’s largest household survey, the American Community Survey is the only… Continue Reading