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NBC – Tracking President Trump’s Visits to Trump Properties

NBC News investigative report: “President Donald Trump frequently uses his luxury properties for government business and leisure, prompting ethics concerns over a president appearing to promote his private enterprise at public cost. NBCNews.com and the NBC News White House unit are tracking Trump’s visits to his properties and golf courses since his inauguration…The president’s trips can cost taxpayers millions of dollars because of the use of Air Force One and the expenses of the Secret Service, the Air Force, local sheriff’s departments, the Coast Guard and other agencies. However, a precise accounting can’t be made because the expenses aren’t required to be disclosed. In response to a recent report in USA Today that Secret Service’s funding problems were partly caused by the president’s large family and their multiple, oft-visited Trump properties both in the U.S. and overseas, agency director Randolph “Tex” Alles said it was not an issue “that can be attributed to the current Administration’s protection requirements alone…”

Pew Report – Automation in Everyday Life

Americans express more worry than enthusiasm about coming developments in automation – from driverless vehicles to a world in which machines perform many jobs currently done by humans “Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence have the potential to automate a wide range of human activities and to dramatically reshape the way that Americans live and… Continue Reading

TransitScreen – real time display of transit options at your area

“At TransitScreen, we believe in giving people all the information they need to make more sustainable decisions. Sometimes, that means taking the bus or riding a bike. Other times, it means taking rideshare to get to a train station or using carshare to get around for the day…” Via Curbed – Can you get by… Continue Reading

America’s Best Cities for Public Transportation

24/7 Wall St: “In a report card assessing the nation’s infrastructure issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers, transit in the United States received a grade of D-. Despite increasing demand, much of the nation’s public transportation infrastructure is plagued by under investment and insufficient maintenance. The average vehicle used in public transportation is… Continue Reading

Guardian – Access denied: wheelchair metro maps versus everyone else’s

theguardianuk: “From Paris to New York, we’ve matched metro maps against versions that only include fully accessible stations. The results are discouraging – but are any cities doing it right?” “117 out of 472 New York subway stations are fully accessible.” Continue Reading

U.S. DOT Releases New Automated Driving Systems Guidance

“The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS):  A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and States.  A Vision for Safety: 2.0 calls for industry, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates… Continue Reading

NYT – If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal

If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal – “Utrecht, the Netherlands’ fastest growing city, is one of the world’s most bike-friendly places in one of the world’s most bike-friendly countries… In a country where there are more bikes than people — 22.5 million vs. 18 million — daily usage has grown 11 percent in… Continue Reading

The Mobility Space Report: What the Street!?

“What the Street!? was derived out of the question “How do new and old mobility concepts change our cities?”. It was raised by Michael Szell and Stephan Bogner during their residency at moovel lab. With support of the lab team they set out to wrangle data of cities around the world to develop and design… Continue Reading

These are the roads that are closed in Houston due to Hurricane Harvey

Thanks to the outstanding work, expertise, and a remarkable history of outreach, support and knowledge sharing, via NewsLib, the Houston Chron posted a crowdsourced map of flooded streets and neighborhoods – updated regularly. The digital version of the Houston Chronicle shows an inundated neighborhood. Please also see Disaster.gov – and via FEMA – the National… Continue Reading

Google – New ways to make trip planning easier and cheaper

Google Blog: “Everyone loves a good deal—especially when it comes to travel. That’s why last year we added tips on how to save money to Google Flights and hotel search on Google. Being flexible on travel dates and where to stay helps save money when planning a trip—so now we’re adding more ways to explore… Continue Reading

Exiting the largest U.S. cities at rush hour can be an colossal challenge

Want to get away? Here’s how far you can get if you leave the largest U.S. cities at rush hour. Imagine that it’s a Friday afternoon on a perfect summer day and you’re ready to escape the city. Just how fast could you get out? If you picked up your keys and hit the road,… Continue Reading

Axios – Visualizing the Flow of Goods Across America

“This map shows the flow of all domestic freight between states in 2015 using data from the Freight Analysis Framework, which is a comprehensive accounting of all commercial freight movement between states by all modes of transportation. This includes freight moved by trucks, trains, planes and pipelines, but excludes foreign imports and exports and freights… Continue Reading