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Category: Mass Transit

Electric Ferry Sinks Emissions and Costs

Electric Ferry Sinks Emissions and Costs

| February 5, 2018

Meet the first 100% electric ferry in Norway, the “Ampere”, who’s developers boast that it has cut emissions by 95% and costs by 80% compared to traditional fuel-powered ferries since its launch in the spring of 2015. With the aim of reducing harmful emissions and noise pollution, the “Ampere” is the result of a dedicated […]

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BMW’s Dream: A Hyperloop for Electric Bicycles

BMW’s Dream: A Hyperloop for Electric Bicycles

| December 26, 2017

BMW is in the works to create an elevated network of covered bicycle highways that would wind their way through congested Chinese cities. Imagine rented electric bikes, with fees charged based on the distance traveled, whisking commuters and tourists (at up to 15 miles per hour) to their destinations. “It’s our Hyperloop,” Markus Seidel, head […]

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Hawaii Pledges 100% Renewable Ground Transportation by 2045

Hawaii Pledges 100% Renewable Ground Transportation by 2045

| December 26, 2017

Leaders from all four counties in Hawaii gathered to pledge to transition all ground transportation in their counties off of fossil fuels by 2045, according to Blue Planet Foundation. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa, Kaua’i County Mayor Bernard P. Carvalho Jr., and Hawaii County Managing Director Wil Okabe, in the place […]

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Green Commuter Launches All-Electric Vanpool Service Using Tesla Passenger SUVs

Green Commuter Launches All-Electric Vanpool Service Using Tesla Passenger SUVs

| March 21, 2017

Green Commuter has launched the first all-electric vanpool operations in the U.S. using all-electric Tesla Model X, 7-passenger SUVs. Here’s the business plan: With its proprietary technology, Green Commuter leases its fleet of Tesla Model X vehicles to vanpoolers during commuting hours and to car share users or companies for fleet replacement, the rest of […]

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Why Driverless Cars will Boost Use of Mass Transit

Why Driverless Cars will Boost Use of Mass Transit

| January 3, 2017

So much has been written about driverless cars but another key area that shows tremendous potential for autonomous vehicle is mass transit. Consider buses:  They typically drive on an established route with pre-scheduled stops.  Perfect. And, autonomous buses are certain to operate less expensively without the cost of the driver.  Not great for employment possibilities […]

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World’s Largest Bus Debuts from Volvo

World’s Largest Bus Debuts from Volvo

| November 27, 2016

Volvo has launched the world’s largest bus chassis at the FetransRio exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  The new biarticulated chassis, Gran Artic 300, is 30 meters and can carry up to 300 passengers. For real. The new Gran Artic 300 has been developed in Brazil especially for BRT systems – a high demand transportation […]

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California to Give Commuters Tax-Free Transit Benefits

California to Give Commuters Tax-Free Transit Benefits

| September 27, 2016

California’s Governor has signed into law SB 1128, making permanent a pilot that provides employees in the Bay Area with tax-free transit benefits. Here’s how it works: Under the program, employers in the Bay Area with at least 50 full-time employees must provide their workers with the option of tax-free transit and vanpool benefits. The […]

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Enterprise Vanpool Rideshare Service Expands into Idaho

Enterprise Vanpool Rideshare Service Expands into Idaho

| September 12, 2016

If you’re wondering if everybody is getting into the sharing economy, the short answer is…yes! Enterprise Rideshare, a service of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, is now the preferred vanpool provider of Valley Regional Transit (VRT). The public-private partnership will expand vanpool opportunities throughout Southwest Idaho, giving rural commuters a convenient and affordable transportation alternative in an area […]

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Can Driverless Cars Solve “Last Mile” Challenge and Spur Train Usage?

Can Driverless Cars Solve “Last Mile” Challenge and Spur Train Usage?

| May 23, 2016

So here’s an interesting question: Could driverless cars increase train travel and other efficient means of commuting? In Germany, which has one of the most developed transportation systems in the world, the “last mile” of a commute — getting from train or bus to home or business, remains a formidable challenge. Last week however, railway […]

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Atlanta and Chicago Top List in Truck Freight Congestion

Atlanta and Chicago Top List in Truck Freight Congestion

| November 20, 2015

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) has released the latest findings of its annual truck bottleneck listings and Atlanta and Chicago top the list. The 2015 Congestion Impact Analysis of Freight-Significant Highway Locations, which assesses the level of truck-oriented congestion at 250 locations on the national highway system, uses several customized software applications and analysis […]

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