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Detroit Streetcars Rehearse

Detroit practiced with its new red-and-white Q-LINE streetcars for two weeks this month. It’s getting ready for their long awaited debut on May 12. The 66-foot-long vehicles are simulating normal operations, but without passengers, by traveling along a 3.3-mile route on Woodward Avenue. They travel up to 35 miles per hour.      “It’s really to get […]

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Colorado Says Don’t Be Jimmy!

Denver’s Regional Transportation District  introduced a highly irreverent “Don’t Be Jimmy” courtesy campaign. It’s about a cartoon character named Jimmy who has several behavioral problems. Personally, I would have given him a different name.      The RTD rolled out the campaign to publicize its first code of conduct and to make riders aware of actions and behaviors […]

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Hyperloop Gains Attention

Hyperloop One’s chief operating officer, Rob Lloyd, revealed the first images of the Hyperloop development site in Las Vegas earlier this week. He showed the photos during his keynote address at the 11th Annual Middle East Rail conference in Dubai.      The photos displayed aerial views of how the construction is progressing at the world’s […]

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TrafficCongestion Costs Billions

Traffic congestion cost American drivers nearly $300 billion last year — for an average of $1,399 per driver — according to the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard.  Released last month, the Scorecard also found that the United States ranked as the first most congested developed country in the world. Drivers in the U.S. spend an average […]

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Five Cities Win Smart Challenge

Earlier this month, the Smart Cities Council announced that Austin, Indianapolis, Miami, Orlando and Philadelphia had won a 2017 Readiness Challenge Grant.  Each winner will receive a tailored Readiness Workshop to develop a roadmap for applying smart technologies to further innovation, inclusion and investment within their cities.      The SCC is the world’s largest smart […]

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