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Car-sharing pilot may take precious city parking spots

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If you thought parking in Boston was tough now, just wait a few months.

The city of Boston is launching a pilot program that could essentially gobble up at least 200 public parking spaces as part of an effort to promote car-sharing and provide more travel options for residents.

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Feb 02

Too Many Trucks, Too Little Parking

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The last time Ashley Boeglin talked to her truck-driver husband, Mike, he was heading toward Detroit late one night in June to drop off a load of coils at a ThyssenKrupp steel plant.

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Jan 21
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Wall Street Journal

Solar, drones, food: The top sustainability breakthroughs of 2014

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Tis the season for year-end reflection. After all, what better way to celebrate the progress we’ve made and to begin envisioning what’s yet to come?

The convergence of technologies — and of people from different sectors — is enabling and accelerating systemic sustainability solutions in unprecedented ways. The massive opportunities at this nexus for business, the environment and society is the focus of GreenBiz's work with VERGE, where we convene the brightest minds and impactful leaders who are paving the way.

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Dec 16

When it’s time to flee, Uber raises its rates

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The hip compliment for a startup company is to call it “disruptive.” If that’s the case, the San Francisco ride service Uber has nailed it.

Uber is definitely disruptive. Also infuriating, polarizing and confusing. On Monday, a gunman took hostages in downtown Sydney, and people were frantic to get out of danger. But when they tapped their Uber phone app, they were told that because of high demand, the fare had been increased to four times the usual rate.

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Dec 15

The Internet of Moving Things: Where Big Data meets mobility

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Robin Chase doesn't buy into the hype about mobile — at least when mobile is associated with portable gadgets like smartphones.

But the rising stock of technological tools related to smart cities and sensor-enhanced transportation networks has led to a market for larger-scale mobility challenges that the ZipCar and Buzzcar founder can get behind.

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Dec 10

New Owners Promise More Bikes for Bay Area Bike Share

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Getting around the Bay Area on two wheels may get a bit easier now that a new company has acquired Bay Area BikeShare and plans to invest in the program’s upkeep and expansion.
With 700 bicycles available for short-term rental in five cities, Bay Area BikeShare got off to a strong launch in August, 2013.

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Nov 15

Public/Private Urban Mobility Data Sharing: Evaluating Security and Privacy Solutions

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This Workshop is a result of the March 27, and June 19 Workshops held by Agrion, Perkins + Will, and UC Berkeley’s Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC). This workshop will focus on the difficulties inherent in data sharing, specifically in the transportation industry. Panelists will draw on different industries as case studies, and propose potential solutions and insights into public/private data security and anonymity concerns. Speakers: Gerry Tierney, Perkins+Will, Senior Associate Susan Shaheen, UC Berkeley, Co-Director, TSRC and Adjunct Professor Jeremy Donnell, Pacific Gas & Electric, Director of Customer Energy Solutions Business Operations Jason Lee, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Performance Manager David Ory, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Principal - Planning Jan Urbahn, BMW Drive Now, Product Development & Strategy

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Nov 12
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http://www.agrion.org/sessions/agrion-en-Urban_Mobility_Workshop_3.htm

Busy Parents ‘Uber’ Kids Around for a Carpool Alternative

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[P]arents in cities from Los Angeles to New York who can’t make the drive themselves are also starting to use car-booking and ride-sharing apps to ferry their kids around. Parents are particularly turning to the apps for teenagers’ transportation needs to sports events and parties, said Brian Solis, an analyst at Altimeter Group, a San Mateo, California-based firm that researches the impact of new technologies. The apps let parents monitor where their children are during rides, something taxis and other modes of transport still don’t offer.

News Date: 
Oct 31
Source: 
Bloomberg

City streetscapes examined at conference

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Hundreds of transportation officials and transit entrepreneurs from around the world convened in San Francisco last week for an annual conference on designing streetscapes and new transit technology, many of which have taken root in The City.

Much of the three-day Designing Cities Conference by the National Association of City Transportation Officials centered around the organization's guides to urban street design and urban bikeway design. San Francisco has adopted both.

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Oct 30

 

 

 

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