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Car-Free Commuting Just Got a Whole Lot Easier in D.C.

May 22, 2015 Arlington County, Virginia, is one of the most active places in the country when it comes to nudging companies toward car-free commutes. But the tools at its disposal in this effort have been stuck in the past. Let’s say a new business in the area wanted a hand showing its ...

Google's New Self-Driving Car Is About to Hit the Streets

May 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—The rooftop of the new Google X building is a parking lot, but today it's also kind of a circus. There's even a tent. Chris Urmson, head of the self-driving car program, is discussing the autonomous prototype that Google built from scratch. Sergey Brin is giving interviews in ...

Debunking the Myth That Only Drivers Pay for Roads

May 14, 2015 It's perfectly reasonable for American drivers to believe they pay for the roads they use. They’re aware that they pay gas taxes, but those costs are typically concealed in the total price of fuel, and there's no sign at the pump explaining that U.S. gas taxes are laughably low compared ...

Debunking the Myth That Only Drivers Pay for Roads

May 13, 2015 It's perfectly reasonable for American drivers to believe they pay for the roads they use. They’re aware that they pay gas taxes, but those costs are typically concealed in the total price of fuel, and there's no sign at the pump explaining that U.S. gas taxes are laughably low compared ...

10 North American Oil Trains Have Now Exploded in 2 Years

May 11, 2015 The crude oil train that derailed and burst into flames last week near tiny Heimdal, North Dakota (population: 27), was the latest explosion in a disturbing series across North America. Over at Sightline, Eric de Place and Keiko Budech now count at least 10 oil train accidents over just the ...

Seattle to Buildings: Give Tenants Transit Passes, Not Parking Spots

May 11, 2015 After decades of telling residential developers to build a minimum amount of parking for tenants, smart cities are now looking for ways to discourage the creation of unnecessary spaces. That’s because while some people enjoy the amenity of a personal spot, residential parking also makes housing less affordable (by jacking ...

How a Quick Glimpse of Nature Can Make You More Productive

May 6, 2015 A nice walk through a city park can do wonders for a work-weary brain, reducing mental fatigue and improving attention. But if you're trapped on the high floors of an office tower all day, you can't exactly break for a long stroll and a picnic. Well, fear not. If you ...

The Only Chart You Need to Explain America's Broken Gas Tax

April 29, 2015 The Congressional Budget Office has released a status update on the Highway Trust Fund that pays for America's roads and part of its transit network. Prognosis? Negative. The gas tax that helps populate the fund has lost most of its purchasing power thanks to a combination of political stagnation (it's ...

Meet the Opposition to Texas High-Speed Rail

April 15, 2015 Turns out you don't need to rely on public money to be hated as a U.S. high-speed rail project. That much is becoming clear from the battering being given to a big Texas bullet train plan that's privately funded. A quick recap: Texas Central Railway, a private firm, is pushing ...

Don't Expect to Ride in Driverless Buses Anytime Soon

March 17, 2015 Driverless cars are coming. Manufacturers like Mercedes-Benz and Ford andNissan are all-in. So is Google. So is Uber. Test sites are underway around the world. Intricate road maps are being developed and idiosyncratic driver profiles are being designed. The timelines might be optimistic, what with some expecting fully autonomous autos ...