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Bill Goodwin Contributor Share on Twitter Bill Goodwin is the head of legal policy at Airmap. Tyler Finn Contributor Tyler Finn is the policy manager at Factual. Something odd is in motion in Los Angeles. On a recent day at the office, colleagues debated the merits of the Boring Company’s proposal to alleviate Dodger traffic via levitating tunnel pods. I stepped out for coffe...
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Lime, Bird, and other scooter companies just proved they can help take cars off the road

After a four-month trial, Portland's Department of Transportation has proof that e-scooters are taking cars off the streets. That's welcome news for the scooter companies, which pitch a solution to congestion and pollution through their vehicles.  But there are still problems in low-income neighborhoods and with rules of the road, the results show.  The report is the first granular data we have about how scooters can integrate into a city's transportation network.  City officials in Portland ...
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Regulators To Ease Restrictions On Drones, Clearing The Way For More Commercial Uses

Federal regulations haven't kept up with technology, say drone operators and enthusiasts. Now the Department of Transportation is proposing to allow drones to fly over cities and at night.(Image credit: Michael Shroyer/AP)
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Proposed Winnetka bike lanes go up for review, with a goal of a safer street

Officials with the L.A. Department of Transportation have released a traffic that examines the potential impacts of adding new bike lanes on Winnetka Avenue, between Vanowen Street and Victory Boulevard, connecting several popular stops, including the Los Angeles River and the Metro Orange Line. The proposed bike lanes would extend about a mile, from Vanowen Street to Oxnard Street, and make it safer, officials say, for cyclists to ride bikes along Winnetka Avenue. “We will make it more safe t...
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U.S. House Passes Bill to Fund HUD, Transportation Dept.

At the end of the 20th day of the partial United States government shutdown, the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives passed a standalone spending bill to fund and reopen both the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation, along with a handful of other agencies. According to The Hill, the House voted 244-180 in favor of the measure to provide clean funding to the relevant departments. 12 Republicans crossed party lines to vote with De...
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State battles theft of “69” and “420” mile-marker signs

The state Department of Transportation has replaced some mile-marker signs with the numbers 68.9 or 419.9, or removed mileposts 69 and 420 altogether, to combat thefts.
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Truckers’ union goes to court over federal rest time ruling

In a move that pits business interests against organized labor, the federal agency that regulates big-rig traffic late last year issued a ruling that wipes out California labor laws mandating meal and rest breaks for interstate truck drivers. Within a week of that decision, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the union that represents truck drivers, filed a legal action in federal court challenging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ruling. The federal agency is being aske...
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How Existing Funding Could Keep The FAA Open In A Future Shutdown

The United States is entering the third week of a partial government shutdown, and there is no end in sight. One of the departments affected is the Department of Transportation under which the Federal Aviation Administration is housed. Only a small number of FAA employees have been furloughed and forced to stay at home during the government shutdown. Most employees have been required to work with the promise of pay once funds are fully appropriated.   Most of those working are air traffic cont...
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United States: Airline's Provision Of Alternative Accessible Website Triggers Hefty Fine Under The Air Carrier Access Act - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Transportation says that an airline's provision of an accessible alternative website violates the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA),
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Federal Regulators Cut Back on Safety Requirements for Rail Tanker Cars

The Department of Transportation has rescinded a 2015 order involving the safety of trains that haul volatile materials. The move is part of the Trump Administration’s effort to reduce government regulation. After several derailments, including one in 2013 that killed 47 people, federal regulators ordered trains carrying explosive liquids to use electronic braking systems. With such systems trains stop faster and fewer rail cars tear loose in accidents. But a Transportation Department review fou...
Tags: Department Of Transportation, Tim Rudell, Transportation Department, Trump Administration, Safety Requirements for Rail Tanker Cars, Steven Ditmeyer

Hollywood Sign gets extra security for holiday season

More officers are being assigned to protect the Hollywood Sign during the holidays. (File photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) LOS ANGELES — Security will be stepped up around the Hollywood Sign beginning Monday and continuing through New Year’s Day. “While we deck the halls and trim the tree, we want to make sure our Hollywood Sign has a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as well,” Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu said. “These extra enforcements — joining our existing enf...
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Uber Puts Its First Self-Driving Car Back on the Road Since Pedestrian Death

Uber said it received the all-clear from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation this week. The self-driving car program has been suspended as the National Transportation Safety Board investigated the pedestrian fatality in Tempe, Arizona, and as state officials reviewed Uber’s authorization. This is the first time Uber is returning autonomous vehicles to public roads since the accident.
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Uber Resumes Testing Self-Driving Cars Nine Months After Deadly Crash

Nine months after an Uber self-driving car struck and killed pedestrian Elaine Herzberg in Tempe, Arizona, Uber has decided that it's time to resume testing its self-driving cars on public roads. The company received a letter from Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation authorizing it to restart its program, although it will be massively scaled back from the one it had last year. The Verge reports: For the time being, Uber's self-driving Volvo SUVs will be confined to a one-mile loop around ...
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Uber approved to resume autonomous car tests in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania's Department of Transportation has approved Uber's request to resume testing autonomous vehicles on public roads in the Pittsburgh area.The approval was effective Monday and lasts one year. It comes... [Author: [email protected]]
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Psychiatric hospital employees cleared in killer's escape, state shorted in federal rail funds, CIO stepping down, pilot rescued in military 'Sentry Aloha' crash, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii road construction ©2018 All Hawaii News Hawaii only state shut out of federal DOT grants. The federal Department of Transportation will disburse some $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects around the country — none in Hawaii. Star-Advertiser.State information chief Todd Nacapuy resigning at year’s end.  Star-Advertiser.Hawaii’s Chief Information Officer Is Stepping Down. The state’s top technology official, Todd Nacapuy, was appointed by Gov. David Ige in 2014. Civil Beat....
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Lyft just made a big hire that confirms the company's ambitions extend well beyond cars

Lyft has hired bicycle and transit activist Caroline Samponaro as its new head of policy for bikes, scooters, and transportation.  She'll work alongside former US transportation secretary Anthony Foxx to help convince riders to ditch cars.  In an interview with Business Insider, she explained why the switch from non-profit activism to a multi-billion dollar made sense right now.  On the surface, Caroline Samponaro’s resume looks a bit at odds with a potentially $20 billion company whose busin...
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Youngstown Receives Multimillion-Dollar Federal Grant to Fund Transportation Hub

The city of Youngstown wants to improve its Central Business District with a $10.8 million dollar federal grant. The Secretary of Transportation announced Tuesday that Youngstown is one of the 91 projects receiving a grant from the Department of Transportation through its new BUILD program. Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown was the only local official in a group of elected leaders who joined Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in Washington today for the announcement. “The town and our businesses hav...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Department Of Transportation, Elaine Chao, Youngstown, Secretary Of Transportation, Tito Brown, Emma Keating, Fund Transportation Hub

Recruitment Process Steps: What To Include To Hire Top Talents

The company’s precious assets are its employees. Your enterprise will only succeed if the people behind its operations are collectively working towards the realization of your goals. If you want to entice the right talent for your needs, you should come up with strong and efficient strategies for your recruitment process. There is plenty of competition for exceptional talent. These people are often being headhunted and contacted by recruiters. They also know how much their skills are worth and ...
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The 13 biggest air travel complaints of 2018, from flight delays to discrimination and more

What are the 13 biggest air travel complaints of 2018? 24/7 Wall St. reviewed complaints most frequently filed with the Department of Transportation.            [Author: 24/7 Wall Street]
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Can feds help ease California’s housing crisis?

As housing costs spiral up faster than worker incomes, U.S. Rep. Mark DeSaulnier thinks federal housing policy could use a shot of Silicon Valley innovation. The Concord Democrat has introduced a bill to create a new federal Office of Housing Innovation to provide grants across the country for local housing plans, oversee pilot projects for housing development and foster community discussions about smart planning and growth. The proposal comes as housing prices continue to set records in Califor...
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LA is rolling out a plan to make Reseda Boulevard safer for pedestrians and cyclists

A rendering from the LA Department of Transportation shows what a street improvement project on Reseda Boulevard between Parthenia Street and Victory Boulevard would look like. The plan calls for crosswalks with flashing beacons, a protected bicycle lane, 18 bus-boarding islands and new traffic signals . The project, if approved by the Los Angeles City Council, could start in late 2020. The money will come from the city’s leftover Community Redevelopment Agency and the 2016 voter-approved Measur...
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LA is rolling out a plan to make Reseda Boulevard traffic safer

For the past two years, Los Angeles city officials have been surveying residents and business owners about what they perceive as hazardous for pedestrians and cyclists along the 2.5- mile stretch of Reseda Boulevard between Parthenia Street and Victory Boulevard in Reseda. Based on that input, a $17-million plan to make the stretch safer, improve the flow of traffic and beautify the area is being rolled out. A team from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation recently unveiled a proposed ...
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15 gifts you may not be able to mail this Christmas

Black Friday is past, and if you’re relying on Santa and his Postal Service helpers to deliver some of your gifts this year, here is a list of obvious and not-so-obvious items the man in red may or may not be willing to load on his sleigh.   1. Marijuana (prohibited)Recreational pot is legal in California. Nevertheless, it is illegal to ship marijuana or Christmas goodies containing marijuana anywhere within the U.S. Violators can be charged under federal law or the law of the state in which the...
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For F***'s Sake: Why Is Modern Flying Such A Soul-Crushing Time Suck?

“It was an unforgettable nightmare,” says Donna Beegle. In 2015, she and her family were attempting to travel in coach class from Houston to Portland on a United flight. Midway through, they were removed from the aircraft by police. The reason? The pilot “didn’t feel safe” flying with Beegle’s then-15-year-old daughter, Juliette, who has autism.Juliette was experiencing low blood sugar that day. Like many people with autism, she has some specific sensory issues, one of which being that she only...
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Quick Hits: Smokies deaths, pipeline explosions, and the country’s top Turkey Trot

11 deaths in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year When the body of missing hiker Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements was found in October it marked the 11thconfirmed death in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this year. Clements was hiking on the Forney Ridge Trail near Clingmans Dome in foggy conditions when she failed to meet her daughter, who hiked ahead of her, in the parking lot. After a week of searching, Clements body was found in thick vegetation about 2 miles west of the Clingmans Do...
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GAO-19-76, Airline Consumer Protections: Additional Actions Could Enhance DOT's Compliance and Education Efforts, November 20, 2018

What GAO Found The Department of Transportation's (DOT) data offered mixed information on whether airlines' service improved from 2008 through 2017. While DOT's operational data on rates of late...
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Trump administration creates 'in-flight sexual misconduct' task force

The Department of Transportation announced on Thursday that it will create a task force to review procedures surrounding episodes of sexual misconduct by airplane passengers.
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Bethel Airport runway repairs planned for summer

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — Plans are underway to repair a runway at the Bethel Airport that has been damaged by melting permafrost. KYUK reports the state Department of Transportation plans to begin the work next summer. The job will include repairing dips on the parallel runway caused by the melting permafrost, and repaving the surface. […]
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Tinkering with the Tax Court

Assistant Professor Daniel Hemel on a new bill that could affect the constitutional status of the U.S. Tax Court: The House of Representatives voted 318-109 on Thursday to approve a package of tax breaks that will cost an estimated $680 billion over the next decade. The big-ticket items in the package include permanent extensions of the business research credit and the child tax credit, as well as a two-year delay of the controversial “Cadillac” tax on expensive employer-sponsored health insura...
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Transdev ordered to stop using self-driving shuttles as school buses

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has intervened and shut down operations of Transdev's autonomous school bus project in Florida, calling the project "unlawful." The post Transdev ordered to stop using self-driving shuttles as school buses appeared first on Digital Trends.
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