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Check out WSDOT’s Viadoom nerve center: 900 cameras, 112 TVs and 5 humans, helping to keep traffic moving | The Seattle Times
As Seattle-area residents change their daily habits to try to keep the region’s arteries flowing through the Highway 99 shutdown, the nerve center of the entire system sits in an unassuming office building, behind a grocery store, in a leafy Shoreline office park. Bryce Frisher, a UW civil and environmental engineering student and WSDOT traffic-flow intern, is mentioned.
Frisher.Bryan  !UWitM  2019  regl  Seattle.Times  College:Engineering  Department:Civil&Environmental.Engineering  students  transportation 
3 hours ago by uwnews
‘Suicide Surcharge’ or Crucial Fee to Fix the Subway? Taxi Drivers Brace for Battle Over $2.50 Charge - The New York Times
The new fees were supposed to help fix New York City’s ailing subway by raising more than $1 million a day from those who could afford to take taxis and Ubers in Manhattan.

But before the $2.50 fees on rides could even go into effect as planned on Jan. 1, they were sidelined by a lawsuit brought by a coalition of taxi owners and drivers.
new.york  transportation 
7 hours ago by noiseguy
"We dodged a bullet"
ADAIR — The village of Adair narrowly missed being the scene of a hazardous material spill of explosive gas late Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday, a freight train carrying three low-pressure tankers of isobutylene, a colorless and explosive flammable gas that goes under placard ID# 1055, derailed next to US 136 between Table Grove in Fulton County and Adair in McDonough County.
According to Edgar Rodriguez, Director of the McDonough County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency (ESDA), ESDA got a call through dispatch emergency services at 4:57 p.m. that a train derailment had taken place near the village of Adair. Nine cars were affected by the derailment, including the three tankers containing isobutylene.
As of Monday morning, one of the tankers remained on the tracks.
“Two actually overturned: one was on its side, one was on (its) top. So overturned, totally,” he said. “Fortunately, none of them spilled. I think the snow helped us out.“
us_IL  transportation  discovery  response  flammables 
yesterday by dchas
‘Viadoom': Time for the 'Seattle Squeeze' traffic hell | City Lab
By closing the Alaskan Way Viaduct, Seattle ushers in a period of short-term commuter pain for long-term waterfront redevelopment gain. Mark Hallenbeck, the director of the UW-based Washington State Transportation Center, is quoted.
Hallenbeck.Mark  !UWitM  2019  natl  City.Lab  transportation 
2 days ago by uwnews
Tanker Truck Carrying Jet Fuel Crashes Off I-80 Near Dutch Flat, Driver Killed – CBS Sacramento
DUTCH FLAT (CBS13) – Authorities are investigating a deadly tanker truck crash off Interstate 80 in the high country Monday morning.

The crash was first reported just before 6 a.m. A tanker truck, for an unknown reason, went over the curve along eastbound I-80 near Dutch Flat Road and 300 feet down a cliff.

Scene of the crash near Dutch Flat Monday morning.
California Highway Patrol confirms the tanker driver was killed in the crash.

The tanker, which authorities said was carrying 7,000 gallons of aviation jet fuel, has spilled its contents and a Hazmat crew is now at the scene. Crews are concerned about a creek down below from the crash; California Department of Fish and Wildlife has been notified.
us_CA  transportation  release  death  jet  fuel 
2 days ago by dchas
Collaborative transport model aims to disrupt the disrupters
January 14, 2019 | Financial Times | by John Thornhill.

Liad Itzhak, head of mobility at Here Technologies, is certainly planning on it. His parent company, majority owned by the German carmakers BMW, Audi, and Daimler, has created a “mobility marketplace” that aims to tackle the problems of fragmented transport services, including the ride-hailing companies. “We are here to disrupt the disrupters,” he says.

More than 500 service providers, with 1.4m vehicles, have joined Here’s mobility marketplace in 350 cities — although it is not yet operational everywhere. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, Mr Itzhak announced the expansion of the company’s services and the launch of its SoMo app.

Here’s model differs from traditional ride-hailing companies in two critical respects. First, it acts as a platform for all collaborative transport services, public or private, ranging from bike rentals to taxi firms to bus companies. It will recommend the optimal route for travelling from A to B, even if that means walking, rather than highlighting the one that generates the most revenue for any company. “We are the first and only one to create a neutral global mobility marketplace,” Mr Itzhak says.

Second, it is attempting to introduce a social networking element to transport services. Its SoMo, or social mobility, app will connect people who are going to the same destination at the same time for the same purpose. So, for example, parents taking their kids to football will be better able to co-ordinate travel.
disruption  platforms  ride_sharing  transportation 
2 days ago by jerryking
California Highways: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Numbered Highways in California
Information on County Highways,State Routes, US Highways, and Interstate Highways in California
classic  transportation  history 
2 days ago by amitp

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