NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for June 29, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup:

–US Tariffs will cost thousands of jobs say Automakers—
–MD DOT study shows how Cam Studies are Gamed by Researchers—
–Microtransit Programs are a Failure—
–Trump Nominee to head NHTSA headed for full Senate Vote–

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NMA Driving News Stories of the Week

Automakers warn tariffs will cost hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs
This, on top of cars costing $5,800 more.

Maryland DOT Study Shows How Camera Studies Are Gamed
Red-light camera programs generate millions for local governments that, in turn, commission studies to bolster the case for their continued use. A study released last week by the Maryland Department of Transportation highlights the dramatic impact that have on the reported results. “For example, if the crash data from the two years before period was used as the baseline to compare to the three-year crash data in the after period, then the conclusion was either ‘no change’ or ‘an increase’ in the frequencies of side-impact crashes,” researchers noted regarding the intersection of MD 355 and Halpine Road in Montgomery County. “A quite different conclusion, however, was reached if the crash data from the five years before period is used.” Researchers at the University of Maryland-College Park took 27 red-light camera intersections in Howard, Montgomery and Prince George’s and found the devices produced mixed results in terms of accidents.

The Story of “Micro Transit” Is Consistent, Dismal Failure
Micro transit may have a place in city transportation systems, but experience so far suggests that it’s a very small niche, like an app-enabled version of dial-a-ride service. The PR for micro transit is outrunning empirical experience. It is clearly not the large-scale substitute for bus service that much media coverage makes it out to be. An early experiment with the now-bankrupt Bridj in Kansas City was a complete flop. Riders made only 1,480 trips during the course of the one-year pilot, even though each passenger got their first 10 rides for free. Only a third of riders kept using the service after the free rides expired. The local transit agency, KCATA, spent $1.5 million to administer the service, for a jaw-dropping subsidy of more than $1,000 per ride.

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