JATO analyst Felipe Munoz attributes last year’s emissions increase mainly to the downturn in demand for diesel cars. The average emissions for diesels continued to be lower than those of their gasoline counterparts.
Level of Service Under Attack: Stop trying to solve traffic and start building great places (War on Cars Watch)
Behind many of these challenges lies a measure familiar to transportation planners and engineers: “level of service,” or LOS. This seemingly innocuous statistic, however, is one of the biggest reasons we’re literally and figuratively stuck in traffic—and it signals a need for a new way to guide our future plans and investments.
San Francisco may install thousands of devices with the capacity to record video and audio and provide wireless service on street lights citywide, the San Francisco Examiner has learned. The $19 million proposal to purchase the devices manufactured by Gold River-based anyCOMM Holding Corporation comes after San Francisco has tested 60 of them in select areas of The City since May 2018. In addition to managing the LED street lights, the nodes create significant opportunities for San Francisco to expand wireless service, assist law enforcement, manage traffic and become more of a “smart city” since they create a network over which objects enabled to collect data can transmit it, often referred to as the “internet of things.”
As new transportation methods — from autonomous vehicles to shared e-scooters to smart roadways — move us fragile humans from point A to point B, it’s not the technology that could prove to be the biggest challenge. No, it could be something as unsexy as insurance. Liability is emerging as the sleeper issue for new mobility technology across various transportation modes. It’ll be a huge issue for autonomous vehicles (AVs). At the 3 Revolutions conference Monday at UC Davis, Gordon Anderson, legal fellow at the UC Davis Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, put it plainly: “Until we get liability figured out, [autonomous vehicle] tech won’t have the chance to really bloom.” Santa Clara University of Law Professor Dorothy Glancy likewise described AV and liability concerns as “a maze” led by work being done at the state level.
Sacramento isn’t Manhattan. Not by a long shot. But downtown is going “big city” in one notable way this spring: A building boom is spilling into the streets, blocking and diverting traffic along numerous corridors. Contractors – with City Hall’s blessing – are turning central city streets into construction zones, with cyclone fences and concrete barriers jutting out into traffic lanes to give workers, delivery trucks and cranes elbow room for Sacramento’s biggest building boom in decades. With better weather, the work frenzy likely will intensify. Two dozen major projects are underway or ready to go in the urban core, city data show. That includes 820 housing units under construction. Commercial and retail development is in the works for 314,000 square feet of space, about one-third the size of Arden Fair Mall.