Detroit Fire Department Partners with Waze for Driver Alerts

The partnership will allow first responders to notify motorists of their approach through the Heedful Audio Alert System. The larger goal is preventing accidents while responding to emergencies.

Editorial: Welcome to Illinois–Crumbling roads, crumbling finances

Infrastructure” is a boring bureaucratic word that undersells a serious problem facing Gov. J.B. Pritzker: Illinois needs to repair its crumbling roads and bridges. Is that a slightly sexier sell? Pritzker and lawmakers are hashing out plans for a six-year capital construction spending spree that could total an astonishing $41.5 billion. Now, do we have your attention? A significant investment in the upkeep of highways, mass transit systems and other, pardon us, infrastructure is overdue. The last capital program was approved a decade ago. Yet given Springfield’s profligate ways, we’ve got two basic concerns: Where would all this money come from? And would it be spent responsibly on the right projects? We’ve got our doubts, especially since the governor expects to borrow billions of dollars to make the magic happen. As if Illinois taxpayers don’t already face towering mountains of public debts.

Winnipeg, Canada: Collisions on the rise at red light camera locations

The number of motor vehicle collisions at Winnipeg’s 12 original red-light camera intersections has soared 36% over the past three years, according to the Winnipeg Police Service’s recently released 2018 photo enforcement report. But even more concerning is the number of right-angle collisions – the most dangerous kind of vehicle crash – which are higher today per capita at those 12 locations than they were when the cameras were first introduced in 2002. The controversial cameras, now rotated through 49 intersections around the city, have often been criticized as “cash cows” that do little to reduce collisions. And while crash statistics at the intersections have been mixed over the years and plagued with inconsistent methodology in how the data has been collected, fresh numbers from the WPS should be raising serious questions about the effectiveness of the cameras.

Can Scooters Generate Infrastructure Funds for Portland, Ore.?

A second e-scooter pilot project in Portland, Ore., launched with more companies, but also more fees to support improved scooter and bike infrastructure.

State of California Grants Awarded for Active Transportation, Sustainable Communities

Caltrans just awarded $40.5 million in Sustainable Communities grants for projects “that reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change.” Also last week, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the last part of the current Active Transportation Program (ATP) cycle, awarding $175 million for 59 projects in ten regions. The Sustainable Communities grants receive money from S.B. 1, the gas tax increase passed last year and a combination of other state and federal funds. They are aimed at helping cities, counties, and transit agencies plan for climate change adaptation, active transportation, forming strategic partnerships, and position themselves for receiving future infrastructure grants.