Elliot Njus

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RAILROAD CEO: Trains for hundreds of thousands of commuters could stop running by the end of the year

Union Pacific CEO Lance Fritz said Thursday that if Congress doesn't pass an extension to a bill aimed at rail safety, then hundreds of thousands of travelers would no longer be able to use the train.<p>"We said as we approached the end of the year, we would start working with our Amtrak as well as …

Trains

Diesel fans fear Volkswagen emissions scandal may tarnish technology

The<p>Volkswagenemissions cheating scandal has tanked the company's stock price, ousted its top executive and could ultimately cost the world's top automaker tens of billions of dollars.<p>It may also destroy the credibility of diesel technology from all automakers.<p>Diesel engines are at the heart of …

The 11 Most Annoying Commuters In 8-Bit

What is it about public transport that makes people lose their mind?

Commuting

Here's why more U.S. drivers are dying in crashes this year

You finally got your job back, all these years after the Great Recession kept unemployed workers on their couches. You can afford a car again. You have someplace to drive every morning and a commute home every night. Gas is cheap again too.<p>All of it means more miles on the road.<p>And the result? …

Housing

Drivers seem confused over what distracted driving entails as stiff new penalties set to start in Ontario

TORONTO — Toronto police have written approximately 91,000 distracted driving tickets since March 2010, as new provincial laws set to come into …

Connected car fail? Consumers are ignoring much auto technology

Drivers are shunning much of the technology automakers are stuffing in cars.<p>It amounts to a waste of billions of dollars in investment that's ultimately paid for by consumers, according to automotive research firm J.D. Power.<p>In its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report – a study of how …

Recharge During The Commute: England's New Motorways Power Electric Cars In Motion

England may just be building the highways of the future.<p>This month, the Brits announced a pilot for electric motorways. Yes, that’s correct. You can charge your electric vehicle while driving, minimizing stop times at charging stations and making it easier to do a road trip in a Tesla.<p>The UK is not …

Electric Vehicles

Kids’ Bike Fatalities Down 92 Percent—But There's a Catch

This isn’t unqualified good news. A decrease in the overall number of kids riding likely contributes to the CDC's new statistic.<p>Which do you want first: The good news or the bad news? How about both at the same time? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a new bicycle fatality report this …

Centers for Disease Control
Trains

Air Traffic Control Is Getting A Much-Needed Upgrade

It’s a clear sky over San Francisco, with no clouds in sight, and there’s an audible groan as your captain announces that your aircraft’s approach is on hold due to weather conditions. It’s not the pilot, the aircraft, or the airline – there’s a lot more that is going on under the hood of your …

Aviation

Seattle's Airport Is Straining Under the Weight of Too Many Passengers

Four million passengers passed through Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in June, breaking a monthly record set in 2014 but straining services and …

Justice

Silicon Valley vs Motor City: regions compete to test self-driving cars

A 2,100-acre former military base near San Francisco or a 32-acre fake town? Both sites have won interest from automakers and technology companies as they seek to develop the future of transportation<p>Silicon Valley thinks it has the answer to everything. No wonder, then, that it also has the answer …

Silicon Valley

The Secret Magic of Portland, Oregon

Its rapid-fire development and breakthrough food scene have been breathlessly documented, but the city remains full of secrets, both old and new. …

Chili Peppers