Chris Simmons

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Ann Arbor City Council unanimously supports AAATA transit tax renewal

ANN ARBOR, MI - The Ann Arbor City Council is unanimously supporting the renewal of a tax to maintain expanded levels of transit service in the Ann …

Ann Arbor

Google Maps' App Adds Alternatives to Booking an Uber Ride

Google Maps just became the ride-hailing app you always wanted.<p>Google on Thursday said that it was adding ride-hailing services Lyft and Gett in the …

How Lyft Plans to Win by Staying Different From Uber

As Lyft moves forward, it will prove to be far more than the smaller version of Uber that it appears to be now.<p>Late in July at its new headquarters in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood, Lyft served pink martinis and prosciutto to around 40 reporters, public relations specialists, driver …

Massachusetts lawmakers agree on new rules for Uber and Lyft

Up against a midnight deadline before formal legislative sessions ended for the year, House and Senate lawmakers reached a deal on rules governing …

Saudi Arabia's $3.5 Billion Uber Investment: Surge Pricing, But For Venture Capital

It might be the largest single investment in the history of startups, but it's still only about 4 days worth of Saudi oil exports.<p>The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's is pivoting its economy away from oil and towards unicorns, with the country's state-owned Public Investment Fund investing $3.5 billion …

Inside Uber’s Auto-Lease Machine, Where Almost Anyone Can Get a Car

<b>In its relentless pursuit for growth</b>, <b>Uber needs new drivers, and many of those drivers need cars.</b> To help them get started, Uber has been offering …

Once a sure bet, taxi medallions becoming unsellable

Until recently in America's big cities, purchasing a taxi medallion—the city-issued license to operate cabs —was about as sound of an investment as they come.<p>But with the rise of Uber and other ridesharing services, the value of taxi medallions are plummeting, leading cabbies and fleet owners …

How Big Data Can Be Leveraged for Transportation Planning

Transportation planners and modelers demand accurate and robust tools to conduct their everyday work. These tools require analytics and visualization …

Highway, heal thyself

On a recent drive along the dense highway corridor from New York to Boston, an hour-long traffic jam quickly put the brakes on a bright, sunny …

Why Uber Is Suing The City Of Houston

Uber is once again suing to keep its secrets.<p>The ride-hailing service filed suit in Houston last week to block the release of public records that would reveal how many drivers it has licensed in the city, who they are and how the company operates in Texas, according to a court documents obtained by …

Panasonic Announces 75% Public Transit Commute Goal

In recognition of Earth Day, Panasonic Corp. of North America announced plans to boost employee use of public transportation by renewing its …

5 Benefits of Telecommuting for Your Small Business

Employees the world over want to work from home, but many small businesses shy away from allowing telecommuting in their place of work. Maybe it's because they are afraid of losing control over employees, or maybe it's because they don't know enough about telecommuting as a benefit. If you own or …

Microtransit: good or bad for cities?

Read Eric Jaffe's piece today on the effect of microtransit (UberPool, LyftLine, Bridj, Leap) on our cities. The question about all these private …

GOP leader: Gas tax hike 'politically impossible'

A gas-tax hike is dead on arrival in Congress, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump asks Sessions to look into prosecuting …

Path

These new ride-sharing apps actually involve sharing rides

Why are companies that enable you to order a cab with a smartphone labeled “ride-sharing” and lumped into the “sharing economy”? They are nothing of …

Uber is 'out of control,' says Michigan senator looking for reforms

LANSING, MI -- Transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft allow users to summon a car from their smartphones, but some Michigan lawmakers …

Transportation

Confrontation with a pothole can be a costly one

According to Farmers Insurance, there are nearly a half-million insurance claims for pothole damage every year. Generally, damage or crashes caused by potholes are covered under traditional collision insurance, but check with your agent to make sure.<p>Some municipalities will also offer …

Farming

The Drive: Funding transit is key in transportation fix

Few would disagree that Minnesota’s transportation system is in tough shape, but it’s not just roads and bridges that are ailing.<p>The public transit …

Transportation

The secret history of the taxi wars

Setting: Evening. San Francisco. 1889. A businessman named F.S. Chadbourne disembarks from a ferry and grabs a ride from one of the horse-drawn taxis …

Transportation

John Oliver recruits all-star cast to make infrastructure sexy

John Oliver never shies away from difficult or tangled subjects on "Last Week Tonight." He's tackled the net neutrality debate and the importance of the bills passed by state legislatures, neither of which are particularly sexy on the surface. But on Sunday he faced perhaps his greatest challenge …

American mass transit is dying

Three of the four largest systems in the country have been crippled this winter — and the worst is yet to come<p>The great transit systems of the Eastern Seaboard are in crisis.<p>In New York, the Metropolitan Transit Authority is operating a subway system strained by record ridership and storm damage, …

Seattle’s smart take on how to help the poor: subsidize their transit

Earlier this week, transit agencies in and around Seattle launched a new, two-tiered fare system: one rate for most riders in a region full of high-wage tech jobs, and another for those living on less than 200 percent of the poverty line.<p>The project — from the same city that last year brought us a …

Murray Unveils “Move Seattle”

Priority Projects<p>Among the critiques Candidate Murray made of Seattle’s series of transportation master plans (Transit, Pedestrian, Bike, and …

Repeat after me: Gas taxes aren't going to transit

One of the most significant things about the House transportation bill -- which <b>cleared its committee</b> in a substitute form Monday -- is its …

Ford could launch its own 'Uber-like' app in London

The US car manufacturer is toying with the idea of rolling out its own fleet of cars in what it calls a "dynamic social shuttle."<p>According to the Washington Post, Ford's app and vehicles could be tested on the streets of London as early as this year. Nothing is certain at this point and plans are …

Transportation

'Living Lab' for Transit Innovation Opens in Santa Clara, Calif.

SAN JOSE, CALIF. -- The room is a narrow cut of office space that could accommodate roughly 10 desks. Windows border one side; the other is an orange …

Government Technology

What happens when a metropolitan area has way too many governments

Since last summer, the St. Louis area has been a national poster child for the problem of fragmented government. In the 1870s, the city of St. Louis broke off from the surrounding county with the same name, in what's widely recognized now as an ill-fated decision. In the years since then, little …