Archinect - News 2017-08-23T06:17:52-04:00 https://archinect.com/news/article/150023198/plans-for-dc-s-frederick-douglass-memorial-bridge-upgrade-are-revealed Plans for DC's Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge upgrade are revealed Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-17T14:18:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T23:10:45-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/y6/y6il7w5dni7arhqp.jpg" width="650" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge sits across the Anacostia River in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/35048/washington-dc" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington, D.C</a>. Named after the prominent American abolitionist, the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/2899/bridge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">bridge</a> was built in 1950 and today, makes crossing the river possible for 77,000 daily commuters.&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the decades, the bridge has deteriorated faster than maintenance can keep up with, as is quite common among America's aging infrastructure. Despite a $27 million renovation in 2007, large corrosion holes in the structural beams necessitated its complete replacement and in 2012, city officials announced plans to replace and realign the bridge.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>After initial bridge designs were rejected by the National Capitol Planning Commission and the United States Commission of Fine Arts for being "uninspired," DDOT has now revealed a much bolder look for the suspension bridge.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/uo/uo02crw1ekfn1jsx.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/uo/uo02crw1ekfn1jsx.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Mayor Muriel E. Bowser on Thursday unveiled the design of the new Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge. (DDOT)</figcaption></figure><p>Consisting of&nbsp;three sets of parallel white arches, the 1,600 foot lo...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019830/cuomo-suggests-a-plan-to-allow-private-sponsorships-of-nyc-subway-stations Cuomo suggests a plan to allow private sponsorships of NYC subway stations Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-27T18:18:00-04:00 >2017-07-31T18:23:14-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/dn/dnynxn8trynmuwjb.jpg" width="650" height="489" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>During the speech, Cuomo suggested that one way to get more funding for the ailing transit system would be to offer companies the opportunity to sponsor subway stations for an annual fee. That money could go toward &ldquo;enhanced maintenance, additional security, and aesthetic features.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The practice of letting corporations put their stamp on the subway has precedents&mdash; in 2009, the MTA sold the naming rights for&nbsp;Atlantic Ave&ndash;Pacific St station in Brooklyn to Barclays, which according to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/24/nyregion/24naming.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NY Times</a>, gets MTA&nbsp;$200,000 per year for the next two decades.</p> <p>However, many crucial aspects of Cuomo's proposal, like maintenance&nbsp;of stations, are still unclear. MTA chair Joe Lhota said that the details of the plan are still being worked out.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>It&rsquo;s easy to see a corporation fighting to put its name on Union Square or a similarly well-trafficked station; but will stations deep in the outer boroughs then go ignored? Similar issues play out in city parks, where those with deep-pocketed donors&mdash;the High Line, Central Park, etc.&mdash;are well-maintained, while those without &hellip; well, not so much.</em></p> <p>During that same speech, the governor also announced that the new Tappan Zee Bridge&mdash;renamed the Mario Cuomo Bridge will have its grand opening (presumably with a&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/150018573/amid-mta-s-disastrous-summer-cuomo-moves-forward-with-expensive-plan-to-turn-ny-s-bridges-into-a-light-show" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">flashy light show</a>) on August 25.&nbsp;</p>... https://archinect.com/news/article/150019326/la-s-union-station-is-getting-a-multi-billion-dollar-makeover LA's Union Station is getting a multi-billion dollar makeover Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-07-25T15:16:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:16:43-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/zz/zzghc085kf152d69.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>When built, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/55118/union-station" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Union Station</a> was called the "Last of the Great Railway Stations." Designed by&nbsp;father and son team John and Donald B. Parkinson, the landmark opened in 1939 at a time when railway service was already beginning to wane. Combining Art Deco, Spanish Colonial, and Mission Revival styles, the site has perhaps become better known for its beauty as an architectural gem&mdash;it has starred in movies such as&nbsp;<em>Blade Runner</em>&mdash;than for being a site of major transport despite its designation as the largest railroad passenger terminal in the Western United States.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/gh/ghdg8rzpjgtjvy5z.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/gh/ghdg8rzpjgtjvy5z.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cy/cytzokw3xu9k26xo.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/cy/cytzokw3xu9k26xo.jpg"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/tq/tqcmd668qviy0hwg.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/tq/tqcmd668qviy0hwg.jpg"></a></p></figure><p>However, Los Angeles' population continues to grow, more and more people are ditching cars, and a high-speed rail line is potentially on the horizon, all of which are expected to cause patronage of the station to explode by 2040. In preparation for the expected growth, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/112334716/grimshaw-gruen-s-l-a-union-station-master-plan-approved-for-implementation" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA Metro has been working on a massive master plan</a> alongside <a href="http://archinect.com/gruenassociates" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gruen Associates</a> and <a href="http://archinect.com/grimshaw" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> for the 78-year old transit hub. Visions for its future include...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019318/the-amish-men-that-are-building-america-s-rvs The Amish men that are building America's RVs Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-25T13:38:00-04:00 >2017-07-25T15:08:01-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/1t/1tu1n1cfe1r2a3dw.jpg" width="650" height="439" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When most Amish men were farmers, it was common for them to work seasonally with non-Amish in town, on more traditional things like cabinet making or carpentry, or even making cigar boxes, boats and band instruments. Nolt, who conducted interviews in the late &lsquo;90s with Amish workers in the boat-making industry, said interviewees pointed to the fact that making the wooden boats was similar to wood working.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>According to Steve Nolt, Senior Scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, most of the Amish men under 65 work in factories. The majority of these manufacturing plants either assemble RVS or supply parts such as cabinets or windows.</em></p> <p>Such increased involvement of the Amish&nbsp;in the non-Amish workplaces has had significant and transformative consequences on their community. Northern Indiana Amish, in particular, have always had some relationship to the outside world. According to Nolt's date, 56.3 percent&nbsp;of men in the Nappanee settlement and 53 percent in the Elkhart-LaGrange settlement are now employed by the RV industry. How did their working patterns shift so dramatically?&nbsp;</p> <p><em>The big reason, says Nolt, is what he called an &ldquo;economic squeeze and demographic crisis,&rdquo; a shift in the 1980s that pushed the Amish (and other farmers across the country) from the farms into the factory. By the time the 1980s Farm Crisis hit, Amish families had alre...</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150019106/lyft-joins-the-race-in-building-its-own-self-driving-technology Lyft joins the race in building its own self-driving technology Justine Testado 2017-07-24T14:36:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T14:36:31-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vo/vopsdcfqlh45x0c8.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[P]erhaps enticed by predictions of a $7 trillion autonomous driving industry, Lyft is saying it wants a build its own technology stack so it can operate its own self-driving cars. To accomplish this, Lyft is opening a new 50,000-square-foot engineering facility in Palo Alto, California, that it&rsquo;s calling the &ldquo;Level 5&rdquo; center in reference to the most advanced level of autonomous driving. Kapoor said the goal is to have &ldquo;hundreds&rdquo; of engineers working out of the facility by the end of 2018.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to The Verge, Lyft is yet to release more concrete details of their plan, including which components of a self-driving car they will build themselves or how much money they plan to spend. Last month, Lyft announced their partnership with self-driving car startup NuTonomy to launch a test pilot of NuTonomy's cars in Boston later this year.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150018575/elon-musk-tweets-about-receiving-an-approval-for-an-underground-ny-phil-balt-dc-hyperloop Elon Musk tweets about receiving an approval for an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-20T13:24:00-04:00 >2017-07-24T13:43:10-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/29/29qiz9vpo1n3bl9a.jpg" width="650" height="432" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop.</p></em><br /><br /><p>NY-DC in 29 mins?...</p> <p></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016993/the-sideways-elevator-that-will-revolutionize-building-has-arrived The sideways elevator that will revolutionize building has arrived Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-11T13:06:00-04:00 >2017-07-13T10:34:47-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/mf/mfg35av5y8kjsz85.jpg" width="650" height="910" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Until now, architects have had to design around the elevator shafts, which can comprise 40 percent of a building's core. Multi could allow them to install elevators almost anywhere, including the perimeter. Strong magnets on every Multi car work with a magnetized coil running along the elevator hoistway&rsquo;s guide rails to make the cars float. Turning these coils on and off creates magnetic fields strong enough to pull the car in various directions.&#8203;&#8203;</p></em><br /><br /><p>After three years of work, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/64325/thyssenkrupp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ThyssenKrupp</a>, a&nbsp;company synonymous with elevators, is testing the Multi in a German tower and finalizing the safety certification. Zooming up, down, left, right, and diagonally the new <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/219791/elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">elevator</a> was just sold to a residential building under construction in Berlin, and is expected to be sold to other developers soon.</p> <p>"Multi moves to-and-fro through exchangers, which you can think of as sophisticated railway switches that guide the cars. Bearings called "slings" mounted to every elevator car allow it to change direction&mdash;say, move to the left, or even go diagonally&mdash;while keeping the car level with the ground. &ldquo;The cabin never moves during an exchange,&rdquo; company CEO Patrick Bass says.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ls/lstv1m6nl1izef4h.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/ls/lstv1m6nl1izef4h.jpg"></a></p><figcaption>Image courtesy of ThyssenKrupp</figcaption><p>Designed to move 1,000 to 1,400 feet per minute, far slower than the 1,968 fpm experienced in Dubai&rsquo;s <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/223781/burj-khalifa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Burj Khalifa</a>, the new elevator prioritizes volume over speed. (Speeds over 2,000 feet per minute lead to ear problems and nausea.) Free of the cables...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150016411/facebook-and-oma-new-york-to-collaborate-on-mixed-use-masterplan-in-menlo-park Facebook and OMA New York to collaborate on mixed-use masterplan in Menlo Park Anastasia Tokmakova 2017-07-07T13:09:00-04:00 >2017-07-10T16:30:20-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/az/azdqq8e2fyzsgpua.jpg" width="650" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/13898/facebook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Facebook</a> announced today that it has partnered with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/10974/oma" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> to design the masterplan for Willow Campus, a mixed-use neighborhood adjacent to their existing headquarters in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/582826/menlo-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Menlo Park</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>"The first official step will be the filing of our plan with Menlo Park in July 2017. We will begin more formal conversations with local government officials and community organizations over the course of the review process, which we expect to last approximately two years."&mdash;writes John Tenales,<em>&nbsp;</em>VP Global Facilities and Real Estate.&nbsp;"We envision construction will follow in phases, with the first to include the grocery, retail, housing and office completed in early 2021, and subsequent phases will take two years each to complete."</p> <p><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c4/c4fdfs2dg9p827j1.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/c4/c4fdfs2dg9p827j1.jpg"></a><br></p> <p>Facebook also plans on building 1,500 units of housing on the campus, 15% of which will be offered at below market rates to mitigate traffic impacts from growth. "These efforts complement our ongoing work to address the issue, including the&nbsp;<a href="https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2016/12/a-partnership-to-strengthen-our-local-community/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Catalyst Housing Fund</a>&nbsp;for <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/110562/affordable-housing" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">affordable ho...</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150015054/driverless-future-challenge-finalists-envision-autonomous-transit-solutions-for-nyc Driverless Future Challenge finalists envision autonomous transit solutions for NYC Justine Testado 2017-06-28T14:39:00-04:00 >2017-06-28T18:17:01-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/za/za1fex3qdu8oqw6w.jpg" width="650" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>With the rise of autonomous transportation technology&nbsp;in the U.S., what&nbsp;implementable&nbsp;strategies&nbsp;can help&nbsp;a&nbsp;dense urban landscape&nbsp;like New York City prepare efficiently for a driverless future? Design teams from around the world proposed their ideas in the&nbsp;<a href="http://driverlessfuture.blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Driverless Future Challenge</a>, organized by <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/111435344blank-space" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a> (the creators of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/419532/fairy-tales-architecture-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairy Tales Architecture Competition</a>) and the City of New York.</p> <p>Participants from over 25 countries sent proposals&nbsp;that ranged from driverless food cards to using NYC's 311 system as a driverless dispatching center. Now, the jury has selected the four finalist teams.</p> <p>Find each proposal below &mdash; plus project videos!</p> <p><strong>&ldquo;Public Square&rdquo; by FXFOWLE Architects with Sam Schwartz Engineering</strong></p> <figure><figure><a href="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/db/dbb3mf8jg2y6ybk5.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1028x/db/dbb3mf8jg2y6ybk5.jpg"></a><figcaption>&ldquo;Public Square&rdquo; by FXFOWLE Architects with Sam Schwartz Engineering. Image courtesy of Blank Space.</figcaption></figure><p>Project summary: &ldquo;Public Square provides New York City an adaptable, responsive, and environmentally friendly way to rethink its streets and reclaim space for pedestrians. Public Squ...</p></figure> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008899/pittsburgh-disappointed-with-uber-s-self-driving-car-experiment Pittsburgh disappointed with Uber's self-driving car experiment Alexander Walter 2017-05-23T11:58:00-04:00 >2017-05-23T11:58:31-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/s1/s1k4sce3p2ed4fcj.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Uber picked this former Rust Belt town as the inaugural city for its driverless car experiment, Pittsburgh played the consummate host. [...] Nine months later, Pittsburgh residents and officials say Uber has not lived up to its end of the bargain. [...] The deteriorating relationship between Pittsburgh and Uber offers a cautionary tale, especially as other cities consider rolling out driverless car trials from Uber, Alphabet&rsquo;s Waymo and others.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"Starting later this month," <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-08-18/uber-s-first-self-driving-fleet-arrives-in-pittsburgh-this-month-is06r7on" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">wrote <em>Bloomberg</em></a> less than one year ago, "Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved." Since then, Pittsburgh appears to have fallen out of love with the ride-sharing giant's promises for the city.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150008714/elon-musk-confirms-boring-tunnels-are-for-hyperloop Elon Musk confirms Boring Tunnels are for Hyperloop Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-05-22T17:10:00-04:00 >2017-05-30T13:35:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/4d/4d0pwzzqvs8r1rz3.jpg" width="650" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since the company&rsquo;s introduction, many (including Futurism) have speculated that the tunnels&rsquo; true purpose was to work in tandem with the Hyperloop. This is the real clincher here. It seems like The Boring Company isn&rsquo;t just going to be for cars. &ldquo;The electric skate can transport automobiles, goods, and/or people. And if one adds a vacuum shell, it is now a Hyperloop Pod which can travel at 600+ miles per hour,&rdquo; the site explains.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in December, the business magnate Elon Musk tweeted his frustration of being stuck in LA traffic along with a half-joking suggestion of building a tunnel to fix his gridlocked woes.</p><p></p><p>Well as it turns out, this simple musing <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149988930/musk-claims-his-plans-to-bore-a-tunnel-under-los-angeles-are-moving-forward" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">has become a full-blown startup</a>. The Boring Company, it is called, hopes to build a series of underground tunnels that will save Angelenos from such "soul-destroying traffic." The company has already found a way to dig tunnels at a much more cost effective and efficient rate and is now revealing the tunnel's potential to work in tandem with the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/320195/hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150003454/developing-flexible-parking-garages-for-a-rideshare-dependent-la Developing flexible parking garages for a rideshare-dependent LA Justine Testado 2017-04-18T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-04-24T01:29:10-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/t0/t0sxr2csk6duns8u.jpg" width="540" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The strategy reflects a consensus among some developers and planners that California&rsquo;s vaunted car culture is inevitably going to run out of gas...[Andy] Cohen, co-chief executive of Gensler, predicts car ownership will peak around 2020 and then start to decline, with more Americans relying on some form of ride-sharing than their own vehicles by 2025. That means cars gradually would disappear from home garages, curbs and parking structures, freeing up acre upon acre of real estate for new uses.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Some developers are already planning for a not-so-far-off future Los Angeles where more people primarily rely on ridesharing (including from autonomous vehicles) than driving their own car, particularly in the form of parking garages that can be redesigned for other uses like commercial spaces or live/work units.</p><p><em>&ldquo;...despite what some believe is the inevitability of a transportation revolution, many builders are reluctant to pay for flexibility until changes in driving habits are more pronounced, said Los Angeles real estate attorney Justin Thompson of Nixon Peabody. A lot of developers may think, &lsquo;Well, that&rsquo;s going to be on the back burner for a while,&rsquo; Thompson said, &lsquo;but the progressive developers are going to factor this in.&rsquo;&rdquo;</em></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150002360/hyperloop-one-plan-would-take-travelers-from-nyc-to-d-c-in-20-minutes Hyperloop One plan would take travelers from NYC to D.C. in 20 minutes Dana Schulz 2017-04-10T17:04:00-04:00 >2017-04-10T17:04:45-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/nd/ndw1clywq07g2ja2.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod which gradually accelerates with electric propulsions through a low-pressure tube. Then, the pod lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and moves at airline speeds. This would connect 80 percent of the country, making a cross-country trip just about five hours long.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="https://hyperloop-one.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop One</a>&ndash;whose transportation concept was first proposed by Elon Musk&ndash;has revealed a plan that would take travelers from NYC to D.C. in just 20 minutes via magnetically levitating pods that move by electric propulsion and travel faster than 700 miles per hour.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/150000605/georgia-gov-nathan-deal-declares-state-of-emergency-after-i-85-bridge-in-atlanta-collapses-from-fire Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal declares state of emergency after I-85 bridge in Atlanta collapses from fire Justine Testado 2017-03-31T15:03:00-04:00 >2017-03-31T15:07:57-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/js/js9r9ancw4yyr2ln.jpg" width="640" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Transportation officials in Georgia are scrambling to cope with a crisis, after a huge fire caused a bridge on Interstate 85 to collapse in Atlanta on Thursday night. Gov. Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency, and with the heavily used road closed in both directions, drivers are being told to find other options &mdash; from detours to mass transit. Friday morning, officials said they don't yet know what caused the fire or how long repairs will take.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Atlanta's Interstate 85 was first built&nbsp;in 1953 and reconstructed in 1985 to accommodate increased traffic. The closure affects a crucial 3-mile portion, which carries up to 400,000 vehicles a day.&nbsp;U.S. DOT Secretary <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/860112/elaine-chao" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Elaine Chow</a>&nbsp;directed Federal Highway Administration officials <a href="http://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/dot2817" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">to grant $10 million</a> in emergency funds to begin repairing the bridge.</p><p>&ldquo;Approximately 700 feet of the roadway &ndash; 350 feet northbound and 350 feet southbound &mdash; will be removed and replaced including support columns. Demolition will begin this weekend and will continue into Monday, April 3,&rdquo; the Georgia DOT <a href="http://www.dot.ga.gov/AboutGeorgia/Pages/GDOTAnnouncementDetails.aspx?postID=159" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">announced</a> today.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149997225/how-should-cities-prepare-for-a-driverless-car-future-here-are-six-tips How should cities prepare for a driverless car future? Here are six tips Julia Ingalls 2017-03-14T20:47:00-04:00 >2017-03-15T01:31:05-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/fc/fc0ipbzr2lxa8gs8.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The days of driving your own car are coming to a close: as many as seven million driverless cars could be making their self-directed way around major urban hubs across the U.S. within the next few decades. So what should cities do to keep up with these changes? This white paper by Arcadis gives six tips for city planners to prepare for the automated onslaught:</p><p>A study by transportation, economics and urban planning experts has found that ridesharing and ridesourcing services using autonomous vehicles (AV) could shift millions of drivers away from personal cars in major U.S. cities.</p><p>&ldquo;Driverless Future: A Policy Roadmap for City Leaders,&rdquo; the study prepared by Arcadis, HR&amp;A Advisors and Sam Schwartz Consulting, shows that the move to ridesharing and ridesourcing services that don&rsquo;t have a driver could cause a shift of up to 60 percent (3.6 million cars) from traditional to autonomous vehicles in the New York metro area alone over the next 15-20 years.</p><p>The Los Angeles metro area could see...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149993608/driverless-future-a-challenge-to-shape-the-impact-of-autonomous-transportation DRIVERLESS FUTURE: A challenge to shape the impact of autonomous transportation Sponsor 2017-02-23T17:33:00-05:00 >2017-02-23T18:31:56-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/84/84nwojibg0zdi53w.jpg" width="650" height="502" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/92/92k1x98i5jmudf7w.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://blankspaceproject.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Blank Space</a>.</strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p><em>The Driverless Future challenge seeks proposals that actively shape NYC&rsquo;s response to driverless technology - will offer resources to help finalists transform their proposals into real companies and products.</em></p><p>Blank Space is proud to announce the&nbsp;<strong>Driverless Future</strong>&nbsp;challenge, a global competition to shape the impact of autonomous transportation in NYC, with a prize purse worth over $60,000 for the 4 top teams. The focus of the challenge is not on the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to mass transit, accessibility, shipping, logistics, software, services, and new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. The primary goal is to create a launchpad for entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, engineers, architects and futurists to enact real change in New York City.</p><p><strong>Blank Space</strong>&nbsp;is proud to partner with the&nbsp;<strong>NYC Mayor&rsquo;s Office</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>New Lab</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Fast Company</strong>, and&nbsp;<strong>AIA New York</strong>&nbsp;to host the challenge and support winning entries b...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149982124/whatever-happened-to-china-s-futuristic-traffic-elevated-bus Whatever happened to China's futuristic Traffic Elevated Bus? Alexander Walter 2016-12-09T13:32:00-05:00 >2016-12-13T17:44:52-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/t7/t7l0yk4abah8dqq6.jpg" width="640" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>China's once-celebrated Traffic Elevated Bus (TEB) has been left abandoned in the middle of a Hebei city road, not having moved once in over two months. Originally touted as the futuristic solution to urban traffic jams, the "straddling bus" is currently causing them. A local reporter recently checked up on "the future of public transportation" at its testing site in Qinhuangdao, only to find it forgotten in a rusted garage, covered in dust.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/yz/yz6vllssbwzv23nu.jpg"></p><p><em>"To test its invention, the company actually leased part of a city road in Qinhuangdao. Since the bus now remains exactly where it was abandoned , it continues to block three lanes of traffic, annoying residents to no end."</em></p><p>The 'road-straddling bus' previously in the Archinect news:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961324/public-transit-boon-or-boondoggle-china-tests-out-its-road-straddling-bus" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Public transit boon or boondoggle? China tests out its road-straddling bus</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149980853/trump-nominates-elaine-chao-for-secretary-of-transportation Trump nominates Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation Justine Testado 2016-11-30T14:40:00-05:00 >2016-11-30T14:46:42-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ul/ulghg53f1ujuc7sg.jpg" width="614" height="768" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mr. Trump...has said that infrastructure redevelopment will be a priority of his first 100 days in office. And Ms. Chao has experience &mdash; politically and personally &mdash; in navigating the competing centers of power in the capital...But now that she is in line for a prominent position in Mr. Trump&rsquo;s cabinet, it is her own ties to business that are likely to come under scrutiny. As labor secretary, she faced criticism that her department favored business and was lax on enforcement and worker safety.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980007/president-elect-trump-offers-hud-post-to-ben-carson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">President-elect Trump offers HUD post to Ben Carson</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149979660/trump-pilfers-clinton-s-plan-for-an-infrastructure-bank" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trump pilfers Clinton's plan for an 'infrastructure bank'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149980845/scott-frank-senior-director-of-media-relations-for-the-aia-resigns-following-the-aia-s-statement-of-support-for-president-elect-trump" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Scott Frank, Senior Director of Media Relations for the AIA, resigns following the AIA's statement of support for President-elect Trump</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149977504/hyperloop-designs-by-big-revealed-for-dubai-featuring-autonomous-pods-and-city-wide-portals Hyperloop designs by BIG revealed for Dubai, featuring autonomous pods and city-wide portals Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-11-08T13:43:00-05:00 >2016-11-11T20:34:22-05:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/bh/bh1odn71odpbf3zv.jpg" width="650" height="420" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Dubai is set on getting its own hyperloop, and the Los Angeles-based Hyperloop One (formerly Hyperloop Technologies), in collaboration with BIG, is champing at the bit to make that a reality.</p><p>The Dubai Roads and Transport Authority has agreed to review Hyperloop One&rsquo;s feasibility study for a high-speed network throughout the United Arab Emirates, designed to get passengers between Dubai and Abu Dhabi (about an hour and a half apart by bus) in 12 minutes. BIG and consulting firm McKinsey &amp; Co. will work in collaboration with Hyperloop One on the proposal. In a separate agreement formed this past August, Hyperloop One also has plans with Dubai to develop a hyperloop network for cargo.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8b/8b68trtnie42trrx.jpg"></p><p>This step closer to a full-scale, working hyperloop (which Hyperloop One estimates will come to fruition in the next five years) comes after the company&rsquo;s dry run of its propulsion technology in the Nevada desert&mdash;part of <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/129714649/elon-musk-launches-hyperloop-pod-competition-to-university-students-and-engineers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SpaceX&rsquo;s competition</a> to design the pods and run them on a smaller-scale test-track. No...</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149975714/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-future-of-transportation-we-had-to-do-something-different U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the future of transportation: "We had to do something different." Alexander Walter 2016-10-28T13:49:00-04:00 >2016-10-28T13:49:24-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/an/anfan9iy30hpc3ah.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Car and Driver caught up with Foxx in Pittsburgh. The&nbsp;DOT chief, previously&nbsp;mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, reflected on the promise of autonomous and connected cars, the recent Smart City Challenge, the massive increase in traffic deaths, the potential of the shared vehicles unfolding right outside the window, and more. What follows&nbsp;is a transcript of our conversation, lightly edited for grammar and brevity.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942780/u-s-transportation-secretary-foxx-on-the-troubled-relationship-between-infrastructure-and-race-we-ought-to-do-it-better-than-we-did-it-the-last-time" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx on the troubled relationship between infrastructure and race: "We ought to do it better than we did it the last time"</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149964179/uber-lets-you-hail-its-self-driving-cars-in-pittsburgh-later-this-month" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149953520/columbus-ohio-wins-dot-s-50m-smart-city-challenge" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Columbus, Ohio wins DOT's $50M Smart City Challenge</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145806465/the-u-s-just-got-4-billion-to-spend-on-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The U.S. just got $4 billion to spend on self-driving cars</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149971385/an-ambitious-plan-to-overhaul-penn-station-by-moving-madison-square-garden An ambitious plan to overhaul Penn Station, by moving Madison Square Garden Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-09-30T13:21:00-04:00 >2017-06-22T13:36:50-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/q8/q8cp2pci3wc447e5.jpg" width="609" height="472" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Penn Station is much more than a transportation center. As the heart of the Northeast Corridor rail system, it has the potential to link downtown to downtown along the Eastern Seaboard in a way far more economical, expedient and environmentally sustainable than air travel. But while the governor&rsquo;s recently announced plan is a step toward this goal, more must be done. What we propose in addition is a completely new commuter station on the site of Madison Square Garden</p></em><br /><br /><p>The proposed plan for Penn Station's redesign comes by way of&nbsp;Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of the&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/139466539/vishaan-chakrabarti-leaves-shop-launches-new-firm-pau" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Practice for Architecture and Urbanism</a>.&nbsp;Previously, Chakrabarti was&nbsp;the director of Manhattan's Department of City Planning under former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where he also oversaw prior refurbishment plans for the station.</p> <p>Previously, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had released a plan to bring Penn Station up to speed (it was designed for a third of its current 650,000 daily commuters). But while the Governor's plan, headed by SOM, is focused mostly on utility, Chakrabarti's plan (as he writes for&nbsp;<em>The Times</em>) aims to provide the city with a grand public space&mdash;by physically relocating Madison Square Garden (an idea that has been floated <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111944486/urban-planners-propose-moving-madison-square-garden-to-nearby-post-office" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">before</a>) to honor the original station's legacy where travelers <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/117731927/an-ode-to-the-old-penn-station-where-travelers-entered-the-city-like-a-god" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"entered the city like a god"</a>.</p> <p>Related on Archinect:</p> <ul><li><a title="Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145128863/governor-cuomo-announces-new-penn-station-private-public-partnership-rfp" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Governor Cuomo Announces New Penn Station Private-Public Partnership RFP</a></li><li><a title="Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before it was ruined" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144579300/selective-memory-old-penn-station-ruined-before-it-was-ruined" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Selective memory: Old Penn Station, ruined before ...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149965464/airbus-promises-autonomous-flying-taxis-in-the-very-near-future Airbus promises autonomous flying taxis in the (very) near future Alexander Walter 2016-08-26T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-09-03T11:08:41-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/jo/jofb63dst5w5g4p0.jpg" width="650" height="422" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Airbus appears to be serious about its "Vahana" project, aimed at creating an autonomous passenger drone network, and thinks testing can begin as early as 2017. [...] Airbus is also working on a drone delivery service [...] and plans to start testing it at a Singapore university by mid-2017. The cargo-laden vehicles fly automated routes in "aerial corridors," then drop them off and send delivery notifications to customers.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Airbus engineers are dreaming up no small endeavor as laid out in the company's <a href="http://www.airbusgroup.com/int/en/news-media/corporate-magazine/Forum-88/My-Kind-Of-Flyover.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Future of Urban Mobility</a> vision:</p><p><em>"Imagine landing at a major international airport after a long flight in an A380. Instead of suffering through a 90-minute taxi ride in the megacity&rsquo;s gridlocked traffic, you hop into an electrically operated aerial vehicle from zenHOP, which brings you to your destination &ndash; landing on your chosen zenHUB &ndash; in just nine minutes. Too expensive? No, zenMOVE has found three other travellers who also want to get to the city centre. As a result, the flight costs no more than a taxi ride. On top of that, no need to worry about your luggage &ndash; zenLUGGAGE takes care of that &ndash; or your security, as zenCYBER protects your flight against hacker attacks."</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/jf/jflppgr7pt44qdsx.jpg"></p><p>&uarr; Illustration of Airbus' Skyways drone parcel delivery service, which will enter test mode on the campus of the National University of Singapore in mid-2017.</p><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145287841/the-ehang-passenger-drone-might-be-another-way-people-will-get-around-town-someday" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Ehang passenger drone might be anothe...</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149964179/uber-lets-you-hail-its-self-driving-cars-in-pittsburgh-later-this-month Uber lets you hail its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh later this month Alexander Walter 2016-08-19T14:54:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:21:48-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/vo/vozeac2fjbn5eij4.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Starting later this month, Uber will allow customers in downtown Pittsburgh to summon self-driving cars from their phones, crossing an important milestone that no automotive or technology company has yet achieved. Google, widely regarded as the leader in the field, has been testing its fleet for several years, and Tesla Motors offers Autopilot [...] But none of these companies has yet brought a self-driving car-sharing service to market.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories recently in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the history and future of the American commute</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149961180/new-study-finds-ride-sharing-apps-like-lyft-and-uber-have-no-effect-on-drunk-driving-fatalities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New study finds ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber have no effect on drunk-driving fatalities</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149963669/examining-the-international-airport-species-from-in-the-unlikely-event Examining the International Airport “species” from “In The Unlikely Event” Justine Testado 2016-08-16T20:31:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T23:15:01-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/8n/8nrog6isi2nle6hx.jpg" width="650" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In The Unlikely Event&rdquo; by artist Janet Abrams digs into the nature of the fantastical International Airport typology &mdash; &ldquo;a significant species of monumental urbanism, perhaps the archetypal City State of our time&rdquo;...Created in 2013...ITUE is an ambitious large-scale ceramic installation that showcases the Top 30 of the world's busiest international airports as terra cotta ceramic bas-reliefs, which Abrams molded individually by hand.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Arranged&nbsp;like ancient&nbsp;fossils&nbsp;at a natural history museum,&nbsp;In The Unlikely Event (ITUE) is part two&nbsp;of Abrams' ongoing "A Natural History of Technology" case study series. In ITUE, each airport stands as&nbsp;a&nbsp;physical architectural expression of its home&nbsp;country's ambitions to compete in the global economy.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/58/58ptuaiytlkzxljj.jpg"><br><em>In The Unlikely Event, view during its US debut at form + concept gallery, Santa Fe, May 27 2016. Photo courtesy of Janet Abrams.</em></p><p>The exhibition is currently at Santa Fe's form + concept gallery until August 22. Read&nbsp;more about the project&nbsp;<a href="http://bustler.net/news/5085/in-the-unlikely-event-examines-the-international-airport-species" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961796/engineers-grapple-with-a-melting-alaskan-highway Engineers grapple with a melting Alaskan Highway Justine Testado 2016-08-05T14:57:00-04:00 >2016-08-05T14:57:54-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/4v/4vlpyrm6fk154y4c.jpg" width="650" height="430" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Today the highway serves as the main artery connecting the &ldquo;Last Frontier&rdquo; with Canada and the northwestern U.S., bringing tourists to Alaska cruise ships; food, supplies and medicine to remote towns; and equipment to oil fields and mines that are the region&rsquo;s lifeblood... &ldquo;Communities are unable to reach each other, it&rsquo;s harder to get goods there,&rdquo; [...] Thawing permafrost isn&rsquo;t &ldquo;just an inconvenience, folks; it&rsquo;s a change in the way of life.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149952025/global-warming-is-redrawing-national-borders" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Global warming is redrawing national borders</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/123894934/russia-considering-plans-for-a-12-400-mile-superhighway-linking-london-and-alaska" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Russia considering plans for a 12,400-mile superhighway linking London and Alaska</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135578877/obama-changes-the-name-of-tallest-mountain-from-mt-mckinley-to-denali" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Obama changes the name of tallest mountain from Mt McKinley to Denali</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149941219/why-american-infrastructure-funding-keeps-facing-such-an-uphill-battle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why American infrastructure funding keeps facing such an uphill battle</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149961324/public-transit-boon-or-boondoggle-china-tests-out-its-road-straddling-bus Public transit boon or boondoggle? China tests out its road-straddling bus Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-08-03T13:21:00-04:00 >2016-08-03T20:18:44-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/5w/5w1u835sta173w7n.jpg" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Just months after its spectacular design was unveiled, the Transit Explore Bus had its inaugural run this week on 300 metres of specially constructed test track in Qinhuangdao [...] The vehicle, which goes up to 60km/h (37mph), runs on tracks with passenger spaces standing two metres above the road so that two lanes of cars can pass undisturbed underneath, helping to alleviate the notorious traffic jams of China&rsquo;s biggest cities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More transportation News on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title='China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149951897/china-plans-to-build-an-underwater-space-station-in-the-south-china-sea" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">China plans to build an underwater "space station" in the South China Sea</a></li><li><a title="Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944440/take-a-look-at-the-rapid-urbanization-of-china-s-pearl-river-delta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Take a look at the rapid urbanization of China's Pearl River Delta</a></li><li><a title="'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149954976/jet-like-maglev-pods-are-coming-to-abu-dhabi-s-yas-island" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island</a></li><li><a title="Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></li><li><a title="Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149960406/how-republicans-and-democrats-differ-when-it-comes-to-infrastructure How Republicans and Democrats differ when it comes to infrastructure Nicholas Korody 2016-07-28T13:36:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T02:25:50-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/tt/tt6u1g3iqu9xk10l.jpg" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On issues related to the funding, mass transit, biking, and the environment, the two parties have staked out dramatically different views about how they envision the future of the nation&rsquo;s transportation system. Democrats are proposing an expansive increase in federal support for transportation investment, with a focus on building access to opportunity, bolstering access to non-automobile modes, reducing the impacts of climate change, and maintaining the role of unions.</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Republicans, on the other hand, propose no increase in federal spending (though Mr. Trump may disagree), an elimination of the federal role in funding non-automotive transportation, an emphasis on pollution-spewing modes and energy sources, and a reduction in the role of unions.</em></p><p>For more on the state of American infrastructure, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149957644/carrying-a-racist-legacy-highways-today-play-a-central-role-in-civil-rights-activism" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149956785/los-angeles-selects-hdr-to-manage-its-1-4-billion-sidewalk-repair-program" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles selects HDR to manage its $1.4 Billion Sidewalk Repair Program</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944472/department-of-transportation-secretary-threatens-to-shut-down-dc-metro" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Department of Transportation Secretary threatens to shut down DC Metro</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149954976/jet-like-maglev-pods-are-coming-to-abu-dhabi-s-yas-island 'Jet-like' maglev pods are coming to Abu Dhabi's Yas Island Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-06-29T17:36:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T17:37:03-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/86/86c4b12d634ec43c6cf12f4fc332a132.jpg" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>skyTran&rsquo;s computer-controlled, 2-person &ldquo;jet-like&rdquo; vehicles employ magnetic levitation technology instead of wheels. The patented high-speed, low-cost, elevated PRT system built at the NASA Ames Research Centre, will have cars zipping above traffic along magnetic lines from one destination to another across the island, a statement said.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More transportation news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></li><li><a title="Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores?</a></li><li><a title="Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943941/aerial-cable-cars-proposed-for-chicago" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Aerial cable cars proposed for Chicago</a></li><li><a title="World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149938713/world-s-first-fully-autonomous-taxi-service-will-arrive-in-singapore-later-this-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World's first fully autonomous taxi service will arrive in Singapore later this year</a></li><li><a title="Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937269/women-only-uber-alternatives-face-pushback-from-antidiscrimination-laws" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Women-only Uber alternatives face pushback from antidiscrimination laws</a></li></ul> https://archinect.com/news/article/149952348/russian-government-wants-to-build-its-own-hyperloop-with-china-s-help Russian government wants to build its own Hyperloop, with China's help Justine Testado 2016-06-17T18:00:00-04:00 >2016-06-18T11:48:26-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ew/ewqu3hj65xokmt62.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The government of Russia has announced a desire to build a 70km Hyperloop line on its Pacific Coast to link the port of Zarubino with China&rsquo;s Jilin province, but wants China to help fund it. The link would be part of Russia&rsquo;s plan to develop a series of transport corridors between its Primorye region and northeast China...The project&rsquo;s cost has been estimated at about $500m...the ministry would try to interest China in co-financing the link as part of its Silk Road grand strategy.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149947131/hyperloop-as-transportation-s-new-girlfriend-mysterious-unencumbered-exciting-expensive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'Hyperloop as transportation&rsquo;s new girlfriend: mysterious, unencumbered, exciting, expensive.'</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944742/bjarke-ingels-group-aecom-join-forces-with-hyperloop" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bjarke Ingels Group + AECOM join forces with Hyperloop</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944419/hyperloop-hopefuls-turn-to-passive-maglev-technology" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hyperloop hopefuls turn to 'passive' maglev technology</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147190059/mit-and-tu-delft-emerge-victorious-at-hyperloop-competition-elon-musk-drops-hint-about-electric-jets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MIT and TU Delft emerge victorious at Hyperloop competition; Elon Musk drops hint about "electric jets"</a></p> https://archinect.com/news/article/149950112/would-self-driving-cars-be-useful-to-people-living-outside-urban-cores Would self-driving cars be useful to people living outside urban cores? Justine Testado 2016-06-07T18:47:00-04:00 >2016-06-08T13:11:16-04:00 <img src="https://d38w84nuu9j2kr.cloudfront.net/images/650x/ak/akhgzs3gb5whpeb3.jpg" width="650" height="419" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>So a lot of us own or lease cars...But when the talk turns to autonomous cars &ndash; and it always does &ndash; I sigh. Our overcrowded highways really could use a break from human stupidity, and that human factor is behind nearly all of the fatalities and injuries and property damage we see strewn across our roads every day. Get rid of the human behaviour to save the human body! This is where autonomous cars make sense; but not all the world is a crowded, urban highway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149946190/what-are-the-ethics-of-self-driving-cars" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What are the ethics of self-driving cars?</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943328/a-look-at-the-history-and-future-of-the-american-commute" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A look at the history and future of the American commute</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149942771/google-uber-lyft-ford-and-volvo-join-forces-to-lobby-for-autonomous-vehicles" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google, Uber, Lyft, Ford and Volvo join forces to lobby for autonomous vehicles</a></p>