Transportation
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7/20/2018

The Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas, is asking for feedback from the public on planning for its regional, long-term transport plan, METRONext. Projects being considered include the introduction of autonomous buses.

7/20/2018

Whim, an app developed in Helsinki, is the model for combining in one place all of a city's mobility options, such as bicycle, bus, ride-sharing, taxi, train and payment. If such a service is adopted and universally used, car ownership could become obsolete.

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Forbes
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Enrique Dans
7/20/2018

Car-sharing will grow in Paris, thanks to the shutdown of city-owned and -operated service Autolib, says transportation official Christophe Najdovski. Several private companies already are filling the void, including US car-sharing group Zipcar, which is owned by Avis and plans to double its Paris fleet to 200 by year-end.

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Reuters
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Zipcar, Avis
7/20/2018

A few electric scooter companies are starting to work with localities to address potential concerns rather than plowing ahead and "asking forgiveness" later, as Uber and Airbnb have done. In Memphis, Tenn., for example, a scooter company is being lauded for working closely with the city before the product hit the pavement and for continuing to address issues promptly.

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Uber
7/20/2018

Under a settlement between Toys R Us and its lenders, vendors and creditors would receive cash payments with the potential for higher recoveries. The settlement, which is awaiting court approval, would also prevent unsecured vendors and creditors from suing the retailer's lenders.

7/20/2018

The ongoing freight capacity shortage is challenging the supply chain and is driven by a combination of factors such as drivers seeking other opportunities, electronic logging devices and drastic weather changes. Shippers can mitigate the problem by using 3PLs, transforming truck shipments to rail or intermodal transport, and making the loading-unloading process more efficient to avoid delays.

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Fleet Owner
7/19/2018

A team involving state and city officials is evaluating widening Lake Shore Drive in Chicago or converting an existing lane for use by buses and drivers paying tolls. The project could cost between $2 billion and $3 billion.

7/19/2018

Rhode Island billed $625,000 to almost 190,000 vehicles during the first month of tolling semitrucks on Interstate 95. The amount tolled exceeded initial estimates by $27,000.

7/19/2018

After turning back requests to operate dockless bike systems in congested Manhattan, the city has selected five companies for pilot programs restricted to specific neighborhoods zones outside Citi Bike's existing network of docking stations. JUMP, Lime, Motivate, Ofo and Pace will test dockless bikes, beginning with the Rockaways beachside community.

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CityLab
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Citi Bike, Pace
7/19/2018

Spend your time and energy with people who believe in you and are willing to offer constructive criticism, and avoid people who reveal themselves to be self-absorbed and conniving, writes LaRae Quy. "While we need different types of personalities in our life to bring out the best in us, only share your dreams and goals with people who value them as much as you do," she writes.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
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LaRae Quy