The current interest in new car brands like Tesla makes electric cars appear to be very much a product of our own century. But the truth is that electric cars have a much longer history, one that stretches back much further than the popularization of the gas-powered car we’ve become familiar with.
According to a team of San Francisco University (SFU) graduate students, in order for the city to compete with Lyft and Uber, it must make Muni more reliable, more accessible, and possibly free. That’s the recommendation from a group of 22 students with the university’s Urban and Public Affairs program, who spent a semester studying the effects of the ride-hailing gig economy on drivers and the city and presented their findings to the city’s Local Agency Formation Commission [LAFCO] Friday. Among the conclusions in their final report: Drivers are easily exploited by ride companies, and neither the city nor the state seems to be willing or able to regulate the industry.
Incoming Daimler CEO Ola Kallenius is working on a cost-reduction program to reach profit margin targets that are threatened by global trade woes and ramp-up issues at factories, a German business paper reported. Kallenius has been working for months on a cost-cutting initiative called “Move,” which is expected to be ready in the summer, Handelsblatt reported, citing company sources. Central administration costs are to be cut by about 20 percent, the paper said. Billions of euros in efficiency potential would be targeted, Handelsblatt said.
“I’m already allowing 90 minutes for a 25-mile trip,” she said. “How much of a cushion do I need to leave?” The “cushion question” is gaining urgency as congestion, construction, and Uber and Lyft combine to make the only predictable thing about Boston traffic its unpredictability. Of the many ways Boston traffic tortures its motorists, variability is perhaps the cruelest. It plants the seeds of uncertainty before any drive: Is a 15-minute cushion enough? Maybe 30’s better. But what if a truck has overturned? I’m already doomed.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) plans to build a new Nueces River bridge as part of a major construction project planned for Interstate 37, North Shore News reports. The project will focus on a section of I-37 between the Redbird Lane exit and the US-77 interchange. “What we’re doing is what’s called lane balancing,” TxDOT Public Information Officer Rickey Dailey told the news agency. “You have several lanes coming in on US-77, you have other lanes coming in on I-37, and they kind of neck down to three lanes over the Nueces River Bridge. What we’re going to do is put an extra travel lane on the bridge so you’ll have four travel lanes.” Dailey added that Hurricane Evacuation Route lanes would not be affected by the project.