The Loi des orientations des mobilités is a wide-ranging transport bill that has been making its way through the parliamentary process. Its aim is to alleviate the transport difficulties still experienced by many in France, especially outside the big cities, which make traveling by car virtually the only option in some places. At the same time, the bill aims to honor France’s commitment to tackling climate change by making transport greener and cleaner. There are 50 articles on the bill, which includes better coordination between transport providers, opening up competition on some bus routes and introducing incentives for carpooling. There is also an amendment allowing local authorities to set speed limits, which could lead to the scrapping of the highly unpopular 80km/h speed limit on secondary roads in some areas.
o meet New Jersey’s clean energy goals, Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled the New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In, an inter-agency collaboration to build the infrastructure that will support electric vehicle ownership, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The partnership, which will be co-led by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, will create a framework to support the state’s electric vehicle ecosystem, with the goal of registering 330,000 Zero Emission Vehicles by 2025. “The New Jersey Partnership to Plug-In ensures that we are working collaboratively across state agencies and with our private sector partners, to not only meet but exceed our goal of registering 330,000 electric vehicles in New Jersey by 2025,” Murphy said in a statement. “This new initiative is part of our broader effort to make renewable energy solutions work for everyone in New Jersey.”
UTA to launch pilot ‘microtransit’ system in south Salt Lake County.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn are bulldozing ahead with their proposal for massive toll lane expansion on the Capital Beltway and I-270. This deal is fundamentally flawed in multiple ways. The privately-managed lanes would cost between $9 and $11 billion, would incentivize driving in the face of a climate crisis, will require some homes to be demolished—oh, and won’t actually reduce congestion a few years down the road. A crucial vote (delayed from last month) whether to authorize this Public-Private Partnership (P3) deal will take place this Wednesday, June 5, at the Maryland Board of Public Works. This powerful body can say yes, no, or pull it from the agenda to allow for further review. Only the Governor, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and State Comptroller Peter Franchot sit on the Board. Franchot is the swing vote.
Police officers and firefighters called on the Legislature Tuesday to address Wisconsin’s road funding needs, saying poor road conditions are putting public safety at risk. Their call comes two days before the Legislature’s budget committee is scheduled to debate Gov. Tony Evers’ road budget, which would increase taxes and fees to boost road funding by more than $600 million. Speaking at a state Capitol news conference, representatives of the Wisconsin Troopers Association, the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, the Badger State Sheriffs’ Association and the Wisconsin Professional Police Association said that they were not endorsing any specific plan for road funding, but they were calling on lawmakers to act. “We stand here as a united group focused on public safety,” said Mike DeGarmo, a lieutenant with the Racine Fire Department. “And we’re asking the state Legislature to find some common-sense, sustainable solutions to transportation funding.”