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Virus threatens future of already-struggling transportation systems

BOSTON — Before the pandemic, public transit users in cities around the country bonded over a slew of ills that plagued aging subway systems, from delays and breakdowns to the occasional derailment.

Now those systems are grappling with a new reality — drastically plummeting ridership and revenue caused by a stealthy virus that’s also sickening and killing transit workers.

With no clear predictions about when most riders will feel safe enough to return, public transportation networks from Boston to Washington to New York to Chicago are doing their best to hold on.

New York’s subway will halt its storied overnight service starting at 1 a.m. Wednesday to allow for additional cleaning and disinfecting of cars and stations. The stoppage has some people wondering if all-night service will ever resume in the cash-strapped system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo pledged Tuesday that it will be back when the pandemic is over.

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7 Visionaries Shaping The Future Of Transportation

LONDON, April 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — This is the age of wild rides that are transforming the personal transportation sector into something worth more than ever. We not only have the soon-to-be available space tourism, but we’ve also got the even more futuristic colonization of Mars, which is about transportation as much as it is about anything.   Mentioned in today’s commentary includes: Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPCE), Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), General Motors Company (NYSE: GM), A.P. Moller – Marsk A/S (OTCPK: AMKBY), Baidu, Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU).

On the slightly more sober side, we’re looking at the mass monetization of electric vehicles, and finally–a ride-sharing company that’s as green as Millennials want it to be. Behind it all are seven men who have positioned themselves to transform the transportation sector, forever. 

#1 Elon Musk

Musk is the man behind the electric vehicle revolution, but he’s much more

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Future of the Car Summit 2020

It is a challenging time for automotive industry executives. It is also an exciting one.

The global car industry is experiencing massive upheaval and uncertainty. A powerful set of forces are converging. New players are turning traditional business models upside-down. New technologies with far-reaching implications are cresting the hill. A sea-change in consumer behaviour is shaking-up and disorientating a sector once used to calling all the shots.

Individually, these forces present a real danger to businesses that don’t respond appropriately. Combined, they present a very serious threat indeed. But if properly harnessed, they have the potential to deliver big rewards.

Automotive manufacturers are working hard to get it right. They are embracing innovation and digital transformation in a bid to remain relevant. However, managing risk is part of established car-makers’ DNA, which is a problem because innovation is associated with taking risks. And while car-makers are putting in place strategic

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Five Ways COVID-19 May Impact The Future Of Infrastructure And Transportation

With each passing day, reports on rising total confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to dominate the global conscience, and the novel coronavirus is now present on every continent except for Antarctica. And the resulting fear is more pervasive. Thousands of people have perished as the effects of COVID-19 touch us all: stock markets have cratered, millions have become unemployed (temporarily or soon-to-be permanently), the federal government has passed a multi-trillion-dollar aid package, and health care institutions are being stretched thin. To “flatten the curve,” millions of people around the globe are quarantined in their homes or elsewhere, while infrastructure and transportation systems that bonded us globally, nationally, and locally are being used more sparingly

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The future of transportation is already here |

Let’s shake ourselves out of our four-wheeled stupor, look at the vehicles and devices being developed, and reimagine how we’ll move around our cities, says TED technology curator Alex Moura.

Humanity has come a long way from traveling by horse, but when we consider the future of transportation in cities, too many of us are still stuck in the 18th century. We still envision our streets full of four-wheel chariots (minus the horses), and our future as relying on cars or car-like vehicles, because that’s all we know. Why this myopia? For most automakers and transportation companies, adhering to the status quo is more profitable than experimenting; their business models, even for forward thinkers like Tesla, depend on their keeping drivers tethered with maintenance and service. And builders and urban planners have learned to limit their thinking because existing regulations and clunky political processes have made it nearly impossible to

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Micromobility is the future of urban transportation

E-scooters and dockless bicycles appeared in cities’ bike lanes suddenly and in great numbers, showing a real demand for single-occupant vehicles—and creating challenges for both providers and government agencies.

In his 1973 essay collection Small Is Beautiful, economist E.F. Schumacher challenged economic orthodoxy, positing that “[t]oday, we suffer from an almost universal idolatry of gigantism. It is therefore necessary to insist on the virtues of smallness—where this applies.”1

Four and a half decades later, a fast-growing set of services are challenging “gigantism” in transportation—in the form of personal, often single-occupant cars—and championing the virtues of smallness. Electric scooters, docked and dockless shared bikes, and other vehicle types are shrinking the physical footprint needed to move people over relatively short distances.

Collectively dubbed micromobility, these services have clearly resonated with consumers, as evinced by their rapid adoption over just the last several months. They have the potential to

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Tech and the future of transportation: From here to there


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Articles about technology and the future of transportation rarely used to get far without mentioning jet-packs: a staple of science fiction from the 1920s onwards, the jet pack became a reality in the 1960s in the shape of devices such as the Bell Rocket Belt. But despite many similar efforts, the skies over our cities remain stubbornly free of jet-pack-toting commuters.

For a novel form of transport to make a material difference to our lives, several key requirements must be satisfied. Obviously the new technology must work safely, and operate within an appropriate regulatory framework. But public acceptance and solid business models are also vital if a new idea is to move from R&D lab to testbed to early adoption, and eventually into mainstream usage.

There’s inevitably a lot of hype surrounding the future of transportation, but also plenty of substance, with big investments being made

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