Unusual Ice and Snow Storm Hits the Carolinas and Virginia

A Delta flight skidded on a runway and roads remained dangerous on Saturday as the storm brought eight inches of snow to some places.

#north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #south-carolina, #virginia, #weather

Monkeys Escape After Truck Crashes on Pennsylvania Highway

The State Police said that a pickup truck with an enclosed trailer full of 100 monkeys had collided with a dump truck. Four escaped.

#monkeys-and-apes, #pennsylvania, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

‘Superload’ Lumbers Across Pennsylvania, as Big as Two Whales

A mammoth tractor-trailer is hauling a tank from a decommissioned nuclear training site for disassembly near Pittsburgh. Top speed: 30 m.p.h.

#automobiles, #pennsylvania, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #trucks-and-trucking

Road Salt Works. But It’s Also Bad for the Environment.

The chemical is effective at keeping roads free of snow and ice, but it also has damaging consequences, according to a growing body of research.

#environment, #frontiers-in-ecology-and-the-environment-journal, #ice, #institute-of-ecosystem-studies, #lakes, #roads-and-traffic, #salt, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #water, #water-pollution

I-95 Near Washington, D.C., Is Closed After Deadly Snowstorm

Drivers reported being stranded for hours as part of the interstate, one of the country’s busiest travel corridors, was shut down after accidents involving several tractor-trailers.

#interstate-95, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Winter Storm Knocks Out Power Across Southeast

Hundreds of thousands were without electricity on Monday, and federal government offices in the Washington, D.C., area were closed because of the storm.

#appalachian-region, #delaware, #georgia, #maryland, #national-weather-service, #new-jersey, #north-carolina, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #tennessee, #virginia, #washington-dc, #weather

Snow Closed the Highways. GPS Mapped a Harrowing Detour in the Sierra Nevada.

Public safety officials warned that alternate routes offered by apps like Google Maps and Waze don’t always take into account hazards to drivers.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #automobiles, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #geography, #global-positioning-system, #google-inc, #google-maps, #maps, #mobile-applications, #navigation, #nevada, #plumas-county-calif, #reno-nev, #roads-and-traffic, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #transportation-department-calif, #truckee-calif, #washoe-county-nev, #waze-mobile

New York City Looks to Test More and Keep Classrooms Open

The city said it would allow students who were exposed to Covid to remain in school if they test negative for the coronavirus and have no symptoms.

#adams-eric-l, #belt-parkway-ny, #brooklyn-queens-expressway, #cross-bronx-expressway-bronx-ny, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #george-washington-bridge, #hochul-kathleen-c, #long-island-expressway, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic

As Traffic Roars Back, Neighborhoods Outside Manhattan Feel the Pain

With transit use lagging and truck deliveries and car ownership rising, congestion across New York City is likely to be worse after the pandemic than it was before.

#adams-eric-l, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #inrix-inc, #new-york-city, #riders-alliance, #roads-and-traffic, #schwartz-samuel-i, #trucks-and-trucking

NYC Traffic: How Neighborhoods Outside of Manhattan Are Feeling the Pain

With transit use lagging and truck deliveries and car ownership rising, congestion across New York City is likely to be worse after the pandemic than it was before.

#adams-eric-l, #congestion-pricing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #inrix-inc, #new-york-city, #riders-alliance, #roads-and-traffic, #schwartz-samuel-i, #trucks-and-trucking

Winter Storm Shuts Down 81 Miles of an Interstate in the Sierra Nevada

A sprawling storm system pummeled the West, making travel in some cases “outright impossible,” a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

#california, #cold-and-cold-spells, #nevada, #roads-and-traffic, #seattle-wash, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #western-states-us

Millions Sign Petition to Reduce 110-Year Sentence for Trucker in Deadly Crash

An online petition says the 2019 crash in Colorado that left four people dead was a “tragic accident” and that the driver’s sentence should be adjusted.

#change-org, #colorado, #deaths-fatalities, #polis-jared-s-1975, #roads-and-traffic, #rogel-aguilera-mederos, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Online Orders in Manhattan May Soon Arrive by Ferry

A partnership plans to bring packages into Manhattan by ferry, relieving truck congestion in tunnels and bridges.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fernhay, #ferries, #freight-cargo, #manhattan-nyc, #ny-waterway, #roads-and-traffic, #ships-and-shipping, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #wachtel-william

49 Dead in Crash of Truck Carrying Migrants in Mexico

Dozens more were reported injured in the crash in southern Chiapas state, where many migrants regularly cross into Mexico from Central America.

#asylum-right-of, #central-america, #chiapas-mexico, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Citi Bike Struggles to Keep Up With New Yorkers’ Love of Cycling

New Yorkers are biking much more since the pandemic, making it hard to find bikes and parking docks in some high-use neighborhoods.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-nyc

Riding a Citi Bike? Good Luck Finding a Parking Spot.

New Yorkers are biking much more since the pandemic, making it hard to find bikes and parking docks in some high-use neighborhoods.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #citi-bike, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #infrastructure-public-works, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #transportation-department-nyc

Could Roads Recharge Electric Cars? The Technology May Be Close.

But challenges await, including technical issues, regulatory barriers and many miles of highway.

#automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #batteries, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #future-of-transportation, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic

Rivian’s Electric Truck Is a Cutie and a Beast

The R1T can haul five tons, conquer brutal off-road trails and sprint to 60 miles an hour in a blink. And about that Camp Kitchen tucked inside …

#camps-and-camping, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-efficiency, #rivian-automotive-llc, #roads-and-traffic, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks

Righting the Historical Wrong of the Claiborne Highway

Is it possible to undo the damage done to Black communities by the expressway projects of the 20th century?

#audio-neutral-informative, #black-people, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #new-orleans-la, #roads-and-traffic

Free E-Bikes for Everyone!

We’re in the middle of a climate crisis. We need big ideas.

#electric-bicycles-motorcycles-and-scooters, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-sub-only-nl, #roads-and-traffic

How Roundabouts Help Lower Carbon Emissions

An Indiana city has the most roundabouts in the country. They’ve saved lives and reduced injuries from crashes — and lowered carbon emissions.

#brainard-james, #carbon-dioxide, #carmel-ind, #fuel-emissions-transportation, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #roads-and-traffic, #transportation, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

One Historic Black Neighborhood’s Stake in the Infrastructure Bill

Generations of New Orleans residents have dreamed of the day when the Claiborne Expressway might be removed. President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package could eventually make that possible.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #federal-budget-us, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #new-orleans-la, #roads-and-traffic

US Goal of Racial Equity in Infrastructure Is Left to States

The decision about how to spend the money falls largely to state governments, raising questions about whether the package can live up to its ambition.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #area-planning-and-renewal, #discrimination, #infrastructure-public-works, #race-and-ethnicity, #roads-and-traffic, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Goal of Racial Equity in Infrastructure Is Left to States

The decision about how to spend the money falls largely to state governments, raising questions about whether the package can live up to its ambition.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #area-planning-and-renewal, #discrimination, #infrastructure-public-works, #race-and-ethnicity, #roads-and-traffic, #transportation, #united-states-politics-and-government

Landslides and Torrential Rains Batter British Columbia

Dozens of drivers were trapped by landslides, and the city of Merritt warned of a “mass sewage backup.” The rainfall was part of a system that also pummeled Washington State.

#british-columbia-canada, #floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rain, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-state, #water-pollution

How the $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill Could New York

The bill, which President Biden is expected to sign Monday, is likely to fund road and bridge repairs, water infrastructure upgrades and airport expansions.

#airports, #bridges-and-tunnels, #brookings-institution, #buses, #connecticut, #corbett-kevin-s, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #garbarino-andrew, #gutman-hank, #infrastructure-public-works, #latimer-george-s, #law-and-legislation, #malliotakis-nicole, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-jersey, #new-jersey-transit, #new-york-city, #reed-thomas-w-ii, #regional-plan-assn, #roads-and-traffic, #subways, #transit-systems, #tri-state-transportation-campaign, #van-drew-jeff

Drunken-Driving Warning Systems Would Be Required for New Cars Under U.S. Bill

Congress attached the mandate to the $1 trillion infrastructure package that President Biden is expected to sign soon. It would take effect as early as 2026.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #deaths-fatalities, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #law-and-legislation, #mothers-against-drunk-driving, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roads-and-traffic, #tests-sobriety, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Tony Downs, Economist Who Studied Why People Vote, Dies at 90

He explored democracy, traffic congestion, race relations and bureaucrats through the prism of an economist.

#deaths-obituaries, #downs-anthony-tony-1930-2021, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #race-and-ethnicity, #roads-and-traffic, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

Sirens: Loud, Ineffective and Risky, Experts Say

The overuse of lights and sirens, combined with speeding, pose heightened risks to emergency responders and civilians. One expert called it a “public health dilemma.”

#ambulances, #dr-douglas-f-kupas, #dr-jeff-j-clawson, #ears-and-hearing, #emergency-medical-treatment, #noise, #roads-and-traffic, #sirens, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

How to Drive Safely When You’re an Older Driver

Safe driving is possible for many people in their 70s, 80s and beyond, provided they take steps to maintain their skills.

#aarp, #age-chronological, #american-automobile-assn, #automobile-insurance-and-liability, #automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #content-type-service, #deaths-fatalities, #elderly, #exercise, #eyes-and-eyesight, #insurance-institute-for-highway-safety, #loneliness, #longevity, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

The Great Supply Chain Disruption

The supply chain crisis triggered by the pandemic was supposed to be over by now. It’s not.

#fedex-corporation, #international-trade-and-world-market, #port-of-savannah-ga, #roads-and-traffic, #united-parcel-service-inc, #united-states, #walmart-stores-inc

Squid Game Ahead? No, Just Directions, British Police Explain

The police in England clarified that a highway sign featuring symbols that also appear on the hit Netflix series merely indicated a detour.

#england, #netflix-inc, #roads-and-traffic, #squid-game-tv-program, #traffic-and-parking-signals-and-signs

What America’s Port Crisis Looks Like Up Close

An enduring traffic jam at the Port of Savannah reveals why the chaos in global shipping is likely to persist.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #freight-cargo, #georgia-ports-authority, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #roads-and-traffic, #ships-and-shipping, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #trucks-and-trucking

As Bikers Throng the Streets, ‘It’s Like Paris Is in Anarchy’

An ecologically minded experiment to make Paris a cycling capital of Europe has led to a million people now pedaling daily — and to rising tensions with pedestrians.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bicycles-and-bicycling, #environment, #france, #hidalgo-anne-1959, #internal-storyline-no, #motorcycles-motor-bikes-and-motorscooters, #paris-france, #roads-and-traffic, #urban-areas, #walking

“Why Have Traffic Deaths Surged In N.Y.C.?”

Traffic deaths have surged this year to their highest level in nearly a decade. Officials blame an excess of reckless driving, but critics say the city has failed to make streets safer.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #drunken-and-reckless-driving, #kallos-benjamin, #lander-brad, #new-york-city, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #traffic-and-parking-violations, #transportation-alternatives

How to Escape Your Car in a Flood

Only a foot or two of water can sweep away everything from sedans to trucks. Experts urge drivers to avoid flooded crossings, and to remember a few steps in a crisis.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #drownings, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #rescues, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #windows

Congestion Pricing Is Coming to New York. Everyone Has an Opinion.

New Yorkers argued over who should be exempt, who is bearing most of the burden and who should get a seat at the decision-making table.

#automobiles, #congestion-pricing, #gottheimer-joshua-s-1975, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #new-york-metropolitan-area, #roads-and-traffic, #tolls

Ferries in Alaska. Rail in Oregon. States Dream Big on Infrastructure Funds.

The infrastructure bill could reshape priorities across the country, jump-starting critical projects that stalled over funding. These are some of the possibilities.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #infrastructure-public-works, #roads-and-traffic, #states-us, #transit-systems, #transportation, #transportation-department-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

3 Weeks After Hurricane Ida, Parts of Louisiana Remain Dark

As businesses and schools have reopened in New Orleans, ongoing power outages in communities just beyond the city put recovery out of reach.

#electric-light-and-power, #entergy-corporation, #floods, #grand-isle-la, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-zeta-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #new-orleans-la, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #restoration-and-renovation, #roads-and-traffic, #union-of-concerned-scientists, #weather

Books That Cover Two Human Constants: Time and Motion

A review of Tom Standage’s “A Brief History of Motion” and David Rooney’s “About Time” delves into our concern with moving faster and checking our clocks.

#a-brief-history-of-motion-from-the-wheel-to-the-car-to-what-comes-next-book, #about-time-a-history-of-civilization-in-twelve-clocks-book, #automobiles, #books-and-literature, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #horses, #roads-and-traffic, #rooney-david-author, #standage-tom, #time, #watches-and-clocks

Inside a Fatal Tesla Autopilot Accident: ‘It Happened So Fast’

A 2019 crash in Florida highlights how gaps in Tesla’s driver-assistance system and distractions can have tragic consequences.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #brakes, #deaths-fatalities, #driver-distraction-and-fatigue, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #largo-fla, #musk-elon, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #roads-and-traffic, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

A Pricey Drive Down Montenegro’s Highway ‘From Nowhere to Nowhere’

The Montenegrin leader says that an almost $1 billion Chinese-built highway approved by his predecessor has badly strained the country’s finances.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #china, #corruption-institutional, #djukanovic-milo, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #foreign-investments, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #krivokapic-zdravko, #montenegro, #politics-and-government, #roads-and-traffic

Why Tesla’s ‘Beta Testing’ Puts the Public at Risk

We’re all Tesla’s guinea pigs.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #consumer-protection, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #musk-elon, #roads-and-traffic, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Eric Adams Has Plans for New York, Beyond Public Safety

Mr. Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has stances on policing, transportation and education that suggest a shift from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #congestion-pricing, #content-type-personal-profile, #education-k-12, #elections-mayors, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-commercial, #roads-and-traffic

Road Rage, ‘Zipper Merging’ and a Stress-Free Path Through Traffic

Experts love the zipper merge, but drivers are just as likely to see it as others rudely cutting their turn in line.

#automobiles, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #traffic-and-parking-signals-and-signs, #zipper-merge

Heavy Rains Pound New York City, Flooding Subway Stations and Roads

More than a dozen people were rescued from a flooded highway in the Bronx, and more rain was expected overnight as Tropical Storm Elsa hit.

#floods, #hurricane-elsa-2021, #major-deegan-expressway-bronx-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #rain, #roads-and-traffic, #subways, #transit-systems, #weather

Tesla Says Autopilot Makes Its Cars Safer. Crash Victims Say It Kills.

A California family that lost a 15-year-old boy when a Tesla hit its pickup truck is suing the company, claiming its Autopilot system was partly responsible.

#accidents-and-safety, #automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #musk-elon, #national-highway-traffic-safety-administration, #roads-and-traffic, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #tesla-motors-inc, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Detroit Flooding: 50 Drivers Rescued and 350 Vehicles Damaged

Parts of Detroit got up to seven inches of rain. “This isn’t normal here,” an official said.

#detroit-mich, #floods, #michigan, #rain, #rescues, #roads-and-traffic, #weather

Not All Cyclists Wear Lycra

The biking world can be intimidating, even for those who grew up in it. But that’s no reason to let your pandemic wheels gather dust.

#bicycles-and-bicycling, #content-type-service, #cycling-mountain-bike, #cycling-road, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #exercise, #roads-and-traffic

A Little More Remote Work Could Change Rush Hour a Lot

Peak commute time has long ruled our lives, our cities, our tax dollars. But it doesn’t have to.

#commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #roads-and-traffic, #telecommuting