07/17/2018

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There’s a critical shortage of truck drivers in the US, and it’s causing everything from delayed Amazon orders to more expensive groceries

There’s a reason your Amazon orders are taking longer to arrive and retailers are charging you more for your usual selections. There’s a critical shortage of truck drivers in the US right now, and it’s only getting worse. The US was short some 36,500 drivers in 2016, according to a 2017 report by the American […]

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Connecting the Dots by Transit in Los Angeles?

Over the past three years, the nation’s largest transit systems have endured a broad and unprecedented ridership decline. By far the largest drop has been in Los Angeles and this has resulted in justifiable consternation. Metro, the largest transit system in Los Angeles County, has seen its passenger counts (boardings, see Note 1) drop from […]

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Humans slapped and shouted at robot cars in two of six DMV crash reports this year

The human response to possible takeover by robot overlords is off to a troubling start. Of six crash reports involving robot cars filed in California so far this year, two involved a human approaching the car and attacking it. On Jan. 2, a Chevy Bolt EV operated by General Motors’ Cruise driverless car division in […]

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Low Gas Prices Drove Down Transit Use, So Why Can’t You Find a Seat on the Train?

Ridership of all modes of public transportation declined 1.3% last year from 2014, when transit use reached the highest level since 1958, according to new data from the American Public Transportation Association. The average price of a gallon of gasoline fell 27% in 2015 from a year earlier.

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Why You Should Think Twice Before Building a Rail Transit System

So cities need to keep in mind that if they build a rail system, they not only have to pay to build it, they pretty much have to pay to rebuild it every 40 years. This is a challenge because as we see it’s easier to muster the will to build something new than to maintain something you already have. . . The problem comes in for cities that aren’t NYC, Chicago, Boston, Philly, DC, and San Francisco. Once you get below that group, the value starts becoming more debatable.

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Bus Fires are Increasing in CA, Consider CARB’s Regulations

In 2013, the alliance filed a lawsuit against CARB seeking to have the Truck and Bus Rule thrown out. Truck owners, operators, mechanics and an automotive engineering expert explained how the diesel particulate filters damaged engines by exposing them to high heat and backpressure, leading to dangerous fires. . . But now CARB is proposing a new regulation for the sale of aftermarket parts to repair the costly filters, and the agency has just released documents acknowledging what the alliance has been saying all along: Even when working as designed, the filters generate excessive heat, damaging both the filters and the engines, and sometimes causing explosive fires.

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Mass Transit Goes Off the Rails in Many US Cities

In 23 metropolitan areas that have built new rail systems since 1970, transit’s share of commuting — including all forms, such as buses and ferries — has actually slipped a bit, from an average of 5.0 percent before the rail systems opened to 4.6 percent in 2013. The ranks of those driving alone continue to grow, having increased 14.4 million daily one-way trips since 2000, nearly double transit’s overall daily total of 7.6 million, according to Census Bureau data.

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Caltrans Road Work Open to Waste, Fraud, Abuse

The California state auditor has criticized the Department of Transportation’s approach to highway maintenance, saying Caltrans has “weak cost controls” that “create opportunities for fraud, waste and abuse.”

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Just How Much has Los Angeles Transit Ridership Fallen?

Los Angeles transit ridership has fallen even more than a recent Los Angeles Times front page story indicated, according to Thomas A. Rubin, who served as Chief Financial Officer (auditor/controller) of the Southern California Rapid Transit District (SCRTD) from 1989 until 1993,

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Falling Gas Revenue Sharpens CA Infrastructure Fight

While gas taxes raked in 18 cents on the gallon in the recent past, the Times added, last year receipts plunged to 12 cents a gallon — with analysts predicting another drop this summer to just 10 cents.

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Billions Spent, but Fewer People are Using Public Transportation in Southern California

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the region’s largest carrier, lost more than 10% of its boardings from 2006 to 2015, a decline that appears to be accelerating. Despite a $9-billion investment in new light rail and subway lines, Metro now has fewer boardings than it did three decades ago, when buses were the county’s only transit option.

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American Drivers Are Back on the Road in Record-Setting Fashion

An expanding economy and dramatically cheaper gas prices have lured Americans back onto the roads, where they’re racking up record mileage, new data shows.

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Why Many Orange County Rider Got Off the Bus

The independent survey of 1,200 onetime bus riders comes at a time when manufacturing jobs continue to lose ground to the service sector and Orange County residents are increasingly priced out of the housing market. Amid this, bus riders appear to abandon the mass transit staple as soon as they can afford a car.

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Inland Empire Sees Surge in Warehouse Jobs, But Many are Low-Pay, Temporary

“In the wake of the Great Recession, he said, many companies have relied on staffing agencies to manage regulatory changes in healthcare and workers’ compensation. “”As the government starts telling us how we need to operate, you’re going to see more and more survival techniques,”” Thalmayer said. “”And it may be through agencies like ours.”””

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LA, Long Beach Container Volumes Roar Back

Container volumes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach came roaring back in March, with the largest US port complex reporting a 24 percent increase in container traffic compared to March 2014.

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