Archive for April, 2017

The Lawsuits Over NYC’s Subway Inaccessibility Are Long Overdue

Disabilities-rights organizations say the MTA is discriminating against people with disabilities by running the least-accessible subway among U.S. major cities.


Why Are These Seniors Living Longer?

The world’s longest-lived people don’t pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead, they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don’t have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.

Judge OKs Oregon DOT ADA Lawsuit

U.S. District Court judge approved a landmark settlement agreement Monday between people with disabilities and the Oregon Department of Transportation that holds the promise of making communities throughout the state more inclusive of people with physical disabilities, the lawsuit’s supporters announced.

Distracted Driving Study Finds Most Drivers Use Cell Phones Behind the Wheel

Now, a new study indicates that damn near everybody uses their phone while behind the wheel, damn near all the time. Using sensor data from more than 3 million drivers and 5.6 billion miles of trips, driving analytics company Zendrive found drivers are using their phones on 88 percent of their journeys. The average driver spends 3.5 minutes on the phone per one hour trip, a stat that sounds worse when you realize just a two-second distraction increases your risk of crashing by 20 percent.

Uber and Lyft Coming to Upstate NY

Uber and Lyft say they are strategizing their upstate NY expansion plans.  Whether Uber or Lyft come to your community will depend on demand and driver availability.

 LinkNYC Kiosks Adopt Aunt Bertha Social Services App

Through a simple search from one of the kiosk tablets, New Yorkers can now tap into Aunt Bertha’s robust database of food pantries, emergency housing, childcare, healthcare, transportation assistance, and financial aid programs located within that zip code.

The Hyperloop: The Future of Transporation

“Our highways and railroads are gridlocked trying to move freight throughout the country, and we have a society that wants things on demand,” says Sondra Rosenberg, the assistant director of planning at the Nevada Department of Transportation. According to her team’s proposal, the state’s freight flow is expected to grow from 132 million tons in 2015 to 191 million tons by 2045, which would be worth $305 billion. On the Hyperloop, that could be placed on pods big enough to fit a shipping container and whizzed to its destination in a matter of minutes.