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Old June 21st, 2016, 03:20 PM   #601
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Public transportation users in Washington, DC, can now hitch a ride on a self-driving, 3D-printed bus.





Olli, created by Arizona-based Local Motors, officially hit the streets of the nation’s capital Thursday. Using an app similar to Uber or Lyft, ride-seekers can order the bus to pick them up and drop them off at their destinations of choice. And it gets better. Olli is electric-powered and 3D-printed, reducing the vehicles footprint before and after it hits the road, Local Motors wrote in a release. The bus can even talk to riders.

"Olli offers a smart, safe and sustainable transportation solution that is long overdue", John B. Rogers Jr., Local Motors CEO and co-founder, said.

Local Motors teamed up with IBM Watson Internet of Things, making Olli the first vehicle to have the capability to analyze and learn from transportation data. The self-driving bus is equipped with 30 sensors that collect the data, allowing it to make quick decisions, according to Local Motors. Sensors will be added and adjusted to fit passengers’ needs and local preferences.

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Local Motor’s long-term plan is to establish hundreds of micro-factories across the globe, which will produce Ollies designed for local needs. The company has micro-factories—which uses less space, energy and materials—in Berlin, Germany; Chandler, Arizona; Knoxville, Tennessee; and a new one in National Harbor, Maryland.

Despite being just officially introduced, Local Motors is working with dozens of cities in at least 50 countries who are interested in the technology, according to Inhabitat. The original Olli will stay at Local Motors’ Maryland facility for the summer. Interested members of the public can interact with the vehicle at select times throughout the season.

Additional Ollies will be built at the company’s headquarters near Phoenix.
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Old June 28th, 2016, 12:43 PM   #602
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Maryland Purple Line reaches financial close
Tuesday, June 28, 2016



MARYLAND Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and Purple Line Transit Partners, have signed the final financial documents for a $US 5.6bn PPP contract to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the 26km light rail Purple Line north of Washington DC

Purple Line Transit Partners comprises Meridiam as a 70% equity provider, with Fluor Enterprises and Star America each providing 15% of the equity. Meridiam is an investor and asset manager specialising in public and community infrastructure. Fluor Construction has formed a construction joint venture to build the line with Lane and Traylor Brothers, while a consortium of CAF USA, Fluor and Alternate Concepts will operate and maintain the line

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Old July 28th, 2016, 04:04 PM   #603
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Here’s what solid-wall bridges planned for Md.’s Purple Line could look like

At least two bridges on Maryland’s light-rail Purple Line will be similar to those being built in Charlotte, where some residents say the structures have created massive concrete walls that hurt businesses by blocking them from view[...]
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Court ruling on Purple Line could set back light-rail construction

Construction of the light-rail Purple Line in the Washington suburbs could be delayed based on a federal judge’s ruling Wednesday requiring that the project’s ridership forecasts be redone to account for Metro’s deterioration and declining ridership[...]
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Old August 25th, 2016, 07:02 PM   #605
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I don't care what some people say: DC has great transportation options.

SafeTrack is pretty much Exhibit A when it comes to how frustrating the transportation options in the Washington region can sometimes be. But as my recent move to Orlando reminded me, problems like SafeTrack are somewhat of a luxury—you have to have a rail network to even have them. My message to the DC region: it's really not so bad! [...]

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Old August 25th, 2016, 11:36 PM   #606
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D.C. Streetcar to launch Sunday service

Remember when it seemed like the D.C. Streetcar would never start running?

My how time flies.

On Saturday, the streetcar will celebrate six months of operation and D.C. officials say it’s ready for the big time[...]
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Old August 26th, 2016, 05:20 AM   #607
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I don't care what some people say: DC has great transportation options.

SafeTrack is pretty much Exhibit A when it comes to how frustrating the transportation options in the Washington region can sometimes be. But as my recent move to Orlando reminded me, problems like SafeTrack are somewhat of a luxury—you have to have a rail network to even have them. My message to the DC region: it's really not so bad! [...]

Tells you the sorry state of mass transit in this country.
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Old August 28th, 2016, 04:48 AM   #608
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Tells you the sorry state of mass transit in this country.
I agree, the DC Streetcar is a great case study of the many flaws of the current state of public transportation investments in the US. Also, we could add to the list Metro and WMATA more holistically as an example of how ongoing maintenance is yet another week point of US transportation systems..
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Old August 28th, 2016, 06:04 AM   #609
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Even with its problems, the Streetcar is performing well, and attracting a decent ridership.
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NH2 bus between Maryland and Virginia launched 2016.10.23

https://beta.wmata.com/about/news/route-NH2-launch.cfm

http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/md/nh2.pdf
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You can now vote for the name of the upcoming BRT in Maryland. The choices are Flash, Rapid and Swift.

http://getonboardbrt.com/vote/
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Old November 22nd, 2016, 01:27 PM   #612
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Streetcar is the best and the most comfortable way to travel. That is why its getting ridership and performing well.
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"Purple Line Groundbreaking on Hold Until Transit Agencies Can Find Lawsuit Solution"

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Old December 6th, 2016, 05:22 PM   #614
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potential new railway tunnel through Baltimore



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Well, at least that project's still advancing. God knows its needed. The existing tunnel dates to just after the Civil War and was substandard when built.
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Old December 7th, 2016, 12:32 AM   #616
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Since Alternative 3B is named the "preferred alternative" do you think there are considerations for an intermodal station between MARC and Metro at Penn/North Station?

The preferred alternative and the one named 3A both pass really close by the Metro stop
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Since Alternative 3B is named the "preferred alternative" do you think there are considerations for an intermodal station between MARC and Metro at Penn/North Station?
Not sure if it would be worth the cost. Penn North is the deepest metro station. It is 110 feet underground.
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And the new tunnel will pass under Metro.

Combined with the curve, and the high speeds expected, such a station would be incredibly impractical.
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There was a proposal to rehab the B&P tunnel for MARC to use, after the "Great Circle" tunnel is open. The proposal included eventually building a station at Upton where passengers could connect to the Baltimore Metro. In contrast to putting a station in the new tunnels, it would be quite close to the surface, and in fact there was even a station there (called Pennsylvania Avenue) when the tunnel was first built.

I am not sure whatever came of this plan.
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The current design for the replacement calls for all four tracks (MARC and Amtrak) to use the new tunnel. The old one is just too old at this point.
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