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Elon Musk gets green light to expand tunneling project under LA

Building a massive network of underground tunnels is no small technological feat, but securing regulatory approval is arguably the biggest challenge.

Intelligent transportation systems keep smart cities on the road

Different sectors of a city have varying needs requiring different solutions and not all of them overlap. Let's look at what two Colorado-based companies are doing for the transportation sector.

First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run

Bejing - Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after a 12,000-kilometre (7,500-mile) trip, becoming the world's second-longest rail route.

First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run

Bejing - Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after a 12,000-kilometre (7,500-mile) trip, becoming the world's second-longest rail route.

First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run

Bejing - Laden with whisky and baby milk, the first freight train linking China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after a 12,000-kilometre (7,500-mile) trip, becoming the world's second-longest rail route.

Elon Musk revealed new details about his tunneling project

The Boring Company, Musk's latest venture, led by SpaceX engineer Steve Davis, is working on building a network of underground tunnels in Los Angeles that would transport cars on an electric skate.

Gas taxes and crumbling roads — How do we pay for our highways?

A conundrum is facing state legislatures across the country - How to pay for critical transportation infrastructure with a declining gas tax revenue? And how can states make up for the decline without penalizing those of us who are leading greener lives?

Hyperloop One just hinted at its first passenger system

Hyperloop One may reveal plans for a Dubai-based Hyperloop system on Tuesday. The company tweeted about the event Sunday evening saying that the news will mark a "BIG moment in transportation history."

All new Tesla vehicles will have self-driving technology

Electric car maker Tesla Motors has announced that self-driving technology will now be part of every vehicle that it is producing.

World’s first self-driving boats to be launched in Amsterdam

The Hague - As self-driving cars slowly become a reality, the world will soon see driverless floating vessels as the next big thing in transportation.

China's high-speed railways now more than 20,000 kilometers

Beijing - China's high-speed railways have reached more than 20,000 kilometers in length following the recent opening of an important line linking two major provinces.

Mercedes-Benz introduces first completely electric semi truck

Mercedes-Benz and Daimler have provided a glimpse into the future of heavy transport by unveiling the world’s first fully electric truck that will hit the road in the next decade.

Uber agrees to pay $100 million to retain drivers as contractors

San Francisco - Leading rideshare company Uber has agreed to pay as much as $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit from drivers who claimed they were employees rather than independent contractors.

San Francisco cabbies win one — Rideshare drivers must register

San Francisco - Drivers for Lyft, Uber and other ridesharing services will need business licenses to operate legally in San Francisco, city officials said Friday.

Strong interest in U.S. cab service just for women and children

New York - US entrepreneur Michael Pelletz's project of a rideshare service for women and children -- with vehicles driven by women -- has prompted such interest that he is postponing the service's launch date.

South Korea approves first driverless car

Seoul - South Korea has joined the growing ranks of countries starting to embrace the use of self-driving cars. The country’s first autonomous vehicle will be Hyundai's luxury sedan Genesis, which will have a state-of-the-art driving assist system.

Uber expands carpool service and offers free rides

In just a year and a half of competing in the carpool industry, San Francisco-based Uber is expanding its new service in several localities in the east Bay Area, the company announced earlier this week.

Fifteen killed in Russian helicopter crash in Siberia

Moscow - Fifteen people were killed in Russia on Thursday when a civilian helicopter crashed in Siberia, regional authorities said.

Uber is being sued for allegedly sending unsolicited texts

Chicago - A federal lawsuit has been filed against the popular ride-sharing service Uber, alleging the company is violating U.S. law by sending unsolicited text messages to people wanting nothing to do with the service.

Protest over Ferguson violence halts Bay Area transit service

Oakland - Dozens of San Francisco Bay Area residents tied up regional transit service for more than an hour Friday with a peaceful protest that closed a major station serving transbay commuters.

Chinese government requires alternative fuel in state vehicles

Thirty percent of vehicles used by the government will be required to run using alternative fuel sources. This number will have to be met by 2016 when more sectors of the country will have to meet these numbers as well.

World's most expensive taxis? — Not where you might think

Christchurch - Which metropolitan destination has the most expensive taxis in the world? London? Barcelona? Los Angeles? A taxi ride may cost a pretty-penny in these international hubs, but not one of them owns the top spot.

Solar road idea sets online support record

A project to create roads that generate solar power, among other things, received the highest number of supporters that Indiegogo has seen.

Huge queues for commuters as Beijing steps up subway security

Beijing - Tens of thousands of Beijing commuters are being forced to queue for up to an hour morning and night by stepped-up subway station security imposed this week after several deadly attacks and ahead of the June 4 Tiananmen crackdown anniversary.

Intelligent transportation & the future of stopping drunk driving

Intelligent transportation is the future to prevent drunk driving incidents in the future. Google as well as many other car companies are creating self-driving cars these days to save lives.

Airlines cheer US spending bill sparing flight fee hike

Washington - Air travelers will avoid some new taxes this year after Congress scrapped a proposal to raise fees on international tickets, a move the industry applauded as a victory for passengers.

The old ‘Baquedano’ Station and Railway Museum, Chile Special

Antofagasta - The old Baquedano railway complex, located 90 kilometers northeast of the city of Antofagasta in the arid Atacama Desert in northern Chile, was the converging point of Chile’s North-South railway line and the East-West Antofagasta-Bolivia Railway.

Photo Essay: Transportation in Turkey Special

When traveling in Turkey, you can face adventure or adversity. Whether you take a taxi, bus, train, or ferry, keeping your sense of humor is important.

Virginia Dept. of Transportation proposes new toll on I-95

Emporia - The Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT) is proposing a new toll on I-95. If approved on the federal level, cars and trucks traveling on this busy interstate highway would be charged when driving both directions.

Truckers in BC can earn carbon offset credits by saving fuel

Vancouver - Truck drivers in British Columbia can earn carbon offset credits by reducing the amount of diesel fuel they burn annually through the actions of a new Co-op.
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