Road Guy Rob's Transportation News

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Syracuse Might Tear Down a Freeway

August 19th, 2019


Highway construction of the 1950s were a collision of value engineering, latent racism, and big government.  Bulldozers loomed over families living …

A Roundabout, A Princess, and a Pile of Rocks

August 12th, 2019


How a centuries-old Native American legend collided with Georgia's ambition to become the "Roundabout Capital of America."  Roads travel millions of …

Slow Down, Pizza Hut! New Rules for AV Deliveries

August 5th, 2019


 Amazon, GrubHub, and others are eager to roll unmanned deliveries through your neighborhood.  What sorts of problems will driver-less autonomous …

Tax a Prius to Feed a Chevy Tahoe

June 26th, 2019


For the past few years, Oregon has been running a pilot program which (unintentionally) billed "green" car drivers while cutting fat refund checks for gas guzzlers.  How the state is working to fix this problem, while …

Florida is the Deadliest State for Bicyclists

June 17th, 2019


You are three times more likely to die pedaling around the Sunshine State than the national average.  There are four big mistakes we make in cities which kill bicycle riders.

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A Crazy Expensive Bay Area Transportation Transformation

June 11th, 2019


An industry group with deep Bay Area roots is pushing public officials to bond $100-billion dollars.  If voters were to approve (possibly on the 2020 …

The Catch Behind Connecticut's Gas Tax Cut

May 22nd, 2019


If lawmakers in Hartford lower the state gas taxes by 5 cents, you'd better load some money on your E-Z Pass. New York considers banning "distracted walking." Teenagers may soon qualify for CDL licenses. America's …

A State's Plan to Charge $1,000 to Register EVs

May 13th, 2019


Why the annual charge would bump from $17 per year to $1,000, simply to get that license plate sticker.  Tampa transportation officials are …

Traffic Relief for the Port of L.A. (and Why That's Bad)

May 8th, 2019


It may get easier for trucks to get in and out of the Ports of Los Angeles (San Pedro) and Long Beach, and the reason why has executives very concerned.  Congress and the White House come one step closer toward a …

Public-Private Partnerships Built No Toll Roads in 2018

April 24th, 2019


Omaha is less than 12 months away from its first "rapid transit" line.  Minnesota DOT figured out exactly how much money they saved by letting the …

Logan Airport Picks a Fight with Ridesharing Apps

April 11th, 2019


Uber and Lyft are upset with Logan Airport's decision to move passenger pickups to the parking garage, and charge an extra $1.75 per passenger on top.  Union Pacific and BNSF have fixed most of the railways damaged by …

Nobody Wants to Pay NYC's Congestion Charge

April 8th, 2019


As soon as 2021, drivers may have to fork over (as much as) $20 a day to drive into lower Manhattan. Now, just about every business that relies on …

Federal Gas Tax May Actually Increase

April 5th, 2019


Two unlikely allies may join forces to raise the federal gas tax, for the first time since 1993.  Nevada lawmakers consider a new VMT collection …

Nevada Cops Wants to See Your Phone

March 21st, 2019


Some lawmakers in Nevada wants to give police the authority to see if you were using your cell phone during a collision.  Arkansas may join its …

LA's Plan To GPS Track Rental Scooters

March 19th, 2019


The city of Los Angeles wants scooter companies to track (and give the city) all the GPS data of its riders.  Three senators are very concerned about D.C. Metro's plans to buy train cars from the Chinese government. …

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