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California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation
Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025
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Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval
Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night
Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director
Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights
Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior
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German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
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California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
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2021
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Port Authority of Allegheny County releases NEXTransit plan

The Port Authority of Allegheny County has released their plan to make the Pittsburgh region more accessible, and one idea includes an aerial tram system in the Strip District.The agency’s long-range plan includes 18 projects that they said would improve transit in our area.Rich Wagner of Carrick is a frequent rider of the T.”It’s not too bad from where I park at to here,” he said. “It’s only about a 20 minute ride.”Same for Richard DiBella of Mt. Lebanon. He takes a 20 minute light rail ride into the city, daily.”I think there are a lot of other areas in town that could use the support of either busing or T other than the South Hills where I reside,” he said.That’s exactly what the Port Authority of Allegheny County has been working on over the past two years, and with a lot of public input. It’s called “Next Transit” and is a 25-year plan to improve transit in our area.The most requested infrastructure includes extending the T to the airport and adding a T line from downtown Pittsburgh to Oakland. The plan would also create a downtown transit center, a rapid transit link through the Parkway East and Allegheny Valley South Bank corridor, and bus lanes along McKnight Road in the North Hills.But a high priority on the list of projects, and an attractive one, is an aerial tram system that would connect the Hill District to the Strip District.”I think we should have one there and Mt. Washington, to be honest with you,” said DiBella. “I don’t know why they’ve never had one from Mt. Washington over to the city. It would be fantastic.”The cost for all of these projects is anywhere from $3-4 billion.The Port Authority is holding four public meetings on the plan starting on Wednesday, July 21.To read the details on the 80-page plan: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T5XL4LbdsCqCWK2EJElLYLun9IprS20q/view

The Port Authority of Allegheny County has released their plan to make the Pittsburgh region more accessible, and one idea includes an aerial tram system in the Strip District.

The agency’s long-range plan includes 18 projects that they said would improve transit in our area.

Rich Wagner of Carrick is a frequent rider of the T.

“It’s not too bad from where I park at to here,” he said. “It’s only about a 20 minute ride.”

Same for Richard DiBella of Mt. Lebanon. He takes a 20 minute light rail ride into the city, daily.

“I think there are a lot of other areas in town that could use the support of either busing or T other than the South Hills where I reside,” he said.

That’s exactly what the Port Authority of Allegheny County has been working on over the past two years, and with a lot of public input. It’s called “Next Transit” and is a 25-year plan to improve transit in our area.

The most requested infrastructure includes extending the T to the airport and adding a T line from downtown Pittsburgh to Oakland. The plan

Jul
2021
19

937-HP Aston Martin Valhalla Gets Fresh Approach and AMG Engine

  • The Aston Martin Valhalla started out quite different from the car we see here today, in part because of company changes including the arrival of former AMG head Tobias Moers as Aston’s new CEO.
  • Instead of the expected V-6, the mid-engine Valhalla will get a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 sourced from AMG.
  • The first customers should get the Valhalla in late 2023, and they’ll pay around $800,000 for it, which is much less than the seven-figure prices that were expected when the car was first discussed.

    Aston Martin first confirmed it was planning to produce two other mid-engine supercars to follow the Adrian Newey–designed Valkyrie back in 2019, releasing rendered images of what would become known as the Valhalla at the same point. But the change in the company’s senior management last year, when a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll took control of the English company and former AMG boss Tobias Moers arrived as CEO, has led to a bold new direction for the car.

    The Valhalla name remains, and some of the original design concept lives on, but almost everything else has changed. Red Bull Racing’s connection with the car has been unsurprisingly broken now that Aston has its own Formula 1 team, and the Valhalla will now use an AMG-sourced V-8 in place of the hybridized V-6 engine that Aston had previously committed to building itself. It will also be a plug-in hybrid with an electrically powered front axle, production won’t be limited to 500 cars, and the outline pricing has fallen considerably from the $1.3 million we were originally told to expect.

    Aston Martin

    Back in May, Moers told Car and Driver that work on the new V-6 had barely started when he arrived at Aston, making the swap to AMG power an obvious decision. We are told that the mid-mounted 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 will be based on the flat-plane-crank engine produced for the AMG GT Black Series and will be capable of revving to 7200 rpm and of making 740 horsepower. Company insiders have also indicated that engines will be hand-built from AMG-supplied components in the U.K.

    The V-8 will send drive to the rear axle through a new eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox from Italian supplier Graziano. It will be supplemented by two electric motors, one powering the front axle and the other blending assistance with the combustion engine at the rear through the transmission. Together Aston says these can add up to 200 horsepower, making for a peak combined output of 937 horsepower. The company is promising a 2.5-second zero-to-62-mph time and a 217-mph top speed and says the car is on track to deliver a 6:30 lap time of the 12.9-mile Nürburgring Nordschleife. (The current production-car record there is the 6:43.3 recently set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS.)

    The new gearbox will also use an electric reverse and incorporate an electronically controlled limited-slip differential at the rear axle. While the full battery specs haven’t been released yet, it appears to be same actively cooled 400-volt,

    Jul
    2021
    19

    Woman arrested after infant was found dead in bicycle basket in 7th Ward

    Officers first got a call about the crime shortly before 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found the boy’s body in the basket, covered in multiple stab wounds.

    NEW ORLEANS — NOPD arrested a woman allegedly responsible for the stabbing death of a baby in the 7th Ward Saturday evening, according to our partners at NOLA.com.

    According to the article,  NOPD arrested 35-year-old Angelyc Seely, from Detroit, after a witness saw her dragging the baby’s body in a bike trailer down Columbus and North Broad streets.

    Police determined Seely is the mother of the child.

    Officers first got a call about the crime shortly before 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found Seely with the boy’s body in the basket.

    Police also found a bag with the bike Seely had and in it was a railroad spike that was made into a blade and was covered in dried blood. Paramedics said the baby had deep cuts to his stomach, neck and chest and had been cleaned off and wrapped in blankets said NOLA.com.

    According to police, paramedics took Seely to University Medical Center after seeing she had small cuts on her neck. Allegedly police said that at the hospital, Seely said she cut herself with scissors because she wanted to — and was supposed to — “go” with her son but “it went wrong and she failed.” Seely was placed on suicide watch, according to NOLA.com.

    NOLA.com said NOPD received a warrant to book Seely on a count of Second-degree murder and was transferred from the hospital to New Orleans jail at 4:40 Sunday morning. Seely’s bail was set at $500,000 and will receive a mandatory life sentence if convicted of murder. 

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    2021
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    Foley Weekly Automotive Report – July 2021 | Foley & Lardner LLP

    This report helps automotive suppliers inform their legal and operational decisions to help address challenges and opportunities. 

    Key Developments

    • U.S. new light vehicle sales in June reached a SAAR of 15.4 million units, representing a decline of 1.7 million units from May and the lowest SAAR since August 2020.
    • 2021 U.S. new light vehicle sales are forecast in the range of 16.3 million to 16.9 million by the National Automobile Dealers Association, Cox Automotive and LMC Automotive.
    • U.S. fleet sales were up by 5% for January – June, compared to the same period last year, but were 40.5% lower than for the same period in 2019, according to Cox Automotive.
    • New light vehicle inventory fell from an estimated 2.7 million vehicles nationwide in January to 1.4 million in June.
    • IHS Markit estimates that semiconductor capacity will begin to have the ability to adequately meet demand and fill missing backlog starting in the first quarter of 2022.
    • Ford will cut production at eight North American plants over various weeks in July and August as a result of the chip shortage; the automaker has lost production of over 350,000 vehicles this year, according to estimates from LMC Automotive.
    • Toyota’s second quarter sales volume surpassed GM’s for the first time in the U.S. The achievement is described as a short-term event attributed to Toyota’s decision to build a four-month supply of key components such as semiconductors.
    • A COVID-19 Task Force comprised of the UAW, Ford, General Motors and Stellantis announced mask requirements ended July 12 for fully vaccinated union-represented workers in the U.S.
    • A new report from cybersecurity ratings provider Black Kite found that nearly half of 100 automakers and over 17% of suppliers surveyed are at high risk for ransomware attack. Key areas of vulnerability include patch management, with 71% of surveyed companies having “F” or “poor” ratings.
    • Electric vehicles and low emissions technology:
      • Stellantis will invest over 30 billion euros through 2025 in electrification and software, and low emissions vehicles are intended to represent over 70% of sales in Europe and 40% of sales in the U.S. by the end of the decade.
      • According to estimates from the Department of Energy, the U.S. will need 600,000 Level 2 public chargers by 2030 to meet demand, up from the 41,000 available currently. Tesla, EVgo, Chargepoint and Electrify America are among the companies offering Level 3, or DC Fast Charging.
      • As part of its new Alliance Strategic Partner framework, Nissan will compensate a portion of its suppliers’ costs if a jointly developed EV part is not adopted; the decision is intended to strengthen collaborative relationships and share cost burdens.

    Market Trends and Regulatory

    • U.S. new light vehicle sales in June reached 1.3 million units, for a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of sales of 15.4 million units. June’s results fell short of expectations for a SAAR of 15.8 million to 16.4 million units. Total sales in June were up