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Rekor Systems Announces Selection of Waycare Technologies by Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for Pilot Program to Reduce State Traffic Congestion and Crashes
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
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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
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2021
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Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night

THE GRANTS ARE ALSO OPEN TO FARMERS MARKETS AND PROCESSING VESSL. ES A WOMAN IS DEAD AFTER BEING HIT BY A CAR IN NORTH WHINDHAM LAST NIGH T. IT HAPPENED JUSTEF BORE EIGHT-O-CLOCK AT THE INTERSECTION OF TRAILS END ROAD. POLICE SAY A 47- YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS STRUCK AND KILLED BY A CAR DRIVING EAST ON ROOSEVELT TRAI THE DRIVER OF THE CAR- MARGARET HUNTER OF CAPE ELIZABETH- WAS NOT INJU

Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night

Police investigating crash at intersection of Roosevelt Trail and Trails End Road

A woman is dead after being hit by a car in North Windham Friday night. Just before 8 p.m., police say a 47-year-old woman was hit by a car driving east on Roosevelt Trail at the intersection of Trails End Road. Police have not released the name of the victim, who died at the scene. The driver of the car, Margaret Hunter of Cape Elizabeth, was not hurt. The road was closed for a few hours to allow crews to clear the scene. Police continue to investigate the crash.

A woman is dead after being hit by a car in North Windham Friday night.

Just before 8 p.m., police say a 47-year-old woman was hit by a car driving east on Roosevelt Trail at the intersection of Trails End Road.

Police have not released the name of the victim, who died at the scene. The driver of the car, Margaret Hunter of Cape Elizabeth, was not hurt.

The road was closed for a few hours to allow crews to clear the scene.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

Sep
2021
14

Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior

Car interiors weren’t built for claws.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials released images of a car that had been destroyed after a bear became stuck inside the vehicle. According to the images, the bear was not gentle with the car’s interior components.

The incident occurred Thursday morning near the border of Jefferson and Gilpin counties. On the CPW North East Region Twitter page, photos of the aftermath show an incredible amount of damage to the inside of the car.

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The bear ripped paneling off of various sections, cracked the windshield and windows and appeared to damage sections of the dashboard. Officials estimated that the animal weighed between 200-250 pounds. It was not revealed how long the bear was in the car for.

The CPW took the opportunity to remind residents to be careful leaving items in their cars, writing, “Just a friendly reminder to remove all attractants and to lock your vehicles. This is what it will look like if a bear gets into it.”

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The incident occurred Thursday morning near the border of Jefferson and Gilpin counties. 
(CPW NE Region)

A follow-up post shows the bear being freed from the car. According to the CPW, “A wildlife officer backed up next to the vehicle and opened the door just a little bit for the bear so it could get out. The wildlife officer estimated the bear weighed between 200 and 250 pounds.”

A video posted to the social media network shows the moment the bear was able to escape. While the animal had already caused damage to the interior of the car, it seemingly wasn’t done yet. On its way out, the large animal appeared to push the door off its hinges.

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Apparently, car doors aren’t made with 200-pound bears in mind.

Sep
2021
13

Iconic Mercedes Station Wagons ‘under Pressure,’ Says Executive

  • Mercedes-Benz’s chief operating officer, Markus Schäfer, told the U.K. publication Autocar that even though some markets still love their wagons—sorry, estates—”this market is under pressure.”
  • For the U.S., Mercedes said the few station wagon models it sells remain important thanks to loyal customers.
  • Other model segments that Mercedes could shrink or discontinue include coupes and cabriolets, in part because making a beautiful electric cabriolet is an engineering challenge, he said.

    Station wagons have been all but eliminated in the U.S. thanks to the popularity of crossovers and SUVs, but they are certainly not dead in the hearts of many. Which is why it’s notable that Mercedes-Benz’s chief operating officer, Markus Schäfer, has hinted that the automaker is questioning what role these wagons—called estate models in Europe—will play in the company’s future.

    “[With] estate cars, we have to see,” Schäfer told Autocar. “This market is under pressure as more and more customers move to SUVs, and there are just a few markets left for estates and station wagons. So we have to see how the volumes are developing. They’re technically absolutely possible—that wouldn’t be a problem—but it’s more a question of how this niche is developing. I know the U.K. is a great market for station wagons.”

    Autocar, which is based in the U.K., said it has heard from other Mercedes-Benz representatives that the fact that today’s SUVs are getting more efficient, especially when it comes to designing aerodynamic electric SUVs, means that demand for estate cars is shrinking.

    2021 Mercedes-AMG E63 S wagon.

    Mercedes-AMG

    In the U.S., Mercedes sells the E-Class wagon, calling the E450 All-Terrain wagon (top) “quite possibly the most brainy wagon on Earth” and the 2021 AMG E63 S wagon (above) “unexpectedly exotic.” Those positive remarks are in line with the official company line regarding the future of Benz wagons in the U.S.

    “Station wagons [estates], although occupying a specific niche, remain an important offering to one of our most loyal customer segments,” a spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz USA told Car and Driver.

    But there’s another concern: Mercedes-Benz’s work on developing more vehicles with electric powertrains could reduce the number of coupes and cabriolets the brand sells, Schäfer told Autocar.

    “We have to recognize that the demand for cabriolets is dropping around the world. China is not a roadster-covering market, and there are [fewer] buyers in Europe who decide on a cabriolet, compared to some years ago,” he said. “It’s not that easy to build a good-looking cabriolet [as an EV]. It’s an engineering effort. It’s quite a job and a task to keep it in nice proportions and not to lift it too high, with a big battery underneath it. There are some cars out in the market that would not meet our tastes. So we will come up with something better.”

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    2021
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    Tesla Finds Loophole Around New Mexico’s Ban On Direct Car Sales

    Tesla has cleverly gotten around a New Mexico law that prevented them from selling and servicing their cars in the state. Up until now, New Mexico Tesla owners have had to drive out-of-state to get their cars serviced. There were also no Tesla stores in the state. Why? Because, like a number of other US states, New Mexico has a ban on direct car sales.

    The ban stems from an old law used to protect car dealers in case automakers decided to start supplying vehicles directly to consumers. However, Tesla’s core business model revolves around selling directly to the consumer, with no middle-man car dealer involved. Up until now, Tesla has had no presence in New Mexico. They tried to enter the state in 2019 with the aid of a number of favorable legislators but were blocked from doing so when local car dealer associations campaigned against them.

    However, it now appears Tesla has found a loophole. By partnering with a Native American tribe, Nambé Pueblo,  Tesla was able to build on their land – which is not subject to state law. Hence Tesla could open a new 7,000-square-foot service center and store inside the remains of a former casino north of Santa Fe.

    Interestingly, Tesla could potentially use this loophole in a number of other states that have a ban on direct car sales. It just seems it’s a matter of finding the right tribal location, and then reaching a separate agreement with the tribe in question.

    Sep
    2021
    11

    A West Virginia city is taking a Tesla patrol car for a test drive

    The City of Nitro, near Charleston, bought the Tesla Model 3 for about $40,000 — a little more than its other cruisers cost — and then spent another $10,000 to outfit it with lights, sirens and other equipment a police car needs, CNN affiliate WCHS reported.
    In a post on Facebook, the department said it decided to buy the Tesla after doing a lot of research, having discussions with Tesla and talking with an Indiana police department that has five Model 3s in its fleet and plans to buy more.

    “We believe time will show that through the fuel savings, maintenance cost and resale value, that this car will be cost-neutral to the citizens of Nitro,” Mayor Dave Casebolt told WCHS.

    He told WCHS the car can go 500 miles on $18 worth of electricity, while their other police cruisers need about $90 in fuel to cover the same distance.

    “The savings, we figure, will be in the neighborhood of $5,000 a year per vehicle,” Police Chief Chris Fleming told WCHS.

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    The Nitro Police Department has installed a Tesla charging station outside the building and department policy is to keep the vehicle charged to at least 50% at all times, so it’s always ready to patrol.

    The city has also purchased two other patrol cars this year, according to its Facebook post — Ford Interceptor Hybrid and a regular Ford Interceptor.

    It plans to compare the three vehicles for a year and decide which one provides the best cost benefit.

    Sep
    2021
    9

    Yankees’ Gerrit Cole still drives his very 1st car and will take the 2006 Toyota Tacoma to today’s game

    ANAHEIM, Calif. — When Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pulls up to Angel Stadium for his start Wednesday, he won’t be behind the wheel of a glittery luxury SUV. There won’t be leather seats or reverse cameras. It won’t have a push start button.

    Instead, Cole will step out his very first car, the only thing he drives around here: a white 2006 Toyota Tacoma with 82,000 miles on it.

    “It’s the car I drove to everything in high school,” Cole told NJ Advance Media before a 6-4 loss to the Angels on Tuesday. “It’s funny. I get in there and I think about all the youth baseball things I grew up going to in that truck.”

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    Cole signed a $324 million deal with the Yankees in December 2019.

    Kelley Blue Book estimates the truck would fetch him about $7,836 if he sold it today. (Would have been worth $8,616 if it had four-wheel drive.)

    So … why would Cole keep it around?

    Well, why wouldn’t he?

    “It works, first of all,” he said. “Super reliable. This isn’t a Toyota commercial, but, man, I really haven’t had any issues with it. I’m not here a whole lot. So when we go to the beach or when we lug around Christmas presents or things like that, it comes in handy.”

    There’s more to it than that.

    The car was a birthday gift from Cole’s father, Mark, when Gerrit was growing up in Newport Beach. Mark Cole had bought it new about 18 months before and used it before passing it on.

    Gerrit Cole then took it everywhere. He drove it throughout high school and while at UCLA. After the Pirates drafted him first overall in 2011, Cole drove it to spring training in Bradenton, Fla., and for a while through the minor leagues. He drove it to Pittsburgh.

    “It’s got sand in it, I feel like, from almost every beach in Southern California,” Cole said. “At the end of the day, we’re going to roll it down the hill and take the kid to the beach and it’s probably small enough to where you can find a parking spot and you can put a bunch of stuff in the back. Umbrellas and everything.”

    It’s mostly the same as when he first got it. He’s fixed up some scratches and dents here and there with original parts. It gets 21 mph per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway. While he fondly remembers burning CDs filled with songs downloaded off LimeWire and bumping them in the truck, he’s since ripped out the factory-installed stereo and replaced it with a Pioneer sound system with Apple CarPlay.

    On his way to Tuesday’s game, he brought with him a piece of memorabilia he received while visiting the old Yankee Stadium in 2008. He keeps it with his Tacoma keys.

    “I showed (Brett Gardner) the lanyard, actually,”

    Sep
    2021
    8

    2022 Porsche Macan GTS Is the One to Get

    It seems as if every other week brings a new Porsche—because it very nearly does, at least in 2021. Fresh off introductions of the Taycan Sport Turismo, the 911 GT3, and the Cayenne Turbo GT, the German brand is keeping the pressure on with the release of 2022 Macan, which is noteworthy not just for its new refinements, but for the shake-up at the top of its model range: The previous Turbo model is dead, replaced by a highly compelling, fortified Macan GTS.

    Providing the heat in the GTS is the same engine that powered last year’s Turbo model, a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V-6 rated for 434 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque, which amount to increases of 59 horses and 22 lb-ft over the previous GTS. All Macans also come standard with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, which combine to push the GTS into the “genuinely fun” category of athleticism and should help it mimic the Turbo’s 3.5-second sprint to 60 mph.

    Being a Porsche, however, the Macan is not all about going quickly in a straight line, and that’s especially true for models wearing the GTS badge. When we drove the previous iteration of the Macan GTS, we noted that its “responsive and accurate steering seems to have been plucked right from a 718 GTS.” While that’s generally still the case—the helm remains nicely weighted and highly direct—the Macan does feel a bit shorter on feedback than we remember, as its contact patches load and unload in corners. This quibble aside, the GTS remains an impressively responsive and engaging performer, crossover or otherwise.

    Opting for the $12,010 GTS Sport package also brings launch control provided by the Sport Chrono package, an electronically controlled limited-slip rear differential, 18-way adaptive sport seats, and blacked-out exterior details. But even the regular 2022 Macan has plenty to brag about, including retuned adaptive dampers and air springs, the latter of which situate the GTS 0.4 inch lower than lesser versions. While Porsche’s enhanced tungsten-carbide-coated brake rotors are standard on GTS models sold in the U.S., the Europe-market car we sampled in Los Angeles was equipped with the surprisingly smooth carbon-ceramic brake option that Porsche cut from the Macan’s U.S. options list for 2021 because so few people splurged for them.

    But the GTS’s standard stoppers are plenty strong and match the hustle this crossover shows in corners. Far from feeling like a top-heavy SUV tuned to understeer at the first hint of lateral loads, the GTS drives like a high-riding hot hatchback. Its adaptive dampers and air springs are now 10 percent firmer in front and 15 percent firmer at the rear, helping to imbue it with impressively neutral handling.

    Speaking of stiffer suspension settings, it’s fair to wonder whether the Macan GTS goes too far in this area, compromising comfort in the pursuit of chassis performance that buyers will likely never exploit. Thankfully, it doesn’t. As we learned in transitioning from the relatively smooth asphalt of Angeles Crest Highway onto

    Sep
    2021
    7

    Ahead of Hurricane Ida, Mississippi police find goat, dog and car abandoned at empty bank

    Local officials in Moss Point, Mississippi, warned locals to get prepared ahead of Hurricane Ida. According to the local police department, one person apparently took some unusual steps ahead of the storm.

    The Moss Point Police Department posted a picture on its Facebook page of a goat, a dog and an empty pickup truck at an abandoned bank’s drive-thru. The goat was tied to one of the pillars, although the dog appeared to be free.

    “Things are getting a little weird,” the police department wrote. “If you relocated your goat to the abandoned bank on Kreole Avenue for safe shelter, please come back for it.”

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    The post continued, “If you are the owner of a grey Nissan Titan at same location, goat is eating your bumper. Please come move your vehicle.”

    Several locals commented on the post to let the police department know that they were willing to take the animals in to keep them safe during the storm. According to an update from the police department, the goat was eventually rescued.

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    The police also believe that the dog was a stray and that it eventually ran away. No update has been provided for the car, however.

    Ida was downgraded to a tropical depression Monday afternoon after making landfall Sunday near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, as an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 hurricane. Millions have been left without power, and at least one person is dead, FOX News reported.

    Moss Point was struck by flooding due to the hurricane. The police department posted warnings on its Facebook and announced that several roads were flooded, including roads that don’t normally flood.

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    The department also reminded locals that emergency workers were having trouble making it to calls, and may not be able to respond to calls from drivers stranded on flooded streets.

    The storm prompted evacuations, and not just for humans.

    A large group of dogs and cats were airlifted to Delaware after being evacuated from Louisiana. Officials from Brandywine Valley SPCA confirmed to FOX 29 that over 100 dogs and cats were airlifted to a shelter in New Castle County on Saturday. Many of the animals had come from the Tangipahoa Parish Animal Shelter.

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    The flight was thanks to Wings of Rescue, which had been sponsored by Petco Love and the ASPCA. The animals will be made adoptable at the Brandywine Valley SPCA.

    Sep
    2021
    6

    Amtrak might add more than 50 new routes. But they still won’t be faster than a car

    Amtrak has proposed spending its share of the infrastructure funding on more than 50 new routes, but those routes are significantly slower than typical car travel between the cities — sometimes as much or more than 40% at certain times of day.

    A trip between Boston’s train stations and Albany’s train station would take 4 hours 20 minutes, more than an hour longer than a typical car trip between the destinations. A trip between Milwaukee and St. Paul’s train stations will take 6 hours 45 minutes, sometimes two hours longer than a car trip.

    Amtrak told CNN Business that to calculate trip times for most of its proposed new routes it researched passenger train times in the mid-1950s to early 1960s and chose the best trip time. Amtrak said it picked that era because it gave a frame of reference, but it declined to say why it didn’t pick a more recent comparison.

    Routes between major cities (like Charlotte to Atlanta, San Antonio to Dallas, and Chicago to Cincinnati) will average speeds of less than 50 mph. That’s slower than new trains in Europe and Asia, which have approached 200 mph since the 1960s, and Africa, where a 200 mph train was introduced three years ago. The new Amtrak speeds even lag historic American trains, like the Hiawatha, which reached 100 mph and ran between Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Minneapolis more than 50 years ago.

    Fast trains are more expensive to operate, including the advanced safety equipment that’s needed for the highest speed to be possible. Amtrak is also slowed because it generally shares tracks with freight railroads that prioritize their own trains, forcing Amtrak trains to wait.

    Transportation experts say Amtrak speeds that lag car or air travel may make it more difficult to attract new riders and build lasting political will for building world-class rail in the United States. Rail travel has long been disadvantaged in the US as the federal government invests far more in infrastructure that supports car and air travel. One of train travel’s selling points is that it’s greener and safer than other modes, like car travel, according to research.

    Amtrak declined to say why it is not proposing faster trips on its new routes.

    “Congress created Amtrak for the purpose to connect America by rail on behalf of the federal government,” Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods told CNN Business in an email. “Amtrak is the only entity that offers a comprehensive national rail network. We have the national capabilities and expertise in place to operate these new routes.”

    Woods said that Amtrak’s expansion would expand or improve rail service for 20 million more riders, and could efficiently serve 160 additional diverse communities. Amtrak declined to make executives available for interviews.

    “This expansion provides reliable transportation for people who couldn’t afford air fare, who don’t have cars,” Billy Terry, director of the National Transit Institute at Rutgers University, told CNN Business. “A low to moderate income family can go to a family reunion,

    Sep
    2021
    5

    12 Best Car Accessories 2021

    Katie Buckleitner

    If you’re a car owner, then you know what a curse and a blessing it is to have your own set of wheels. I mean, paying car insurance and being the go-to person to drop your friends off at the airport kinda sucks, but there’s nothing like the sweet, sweet freedom of spontaneously going on a road trip whenever you please—as long as your boss is cool with it. Pro tip, though: Before you next hit the open road (or even head out to pick up a slice of ‘za), you’ll want to make sure your car has all the right gadgets and accessories, and no, I’m not talking about putting a flatscreen TV and a fish tank in your Honda Accord. (No disrespect to Pimp My Ride, of course.)

    From itty bitty vacuums to anti-microbial car seat covers, there are tons of genius car accessories that’ll improve your ride without breaking the bank. After all, if you’re going to be playing Uber driver for your crew, you’ll wanna make sure your car is looking cute, right? And though I can’t guarantee gas prices are going to go down anytime soon (sry, friends), I can recommend the best car gadgets you can get for under $100. These accessories will keep your vehicle clean and your electronics charged, and they’ll make your next four-hour drive go by at lightning speed.

    So before you plan your next road trip, make sure you add these 12 handy car tools to your shopping cart—your whip likes to accessorize just as much as you do, you know.

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