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Jul
2021
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EV Stocks Could Fly This Summer

While the EV boom has been growing for years, 2021 could be the year electric starts to take over everything.

And it could happen much sooner than most people realize, as some of the biggest names are already hopping on board.

Amazon has already started making deliveries with electric vans in Los Angeles, as they’ve agreed to purchase 100,000 vans from EV startup, Rivian.

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The United States Postal Service just signed a 10-year, multi-billion dollar contract with Oshkosh Defense to produce thousands of electric mail trucks.

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And United Airlines just placed an incredible $1 billion order with EV manufacturer, Archer, for a fleet of electric air taxis.

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Legacy automakers are all making the shift too, rolling out their line of electric vehicles one by one.

Ford is set to double their investment in EVs to $22 billion, and they’re planning to release their electric version of the Mustang and the F-150, the most popular vehicle in the U.S.

Volkswagen is calling their 2021 electric crossover, the ID.4, “the most important new Volkswagen debut since the Beetle.”

And General Motors has even announced they’ll stop making gas-powered vehicles altogether by 2035.

Now, Biden has even announced plans to transition all government fleet vehicles to EVs.

This electric revolution has already led to monster gains for EV companies throughout 2020.

The EV van startup, Workhorse, saw gains of over 551%

Tesla’s shares shot up a massive 740%

And Blink Charging soared for incredible 1,740% gains last year.

Now, many investors are looking ahead for the next big thing in the EV markets.

And one Canadian company in EV related business has seen its momentum building steadily over the last year.

Facedrive (TSXV:FD,OTC:FDVRF) has been acquiring key pieces left and right, adding them to their electric ecosystem alongside their signature ridesharing service.

With these acquisitions, they’ve brought the EV boom into food delivery, car subscriptions, and more.

And now that Facedrive has announced a major government investment in their technology, their business could be set to take off in 2021.

Here are 3 reasons why you should be paying attention to Facedrive:

1 – Bringing EVs to the Gig Economy

Many of the biggest EV stories of late have come from either the automakers rolling out new models or companies working on building out the infrastructure…

But Facedrive is taking a different approach.

Instead, they’re using the cars those automakers have already made and turning them into an entire EV-related ecosystem.

So just like Uber has built their $96 billion business off leveraging cars they never manufactured, bought, or sold…

Facedrive connects customers looking to hail a ride, providing an eco-friendly solution.

Their model is simple.

When customers request a ride, they get their pick between riding to their destination in a standard gas-powered car, a hybrid or an electric vehicle (for no extra charge to them).

Then Facedrive’s algorithm crunches the numbers, setting aside a portion

Jul
2021
21

Brent Spence Bridge project 50% complete, transportation cabinet says

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say the Brent Spence Bridge project is now 50% complete.

On March 1, the KYTC began the project to clean and paint the bridge.

“This project is a routine maintenance project that ensures the bridge is safe and sturdy for many years to come,” Branch Manager of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Cory Wilson said.

Wilson also said tarps have been removed from the center span of the bridge revealing progress contractors have made.

The $36 million project is slated to wrap up in November, weather permitting, according to Wilson.

Traveling northbound, the two right (easternmost) lanes of the bridge are open; the two left (westernmost) lanes are closed.

Traveling southbound, the two right (westernmost) lanes are open; the two left (easternmost) lanes are closed.

The following ramps are still shut down:

Ohio:

  • The ramp to I-71 southbound from Fort Washington Way
  • The ramp to I-71 southbound from Third St.

Kentucky:

  • The ramp to I-71/75 northbound from Fourth St.

Drivers are encouraged to plan their drive and use alternate routes to get around the bridge.

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Jul
2021
20

Transportation company issued summonses after second safety complaint | News

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office issued Texas transportation company All Gas LLC two summonses in Leesburg on July 6 after the company received its second truck safety complaint in as many weeks.

Authorities said a tractor trailer traveling in the area of Harry Byrd Highway and White Gate Place around 6:41 a.m. had violated its hauling permit and was 52,800 pounds overweight.

Patrol deputies responded to the area after a caller stated that the vehicle in question “was creating sparks and now the back is on fire,” according to the July 9 LCSO incident report.

After deputies initiated a traffic stop, the patrol supervisor observed the truck and subsequently requested assistance from units with LCSO’s Motor Carrier Safety division.

The ensuing inspection found the tractor trailer’s front escort vehicle did not have a height pole, and that the tractor trailer did not have a proper rear escort vehicle.

Both of those deficiencies violated the truck’s hauling permit, which was itself not issued to All Gas LLC but rather to a different company, Florida-based KCE Transport Solutions, per the LCSO.

The hauling permit violation meant the transport vehicle was not permitted to carry such a heavy load, resulting in a weight violation.

The vehicle had two additional “out of service” safety violations in addition to the two LCSO-issued summons, according to officials.

Authorities said All Gas LLC was also responsible for a June 25 incident in Hillsboro, in which a truck became stuck in a roundabout and damaged a guardrail while hauling a large piece of equipment on eastbound Route 9.

The LCSO issued citations for that vehicle not having a Virginia Department of Transportation Highway Hauling Permit, being 59,300 pounds overweight and having improper brakes.

Jul
2021
19

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
18

Clarence Thomas shuts down challenge to CDC transportation mask mandate

Justice Clarence Thomas shut down an appeal to the Supreme Court challenging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mandate requiring masks on public transportation.

In an order handed down Tuesday evening, Thomas rejected the request for an injunction without referring the case to the rest of the court. Thomas’s decision came a week after Lucas Wall, a frequent flyer from Washington, D.C., asked the court to halt the mandate in a complaint leveled against the CDC, President Joe Biden, and a slew of other federal agencies.

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After Thomas rejected his case, Wall acknowledged that the appeal was a “long shot,” especially since he is still awaiting a trial before a district court in Orlando, Florida.

“Of course it’s still disappointing Justice Thomas did not take a more in-depth look at the illegal and unconstitutional mask requirement,” Wall said.

Wall brought the case forward after he was ejected from the Orlando International Airport in early June for not wearing a mask. In his complaint, he claimed that a generalized anxiety disorder made it impossible for him to follow the “improper, illegal, and unconstitutional” mandate. Most states at that point had already removed mask mandates, if they had them in the first place.

When Wall appealed to the Supreme Court, he said that a narrow decision in favor of the CDC’s eviction moratorium, which is set to expire at the end of July, signaled that the justices were open to striking down pandemic-era orders.

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And even though Thomas shut down his appeal, Wall said he still believes he will win his case against the agency eventually.

“For now, the federal government has prevailed in muzzling all travelers and banning tens of millions of Americans including myself who can’t tolerate having their face covered from using any form of public transportation,” he said.

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Jul
2021
17

More than 80% of a 20-year Richmond region transportation plan is dedicated for highway projects. Some want that changed. | Richmond Local News

Jimmy Chen, a professor and program chair of the Virginia Commonwealth University Urban and Regional Studies and Planning program who attended ConnectRVA 2045 public meetings this summer, said the Richmond region is car dependent due to many people traveling for work, as well as the lack of other reliable travel options.

“You cannot rely on the [Greater Richmond Transit Company] bus to get 100% access to destinations,” Chen said. “Right now the population is so dispersed .. and job and housing is unbalanced.” 

Chen said while driving provides “unprecedented mobility” for travel, it emits more pollutants than other modes of transportation, so it is important to eliminate unnecessary car trips and support sustainable travel.

“[The plan] mainly focused on supply side, how do we improve the intersection, how do we widen freeways,” Chen said. “but we also need to make sure that travel demand should be reduced … we need to encourage more transit-oriented development.”

However, Chen said it’s an overall great plan, adding the plan is not permanent and will be adjusted in the coming years — the plan is updated every four years.

“This blueprint is great,” Chen said. “This year they’ve had a lot of meetings and made a lot of progress.”

The projects list is in a public review and comment period for air quality testing from July 9-24, which examines projects to see their potential for ozone emissions. If a projects emissions are high, the board could reconsider whether toinclude it, Parsons said. 

Jul
2021
16

China launches secretive suborbital vehicle for reusable space transportation system

HELSINKI — China conducted a clandestine first test flight of a reusable suborbital vehicle Friday as a part of development of a reusable space transportation system.

The vehicle launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday and later landed at an airport just over 800 kilometers away at Alxa League in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) announced.

No images nor footage nor further information, such as altitude, flight duration or propulsion systems, were provided. The CASC release stated however that the vehicle uses integrated aviation and space technologies and indicates a vertical takeoff and horizontal landing (VTHL) profile.

The test follows a September 2020 test flight of a “reusable experimental spacecraft”. The spacecraft orbited for days, releasing a small transmitting payload and later deorbited and landed horizontally. The spacecraft is widely believed to be a reusable spaceplane concept, though no images have emerged.

Giant space and defense contractor CASC also developed that vehicle and stated that the new vehicle tested Friday can be used as a first stage of a reusable space transportation system. The implication is that the two vehicles will be combined for a fully reusable space transportation system.

The developments have not come out of the blue. China stated in 2017 that it aimed to test a reusable spaceplane in 2020. The United States Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane is currently carrying out its sixth mission in orbit. Last year Boeing exited the Experimental Spaceplane (XSP) program, also known as the XS-1 program, another VTHL concept. 

The new test also follows days after a flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo flew passengers to the edge of space for the first time. 

A spaceplane project was included in a 2017 CASC ‘space transportation roadmap’. The plans also included fully reusable launch vehicles and, around 2045, a nuclear-powered shuttle.

Chen Hongbo, from CASC’s China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), told Science and Technology Daily (Chinese) in 2017 that the reusable spacecraft would be capable of carrying both crew and payloads. Chen stated that some vehicles would have the characteristics of both aircraft and spacecraft. CALT was noted as the developer of Friday’s suborbital reusable demonstration vehicle.

Chen stated the aim was full reusability, moving beyond partial reusability of Falcon 9-like launchers. The spaceplane, the development and testing of which is to be completed by 2030, should be capable of being reused more than 20 times.

It will be oriented to orbital altitudes of between 300 to 500 kilometers, meet criteria of being “fast, reliable, and economical,” and meet the needs of military and civilian payloads, and be applicable for space tourism.

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC), another giant state-owned enterprise, is working on its own spaceplane, named Tengyun. Demonstration and verification of the reusable two-stage-to-orbit Tengyun spacecraft is to be completed by 2025. Tengyun will be a horizontal takeoff, horizontal landing (HTHL) system.

Chinese commercial companies and CASC are also developing reusable rockets

Jul
2021
14

Some grocery stores increase prices due to extra transportation costs

LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Nebraska grocers say several products including meats are at alarming prices. Some are higher than they’ve been in several years.

One of the big reasons is transportation costs.

Local grocery stores including Suji’s Indian Grocery are already seeing a 5 to 20 percent price increase on certain products.

The owner, Mahak Singh, said, “Produce is going up and down every week. The beans and rice, they [the wholesalers] are increasing from February until every time you order that.”

Singh said he also pays for the transportation of products, which has gone up an additional 15 to 20%. But, the owner refuses to raise his prices because he said he planned and bought some of his items in bulk this February.

“I got them on a reasonable price before they increased the prices,” Singh said. “I got all the year-round supplies then.”

While Suji’s may not be raising their prices, the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association said other Nebraska stores don’t have a choice.

Executive director Ansley Fellers said, “Grocery stores and the food industry run on really tight margins so it’s only so long that folks can absorb some of those increased prices before consumers start to feel it.”

Fellers said this is why some cuts of meat, including briskets and chicken wings are in very limited supply. The grocery association said the issue behind this is demand for these is very high.

“I think once the supply side catches up to the demand side, everything will even back out,” Fellers said.

Grocery officials said the prices for some products is alarming because it’s the highest it’s been in a long time.

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Jul
2021
13

New Transportation Program Connects Workers To ‘Last Mile’ Of Employment

For almost two years, Lester Williams took the bus from Milwaukee’s Northside to suburban New Berlin, where he worked 12-hour days in quality control at Schoeneck Containers Inc. The trip took anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, even though the factory was only about 16 miles from his home.

Williams said it was one of the best jobs he ever had. But when the route was eliminated in 2019, the only bus that got him near his job brought him to Brookfield Square mall, more than 3 miles away.

“A lot of times people just walked, and it’s kind of expensive to spend $5, $6, $10 just to get to that last mile with Uber or Lyft,” Williams said. “I know when I did it, I called Uber maybe twice, and I thought, it would be better for me to just walk.”

Williams eventually lost his job because of transportation issues. But his manager, who he had a good relationship with, helped him find a job closer to home. He said not having a car shouldn’t keep people from work.

“A lot of employers have solid employees that need help with transportation,” Williams said. “It would cost companies nothing to say here’s an Uber pass. If employers covered that last mile, it wouldn’t be an issue.”

The “last mile” challenge is common in the suburbs, where manufacturing, warehouses and retail jobs are far from fixed transit routes, making it difficult for people without cars to get to work.

Sam Rikkers, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., said the jobs usually pay between $13 and $18 an hour, which is enough to warrant traveling a long distance, but not enough to buy and maintain a reliable car.

“Talking to employers all over the state — and absolutely all over the greater Milwaukee region, workforce is their greatest concern,” Rikkers said. “There is not a massive pool of folks looking for jobs and employers need to find innovative ways to get people to work.”

WEDC and the United Way of Greater Milwaukee are each contributing about $30,000 to a pilot program run by the Regional Transit Leadership Council that will study how to bring “last mile” service to the Milwaukee suburbs of Brookfield, New Berlin, Franklin and Oak Creek. The study is expected to be completed in Spring 2022.

Roughly half of jobs in southeast Wisconsin lie outside a 90-minute bus commute, and that figure is higher in manufacturing and retail sectors, often located in suburban areas.

Close to 20 percent of Milwaukee residents lack access to cars, a figure far higher in high-poverty parts of the city. 

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In 2017, the Wisconsin Policy Forum researched the “last mile” and found it was a major impediment to the success of bus routes aiming to connect central city workers to suburban jobs.

“It’s great to see regional leaders renewing their focus on this barrier, and it’s particularly timely given

Jul
2021
12

California Invests $1.18 Billion in Infrastructure

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The California Transportation Commission has allocated $1.18 billion for infrastructure projects throughout the state.

The commission, which is made up of 13 members, is responsible for programming and directing transportation funds for highway, rail, transit and active transportation purposes.

More than half of the investment, some $630 million, came from Senate Bill 1, also known as the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. This legislation, which involved a hike to fuel tax rates, is intended to direct $54 billion over a decade to fixing roads, highways and bridges, as well as supporting transit and safety.

According to the commission, SB 1 annually provides $5 billion in transportation funding, which is split between state and local agencies.

“California has the most heavily traveled transportation system in the country,” said California Department of Transportation Director Toks Omishakin. “[This] investment will allow Caltrans to make critical repairs and upgrades to our state’s roads and bridges, increase options for transit, rail, walking and biking, and support thousands of jobs.”

Some $7.8 million was approved for the Imperial County Transportation Commission in support of truck crossing improvements at the Calexico East Port of Entry. Imperial County comprises the eastern half of California’s border with Mexico.

The Calexico East Port of Entry, which links Imperial County to Mexicali, is a bustling crossing point for commercial trucks. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, this port of entry has processed 107,929 trucks so far in 2021.

About $200 million was set aside for constructing a truck climbing lane along Interstate 10, which stretches across the southern U.S. from Santa Monica, Calif., to Jacksonville, Fla., and serves as an important conduit for freight.

In Stockton, $20 million will support a project located at a freight rail corridor that links the Port of Stockton to markets throughout California. An inland port located on the San Joaquin River, the Port of Stockton has handling facilities for dry and liquid bulk materials as well as containerized cargo.

Specifically, crews will build a flyover spanning the Stockton Diamond, an at-grade crossing point for Union Pacific Corp. and BNSF Railway tracks. According to the commission, the project will provide vertical clearance, eliminating interference between the freight railroads at this intersection.

A few of the projects focus on incorporating alternative fuels into the transportation sector. Some $5 million was issued for the procurement of 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell buses and related infrastructure to improve service frequency in Los Angeles County.

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System was issued $13.3 million to purchase 11 battery-electric buses. Specifically, these buses will be used on the Iris Rapid route, which will link passengers from Otay Mesa to the Iris Avenue station east of Imperial Beach when it is completed.

Along I-10, some $1.3 million was approved for the installation of electric charging stations for zero-emission vehicles near Banning and Blythe. Banning is 30 mile east of San Bernardino. Blythe is located directly across