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.
WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. & DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Origin Materials (“Origin Materials” or “Origin”), the world’s leading carbon negative materials company, today announced the launch of its Net Zero Automotive Program with Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F).
Origin’s Net Zero Automotive Program is a sustainable automotive supply chain initiative focused on industrializing new materials to drive decarbonization in the automotive industry. Origin believes the newly developed and industrialized materials, derived from sustainable wood residues, will be in high demand from the automotive industry as it undertakes a massive global effort to decarbonize its supply chains in search of the “zero carbon” car.1 The program will aim to provide the automotive industry with drop-in ready materials solutions to enable this transition.
To launch the program, Origin Materials and Ford will pursue drop-in applications for carbon negative PET plastic (polyethylene terephthalate) produced from sustainable wood residues with Origin technology. PET plastic helps make cars lighter, more fuel efficient, and often comprise a large percentage of a vehicle’s mass. The use of carbon-negative PET is expected to further reduce emissions and the need for fossil resources. In addition, the companies will collaborate to develop sustainable pigments and fillers for automotive applications for SUVs, trucks, electric vehicles, and more. The products will be developed using carbon negative materials produced with the Origin Materials technology platform, with applications throughout the interior and exterior of the vehicle, including bumpers, paint pigment, door panels, tire filler, underbonnet foam sheet, black plastic, head rests, seat cushions, and arm rests.
“Origin’s Net Zero Automotive Program is an exciting initiative that we expect to drive innovation, sustainability and decarbonization throughout the automotive supply chain,” said Rich Riley, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Origin Materials. “Ford is the perfect partner to launch the program with and we look forward to working with their teams to bring new sustainable products to market that will play a key role in helping them achieve their decarbonization and sustainability goals.”
“Ford’s path to carbon neutrality evaluates every part of our operations, including the emissions associated with synthesizing the vast amount of materials we use within our vehicles,” said Debbie Mielewski, Technical Fellow at the Ford Motor Company. “The ability to utilize carbon negative materials will be a monumental driver in helping achieve our sustainability goals and supports a more proactive vision for the entire industry.”
Origin Materials’ patented technology platform, which turns inexpensive, plentiful, and sustainable wood residues into carbon-negative materials, can help to revolutionize the production of a wide range of end products, including clothing, textiles, plastics, packaging, car parts, tires, carpeting, toys, and more with a ~$1 trillion addressable market.
In addition, Origin Materials’ technology platform is expected to provide stable pricing largely decoupled from the petroleum supply chain, which is exposed to more volatility than supply chains based on sustainable wood residues.
About Origin Materials
Headquartered in West Sacramento, Origin Materials is the world’s leading carbon negative materials company. Origin Materials’ mission is to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials.
The Low or No Emission competitive program provides funding to state and local governmental authorities for the purchase or lease of zero-emission and low-emission transit buses as well as acquisition, construction, and leasing of required supporting facilities. Under the FAST Act, $55 million per year is available until fiscal year 2020.
Watch our four-minute video highlighting the Low and No-Emission Grant Program, which supports new technologies that are changing the makeup of bus fleets nationwide.
Allocation of Funding
Funding is allocated to projects on a competitive basis, from proposals submitted to FTA in response to a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). Past project selections include:
View the April 2018 National RTAP Webinar: FTA Low No Emissions Program Grant Writing
FTA contracts with the National Renewable Energy Lab to evaluate zero-emission bus research and demonstration projects.
FTA hosted webinars on deploying low- or no-emission buses that feature speakers from agencies that have been successful in introducing zero-emission buses, including recipients of FTA’s Low-No grants.
Eligible applicants include direct recipients of FTA grants under the Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program, states, and Indian Tribes. Except for projects proposed by Indian Tribes, proposals for funding eligible projects in rural (non-urbanized) areas must be submitted as part of a consolidated state proposal. States and other eligible applicants also may submit consolidated proposals for projects in urbanized areas.
Eligible projects include:
purchasing or leasing low- or no-emission buses
acquiring low- or no-emission buses with a leased power source
constructing or leasing facilities and related equipment (including intelligent technology and software) for low- or no-emission buses
constructing new public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses
rehabilitating or improving existing public transportation facilities to accommodate low- or no-emission buses
49 U.S.C. 5339 (c)/FAST Act Section 3017
Funds are available the year appropriated plus three years.
All eligible expenses under the Low-No Program are attributable to compliance with the Clean Air Act and/or the Americans with Disabilities Act. Therefore the Federal share of the cost of leasing or purchasing a transit bus is not to exceed 85 percent of the total transit bus cost. The federal share in the cost of leasing or acquiring low- or no-emission bus-related equipment and facilities is 90 percent of the net project cost.
Driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) requires a higher level of knowledge, experience, skills, and physical abilities than that required to drive a non-commercial vehicle. In order to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), an applicant must pass both skills and knowledge testing geared to these higher standards. Additionally CDL holders are held to a higher standard when operating any type of motor vehicle on public roads. Serious traffic violations committed by a CDL holder can affect their ability to maintain their CDL certification.
Driving a commercial motor vehicle is a big responsibility. It requires special skills and knowledge. Most drivers must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL) through their home State (it is illegal to have a license from more than one State). In addition, special endorsements may be required if you or your company drivers will be driving any of the following vehicles:
a truck with double or triple trailers
a truck with a tank
a truck carrying hazardous materials
a passenger vehicle
Contact your State licensing bureau (e.g., Department of Motor Vehicles) for details.
Any summary, description, or paraphrase of a regulatory requirement on this site is intended to provide general guidance only. Please consult the text of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a full account of the applicable requirements.
FMCSA does not issue Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs). State governments are responsible for issuing CDLs.
The CVA Program is open and accepting applications. Click here to learn about changes and possible delays during the evolving health and economic crisis.
Grants and loans for income-qualified Californians
The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program provides grants and affordable financing to help income-qualified Californians purchase or lease a new or used hybrid or electric vehicle. Our goal is to make clean vehicles accessible and affordable to all who qualify.
The Clean Vehicle Assistance Program is funded by California Climate Investments, a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.
What Vehicles are Available?
Grants are for new or used clean vehicles. You can get a grant for a hybrid vehicle,a plug-in hybrid, or an electric vehicle. Battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids can also include a home charging station with installation support, up to a $2,000 value.
Learn more about clean vehicles.
How Do Grants Work?
When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid. To get a grant, you must receive an Approval Packet prior to purchasing the vehicle and comply with all program requirements throughout the program term. The grant will be given to the dealer to lower the overall cost of the new or used clean vehicle.
We give grants, not rebates.
To secure a grant, you must receive an Approval Letter BEFORE you purchase a vehicle.
What makes a grant different?
When all program requirements are met, grants do not need to be repaid.
Among the constant bad news about the worsening spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and people in the bike industry are trying to make the most of a bad situation. Check out some of the positive news stories to come through our inbox.
Muc-Off launch ‘Anti Bac Fight Back’ project
Muc-Off has added to their recent efforts of assisting with the shortage of plastic bottles for hand sanitiser by launching their new ‘Anti Bac Fight Back’ project. The new program from the UK based company sees them take three different approaches to the situation. Support front line workers, protecting people and global support.
Adding to their previous efforts Muc-Off is now providing ITU nurses with anti-bacterial moisturising creams to help with the soreness creating by wearing face masks during their shifts. The aim is to donate 100,000 products to front line health workers.
They have also released a new range of anti-bacterial sanitisers and gels for everyone which will see 10% of profits from the products go to the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Finally, they have also started using their R&D team’s 3D printer to produce PPE faceguards for local hospitals.
You can find out more here.
Oakley Donate 20000+ units of protective eyewear to Healthcare Workers while also developing protective shield for front line health workers. Oakley has announced on social media that they have so far donated over 20000 units of protective eyewear that will be sent across America and Europe. In addition to their sizeable donation, the company have also put their R&D and Manufacturing teams to work on a protective shield that they hope to mass produce for first responders and front line medical staff.
Wanting to help in these trying times, the R&D and Manufacturing teams here at Oakley, have been working diligently to put their time and talents to good use. In collaboration with the local medical community, the teams have developed a protective shield that will be mass-produced and provided to our first responders and front-line medical workers. In addition to this we have also made a donation of 20,000 units of protective eyewear that will be shipped across North America and Europe. We will continue to offer our support wherever possible throughout this crisis. We’re all in this together.— Oakley
Santa Cruz Bicycles’ R&D Team Uses CNC Machinery to Produce Face Shields for Local Medical Staff
Although Santa Cruz, California is in a shelter-in-place like most of the world, Santa Cruz Bicycles’ R&D team is at work producing face shields (PPE) for local medical staff using sheets of plastic cut using their CNC machinery typically used for cutting carbon fiber as well as 3D printers used for prototyping.
The equipment is able to make up to 20 face shield lenses every 9 minutes, yielding ~1000 shields per day. Ten days were spent evaluating designs, developing multiple prototypes and getting feedback from local healthcare professionals to ensure the end product suited their needs. 3D printers are used to make
2018 Bicyclist Safety Action Plan Update uses a data-driven approach to assess bicyclist-motorist crashes on the State Highway System (SHS) during the period 2012-2016. The Plan identifies steps, actions, and potential countermeasures that, upon implementation and over time, will measurably reduce bicyclist crashes, injuries, and fatalities on the SHS.
Development of a Bicyclist & Pedestrian Count Strategy Plan for the AZ State Highway System
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The ADOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Strategy Plan is the first step for ADOT to implement a bicycle and pedestrian count program. The program is designed to support safety assessments, performance measurement, and reporting such as key bicycle and pedestrian indicators and targets established in the ADOT Statewide Bicycle Pedestrian Plan Update.
Pedestrian Safety Action Plan
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The 2017 Pedestrian Safety Action Plan provides a strategic action plan that effectively focuses resources to reduce the greatest number of severe injury and fatal pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes on the Arizona State Highway System.
U.S. Bicycle Route 90
This east-west Route is 573 miles long and runs along existing state highways, local streets, and shared-use paths. U.S. Bicycle Route 90 connects the State border of New Mexico and the State border of California.
About | Davis, both the city and the campus, has earned the name Bicycle Capital of the U.S. because of efforts to provide its thousands of cyclists with a bicycle-friendly environment. Wide streets, well-marked bike lanes, inviting pathways, gentle terrain, mild climate, and an attitude of mutual respect between cyclists and motorists have resulted in a community with the most bikes per capita of any in the nation. In Davis, bicycling is a way of life.
Davis is Flat and Has A Lot of Bicycle Pathways | If you’ve been to Davis before, you understand why riding a bicycle is the preferred mode of transportation. Compared to a hilly or mountainous region, it takes little exertion to cycle around town. And with roughly 55 miles of pathways dedicated to bicycles and pedestrian traffic, getting where you need to go can be a breeze. Knowing your terrain will help you understand the type of bicycle you should choose.
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Five Things Aggie Cyclists Should Know
1. Ride Quality Bicycle (or bring your own)
Buying a quality bicycle means buying a bicycle that fits your needs, handles well for the terrain on which you’ll likely ride, and will not breakdown on you (with basic maintenance). See our guide on choosing the right bicycle, and what to spend.Learn more
2. Register Your Bicycle
All bicycles on the UC Davis campus must have a current California Bicycle License ($12). We’ve got information on why it’s important (and necessary) to register your bicycle, and where you can purchase a license. Learn more
3. Wear a Helmet
Wearing a helmet every time you ride your bicycle is the best way to significantly mitigate bicycle crash-related injuries. See our information on the type of helmet you should wear, and how to wear it. Learn more
4. Use a Quality Lock and Decent Lights
When you park your bicycle, make sure you are locking it correctly. When you are riding in low light, make sure you can see and be seen. Our guide can help you with the types of locks and lights you should buy, use, and how much you should expect to spend. Learn more
5. Know Your Rights on the Road
Understanding your rights as a bicyclist includes; understanding traffic laws, signaling your intentions, knowing where to ride, and how to ride confidently. We offer educational programs in all of the above.Learn more
The bridge formula was introduced in 1975 to reduce the risk of damage to highway bridges by requiring more axles, or a longer wheelbase, to compensate for increased vehicle weight. The formula may require a lower gross vehicle weight, depending on the number and spacing of the axles in the combination vehicle.1
Commercial Vehicle Size (Length and Width) Standards2
National vehicle size standards apply on what is known as the National Network of highways. The National Network includes: (1) the Interstate Highway System and (2) highways, formerly classified as Primary System routes, capable of safely handling larger commercial motor vehicles, as certified by states to FHWA. The total National Network system is about 200,000 miles. (See table for specific limits.)
Federal Commercial Vehicle Size Limits on the National Network
Overall vehicle length
No federal length limit is imposed on most truck tractor-semitrailers operation on the National Network.
Exception: On the National Network, combination vehicles (truck tractor plus semitrailer or trailer) designed and used specifically to carry automobiles or boats in specially designed racks may not exceed a maximum overall vehicle length of 65 feet, or 75 feet, depending on the type of connection between the tractor and trailer.
Federal law provides that no state may impose a length limitation of less than 48 feet (or longer if provided for by grandfather rights) on a semitrailer operating in any truck tractor-semitrailer
Using Connected Vehicle Technologies to Solve Real-World Operational Problems
Connected vehicles are poised to transform our streets, communities, and personal lives. But before these technologies can be deployed broadly, there are a number of technical, institutional, and financial challenges — challenges that can only be understood and overcome by putting these emerging technologies to work in real-world situations, solving real problems. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is supporting the advancement of connected vehicle technology with a pilot deployment program that is uncovering what barriers remain and how to address them, documenting lessons learned, and serving as a template assisting other early CV technology deployments.
The USDOT has awarded cooperative agreements collectively worth more than $45 million to three pilot sites in New York City; Wyoming; and Tampa to implement a suite of connected vehicle applications and technologies tailored to meet their region’s unique transportation needs. These pilot sites are helping connected vehicles make the final leap into real-world deployment so that they can deliver on their promises to increase safety, improve personal mobility, enhance economic productivity, reduce environmental impacts and transform public agency operations. Moreover, these sites are laying the groundwork for even more dramatic transformations as other areas follow in their footsteps. Program resources targeting the early deployer community include technical documentation, webinars, and documented success stories.
As a first step, each site spent 12 months preparing a comprehensive deployment concept to ensure rapid and efficient connected vehicle capability roll-out. The sites are now completing a 24 month phase to design, build, and test these deployments of integrated wireless in-vehicle, mobile device, and roadside technologies. As of Fall 2018, the sites are entering into the third phase of the deployment where the tested connected vehicle systems will be operational for a minimum 18-month period and system impact will be monitored on a set of key performance measures.
Please explore this site for a more detailed description of CV Pilots objectives, phases, and research progress. We will continue to upload relevant program information for public consumption as it becomes available. For inquiries regarding the individual pilots, please contact the respective Point of Contacts: NYCDOT pilot – Wesam Daraghmeh, WDaraghmeh@dot.nyc.gov and Mohamad Talas,Mtalas@dot.nyc.gov; Tampa (THEA) pilot – Steve Novosad, firstname.lastname@example.org; WYDOT pilot – email@example.com.