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Seattle Bans Plastic Straws

Seattle has become one of the largest cities yet to ban plastic straws out of concerns about needless waste and threat to wildlife. The ban, which took effect Sunday, comes as other cities are weighing bans, including its large neighbor to the south, Portland, Oregon.  New York City has had a proposal to ban …

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Brightline Seeing Revenue, Ridership Gains

Brightline Private Passenger Rail

The nation’s first new private passenger rail service, Florida’s Brightline, is seeing a steady increase in both riders and revenue. Brightline, which started its South Florida service earlier this year, carried just under 75,000 passengers and had ticket revenue of $663,700 from mid-January through March, and both grew each month. …

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Law Moves New Manhattan-LaGuardia Link Forward

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday signed legislation that advances a proposal to build an AirTrain connection to LaGuardia Airport. The new law will allow multiple potential alignments to be considered during an upcoming environmental review of the proposed AirTrain-to-LaGuardia project, planned between the airport, an MTA Long Island Rail Road …

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London Will Allow Uber

Waiting for the Uber

Uber’s ban on its licence by London’s transport regulator, Transport for London, (TfL) to operate in the city has been overturned in court. TfL refused to renew the licence when it ran out last September, saying the ride-hailing firm was not “fit and proper” to operate in the city. Following a …

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car2go to Launch in Chicago

man opening door of car2go car

German car-sharing service car2go said Friday that it will launch next month in Chicago. The on-demand car borrowing service will add to a market that already includes competitors Maven and Zipcar in the Windy City. car2go touts that it is different from some competitors because it doesn’t charge monthly or …

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Tampa, Broken Arrow Honored for Quality of Life Improvements

Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Rose District

Tampa, Fla., and Broken Arrow, Okla., took top honors in the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ City Livability Awards Program recognizing their mayors’ work to improve local quality of life. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was recognized for the “Stay and Play Program,” which is aimed at giving at-risk teens a place …

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