The Month in Transportation – September

By John Halpin | Associate Account Director

Welcome to our latest review of news from across the transportation world.

Every month, we’ll share interesting links, thoughts and more about the transformation of transportation.

Michigan governor proposes wireless charging infrastructure

What to do when you need more charging infrastructure? Wireless charging roads, maybe.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced an initiative to develop the nation’s first wireless charging infrastructure on a public road in the U.S. According to dbusiness, “the Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification that will deploy an electrified roadway system that allows electric buses, shuttles and vehicles to charge while driving, enabling electric vehicles to operate continuously without stopping to charge.”

The Michigan Department of Transportation will release an RFP for the project in late September.

Brightline to resume rail service in Florida

Remember when we talked to Brightline President Patrick Goddard on a recent podcast? After a lengthy COVID-related shutdown, Brightline plans to resume service in November. The company is introducing a luxury shuttle that will transport passengers to and from locations within three miles of its stations, with premium fares adding the option to book a private car that expands the radius to five miles.

Brightline – the first privately owned and operated intercity passenger rail system in more than 100 years – plans to complete its Miami-to-Orlando connection in 2022.

England charges ahead with new home EV mandate

The British government will introduce legislation this year that requires all newly built homes and offices in England to feature electric chargers. New office blocks will need to offer a charge point for every five parking spaces.

The mandate, which is expected to be implemented in 2022, would make England the first country in the world to require EV chargers for new homes.

Paris vs. cars

While New York City seeks to emulate London and Stockholm by implementing congestion pricing to cut down on urban traffic and carbon emissions, Paris is forging a different path, setting a speed limit of 30 kilometers (19 miles) per hour on almost all city roads.

According to CNN Travel, Paris Deputy Mayor David Belliard told a local TV station that he hopes the speed limit would encourage less auto use in favor of walking public transportation and bikes.

In recent years, Paris has built miles of new bike lanes, banned old diesel cars, and made the roads adjacent to the River Seine car-free. The city also plans to reduce parking space in an additional effort to limit car traffic.

Where’s the TP? Supply chain issues spur Costco to limit products

Citing supply chain delays, Costco announced that it will reimpose limits on toilet paper, paper towels, bottled water and high-demand cleaning products.

“A year ago there was a shortage of merchandise,” Costco CFO Richard Galanti told CNBC. “Now they’ve got plenty of merchandise but there’s two- or three-week delays on getting it delivered because there’s a limit on short-term changes to trucking and delivery needs of the suppliers, so it really is all over the board.”

Client shoutout: Western Star launches 47X truck

Adding to its family of next gen vocational trucks, Western Star announced the launch of its new 47X on September 23. The 47X was created with a shorter configuration to optimize equipment packaging so it can adhere to local bridge and overall length requirements, making it a great choice for building concrete mixers and dump trucks. And with the potential for upcoming infrastructure projects, the 47X will be a big hit. Congrats to our friends at Western Star!

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