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NYC opening 12 more miles of open streets tomorrow

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Photo courtesy of NYC DOT/Flickr This brings the total to nearly 21 miles since Mayor de Blasio first announced that he’d be opening up 40 miles of streets to pedestrians by the end of the month, with an ultimate goal of 100 miles throughout the current COVID crisis. In his press conference this morning, the mayor announced the third round of open streets totaling 11.7 miles would be opening tomorrow, along with 9.2 miles of protected bike lanes by the end of May. Some of the new open streets include those in Hudson Yards, the first on the Upper West Side and...

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed an electric bike that is so compact it can fit into a backpack

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The bike, called Poimo, has an inflatable body that would protect pedestrians as well as the rider in the case of an accident. The current version of Poimo is just a prototype, and the team that developed it says the final product will be lighter and even more portable. Visit BGR's homepage for more stories. Significantly fewer people are worried about commuting these days, what with an ongoing global health crisis and all that, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for innovation in personal transportation. The Poimo electric bike, developed at the University of Tokyo is most definitely innovative,...

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MTA cuts subway service by 25 percent in response to coronavirus

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Photo by Billie Grace Ward on Flickr  In response to a “never-before-seen ridership low” during the coronavirus outbreak, three subway lines will not run during the week and some express trains will run local, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Tuesday. The reduced schedule is part of the agency’s “NY Essential Service Plan” to provide service to first responders and essential workers as it deals with the devastating financial consequences of a nearly 90 percent drop in ridership across subway and buses, the Long Island Railroad, and Metro-North. Starting on Wednesday, the B, W, and Z lines temporarily will not run during the week....

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The Station: Volvo evolves, Skip trips and touchscreen tech

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The Station is back for another week of news and analysis on all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future. As always, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior reporter at TechCrunch. Portions of the newsletter will be published as an article on the main site after it has been emailed to subscribers (that’s what you’re reading now). To get everything, you have to sign up. And it’s free. To subscribe, go to our newsletters page and click on The Station. This week, we’re looking at factories in China, scooters...

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Dara Khosrowshahi says Uber remains committed to India but offers no concrete plans

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Uber said on Tuesday that it has won a bid to work with government-run subway system in India’s capital in one of its rare announcements in India, a key overseas market where it is facing a fierce battle with local giant Ola. The ride-hailing giant said it has partnered with Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to deploy parking spots and introduce new products at 210 subway stations in Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida. Neither of the parties offered a clarification on how many years it would take for these deployments to materialize. A DMRC executive said Uber was not an exclusive...

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