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✊🏙 Cities need congestion pricing 🛣 Trucks go electric & autonomous 🚛 SE Asia investing in metros 🌏

Hey urbanists, Transportation is changing, both due to new technologies, traffic congestion, and a gr
December 3 · Issue #11 · View online
Radical Urbanist
Hey urbanists,
Transportation is changing, both due to new technologies, traffic congestion, and a growing desire from urban residents, in particular, to not need to own a vehicle in order to get around their cities. One strategy to fund and promote this shift is congestion pricing. London, Stockholm, and Singapore have it; New York City and Beijing (among many other) are considering it; and while the Ontario provincial government recently denied Toronto permission to implement such a scheme, it will undoubtedly be back in the table in the near future.
But it’s not just urban transportation that’s changing. The momentum toward autonomous trucking seems to be picking up with more companies testing their own technologies. Some say trucking jobs will disappear, while others simply think the nature of that work will change.
And while much of our focus is on the West, countries in Asia are facing their own challenges. I found the article about the metro investments in Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, and Manila particularly interesting.
Finally, there are more questions about Elon Musk’s Boring Company intentions after Fast Company revealed that its LA tunnel conveniently runs from Musk’s office to his home.
As always, feel free to reach out if there are any particular topics or articles that interest you, and share the newsletter if you enjoy it.

🛣 Congestion pricing is a necessity
De Blasio’s Wrong: There’s a Fair Congestion Pricing Plan Right Under His Nose
🚨 Congestion Pricing Was Unpopular in Stockholm — Until People Saw It in Action
🚴‍♀️ The importance of promoting cycling
🚨 If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal
Cycling downhill: has Copenhagen hit peak bike?
The London of 2029, According to Mayor Sadiq Khan
🚛 Is the future of trucking autonomous?
This is the Tesla Semi truck
It will take a while for shipping to go electric, but a number of companies plan to test for Tesla’s new offering for their fleets.
  • Wal-Mart has ordered 15 units — five for the US and ten for Canada — and J.B. Hunt has ordered “multiple” units.
  • Loblaw, Canada’s largest supermarket chain, ordered 25 and announced its intention to have a fully electric fleet by 2030.
  • DHL has also ordered 10 vehicles for its US operations and Fortigo ordered one to test in Canada.
Reservations cost $5,000 with expected delivery in 2019, but Tesla’s delivery dates are known to slide.
Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear
Self-Driving Trucks Are Now Running Between Texas and California
🌏 A look at transit in Asia
🚨 Emerging Asian economies race to build metros amid choking congestion
6 of 10 Big Electric Car Companies Are in China
Toward Car-Free Cities: Beijing Seeks an Inroad to Sustainable Transport
💰 Elon Musk's LA tunnel leads to his house
🚨 Elon Musk’s Tunnel Through L.A. Just Happens To Go From His House To His Office
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