Uber, Lyft to Provide Free & Discounted Trips to Polling Places on Election Day (10-14-18)

Ride-hailing company Uber joined Lyft this month in planning to provide free rides to users who need help getting to polling places for Election Day.

As political campaigns enter the last stretch of the midterm season, Uber and Lyft are serious about getting voters to the ballot box on Nov. 6.

Ride-hailing company Uber announced it’s offering free rides for Uber users who need transportation to their polling places on Election Day.

The company will display a “Get to the Polls” button on the Uber app to help users find their designated polling place and allow users to book a free ride. The company has also partnered with the nonprofit civic engagement group When We All Vote to distribute voter registration information via the Uber app and help drivers and riders register to vote.

“Using our technology and resources, we can help make it easier for every Uber rider in the U.S. to get to their polling place at the push of a button,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a company statement on Oct. 4.

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How’s D.C. Driving? This New Tool Instantly Reveals Any Driver’s Traffic Violations. (9-20-18)

A parking ticket on a vehicle in the District. (Amanda Voisard/The Washington Post)

Drivers who illegally block bike lanes, run red lights and disregard crosswalks in the District might soon have their driving violations aired out online for everyone to see.

A new Twitter bot, How’s My Driving DC, uses license plate numbers to produce a list of unresolved traffic fines and violations on request. Since its launch this summer, the Twitter account has unearthed tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid fees among drivers on District roads, thanks to probing passersby.

The high number so far? A Maryland vehicle with 84 tickets, amounting to $10,700 in fines at the time. That number has since risen to exceed $12,000 as more fines have accrued.

Personal details such as the vehicle owner’s name are not included in the record, culled from the District Department of Transportation’s unpaid-ticket database. Creator Daniel Schep said the bot was never meant to publicly shame individuals.

But D.C. traffic enforcement agencies, he said, should be ashamed of the numbers the bot is turning up.

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New EV Charging Corridor Launches Between D.C. and Boston (9-10-18)

Nissan and EVgo have completed their plan to connect the cities of Boston and Washington, D.C., with a series of nine electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging stations with 52 fast chargers in total.

The “I-95 Fast Charging ARC” is designed to give EV owners peace of mind and convenience when traveling the 500 miles between the two cities, according to EVgo.

Each station can charge up to four or more EVs simultaneously at a power output of 50 kW. The stations have also been designed and constructed to adapt to future advances in EV technology, including pre-wiring for higher charging outputs to allow easy upgrading to 150 kW fast chargers.

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Accessible Public Transportation And Housing, A Need For People With Disabilities In Major Cities (9-1-18)

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Even though over six billion people—nearly one billion of whom will have disabilities— are expected to live in urban centers by 2050, many of the world’s major urban cities have a long way to go before their infrastructure becomes inclusive for people with disabilities.

As the world’s population ages, in 2050, more than 20 percent will be 60 or older, making urban accessibility an urgent need, according to a report by the Disability Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development Network (DIAUD).

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