Smart Electric Power Alliance Tackles EV Challenges (3-18-19)

To help utilities and industry stakeholders navigate the issues of increased electric vehicle (EV) adoption, the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has launched a new Transportation Electrification program, which will conduct research and bring together stakeholders to find solutions.

As part of the initiative, SEPA has tapped Erika Myers to serve as the newly created principal of transportation electrification. Myers brings over 11 years of experience working on EVs and over 16 years in the clean energy industry. She most recently served as director of research at SEPA.

“Electric vehicles represent a huge opportunity – as well as a large risk – to our electric utility members. Through strategic planning, we can mitigate the potential impacts of large-scale electric vehicle deployment and leverage these vehicles as grid assets,” says Myers. “I am thrilled to be leading this new Transportation Electrification pathway as the industry continues to evolve at a blindingly rapid pace.”

Metro Moves To Subsidize Late-Night Rides On Uber And Lyft As A Substitute For Rail Service (3-14-19)

For the past few years, Metro has closed its rail system before midnight on Sundays through Thursdays and at 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the result of scheduling more repair work overnight to address maintenance and safety issues. Those service hours have forced many late-night workers in the region, including those in the hospitality and healthcare industries, to take Metrorail alternatives in the early morning, from Uber and Lyft to taxis and carpools.

Now, Metro is aiming to alleviate the inconvenience from its shortened hours by subsidizing on-demand rides that late-night workers take within its service area. The transit agency has released a solicitation for companies that could provide discounted rides for these workers, between midnight and 4 a.m. seven days a week. Through a one-year pilot program, Metro would fund up to $1 million in subsidized rides, guaranteeing $3 per ride for up to 10 weekly rides for an individual late-night worker. The program could kick off as soon as this summer.

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App Aims To Reduce Traffic Congestion, Increase Ride Sharing (3-11-19)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new app aims to help solve Nashville’s traffic problems, by encouraging people to share rides and reduce the number of cars on the road.

The Hytch Rewards app is free and available for Android and iOS smartphones. It was invented and built in Nashville.

“It makes sense if everyone shares a ride,” said Mark Cleveland, CEO and Co-Founder of Hytch. “That is the fastest way to a congestion-free lifestyle.”

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How to Get Around DC During the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival (3-6-19)

FILE – In this April 11, 2015, file photo, the Washington Monument is seen through cherry blossoms across the Tidal Basin in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

In an annual D.C. tradition that signals the start of spring, thousands of people will descend upon the National Mall and Tidal Basin for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 20 to April 14.

Locals and out-of-towners alike should expect large crowds, but there are several viable options for getting around there. Here’s some guidance in finding your path of least resistance.

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Lyft Signs Lease To Open New D.C. Office On Pennsylvania Avenue (3-4-19)

Courtesy of Columbia Property Trust, Credit: David Madison Photography The Market Square mixed-use complex at 701 and 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

As Lyft makes waves on Wall Street with the filing of its initial public offering, the ride-sharing company is also making a splash on D.C.’s iconic Pennsylvania Avenue.

Lyft signed a lease in recent weeks at Market Square, a two-building mixed-use complex at 701 and 801 Pennsylvania Avenue, a Columbia Property Trust spokesperson tells Bisnow.

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