The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has multiple responsibilities, including serving as the region's metropolitan planning organization and a new responsibility being administrator of Southern Nevada Strong. The RTC is in a good place when it comes to making the transportation system a core smart community component, writes Chairman Larry Brown.
The Italian government has started proceedings to revoke the concessions of Atlantia division Autostrade, which manages a bridge in Genoa that collapsed. The disaster killed 38 people, and the government said the collapse "obliges us to take new initiatives which are much more rigorous than those adopted by previous governments."
The two Democrats running for governor in Massachusetts differ on congestion pricing. Jay Gonzalez supports congestion pricing, while Bob Massie said raising tolls would be a form of regressive taxation.
Leaders who assume they should be all-knowing and don't pay attention to input from staff risk overlooking information that could help them succeed, writes Mary Jo Asmus. Listening to staff feedback and input helps strengthen teams, makes staff feel valued, and can provide valuable insight for decision-making, she says.
A number of US cities and states have offered significant tax credits to Amazon in an effort to secure the corporation's second headquarters. Analyses show the incentives are much higher than standard, and some say cities are offering more than necessary.
The first man-made island in a plan by Amsterdam officials to make space for affordable housing near the city center is ready for development. The island is designed to make space for 1,200 affordable, environmentally friendly homes that will be resilient to flooding.
Singapore's Land Transport Authority has earmarked $13.7 million to establish a rail enterprise asset management platform that will screen and recognize potential faults. A group formed by Siemens and ST Engineering Electronics is charged with creating a platform, which will combine data analytics with a rail management system.
Boston will continue to expand its Blue Bikes system with 19 docking stations this fall in southern Dorchester, Mattapan and Roslindale. The bike-sharing system, with costs ranging from $99 for an annual membership to $2.50 for a 30-minute ride, will ultimately include 300 stations and 3,000 bikes in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.
Panasonic is reportedly able to sell its solar cells and modules to companies beyond Tesla under a new agreement regarding production at the jointly owned facility in Buffalo, N.Y. For its part, Tesla says there was never an exclusivity requirement in the contract with Panasonic and that the agreement has not changed.
The 3 IN 1 ROOF system, which integrates both solar components and non-solar tiles, uses heat-resistant closed cell foam. The system will be ready to ship in 2019 and has a Class A fire rating, improves solar efficiency by up to 19% and has a 200+ mph wind rating, according to the manufacturer.