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Uber made it cheaper to take a helicopter than a car to the airport | The Outline
"s now being marketed as a modestly upscale solution to a problem that Uber has helped create. Transportation analyst Bruce Schaller last year released research indicating that Uber, Lyft, similar services were responsible for a 160 percent increase in driving on American city streets between 2016 and 2017. This shift has been felt acutely in New York and in Manhattan most of all: the average speed of traffic in Midtown is 4.7 miles per hour, according to New York State’s “Fix NYC” government advisory panel."
infrastructure  travel  cities  policy  capitalism 
december 2019 by conner
For electric utilities, sharp-toothed, daredevil squirrels are Enemy Number One - The Washington Post
"In 2015, the APPA decided to start calculating what it calls the Squirrel Index, asking members to share data on squirrel-related outages. In 2018, the system reported 1.6298 squirrel-related outages for every 1,000 customers.

Extrapolating from that, the association estimates that last year, squirrels caused 244,137 power outages across the nation. Squirrels have been more successful than any cyberterrorist."
infrastructure  electricity  animals 
april 2019 by conner
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