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A U.S. District Court judge has reportedly approved a motion to dismiss the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) over its requirement for e-scooter firms to provide real-time data to the city. The decision marks a huge victory for LADOT, which argued data sharing is crucial for mobility governance in Los Angeles.   LADOT mandates that micromobility companies — including e-bikes and e-scooters– must…
One of the immediate, visible changes that the COVID-19 pandemic caused in cities throughout the world was the sudden disappearance of both human and vehicular traffic as people began sheltering in place. Though one year later, restrictions have been less tight, the decrease in traffic congestion astonishingly continued even after quarantine.   In Los Angeles, traffic fell 54% in Apr. 2020, but went back to 80% normal by Oct. At the time the Los Angeles…
A new study reportedly found that low-income and BIPOC workers are more dependent on bikeshare to get around during the pandemic than their wealthy, white counterparts. And yet, the location of docking stations doesn’t always prioritize their travel needs.   Conducted by the Maryland Transportation Institute, researchers studied the pre- and post-pandemic ridership trends in Chicago’s popular Divvy system in hopes it might serve as an object lesson for communities across America that are rethinking…
According to new research by Canadian biologists, blocking seizures after a head injury could slow or prevent the onset of dementia. Traumatic brain injuries are a major risk factor for dementia, though the reason is largely a mystery. Through this research by the University of Alberta, the researchers have discovered one important way they are linked — namely, post-injury seizures.   As explained by lead author Hadeel Alyenbaawi, who recently completed her PhD dissertation on…
The California State University has reportedly reached a $39.5 million settlement with a former student who suffered a brain injury from heat stroke during a fitness class at the San Bernardino campus. The settlement is believed to be the largest ever for an injury case involving the California State University system.   Marissa Freeman, now 24 then a junior studying nutrition and psychology, was running a 5-kilometer jog outdoors in 95-degree heat, during a kinesiology…
In a bid to yield declining ridership, Metro chief executive officer Phil Washington announced an initiative that aimed to eliminate fares across the agency’s bus and rail system last year. Now, a new staff report given to the Board’s Executive Management Committee reportedly offers a look at the proposed pilot program that could be the first step towards reaching that goal.   According to the staff presentation, the fareless system initiative could save Metro passengers…
As the industry has continued to benefit from rapid adoption of food delivery throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Doordash’s revenue in the fourth quarter reportedly more than tripled from a year ago. This cements the platform’s market share gains ahead of rivals GrubHub and Uber Eats.     According to data cited by Second Measure, sales for meal delivery services grew 138% year-over-year, collectively, in Dec. 2020. By that time, 35% of U.S. consumers had already…
It’s no secret that due to the coronavirus pandemic, food delivery companies like Postmates, DoorDash, and Uber Eats grew immensely in popularity and revenue. The way in which app-based services usually work is by having contracts with individual eateries or restaurants to deliver their food, but this isn’t always the case.   As KPBS reported this month, some restaurant owners don’t even know food delivery companies list their businesses. Jeff Rossman, owner of a San…
Drivers for ridesharing apps like Uber are reportedly saying that working conditions remain poor after voters passed California’s Proposition 22, essentially exempting the companies from labor laws. Together with the delivery apps couriers, the workers are claiming that not only have poor working conditions persisted, but pay has decreased despite prices for the consumer going up.   Many drivers and labor groups originally opposed Prop 22, claiming it would allow companies to sidestep their obligations…
In mid Feb. 2021, the UK Supreme Court reportedly unanimously voted in favor of forcing the ridesharing company Uber to classify its drivers as employees rather than independent contractors. The landmark decision in Europe means thousands earning income from the app are now slated to potentially receive vacation pay and hourly minimum wages.   Quoted by Input Mag, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom Lord Leggatt reportedly told the BBC: “The Supreme…