Tap-to-pay system pilot begins for MTA riders in NYC | Hungary undertakes project to build carbon-neutral town | Brownsville, Texas, official pushes smart growth
May 31, 2019
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Tap-to-pay system pilot begins for MTA riders in NYC
Riders of certain New York City subway lines and buses will be able to use their iPhone, Apple Watch, Fitbit, Google or Samsung device beginning today to pay their fares through OMNY, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's new system. The MTA says it anticipates systemwide availability for OMNY -- and possibly a mobile ticketing app -- sometime next year.
CNBC (5/31),  Engadget (5/31),  TechCrunch (5/29) 
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Hungary undertakes project to build carbon-neutral town
Hungary is planning to build a $1.1 billion town in the northwest part of the country that will use solar and biogas power and could create up to 5,000 permanent jobs. The project will also feature geothermal cooling and a sustainable water management policy.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (5/28) 
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Tech Leadership
Brownsville, Texas, official pushes smart growth
Brownsville, Texas, official pushes smart growth
Effective growth should take into account balance among activities such as urban planning, economic development and infrastructure expansion, says Brownsville, Texas, deputy city manager Helen Ramirez. Brownsville officials have hired a consulting firm to develop a "smart growth" plan aimed at maintaining the city's tax base during periods of development.
The Brownsville Herald (Texas) (5/28) 
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Startup helps cities track scooter, bike programs
Startup helps cities track scooter, bike programs
(Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
Ride Report, which recently announced a funding round, is helping cities analyze data and pursue enforcement efforts related to fleets of bikes and electric scooters. "It sets the tone that they're going to be held accountable," said William Henderson, Ride Report's CEO.
GeekWire (5/24) 
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Policy Insights
Plethora of technology aids $1.6B L.A. airport expansion
Laser scans, augmented and virtual reality, building information modeling and smart glasses have helped joint venture contractor Turner-PCL Construction keep a $1.6 billion expansion at Los Angeles International Airport running smoothly. The 1-million-square-foot Midfield Satellite Concourse expansion is on pace to open next year.
Construction Dive (5/29) 
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Emerging Technologies
Va. airport to receive 1st remote ATC tower in US
Virginia's Leesburg Executive Airport will soon have the country's first remote air traffic control tower, which will be housed in a building owned by Loudoun County and provided to the city at no charge. The system uses manipulable and high definition video cameras, signal lights and microphones to send data to the displays controllers use to direct aircraft taking off and departing from the airport.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Washington, D.C. (5/28) 
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