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Car manufacturers push for quieter tires

Image From . / Barry AnderssonYes, tire noise really matters!When Tire Technology International last reported on this issue, they spoke to one of the world's experts; Giuseppe Matrascia, the engineer responsible for new tire lines at Pirelli.Matrascia acknowledges that necessity, the need to comply with international government regulations and new "pass-by" noise limits, is the mother of invention. He says new tire designs, with reduced width and changes in the number of lateral grooves actually reduces "the two types of tire noise: external and internal, the noise you hear in the car."  ...

EIA: Big decline in crude oil inventories, exports surge

The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report today on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States.Here are some highlights:CRUDE INVENTORIES:Crude oil inventories decreased by 6.2 million barrels (MMbbl) to a total of 504.6 MMbbl. At 504.6 MMbbl, inventories are 50.6 MMbbl above last year (11.2%) and are well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Inventories at major delivery point Cushing, OK rose 0.5 MMbbl to a total of 62.7 million barrels.GASOLINE INVENTORIES:Gasoline inventories increased by 3.2 million barrels to a total of 225.2 MMbbl. At 225.2 MMbbl, inventories are up 6.4 MMbbl, 2.9% higher than a year ago and are well above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (-8.5 MMbbl); Midwest (-0.1 MMbbl); Gulf Coast (+4.8 MMbbl); Rockies (+0.2 MMbbl); and West Coast (+0.4 MMbbl). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:Distillate inventories increased by 2.2 MMbbl to a total of 165.0 MMbbl. At 165.0 MMbbl, inventories are up 13.1 MMbbl, or 8.6% vs. a year ago....

GasBuddy Activates Gasoline Availability Tracker to Help Motorists Find Gas in Southeast

GasBuddy has today activated its Gasoline Availability Tracker for drivers in six states following a major pipeline outage that has led to increased gasoline prices and difficulty finding gasoline for some. The Tracker can be accessed via web: http://tracker.GasBuddy.com/. Gasoline Availability TrackerMotorists can also search and report fuel availability via the latest version of the re-designed GasBuddy app available on iOS and Android. To show only stations that have gas, users can filter the amenity to "has fuel.To report stations without fuel, users can edit the stations amenities to toggle off "has fuel". Retail gasoline prices have risen in six states — most noticeably in Georgia, Tennessee and the Carolinas — due to Colonial Pipeline's shutdown of a major gasoline supply to the eastern U.S. following the discovery of the pipeline leak in Shelby County, Ala. To date, the states experiencing the impact on gasoline supply are: AL, GA, TN, NC, SC and VA. Find Stations With Fuel Via AppGasBuddy's Gasoline Availability Tracker assists consumers and provides visibility to authorities, distributors and retailers with the most up-to-date, real-time information on fuel availability at specific retail locations. This tool was last used in 2012 to assist motorists in NY, NJ and CT in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.GasBuddy spotters in the affected area are urged to update their local fuel availability information so that motorists looking for gasoline can find it. GasBuddy is also requesting gas stations to also keep their status updated. ...

Lyft CEO wants personal car ownership to be a thing of the past

By 2025, personal car ownership will be a thing of the past in major U.S. cities — at least, that's what the president of Lyft thinks.

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John Zimmer published a blog on Medium outlining his vision for the future of transportation, and he thinks the auto industry will be dominated by ride-hailing.

He writes: "Next time you walk outside, pay really close attention to the space around you. Look at how much land is devoted to cars  —  and nothing else."

His vision — which he calls "The Third Transportation Revolution" — outlines a plan to take personal vehicles off the streets and to transition Lyft to mostly autonomous vehicles by 2021.

Zimmer believes cars have gone from a symbol of freedom to a "$9,000 [annual] ball and chain that gets dragged through our daily life."

His plan echoes statements made by Tesla CEO Elon Musk about the world of personal transportation. Musk believes the future lies in groups of people owning self-driving cars and renting them out to other people.

Zimmer seems to agree with Musk, only he wants Lyft to own that fleet of cars, rather than private citizens.

The company's CEO believes his vision will not only help the environment, but it will also give people the opportunity to redesign urban areas so cities are built around humans, not vehicles.

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National Average Rises On Colonial Pipeline Outage

Gasoline prices nationally rose 2.7 cents per gallon to $2.21 in the last week on the heels of a major pipeline outage in the Southeast, sparking supply shortages and higher gasoline prices in some areas.The Colonial pipeline delivers gasoline from Gulf Coast oil refineries to much of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic areas, but a September 9 spill found by a mine inspector has had major impacts on gasoline prices and availability in six states: Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia and threatens to even have pricing impacts in neighboring states as gasoline supply is diverted to the affected states....

A pipeline rupture like few others

Colonial Pipeline Petroleum Farm (photo by J.B)Every year the transmission of oil, natural gas, gasoline, jet, diesel and other by products like ethanes and condensates, are cause for 50 to 100 reported leaks in North America. Their causes range from construction accidents, design faults, corrosion, pressure or even extreme weather and by law they must be reported to officials as a practice with priority given to safety and environmental outcomes.Though a pipeline failure is never any carriers wish, they are a reality given the millions of miles built over the last 120 years and their use has helped support thriving economic activity and prosperity....

Marijuana usage causes spike in Colorado traffic fatalities

Image From .Before you consider jumping on the bandwagon to legalize marijuana in your state you may want to take a look at recent findings from the Colorado state agency monitoring marijuana usage.  According to Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) data, the latest numbers show a dramatic spike in traffic-related fatalities in Colorado attributed to marijuana use in the almost four years since the state legalized the drug.Sadly, marijuana-related traffic fatalities in Colorado have increased 62 percent since 2013. According to HealthZette Editor Carleen Wild, Drivers testing positive for marijuana were a factor in 21 percent of all Colorado traffic deaths in 2015; that is up from only 10 percent in 2009. ...

10 Tips for Tailgating Like a Boss

Forget the basics—take your tailgate to the next level with these game-changing tips....

Are pipeline protests the social fault line of our times

On both sides of the Canada - U.S. border, a troubling pattern of loud and even violent protest appears to be taking root when it comes to pipeline hearings and building. In Canada, when the armslength National Energy Board (NEB) opened its public session  in Montreal to review TransCanada Pipeline's Energy East proposal, security and police had to be deployed at the outset of the proceedings when environmental activists violently charged at the podium threatening the staff and 3 memeber panel. The hearings were abruptly adjourned and within a week, all three members of the board resigned, leaving the pipeline's future in limbo....

Are federal dollars for your state's highways going to other states?

Image From . Effective project management and timely application for federal highway funding can mean a difference of millions of dollars for your state's roadways. Caltrans announced earlier this month that the federal government has rewarded California with a record $293 million in transportation funding after the state met all its 2015-2016 fiscal year deadlines for federally-funded projects. This surpasses California’s previous record (set in 2006) by almost $90 million.

“Caltrans has been rewarded—yet again—for its on-time and responsible use of federal funding, launching new construction projects prior to federal deadlines,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “These additional funds will help Caltrans and local transportation agencies to continue to invest in transportation across the state.”

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