Pilot Projects

View of natural gas power plant with two tall smokestacks on Northern California coast

Making Natural Gas Power Plants Cleaner

Carbon capture and storage has long been associated with coal-burning power plants. Calpine Corp. hopes to apply the controversial technology to existing natural gas power plants, beginning with a pilot project to start this month in the Bay Area.

August 17, 2023 - The Sacramento Bee

The Griffith Observatory is perched on a hill above Los Angeles, with the city's downtown shown int he distant background. Griffith Park's rolling hills and winding roads are shown in the foreground.

Los Angeles to Test Road Closure Through Scenic Griffith Park

After a driver killed a cyclist on Griffith Park Drive in April, the city of Los Angeles is studying safety upgrades on streets in its famous park. The L.A. Times says the changes are part of a growing movement.

July 12, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Concrete dam of almost dried, low water level Stevens Creek reservoir in San Francisco Bay Area, California.

Desalination and Water Recycling Needed to Increase Bay Area Water Supply

In an ongoing drought exacerbated by climate change, the Bay Area needs to look toward two technologies to secure adequate drinking water supply: desalination and wastewater recycling, according to an analysis by the San Francisco Examiner.

June 9, 2022 - San Francisco Examiner

A yellow sign street sign showing the symbol for a speed bump: a simple black bump.

Speed Cushion Pilot Project Drastically Reduces Vehicle Speeds in Cincinnati

With Vision Zero faltering around the country, maybe it's time to get back to the fundamentals of street design. An example from Cincinnati shows how street improvements can achieve significant improvements with relatively little expense.

February 15, 2022 - CityBeat

Los Angeles, California

Transportation Tech Innovation Zone Launched in Los Angeles

Urban Movement Labs (UML) is working with the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti to undertake a series of pilot programs to entice private companies to Los Angeles to develop and test innovation transportation technology.

November 25, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

Lime Scooters

Doing Urban Mobility Pilot Programs the Right Way

Pilot programs can offer useful insight to decisionmakers, but they need to be done for the right reasons and with clear goals and plans.

October 7, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

On-Demand Shuttle

On-Demand Transit in Houston: There's an App for That

The city of Houston this week launched an app for its Community Connector shuttle service as part of a ten-month pilot project.

September 9, 2020 - Houston Chronicle

Ocean Drive Open Streets

Cars Retake Their Place on Ocean Drive in Miami Beach

Ocean Drive in South Beach is the site of an ongoing pilot project in making space for pedestrians and businesses in space previously devoted to cars. Advocates and some local politicians don't like the direction that the experiment is headed.

July 13, 2020 - Miami Herald

Coronavirus Open Streets

Tampa Closes Streets to Open Outdoor Space to Restaurants

A pilot project in Tampa is closing select streets to cars to allow more space for dine-in restaurant service.

May 6, 2020 - That's So Tampa

Coronavirus Social Distancing

New Density Control Measure to Close Some New York Streets to Cars

To encourage recreational walking while practicing social distancing in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andrew Cuomo asked the New York City mayor and city council speaker to devise a pilot project to provide for open streets.

March 26, 2020 - CNBC

Mountain View, California

First Safe Parking Lot for the Homeless Opens in San Francisco

With more than 1,700 people living out of vehicles on the streets of San Francisco, the city is in the process of opening a new safe parking facility that woll allow 30 vehicles to park for up to 90 days.

December 12, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

On-Demand Shuttle

In Defense of Pilot Projects

An initial lack of success of transportation pilot projects isn't always an indicator of long-term viability in a rapidly shifting transportation landscape, according to this article.

December 7, 2019 - SPUR

Electric Scooters

Scooter Pilot Comes to a Close in Chicago

Chicago's heavily debated electric scooter rental pilot comes to a close today. The debate about how to treat electric scooter rentals in the future also begins today.

October 15, 2019 - Chicago Tribune

Minneapolis Alternative Transportation

A Test Ride for Mobility Hubs

Offering multiple, non-automobile options for transportation in one place is the idea behind mobility hubs. The city of Minneapolis is now testing the concept at four locations.

October 1, 2019 - Star Tribune

Tree Grate

The Problem with Pilot Programs

Pilot programs are a way to test out a policy or program to ensure it is the right solution before investing significant amounts of money. But they also pose a variety of challenges.

September 1, 2019 - Governing

Highway 520

Washington State to Decide on Transition From Gas Tax to Road Usage Charge

Having completed a pilot program last year, the Washington State Transportation Commission will hear a report in October and vote in December on phasing out its 49.4 cents per gallon gas tax, fourth highest in the nation but not indexed to inflation.

August 15, 2019 - Tacoma News Tribune

Cleveland, Ohio

Street Closure, Park Experiment Hits a Snag in Cleveland

In July, a local nonprofit closed down an entire street in the Ohio City neighborhood of Cleveland for a placemaking experiment that had to be partially dismantled before the three-month duration of the program was complete.

August 14, 2019 - The Plain Dealer

Bus Lane

Moment of Zen: Watch L.A.'s New Bus Lane Outperform Car Traffic in Real Time

A pilot bus-only lane, originally intended to replace temporarily closed light rail service, has produced some big wins for transit advocates on social media.

July 26, 2019 - Metro Los Angeles via Twitter

Captal Metro

Austin Mulling New Incentives for Transit Riders

A proposed pilot program would text six new types of transit ridership incentives in the city of Austin.

July 22, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Homeless Cars

A 'Safe' Parking Lot for the Homeless Proposed in San Francisco

If approved, a new facility in San Francisco will allow homeless people living in RVs and vans a safe place to park. Access to support services will also be available at the site.

July 17, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

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