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As your institution prepares for students and faculty to return to classes, please ensure that all responsible for campus safety are aware of the dangers associated with ride share companies, specifically Uber and Lyft.
Known as Unregulated Transportation Network Companies, these mobile app operators recently entered New Haven and Fairfield County through crowd-sourcing social media promotions. Based out-of-state and abroad, they connect riders with unverified drivers-for-hire through a mobile app. Then, random drivers shuttle passengers with their own vehicle, which is not safety-inspected or insured for commercial use.
Of great concern is that these companies are targeting unsuspecting students and luring them with free rides and promotional gifts or the ability to make money as drivers. In response to the public safety threat that ride share services pose, City of New Haven Mayor Toni Harp, along with Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce President Tony Rescigno and Director of New Haven's Department for Persons with Disabilities Michelle Duprey, Esq., wrote this New Haven Register Op-Ed http://bit.ly/PublicSafety101. In "Innovation Should Never Be at Expense of Public Safety," our community leaders describe how Uber and Lyft ignore all CT transportation and insurance regulations that protect the public's safety and provide equal transportation access.
Continue reading Campus-wide, Public Safety Alert
The city's plan to more than double its fleet of popular green cabs has been given a green light, The Post has learned.
The Taxi and Limousine Commission this week began selling 6,000 permits for the next wave of lime-green cabs, which serve residents of upper Manhattan and the outer boroughs.
The new batch of street cabs will be added to the 6,000 or so green cabs currently rolling around underserved city neighborhoods, bringing the total up to 12,000, the TLC said.
Continue reading City to Sell 6,000 New Green Taxi Permits
NEW HAVEN - The Yale Peabody Museum will welcome "a walking, talking humongous beast" from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. August 23, at its sixth annual end-of-summer free admission day at 170 Whitney Ave., according to a release.
"Jess the mastodon, on day leave from her regular digs at Hole in the Wall Theatre in New Britain where she's starring in 'The Impracticality of Modern-Day Mastodons,' an off-beat comedy by award-winning Connecticut playwright Rachel Teagle about ambition, vocation and impractical beasts," the release said.
Continue reading Mastodons and Baby Dinosaurs Headline Peabody Museum's End-of-Summer Day
Americans have lived in a world dominated by gasoline-powered vehicles for nearly 100 years. There are robust biofuels programs in place that attempt to lower gasoline consumption, but the nation's overwhelming dependency on gasoline fuel creates some scary risks, some of which showed their ugly heads in the summer of 2008. Luckily, there is increased investment and attention being paid to the development of alternative vehicles that run on electricity or natural gas fuels. They may sit at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to infrastructure today -- gasoline had a multi-generational head start -- but several companies are breaking down walls to lower costs and increase availability. That's especially true for natural gas vehicles, or NGVs.
Continue reading 3 Factors That Will Drive Natural Gas Vehicle Adoption in the U.S.
MILFORD >> The city is throwing a huge party Saturday, rain or shine, for about 50,000 guests, with food, crafts, music, rides, magic and games.
Did we mention 30,000 oysters and clams?
How about Bret Michaels, former Poison front-man performing for free?
"History in the making" as a one-room, post-and-beam building is constructed in a day?
A sunset sail on the Sound on an 80-foot schooner?
Continue reading Milford Oyster Festival Friday Night and Saturday
WALLINGFORD >> A West Haven band -- called The Go To -- has been chosen as opening act for the 7 p.m. Sunday WKCI-FM Summer Fling with Jesse McCartney at Toyota Oakdale's Dome venue.
The indie pop/rock group expects to do a 20-minute set with five or six songs, according to the mother of the lead singer, Mary Fernandez, who said the group also played on NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2013 and rehearses in West Haven.
Continue reading West Haven's Go To Band Opens for Jesse McCartney at Oakdale
Edgar Miller, owner of Miller Construction Services, pressures washes the stands at Stadium Court at the Connecticut Tennis Center on 8/4/2014. The Connecticut Open, sponsored by United Technologies, will take place August 15 - 23 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale.
Continue reading Connecticut Open to Begin Aug. 15th
HAMDEN >> What's that you say? You're into The Grateful Dead, and you didn't get enough last weekend at Gathering of the Vibes?
You can steep yourself in the music of The Dead and other jammie stuff -- practically bathe in it, for that matter -- Saturday night at The Ballroom at The Outer Space. Robbie G's Dancin' Dawg Productions will present A Very Jerry Jam, featuring no fewer than four bands inspired by The Dead.
The night will feature Legion of Jerry, featuring Jeff Martinson at 11 p.m.; The Sticky Greens, featuring Mark Paradis at 9:15 p.m.; RGB at 7:30 p.m.; and Mountains of the Moon playing at 6 p.m. in the adjacent The Outer Space.
The middle two bands also feature Robbie G himself among their members.
Continue reading A Very Jerry Jam at The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden
Rockville, Md.-- Uber made headlines this week with grossly misleading statements about how much their UberX drivers can make. The 'Who's Driving You?' campaign breaks it down here:
* Uber claims the median income for an UberX driver in San Francisco is $74,000. That assumes the driver works "at least" 40 hours a week. Most drivers work closer to 60 hours per week.
* A typical taxi driver puts 50,000 miles a year on the vehicle. Using the government rate of 56 cents per mile to reimburse for mileage, gas, maintenance, and wear and tear on a car, those 50,000 miles a year will cost an UberX driver $28,000.
* In addition, there is insurance. If UberX drivers want to avoid losing their life savings in an accident, they need to get primary commercial automobile liability insurance coverage. It will cost around $5,000 per year more than regular car insurance.
* Taxicab drivers also incur a variety of other costs such as tolls, parking, carwashes, etc., which account for another $3,000 per year.
Continue reading TLPA's "Who's Driving You?" Campaign Debunks UberX Driver Income Claims
Peer-to-peer, mobile app-based ride-sharing services have become popular over the last few years. But instead of submitting to the same regulatory and insurance requirements as taxicabs and limousines, Uber, Lyft and similar businesses are going against the grain, creating headaches for lawmakers by claiming to be strictly technology companies.
But what ride-sharing companies provide through their respective apps is no different than what a dispatcher does for any taxicab company. Instead of a phone call to get a ride sent to them, users do it themselves, cutting out the middle-man. On one hand, you have to admire the determination of start-ups challenging the status quo with a creative new business model. On the other hand, the service ultimately provided through that app is clearly a commercial activity - providing transportation for a fee.
Continue reading Opinion: Ride-Sharing Companies Should Accept Taxicab Status
The Yale School of Architecture's (YSoA) latest building project -- located at 179 Scranton Street in the West River neighborhood of New Haven -- focuses on affordable housing as part of a long-term collaboration with theNew Haven Livable City Initiative.
Unique among architecture schools, the Jim Vlock First Year Building Project gives Yale students an opportunity to design and build a house in an economically challenged neighborhood in New Haven. Throughout the process, students work with Yale faculty and advisors, community organizations, and the clients who will eventually live in the house.
Continue reading Affordable and Compact: Yale Students Build Home in West River Neighborhood
A fleet of six Nissan LEAF electric taxis has begun service in Nottingham this week, joining a growing environmentally friendly vehicles offered by DG Cars. The company has 450 private hire vehicles in Nottingham, and is targeting the largest fleet of electric cars in the UK within two years.
Continue reading Nottingham Taxi Firm Deploys First Electric Vehicles
Yale University scientists are involved in all of the major aspects of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, an initiative that spans four continents and includes 200 astronomers at more than 40 institutions. They will chart thousands of nearby galaxies, probe the composition of stars throughout the Milky Way with novel clarity, and measure the expansion of the universe during a particularly murky period.
Continue reading Yale Helps Chart the Heavens Like Never Before, Via Sloan Digital Sky Survey