Weakened Irma Leaves 3 Dead in Georgia, 1 in South Carolina

U.S. News

About 800 flights had been canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which remained operational Monday, even as many planes turned corners of the tarmac into a parking lot. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority suspended all bus and rail services Monday but said it would resume limited service Tuesday morning with plans to expand service as weather conditions improve. Downtown Atlanta's streets were eerily quiet, with restaurants, businesses and schools closed. Traffic flowed easily on the city's interstates, normally a sea of brake lights during rush hours.


Irma Whips Southeast: 2 Dead in Georgia, 1 in South Carolina

U.S. News

About 800 flights had been canceled at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which remained operational Monday, even as many planes turned corners of the tarmac into a parking lot. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority suspended all bus and rail services Monday and would decide later whether to resume operations Tuesday. Downtown Atlanta's streets were eerily quiet, with restaurants, businesses and schools closed. Traffic flowed easily on the city's interstates, normally a sea of brake lights during rush hours.


Elon Musk's Boring Company Will Build High-Speed Train To Chicago's O'Hare Airport

NPR Technology

An artist's rendering shows the design of an "electric skate" vehicle that the Boring Company says could travel up to 150 mph and whisk passengers to and from Chicago's O'Hare Airport in minutes. An artist's rendering shows the design of an "electric skate" vehicle that the Boring Company says could travel up to 150 mph and whisk passengers to and from Chicago's O'Hare Airport in minutes. Chicago has selected Elon Musk's Boring Company to build and operate an "express service to transport people to O'Hare Airport from downtown in 12 minutes on electric vehicles in underground tunnels," Mayor Rahm Emanuel says. The Chicago Express Loop would be "100 percent privately funded," the Boring Company says. Emanuel added that there would be no public subsidy to help pay for it.


Boats break free in New York's Hudson River amid ice jams, cruise ship slams into train bridge

FOX News

Eight large barges, including a cruise boat, broke loose and floated down the Hudson River towards Albany. Rising waters and ice jams along New York's Hudson River created chaos along the waterway Friday morning when several vessels, including an unoccupied cruise ship, broke free and floated away. New York State Police said in a series of posts on Twitter that the boats broke loose from their moorings in Troy before floating south down the Hudson River towards Albany. State police were forced to close several bridges between Troy and Albany during the morning rush hour as a precaution as the boats drifted south. State police posted an aerial image on Twitter showing the boats floating downriver.


How a Failed Experiment Could Still Be the Future of Public Transit

WIRED

Bringing Bridj to Kansas City seemed like a no-brainer to transit officials. For just $1.50, anyone could use an app to summon a ride downtown in van that would follow a route calculated on the fly by an algorithm. No one within the service area was ever more than a 10 minute walk from a stop, and as an added incentive, your first 10 rides were free. Just 1,480 people rode on a Bridj van, a laughably small figure in a city of 2 million people. The city launched the program with the Boston mobility startup in March 2016, and in the past six months just one-third of riders took more than 10 rides.