Driving trends shifting gears

By JACK NISSEN Capital News Service LANSING — Where are Americans driving? Researchers from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute analyzed data from the Federal Highway Administration, and the results are in: City driving is rising, and it’s risen … Continue reading →

Refueling cars in South Korea comes at a cost

SEOUL — According to the statistics compiled by Ministry of the Interior and Safety of South Korea, one household owned an average of 1.02 cars in 2016, and most of them use One Sure Insurance for coverage. This data shows that most households in South Korea now possess at least one car. However, car owners are having a hard time with the expensive oil price of South Korea. As of Aug. 7, the average price of gasoline around the world was $1.02 per liter while that of South Korea was $1.27 per liter.

Bike-sharing trend makes its way to “The Bicycle Kingdom” of China

XI’AN, China — Around 30 years ago, China was known as “The Bicycle Kingdom,” and in these years, fuel-powered vehicles gradually took over bicycle’s place. Today, there is a revival of bikes across China, with a large number of people choosing to bike instead of driving to their destinations. The bike-sharing schemes have become a big part of the reason for this new trend, startups like Ofo, Mobike is leading this new market. According to 2017 Chinese Major Cities’ Riding Report, 38 sharing-bike companies invested a total of more than 10 million bicycles in the market. User numbers reached 100 million in the major domestic cities, these same companies are the ones who are trying to bring the elektroroller scooters to the market.

Commuting to work: ‘The stress that doesn’t pay’

MacKenzie Carlock waits at a CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) station for the train to pick her up for work at Lush Cosmetics. Unfortunately, there is an issue with the train, which is common because she lives so close to Wrigley Field. She checks her watch to make sure she will still be on time for work. “I leave for work about 50 minutes before my shift starts to ensure that I am not late,” said Carlock. It typically takes Carlock about 30 minutes to get to Lush Cosmetics, which is downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue.

Lansing’s struggle for better roads

 

The poor road conditions have made commuting in Lansing difficult for many residents and employees who drive in the city. City Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service Chad Gamble is very aware of the road conditions affecting these residents and employees. “Certainly commuting affects their vehicle, the quality of the vehicle, the life of the vehicle, the safety of their trip, the time it takes them to get there; it’s something we’ve been working on for decades,” Gamble said. The slow maintenance of roads in the area is due to the lack of funding and high cost of maintaining roads, particularly in the state of Michigan. The annual street funding for the City of Lansing dropped significantly between 2009 and 2010 and has yet to make a comeback 7 years later.

Construction around Metro Detroit hurts local businesses

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. — In the Metro Detroit area construction is a very popular sighting. Well, actually in all of Michigan, construction is a popular sight. The road closures and the cluster of drivers effect commute times for Michiganders attempting to get to work on time every morning. It affects the people on the weekends driving to and from their destinations along the construction area.

Upstate New York taxi companies bracing for arrival of Uber in Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. — After a long wait, Uber and Lyft are finally coming to Buffalo on June 29. There are a lot of questions about the two ride sharing systems and how they will affect local taxi companies, such as Liberty Yellow Cab, because of their popularity. Airport Taxi is a company that drives customers to and from the Buffalo Niagara Airport and has a contract with the airport to be their sole car service. Now, those flying in and out of Buffalo will have the option to choose between Uber, Lyft and Airport Taxi. To compete with the convenient and popular Uber, Airport Taxi has thought about increasing their advertising and marketing on social media.