Cabs are parked outside of Grant Sawyer Building Monday, March 30, 2015, in Las Vegas. Southern Nevada taxi drivers and Uber supporters were among those who attended a hearing to discuss proposed legislation that would allow transportation network companies, such as Uber, as legal operators in the state of Nevada. (Las Vegas Review-Journal file)In this Jan. 14, 2016, photo, a driver waits to pick up passengers at an Uber and Lyft pick up area at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. The advent of Uber and Lyft in Nevada last fall has thrown the powerful Las Vegas taxi industry and its regulators into upheaval, as the taxi industry's $3-per-ride credit card processing fee and lack of an online review system look suddenly out of date.(AP Photo/John Locher) As ride-share services increasingly become the transportation option of choice for many Las Vegas residents and visitors, taxi usage continues to drop. And as ridership drops, cab companies’ anger rises, largely tied to the … [Read more...] about Ride-share use keeps rising in Las Vegas, taxi usage plummets
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0 Have your say When Nottingham City Council first announced its plans for a workplace parking levy, the backlash was immediate. “Lots of businesses were trying to work out ways to get round it,” says BBC Nottingham journalist Rebecca Brice, who covered the story. “I spoke to one employer who was talking about painting huge [bays] in the car park so it looked as if there were only 10 spaces [because 10 is the maximum number allowed before a company must start paying].” Under Nottingham’s WPL scheme, businesses with 11 or more spaces must pay an annual tax (currently £415 per space); but an estimated 40 per cent of employers have passed the cost on to their workers. “People were initially outraged because they were paying the money, but not seeing the benefits,” says Brice.Seven years on, however, the city’s WPL scheme is held up as a model and has helped the city win an Ashden Award for sustainable travel. … [Read more...] about Insight: Panacea for urban congestion or poll tax on wheels?
Escalante, Utah • On the eastern end of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, narrow slot canyons shoot through the rocks in shades of terra-cotta red and pale peach. To the west stand surreal rock spires, the hoodoos for which the badlands are known. But what’s buried beneath undulating gray formations here is what caught Washington’s attention: coal. Decades ago, that gray swath signaled big profits for any company prepared to dig it up. But today, even the government officials charged with assessing the roughly 9 billion tons of coal deposits say they are unlikely to attract investors' interest. In this fight, ideology has triumphed over economics. While administration officials trumpet a potential coal boom here, it’s unclear whether there will be many takers. Several of the tourist operators, conservation groups and researchers who invested in the area over the past two decades fear that even a modest amount of mining will undermine the … [Read more...] about Trump has opened up Utah’s Grand Staircase to coal mining, why has no one taken him up on it yet?