USU launches NSF-funded engineering research center for electrified transportation

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IMAGE: The ASPIRE Engineering Research Center will play a critical role in transforming the nation’s transportation and electric utility industries.
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LOGAN, UTAH — The National Science Foundation has awarded Utah State University a five-year, $26 million grant, renewable to 10-year, $50.6 million, to develop an international research center dedicated to advancing sustainable, electrified transportation. The center is expected to raise more than $200 million over the next decade in government and industry support.

The grant establishes an Engineering Research Center focused on developing new infrastructure that facilitates widespread adoption of electric vehicles. The center is named ASPIRE — Advancing Sustainability through Powered Infrastructure for Roadway Electrification.

“ASPIRE represents the very best of what a research university brings to the state and community,” said USU President Noelle E. Cockett. “The center will provide unprecedented opportunities for students and further Utah State’s ability to cultivate a

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Metro Is Sending Voters a Transportation Tax, Even as Tomorrow’s Commute Looks Foggy

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This month, regional government Metro referred to the November ballot the largest tax measure in Portland history: $5 billion for transportation, including a light rail line to Tualatin. Metro is plowing forward in the middle of a pandemic, against the outcry of business owners, because it says the need is urgent.

“The time to act is now,” Metro Council President Lynn Peterson told WW before the referral of the measure. “If we delay, we will not be able to create tens of thousands of jobs when we need them most, and our region could miss opportunities to leverage federal, private and philanthropic funds.”

But Metro is taking a big gamble at a moment of rapid change. That unpredictability extends to transportation. The fallout from COVID-19, social distancing and the economic downturn are changing American traffic patterns and may result in other, more drastic changes in how people commute.

Already, some

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Coronavirus daily news updates, July 28: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world

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Editor’s note: This is a live account of COVID-19 updates from Tuesday, July 28 as the day unfolded. It is no longer being updated. Click here to see all the most recent news about the pandemic, and click here to find additional resources.

Thousands of volunteers helped launch the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine trial Monday by testing shots created by the U.S. government. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited development sites in North Carolina and Florida, in an attempt to highlight the study that’s one of several candidates racing to develop a vaccine.

Throughout Tuesday, on this page, we’ll be posting Seattle Times journalists’ updates on the outbreak and its effects on the Seattle area, the Pacific Northwest and the world. Updates from Monday can be found here, and all our coronavirus coverage can be found here.

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Live updates:

Port of Seattle

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CA Cities Are Tracking Location Data From E-Bikes And Scooters

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By Jacqui Irwin and Buffy Wicks, Special to CalMatters:

Los Angeles and other California cities are requiring rented mobility devices – e-bikes and e-scooters – to share real-time location data with government agencies.


A trip to the grocery store, a long bike ride through a park, a stroll through our neighborhoods. These are the precious trips we have all come to look forward to during the recent stay-at-home orders.

These moments – like our pre-pandemic trips to work, school and restaurants – paint an intimate portrait of our daily lives. And this is precisely the information that the government wants to collect from you.

A world where you know where a person begins and ends a journey, the route they took to get there and the time they arrived, can seem intrusive when applied to a child being watched by a parent, but is altogether bone-chilling when applied to Californians

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