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Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
Partner and Chairman, Windels Marx Transportation Practice Group
President, International Association of Transportation Regulators
Transportation Technology Chair, University Transportation Research Center

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Eric Adams Taps Ydanis Rodriguez to Head the NYC Department of Transportation

(Left to Right: former NYC Taxi & Limousine Commissioner Chair Mat Daus, NYC Mayor-Elect Eric Adams, incoming NYC Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez)

Congratulations are in order for the New NYC DOT Commissioner, Ydanis Rodriguez!

Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) has served on the City Council since 2010, and as the chair of its Transportation Committee for eight years.

The Inwood politician was among the mayor-elect’s closest backers during this year’s mayoral primary, often appearing at his side on the campaign trail. Rodriguez was widely expected to be offered a job in the Adams administration.

Rodriguez has been a staunch advocate of current Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” initiative to reduce traffic deaths, as well as the city’s for-hire vehicle industry. He has also pushed the City to install more bike lanes, bus lanes, and pedestrian improvements, and launched the city’s “Car-Free Earth Day.”

Those views align with the mayor-elect’s campaign commitments on transportation policy. As a candidate, Adams pledged to build out 300 miles of new protected bike lanes.

As the Transportation Committee Chair, Rodriguez called for free public transit and for the City to get at least 500,000 cars off its streets. He pushed for new plazas and bike lanes in his district and just last week appeared with current DOT Commissioner, Hank Gutman, to christen a plaza on a section of Dyckman Street that was closed to cars during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rodriguez pledged to “turn New York City into the most pedestrian and cyclist-friendly city in the nation” in a statement announcing his appointment Monday afternoon.

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OSHA Vaccine Mandate Penalties to Start January 10, 2022


The Occupational Health and Safety Administration said Saturday that it would not issue citations tied to its coronavirus vaccination mandate before January 10, 2022, so that companies have time to adjust to and implement the requirements.

The federal agency separately said there would be no citations of companies regarding its testing requirements before February 9, 2022.

The announcement came after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District in Cincinnati decided on Friday that the mandate for large employers could go forward, reversing a previous court decision made after 27 Republican-led states, conservative groups, business associations and some individual companies challenged the mandate.

OSHA said in a statement that it would not issue citations before the listed dates “so long as an employer is exercising reasonable, good faith efforts to come into compliance with the standard.”
The mandate was previously slated to take effect January 4th.

The Biden administration’s vaccine requirement applies to companies with 100 or more employees and covers about 84 million U.S. workers. Employees who are not fully vaccinated have to wear face masks and be subject to weekly COVID-19 tests. There are exceptions, including for those who work outdoors, or only at home.

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Windels Marx Transportation Practice Group News Feed - Volume 2 (2021), Edition 228

Egypt Seeks to Build $20,000 Electric Vehicles in Green Push
Egypt is joining the Middle East’s push to adopt electric cars, tasking a state-owned company to build affordable vehicles with a Chinese firm while taking advantage of its renewable energy boom to power them.
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China EV Teardown: A $4,500 “Alternative to Walking”
In Japan, a Nagoya University professor disassembled the electric vehicle to discover what kind of alchemy the manufacturer used to set such a low price.
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Compare Rideshare and Taxi Providers in One Place with “Placie”
The app's launch comes off the back of research commissioned by Placie into Australians' holiday transport habits.
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Several Democrats Call on FAA, CDC to Mandate Vaccines, Negative Tests for Air Travel
Four Democratic lawmakers urged federal agencies to require airline passengers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to board domestic flights.
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Biden Raises Vehicle Mileage Standards, Reversing Trump Rollback
The Biden administration has put forward its most ambitious vehicle mileage goals to date, raising standards for cars and small trucks while reversing a Trump-era rollback.
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Electric Vehicles Stocks Tumble after Manchin Rejects Biden’s Climate and Social Plan
Shares of electric vehicle companies tumbled following the apparent failure of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan that includes significant incentives for the growing sector.
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“This Is a Crisis:” Fatal Crashes Involving Cyclists and Pedestrians in NJ at Highest Number Since 1989
Twenty-two cyclists and 204 pedestrians have been killed in crashes, according to state police data. They accounted for a third of those killed in crashes overall. It is the highest number since 1989.
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New D.C. Council Bills Aim to Tackle Traffic Safety around Schools
D.C. Councilmembers are proposing more tools and solutions to combat the rise in traffic deaths and injuries on District streets. 
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Grading De Blasio: Mayor Praised for Launching Vision Zero, but Critics Say He Didn’t Go Far Enough
New York City was the first American city to adopt Vision Zero, the Swedish approach to reducing the number of people killed by drivers through changes to street design; it was an idea that Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned on and launched shortly after taking office.
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Ford Mustang Mach-E Joins New York City’s Yellow Taxi Fleet

The Ford Mustang Mach-E is hitting the streets of New York City as the latest electric vehicle to join the ranks of the city’s iconic yellow taxi fleet. The Mustang Mach-E, with its fresh coat of Rally Yellow paint and classic taxi iconography, is being operated by Gravity, a startup focused on EV fleets and charging infrastructure. 

This is the first time that Ford’s new, mass-market EV is being deployed as a taxi. However, it will not be the last — Gravity says it hopes to eventually operate a fleet of 50 electric vehicles comprised of both Mustang Mach-E models and Tesla Model Y models.

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