Dec 4, 2019 - Economy & Business

Video: Transportation's looming overhaul

Changes in transportation are changing society at a level we haven’t seen in over 200 years.

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House Democrats show more climate cards with infrastructure package

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Senior House Democrats are on the cusp of unveiling a five-year, $760 billion infrastructure package that "places a major emphasis on climate change," Politico reported Tuesday night.

What's next: Democrats are slated to discuss the plan in their caucus meeting later this morning, per Politico and Roll Call.

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Texas commuters have the highest climate impact

Reproduced from StreetLight Data; Chart: Axios Visuals

Transportation is a top contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, but the worst offenders aren't congested cities like New York and San Francisco. Instead, it's sprawling, car-dependent metros like Dallas and Houston, a new analysis finds.

Why it matters: Even dense, traffic-choked cities can offset their carbon output with better urban planning and other, cleaner forms of transportation, says StreetLight Data, which studied mobility behavior in 100 cities to create its new U.S. Transportation Climate Impact Index.

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Uber rolls out changes to California ride-hailing in wake of new law

Photo: Alastair Pike/AFP via Getty Images

Uber is rolling out a number of changes to its ride-hailing service in California due to a new state law with stricter requirements to classify a worker as an independent contractor, according to a new customer email.

Why it matters: Uber has said it doesn't believe the law will force it to reclassify drivers because its core business is technology, not transportation, but it's unsurprising the company is taking steps to give (in practice and appearance) more autonomy to its drivers to protect itself.

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