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RTC warns motorists visiting California on I-15 to anticipate rush hour

Published Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017|1:55 p.m.

Updated 14 minutes ago

Travelers owning back to California this afternoon need to expect heavy traffic on southbound Interstate 15, according to the Regional Transport Commission of Southern Nevada.

About 1:30 p.m., there was a 13-mile backup near the Nevada-California border, RTC stated on Twitter. “Prepare for long hold-ups.”

Sigalert, a traffic tracking website, reveals that traffic starts slowing down near Excellent Springs Roadway and additional decreases up until commuters pass Primm, when the typical speed is noted at 70 miles per hour.

Uber reveals cover-up of hack impacting 57 million riders, motorists


Eric Risberg/ AP Revealed is the structure that houses the headquarters of Uber Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in San Francisco.

Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017|3:27 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO– Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that took individual information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service’s clients and chauffeurs.

The discovery Tuesday marks the current stain on Uber’s credibility.

The San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had actually constructed a culture that enabled female employees to be sexually bothered and encouraged employees to push legal limits.

Uber’s current CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, slammed the business’s handling of the data theft in a blog post that said there’s no proof the stolen info has been misused.

The break-in took the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 57 million riders. The burglars also captured the driver’s license numbers of 600,000 Uber chauffeurs.

Google'' s driverless vehicle motorists ride a career less traveled


Jeff Chiu/ AP

In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, photo, Brian Torcellini, Google group leader of driving operations, poses for photos next to a self-driving car at a Google office in Mountain View, Calif. Google utilizes a few dozen “security drivers” that get hold of the guiding wheel or hit the brakes on a fleet of robotic automobiles that Google’s engineers are setting to browse the roadways without human help.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015|8:11 a.m.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.– Fresh out of college, Brian Torcellini dreamed about getting a task discussing browsing.

Instead, he wound up in a dusty, dimly lit garage near Google’s Silicon Valley head office 6 years earlier, preparing to ride a wave of technology that thrust him into an occupational oxymoron. He ended up being a motorist in a driverless vehicle.

Torcellini, 31, now leads a team of test, or “safety,” drivers who are legally required to ride in Google’s fleet of 48 robot vehicles that the Web business’s engineers are setting to browse the roadways without human assistance.

“A lot of individuals go to work and sit in a cubicle,” Torcellini states. “Our cube just occurs to move the roads. And if we succeed, we are going to put ourselves out of a job.”

The driverless vehicles currently have logged more than 2 million miles in six years of often tedious testing on personal tracks, freeways and city streets located mainly near Google’s Mountain View, California, head office.

The cars have actually traveled more than half that range in automated mode, with one test driver in location to take control of the car if the technology fails or a possibly hazardous scenario develops. Meanwhile, another driver sits in the front passenger seat typing notes about problems that have to be taken care of and traffic situations that have to be studied.

“I don’t want to compare myself to an astronaut, however it type of seems like that in some cases,” states Google test driver Ryan Espinosa while riding in an automated Lexus that recently took an Associated Press reporter on a 20-minute ride around town without needing any human intervention.

If the technology advances as Google visualizes, the only individuals sitting in driverless automobiles by 2020 will certainly be travelers searching for a simpler method to get around.

Even fewer test motorists will be working due to the fact that the driverless cars will certainly be entirely independent, getting rid of the need for the automobiles to be equipped with guiding wheels or brake pedals. Everything will be managed through a mix of sensing units, lasers, software and complex maps– a vision that might extremely well leave numerous of Google’s test drivers searching for a brand-new kind of work.

The job needs a sense of experience, something Torcellini got when he started to surf in high school. His other enthusiasms include spear fishing and diving, which he compares to the sensation he gets when he climbs up into one of Google’s self-driving automobiles and presses the button that activates the automobile’s robotic controls.

“When you go scuba diving and take a moment to truly think of it, you realize you are doing something that isn’t really expected to be humanly possible: you are breathing undersea,” Torcellini says. “It’s the exact same type of sensation you get in among these automobiles. It’s not expected to be humanly possible.”

While the engineers who are programming the robotic automobiles have technical backgrounds, most of the test drivers don’t.

Torcellini worked in a drug store warehouse while getting his degree in government at San Diego State University. He wound up at Google in 2009 after a good friend who worked for the company recommended he talk to for an opening on a then-secret task.

Espinosa, 27, was working in a bicycle store before he was hired as a test driver two-and-half years back. Stephanie Villegas, 28, was a swim instructor, knife sharpener and bond trader prior to ending up being a test motorist. Other test drivers are military veterans and former professional photographers. They all share at least something in common: spotless driving records.

Before they are handed over with the vehicles, Google’s test drivers must finish three-week training courses. The motorists are taught to take control of the robotic automobile whenever there is any moment of doubt or risk.

Google utilizes “dozens” of test motorists but will not reveal the precise number. It’s likely around 100 since California law requires two test drivers per automobile, and Google’s fleet presently includes 25 pod-like vehicles and 23 Lexuses.

A few of those self-driving cars Google likewise just recently began travelling around Austin, Texas, so a few of the test motorists are based there.

The team includes a mix of full-time staff members and specialists, a few of whom are ultimately hired by the company.

The drivers who begin as contractors begin at $20 per hour with “lots of opportunities” for overtime when they log more than eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week, according to Google’s current help-wanted listings posted on Glassdoor.com. The motorists who become workers receive business stock options in addition to their wages, though Google will not reveal how much they are paid.

Besides having clean driving records, Google’s test drivers state the job requires a mix of profundity, patience and fearlessness. The self-driving vehicles were in 16 mishaps from Might 2010 through August, but they are becoming more regular as the cars spend more time on public roadways. Half of the crashes have happened given that February– a stretch when the self-driving cars were taking a trip approximately about 10,000 miles per week on public streets in independent mode. There have actually been no significant injuries reported so far.

The self-driving technology hasn’t been to blame for any of the accidents, according to Google, though it states one accident was caused by a staff member who was steering a robotic automobile while running a personal errand. In all however 3 of the mishaps, Google’s self-driving cars have actually been rear-ended, a pattern that the business believes relates to the a great deal of motorists who are texting, talking on the phone or otherwise doing something besides focusing on the roadways and their surroundings.

“There are tons of circumstances where we see individuals who just aren’t excellent at driving out there,” Torcellini says. “It depends on us to teach the (robot) vehicles to be better than those motorists, and even much better than the best drivers, too.”

First Uber motorists start transporting passengers in Las Vegas, establishing problem with Clark County

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015|1:42 p.m.

Although a state panel validated policies that legislated ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft on Monday, Clark County tried to stop briefly the long-awaited launching of the companies in Las Vegas at a conference today, saying that they would not be allowed to operate without company licenses provided by the county.

However the business showed no signs of backing down. Shortly after the meeting ended, at least 2 Uber drivers were getting rides, according to its app. Lyft has yet to launch, however a spokesperson stated the company is “confident” it will begin this week.

Although state regulatory authorities given final consent Monday, Clark County has yet to produce the legal structure to release company licenses. The county presented an ordinance at its conference today that would create a brand-new classification of company license, arranging a hearing for Oct. 20.

Both Uber and Lyft have actually dealt with the county on business license issue for weeks.

Tensions rose throughout the conference. Kelly Kay, Lyft’s vice president of compliance and payment, stated the business was receiving blended messages from state regulators and regional policymakers.

“I’m incredibly dissatisfied,” Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak stated in response to Kay’s statement. “That that would be your statement is beyond stunning to me.”

Uber launched in Las Vegas last October however suspended its operations after an injunction in November.

The majority of brand-new California licenses go to motorists in U.S. unlawfully


Nick Ut/ AP

In this Jan. 2, 2015, file picture, individuals line up at a California Department of Motor Autos office to register for motorists licenses in Stanton, Calif.

Friday, July 17, 2015|6:44 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO– After a new law went into result in January, majority of all new driver’s licenses released in California this year have gone to people who are in the country unlawfully, the state said Friday.

The California Department of Motor Automobiles reported it has actually issued roughly 397,000 licenses to people who reside in the country unlawfully. An overall of 759,000 licenses were released in the first six months of the year.

The DMV released 435,000 licenses in the very first six months of 2014.

The new law initially produced big interest, with long lines at DMV workplaces in January and February. The DMV anticipates to see about one million more applicants over the next three years who are covered under the new law.

“We really hope that all of those people will be able to pass the screening and have the essential files to obtain” a license, stated DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez.

Advocates of the law say providing licenses to people regardless of their migration condition makes the roadways safer for everyone. New motorists state having a license indicates they can travel more easily for work or pleasure.

Some individuals had actually been driving without a license.

“It’s terrific that people are benefiting from this brand-new law,” stated Jackelin Aguilar, community organizer for Second People of Faith Together, an Auburn, California-based group that supports the new licenses.

“It’s certainly an advance for the families, and having identification is huge,” Aguilar said.

Challengers state individuals who remain in the country illegally needs to not be rewarded.

Roy Beck, president of NumbersUSA, which promotes for legal and limited immigration, chided California for making life easier for individuals in the country illegally, at the expenditure of residents and legal locals.

“There are now 400,000 more signals to people all over the world that working unlawfully in California is motivated by the government itself,” he stated.

About 687,000 people have gotten the licenses provided to illegal immigrants. Candidates must pass driving tests and show proof of residency and identity.

The new license is marked differently than those released to other drivers in the state and is not considered a valid kind of federal identification, for instance, to board an airplane.

More than 1.1 million individuals who get the brand-new licenses took the composed driver’s test in between Jan. 2 and June 30, and 436,000 have likewise taken a behind-the-wheel driving test.

Ride-hailing companies hiring motorists in Las Vegas



An ad from Lyft seeking drivers in Las Vegas.

Released Monday, July 6, 2015|12:29 p.m.

Updated Monday, July 6, 2015|12:59 p.m.

Disruptors, begin your engines: Ride-hailing business Uber and Lyft are hiring motorists in Las Vegas in anticipation of their launch later on this summertime.

Lyft has blanketed social media and Craigslist in current weeks with advertisements boasting “flexible work” while making up to $35 an hour.

Lyft wishes to have numerous drivers on board when it introduces, spokesperson Chelsea Wilson said.

“We’ve wished to be in Vegas for a long time,” Wilson said. “We’re planning to launch in the area as soon as the policies allow and for it to be one of our greatest launches yet.”

Uber, the market leader, has actually posted numerous Craigslist ads searching for “driver partners,” described as part-time, independent specialists who can earn up to $800 a week.

Uber and Lyft are the 2 leaders in the nascent ride-hailing market, which enables customers to organize rides through their smartphones.

While the services have infected more than 100 cities across the nation over the last five years, their arrival in Nevada has been delayed by regulative obstacles and fierce opposition from the taxicab and limo market.

The state Legislature passed a pair of laws in May clearing the method for the companies to start running legally in Nevada.

Last week, the Nevada Transport Authority authorized “emergency situation regulations” that enable ride-hailing companies to apply for an operating license, however up until now no applications have actually been sent.

The two companies have mostly similar requirements for drivers, with a couple of minor differences.

Both need motorists be at least 21 years of ages with valid driver’s insurance, clean driving records and car insurance coverage particularly customized for ride-hailing uses.

Possibly the most significant disparity remains in the marketed pay.

Uber states motorists can make up to $800 a week using its platform, while Lyft puts the upper limit at $1,500 a week. Neither said how many working hours are needed to earn that much.

The figures also don’t consist of the cost of gas, insurance and automobile maintenance motorists accountable for, which can cost as much as $2,900 a year, according to an analysis by monetary education website NerdWallet.

A November examination by Buzzfeed found that 11 New York City drivers selected randomly earned between $10.71 and $31.44 an hour, consisting of expenses. Over a 40-hour work week, that equates to $428.40 to $1,257.60 in incomes.

It will likely take the firm a number of weeks to process applications once they are filed, indicating it could be late summer or early fall before Uber and Lyft motorists are lastly shuttling passengers around the valley.

Uber says motorists and passengers prohibited from bring weapons

Friday, June 19, 2015|5:31 p.m.

New York City– Ride-hailing app company Uber says it is banning its riders and motorists from bring guns.

Uber Technologies says it is prohibiting guns of any kind throughout rides organized through the Uber platform, and drivers or riders who break the policy might lose access to the platform. The guidelines also put on Uber’s affiliates.

The company stated Friday it altered its guns policy on June 10 to ensure riders and drivers feel comfortable. In a statement, Uber stated it made the modification after evaluating feedback from both passengers and Uber drivers. Previously it had accepted regional law on the issue.

San Francisco-based Uber lets travelers summon automobiles through an app in more than 250 cities worldwide, and the independently held company is valued at around $40 billion. However it’s faced legal and regulatory obstacles as it expands in the United States and abroad. It has also been slammed over the thoroughness of the background checks it does on motorists and other security issues.

In April, an Uber motorist with a concealed-carry license shot a 22-year-old guy who had actually opened fire on a group of pedestrians in Chicago. Court records state the man was contending pedestrians who were walking in front of the Uber motorist’s vehicle, and the driver shot the gunman. The motorist wasn’t charged, as prosecutors stated he acted in defense of himself and others.

Rival Lyft also has a “no weapons” policy. According to Lyft’s site, if a motorist or rider is discovered to have a weapon in a Lyft car they’ll be disallowed from the platform despite regional laws on weapons possession.

Southern Nevada motorists getting more than expected from new fuel tax

It would be tough to suggest that Clark County’s fuel earnings indexing program hasn’t been a success so far.

But is it effective enough to convince voters to license the tax for another 10 years?

It’s an arguable question and one that voters won’t need to ponder for another year and half.

On the positive side, lots of road construction projects countywide, some of which were bound to miss out on prioritization cuts, were created, are underway or finished.

Another plus: Countless construction workers got tasks, a boost to the local economy any method you slice it. Some who have lingered in joblessness lines are back to work; some two-income households have more disposable earnings and are investing it.

Financial development leaders preach the mantra that enhanced facilities is a crucial factor to consider business consider when determining whether to purchase a neighborhood.

The apparent drawback to the public is the expense. Southern Nevada consumers have actually paid more at the pump as an outcome of enhanced fuel taxes. Another disadvantage: those irritating orange cones all over. Ask anybody about road construction in Southern Nevada and they’re bound to have a tale of woe to outline some element of road work.

Last year, on July 1, the fuel tax increased by 3.35 cents a gallon on top of a 3.25-cent-per-gallon rise when indexing first took effect.

In just over a month, on July 1, it will go up once more, most likely by around 3 cents a gallon. The exact amount hasn’t been calculated, since it’s based upon the level of the Producer Cost Index– that’s where the word “indexing” comes into play– and the federal government won’t announce that up until next month.

In July 2016, the tax might increase once again, however most likely by a fractional quantity because there’s a 10-cent-per-gallon ceiling on increases over the life of the three-year program that ends Dec. 31, 2016.

However a lot of customers virtually forgot gasoline tax rates in the fall when crude oil and the base price of gasoline plunged. For about six months, consumers paid more than $1 less per gallon of gas than they did a year previously. Even today, after gasoline rates have steadily risen since late April, it’s about $1 less per gallon than it was a year ago.


“When fuel earnings indexing was initially accepted, it provided the homeowners of Clark County the chance to see exactly what could be done,” said Tina Quigley, basic supervisor of the Regional Transport Commission of Southern Nevada. “Up until now, the general public response we have actually gotten has actually been really supportive.”

Due to the fact that jobs were evenly distributed across the county, there was a high possibility that something good would happen to a roadway on every commuter’s route.

The Regional Transportation Commission’s objective was to approve 199 jobs, supplying an approximated 9,000 jobs, and gather sufficient income to broaden bonding capacity for between $700 million and $800 million worth of projects.

Marc Traasdahl, the Transport Commission’s finance director, stated the revenue collected can be utilized in various methods. It can be utilized as a guarantee versus 20-year bonds safeguarded for large projects; it can be made use of for smaller sized pay-as-you-go tasks; and it can be utilized as coordinating funds for tasks moneyed by grants and special programs needing a local contribution.

Commission officials have been pitching the program as gathering “a penny a day” from motorists and fuel earnings indexing as “investing in our community, one gallon at a time.”

They have actually been getting substantial branding mileage by marking every construction site with brilliant yellow indicators marked “sustaining our future” with graphics of a highway and a gasoline pump.

No place was the message more popular than in one of the program’s largest endeavors, its $30.8 million contribution towards the $318 million Interstate 11 Rock City bypass project.

As the very first addition to the country’s interstate highway system given that 1992, the I-11 task has raised considerable attention to Southern Nevada’s efforts to build infrastructure, and a host of dignitaries attending the April 6 groundbreaking occasion brought political star power to what ordinarily would be an ordinary occasion.

The I-11 fuel revenue indexing contribution had not been even the biggest task on its list. A $43.2 million contribution is being made on the 215 Beltway task in between Decatur Boulevard and Fifth Street, bringing the road approximately federal freeway specifications.

Another $32 million is going toward Beltway improvements further south at the McCarran International Airport port.

Another big project for the city is the Main Street-Commerce Street one-way roadway couplets that are being upgraded with enhanced flow, bike paths, pedestrian locations and landscaping with a contribution of $13 million.

Then, there are the smaller projects that aren’t huge in the dollars-and-cents classification but are important in a commuter’s day-to-day drive. Amongst the smallest tasks on the list are designs– however not building– for a series of pedestrian-activated flashing cautioning light systems. In Las Vegas, $7,000 for each job was assigned for jobs at Gowan Roadway and Shermcrest Method, Sahara Opportunity and Las Verdes Street, and Smoke Ranch Roadway and James Bilbray Drive.


As pleased as transportation leaders have been with the projects that have been carried out, they are more excited that it appears they’re going to get even more bang for their buck.

Because of a mix of greater tax collections than prepared for and task quotes coming in listed below estimated costs, the Transportation Commission will go deeper into the list of task propositions than anticipated. Instead of 199 tasks with a capacity of $700 million to $800 million, the commission already has actually licensed 215 jobs with an ability of about $1 billion.

There’s still a prolonged list of tasks that didn’t make it, but at least 16 less than coordinators originally thought.

But perhaps a few of those projects will make it if voters extend the life of the program next year.

In a program called FRI2– the 2nd stage of fuel profits indexing– the Transportation Commission went to Clark County, the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Stone City and other smaller sized towns in the county to form a desire list of road tasks that might be achieved if the indexing is continued.

The towns developed $5.6 billion worth of jobs. The commission worked together with the Nevada Transportation Department to trim the list to about $3 billion worth of tasks and prioritized the work.

The tentative list includes $1.9 billion in commission projects for the county and towns and $1.2 billion in Department of Transportation work. Those jobs, over 10 years, would supply an approximated 40,500 jobs.

Amongst the highlights of the suggested list are $96.7 million for Beltway improvements, $125 million for some type of guideway system for Maryland Parkway, and $200 million for transportation projects related to the Las Vegas Global Enterprise zone task. It’s unclear whether the Maryland Parkway task would be light rail or specialized public transportation system using buses.

Quigley, a member of a transport committee studying options for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s $2.3 billion overhaul of the Las Vegas Convention Center, stated it’s prematurely to forecast what sort of transportation improvements will be thought about for the Global Business District plan, but at least there will certainly be money offered to obtain it began.

Another task on the list: $50 million for extending Las Vegas Boulevard south to Primm as an alternative route to Interstate 15 when the highway is crowded or closed after a traffic accident.

Quigley and other transport leaders have actually run a few of the program by legislators and are supporting a step to modify Assembly Bill 314, which would purchase the general public vote extending indexing beyond 2016.

The modification blends 2 concerns into one on the indexing proposition.

No matter whether the modification passes, the question of fuel revenue indexing will certainly appear prior to voters when voters choose a brand-new president in 2016.

Depend on the transport question creating considerable regional argument as candidates make their case for their particular offices next year.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at [email protected]!.?.! or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.