Amazon employees get a two-wheeled commuter benefit

Nashville’s Amazon employees who choose to bicycle to its downtown offices will get a new commuter benefit that covers the cost of bike maintenance, rentals, and more. The subsidy to cover costs associated with a bicycle commute include: Bike leases: Employees can lease a take-home bike, including e-bikes, for a monthly fee eligible for reimbursement. Bike…

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Return to the office will cost Nashville commuters $5,161, report says

Before COVID-19 created a remote workforce, full-time employees were spending nearly an hour each day on average commuting to the office, according to the latest available federal data. If that time was spent on the clock rather than in the car — as it has been for many during the COVID-19 crisis — workers could…

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New Bird Bike e-bike reduces reliance on gas-powered vehicles

Bird, a leader in environmentally friendly electric transportation, has joined the electric bike retail market providing alternative methods of transportation with the new Bird Bike. “With our new e-bike, we are creating increased opportunities for people to embrace micro electric vehicles,” said Travis VanderZanden, Bird’s founder and CEO. “Our e-bike is safe, durable and provides a…

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Amazon commits $75 million to develop 800 new affordable Nashville housing units near WeGo public transit sites

Amazon has committed $75 million for developers to create 800 affordable homes in the Nashville area near WeGo high-capacity transit corridors, ensuring that moderate- to low-income residents can afford urban housing with easy access to employment, schools, healthcare and more. The Nashville investment is part of Amazon’s more than $2 billion Housing Equity Fund to…

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AI technology may be the solution to long traffic light waits

Americans spend about 17.25 million hours waiting for poorly time traffic signals every day. Every day! That’s according to a recent study by Inrix, a transportation data company that tracked the movements of thousands of connected vehicles every five seconds as they traveled through some 210,000 intersection across the United States. An interactive map created…

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Tennessee and other state highway departments clear the way for a smoother holiday road trip

Road warriors, start your engines, because the Tennessee Department of Transportation plans to suspend all road construction during the busy Memorial Day weekend, making it easier for motorists to enjoy holiday travel. Other neighboring states, including Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina, plan to follow the same course of action as AAA expects 34 million travelers…

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All aboard! Amtrak may return to Nashville

While the recent proposal by President Joe Biden for proposed rail service is exciting — particularly the Nashville to Atlanta route — don’t start packing just yet. The Biden plan is still brand new and, as with any government proposal, plans are subject to change. And delays. And setbacks. Biden has proposed $80 billion for passenger…

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Southerners spend more of their income on commuting

We Southerners spend a larger percentage of our income getting to and from work than other regions of the United States, largely because of the length of our commutes, according to one survey. The annual cost of commuting varies from $6,427 in the South to $6,815 in the Northeast according to Clever, a service that…

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