Daily News Briefs, September 11, 2023

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Lourdes Zapata Named MTA Chief Diversity And Inclusion Officer

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) last week named Lourdes Zapata its chief diversity and inclusion officer. She will be responsible for managing efforts to provide equitable and inclusive opportunities for employment and contracting with the authority. Most recently, Zapata led a Bronx economic development organization but earlier served as New York State’s chief diversity officer and as executive vice president of the Division of Minority and Women’s Business Development at Empire State Development, where she was responsible for the development and oversight of statewide MWBE procurement policy. Ms. Zapata replaces Tracey Mitchell, who was named interim chief diversity and inclusion officer in February when Michael Garner left MTA for a position in Mayor Eric Adams’ administration.

Appointments-Promotions-Retirements Infrastructure Workforce Issues Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York New York City Procurement of Tolling Equipment & Services Transportation and Infrastructure Leadership And Workforce Diversity


California EV Adoption Presages Likely Uptake Nationwide

“If you want to know how quickly electric vehicles might spread across the U.S., just look at California,” Bloomberg (via Transport Topics) reports. Sales there have jumped from two percent of new cars to 22 percent in the past five years. And a new Bloomberg Green analysis of global EV adoption rates indicates that, once a region’s EV adoption rates reach 5 percent of new-car sales, the sluggish early adoption phase quickly flips to a mainstream trend. Data show EV adoption nationwide lags about three years behind that of California. If the current trend holds, it means 25 percent of new cars sold by 2026 could be electric.

California Economic & Social Considerations Affecting Transportation Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Transportation and Infrastructure Research & Development


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