This year’s transportation list reflects a shift from micromobility—see the December bankruptcy filing of once-high-flying e-scooter company Bird Global—to macromobility. Global shipping giant Maersk unveiled the first ship in a new, greener fleet of dual-fuel vessels that can run on traditional fuel as well as green methanol, while French rail specialist Alstom debuted a seasonal hydrogen-powered train route in Quebec. Up in the skies, Universal Hydrogen, which focuses on retrofitting regional jets to run on hydrogen fuel, flew successful test flights, and Vermont-based Beta Technologies deployed its all-electric plane for exercises with the U.S. Air Force, as it works toward commercial certification. (Meanwhile, Pittsburgh International Airport leveraged a major reconstruction project to create regional job-training opportunities).

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Originally published: March 19, 2024