Today’s Headlines

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  • Maryland Gov. Hogan: Feds to Sign $900 Million Purple Line Funding Agreement (WaPo, WJLA)
  • What’s Next for Seattle’s Grand Experiment With City-Sanctioned, Venture-Financed Bike-Share? (Urbanist)
  • Less Than a Year After Launch, Cobb County Considers Cutting Bus to Atlanta Braves Stadium (AJC)
  • Florida DOT to Build 13-Mile “Road to Nowhere” Toll Highway Along Rural Gulf Coast (News Chief)
  • Seattle Police Issued Just 484 Tickets to Bike Lane Blockers Last Year (Seattle Times)
  • San Diego MPO’s Executive Resigns, Leaving Behind a Fractured Region (Union-Tribune)
  • Santa Fe Considers Merging City and Regional Bus Systems (New Mexican)
  • Greenville, Ohio, Quietly Removes Bike Racks Over Mysterious “Safety” Concerns (Bluebag)
  • Meet the NYC Couple That Got Married on the Bus and Rode It to Their Reception (Bedford+Bowery)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Shreveport, Louisiana, to Bulldoze Black Neighborhood for $640 Million Interstate Highway (Shreveport Times)
  • Massive Planned Cuts Will Only Worsen Miami-Dade Transit’s Death Spiral, Warn Advocates (New Times)
  • Plain Dealer Urges Ohio Senate to Override Kasich’s Veto of Fix for Transit Agencies Caught in Budget Crossfire
  • To Discourage Racial Profiling, Oregon Has a New Law Tracking Traffic Stop Demographics (BikePortland)
  • Austin Faces Second Lawsuit for Violent Jaywalking Arrests (American-Statesman)
  • Seattle Police Have Dramatically Reduced the Number of Helmet Law Tickets Since 2011 (Seattle Times)
  • As Town Delays Fixes, Police on Cape Cod Want to Arrest Person Behind DIY Bike Lanes (Falmouth Enterprise)
  • Drexel Study Shows Exactly How Much Parking Adds to the Cost of Philadelphia Housing (PlanPhilly)
  • What’s Next for Founder of Atlanta BeltLine? Taking on Dangerous Buford Highway (Reporter Newspapers)
  • Think Your City Is Terrible for Walking? At Least It’s Not Jakarta (NYT)

Today’s Headlines

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  • White House Gives Up on Infrastructure Council (Bloomberg)
  • Stamford, Connecticut, Considers Pedestrian-Shaming Measure Modeled After Honolulu (CBS New York)
  • People of Dallas Hold a Second Line Funeral Parade for Dead Highway (Brandon Formby)
  • Lack of Affordable Housing in SF Means 3-Hour Bus Commute for Some Workers (NYT)
  • Washington Post Takes on the State Lawmakers That Tried to Legalize Vehicular Homicide Against Protesters
  • Plunger Bike Lane Appears in Rochester (Spectrum News)
  • Shared Electric Cars Are Challenging the Private Ownership Model in Spain (Frontier Group)
  • Charleston Leaders Continue to Stall on Safe Bike Access to Central City (Post and Courier)

Talking Headways Podcast: Critiquing the Language of Planners

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This week, Robin Rather of Collective Strength joins the podcast to talk about missteps in the planning profession - including how things go wrong with language. Robin shares how she got to thinking about urban issues and why she believes current planning practice is stuck in the 1990s. We discuss the often jargon-filled language the profession uses, taking a paragraph from Austin’s current zoning code rewrite to illustrate.

Today’s Headlines

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  • Twin Cities Approve Deals With Freight Railroads Clearing the Way for Southwest Light Rail (Strib)
  • Congestion Pricing Is Fairer for the Poor Than Free Roads (Michael Manville/Medium)
  • Here’s What the Nashville Chamber Wants to See in the City’s Big Transit Plan (Tennessean)
  • Chicago Metra Elevates Chief Mechanical Officer to CEO Post (Tribune)
  • Trump White House Sends a Signal to Its Motor-Loving Base (Washingtonian)
  • Envy Overcomes a New York Transit Rider in London (Business Insider)
  • Savannah Morning News: More Bike Lanes Please
  • Palm Beach Metering More Parking Spots, Raising Prices Downtown (Palm Beach Post)
  • …So Is Auburn, Georgia (WRBL)
  • The Campaign to Memorialize Branden Klayko as a Louisville Hometown Hero (Courier-Journal)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Fox News, Daily Caller Delete Post Encouraging Readers to Ram Protestors With Cars (CNN)
  • New Trump Order Would Make It Easier to Build Infrastructure Susceptible to Flooding (NYT, Reuters)
  • NRDC Poll: Americans Don’t Support Trump’s Draconian Transit Cuts
  • Wealthy Donors and Foundations Fund Bike Infrastructure When Cities Are Too Slow to Act (WSJ)
  • Will Portland Backslide As a Transportation Leader With Plan to Widen Expressways? (City Observatory)
  • WMATA to Slow Metro Trains, Again, Reducing Top Speed From 45 to 35 MPH (GGW via WaPo)
  • DC’s Outer Beltway Would Do Nothing to Solve Suburb-to-Suburb Commute Woes (GGW)
  • Randal O’Toole: Maryland Shouldn’t Build Purple Line, Because Driverless Cars Will Maybe Happen (WaPo)
  • “Historic Low” Ridership Leads Savannah-Area Transit Authority to Consider Service Cuts (Morning News)
  • Even in Paris, Police Battle Plans to Install Protected Bike Lanes (Le Monde via CityMetric)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Trump to Sign Executive Order Today for Environmental Review “Discipline and Accountability” (Reuters)
  • Jacksonville Sheriff Kills Red-Light Camera Program; Doesn’t Mention Fatalities or Injuries (Times-Union)
  • Chicago Is Working to Integrate Ventra Transit Fare Card With Divvy Bike-Share (Sun-Times)
  • Light Rail Among Options Under Consideration for Las Vegas Strip (KLAS)
  • Dallas City Council Weighs Four Options for Downtown Streetcar Route (Dallas News)
  • The Default Transportation Investment in Metro Cincinnati Shouldn’t Be Wider Roads (WCPO)
  • Atlanta Removes a Bike Lane Without Warning, So Columnist Bill Torpy Talks About Gentrification (AJC)
  • Biking and Walking Is Dangerous, So Vegas Parents Send Kids Unaccompanied in Ride-Hail Cars (KVVU)
  • Man in Critical Condition Slapped With Jaywalking Ticket After Driver Hits Him (DelawareOnline)
  • Electric Cars Will Not Save Us (Guardian)
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