Talking Headways Podcast: The Urban Policy Translator

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This week we’re joined by Shelley Poticha, director of NRDC’s Urban Solutions Program, who tells us about the organization's new programs like SPARCC and the City Energy Project. We get into federal policy like the Clean Power Plan and the story of how FTA and HUD were finally connected, and we talk about The Next American Metropolis, the 1993 book about transit-oriented development she wrote with Peter Calthorpe.

Today’s Headlines

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  • Trump: “Tax Plan” Is Single Sheet of Paper (CNN); Just Kidding About Linking Taxes and Infrastructure (Hill)
  • Memphis Transit Authority Pitches Bus Overhaul, Begins Push for Transit Funding Referendum (Daily News)
  • Sound Transit Unveils Detailed Timeline for ST3 Rail and Bus Expansion (Seattle Times, KIRO)
  • Local Bigs Ride Detroit’s Woodward Avenue Streetcar Before Its May 12 Grand Opening (Crain’s)
  • Bill to Allow Speed Cams in SF, San Jose Sidelined in State Assembly (Mercury News)
  • Automakers Met Yesterday with Chao and Pruitt as Trump Backtracks on Fuel Efficiency (Reuters)
  • Ford CEO Talks With CityLab About Autonomous Cars and Becoming a “Mobility Company”
  • Former Judge Gets Parking Ticket, Crusades Against Bridgeport’s Plate-Scanning Enforcement (CT Post)
  • Off-Street Parking Mandates Don’t Cure Congestion, They Just Cause More Problems (Market Urbanism)
  • Busting St. Petersburg Police for Jaywalking Exposes Hypocrisy, But Doesn’t Make Anyone Safer (WTSP)
One of Sacramento's poorest neighborhoods doesn't have enough crosswalks. It also has a high rate of jaywalking arrests. Image: KXTV

What Will It Take for Sacramento to Make Walking Safer in Poor Neighborhoods?

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Police and city planners in Sacramento have come under scrutiny in the weeks since police were caught on tape assaulting Nandi Cain, Jr., a black man, during a jaywalking stop. Cain, who was legally using an unmarked crosswalk, has since filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city. Now, reporters are looking into why there are so few marked crosswalks in one of Sacramento's poorest areas.

Today’s Headlines

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  • APTA: Trump’s Transit Cuts Would Jeopardize 1.1 Million Jobs and $38 Billion Worth of Projects (Hill)
  • Nashville Mayor Pushes Transit Funding Plan, Identifies First Light Rail Corridor (Tennessean, Biz Journal)
  • North Carolina’s 18-Mile Durham-Orange Light Rail Clears Another Hurdle (Herald-Sun)
  • This Struggling Arkansas City Wants Trump to Fund a $3 Billion Interstate Highway (NBC News)
  • Detroit’s 430-Bike, 43-Station Bike-Share, Named “MoGo,” to Launch in May (Free Press, News, MLive)
  • SPUR Explains Why California’s Recent Transportation Funding Agreement, Warts and All, Is a Huge Deal
  • California to Allow Autonomous Vehicle Tests Without Drivers (Sac Bee); Carmakers Want More (Reuters)
  • Peter Calthorpe “Deeply Frightened” That Self-Driving Cars Will Turbo-Charge Sprawl (Business Insider)
  • CEO of Architecture Giant Gensler Talks About Designing for a Future With Fewer Parking Garages (Curbed)
  • Journey Back to 1957 and Learn About Syracuse’s Failed “Mr. Jaywalker” Campaign (Syracuse.com)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Trump’s Tax Proposal, Out Today, Likely Includes Infrastructure Spending Modeled on 2015 Band-Aid (Politico)
  • NYC Real Estate Moguls Advising Trump Talk Up Leasing Infrastructure to Private Firms (NY Post, Real Deal)
  • The Economist Looks at the Promise and Pitfalls of Using Private Capital for Public Projects
  • Recent Penn Station Meltdown Shows What Happens When Congress Systemically Underfunds Amtrak (NYT)
  • Cities Will Suffer If Techno-Futurists Are the Only Ones Determining the Future of Autonomous Vehicles (CityLab)
  • Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Very Proud of 1,000-Space, $48 Million “Green” Parking Garage (AJC, Atlanta Mag)
  • Austin’s “BRT Lite” Sees Ridership Jump After Capital Metro Stops Charging Premium Fare (Austin Monitor)
  • Fresno Improves Frequency and Adds Late-Night Service on Its Busiest Bus Routes (Fresno Bee)
  • Paint-Your-Own Bike Lanes Installed in Tampa Suburb (TB Times) and Lake Charles, LA (KPLC)
  • 81-Year-Old Man, Injured by SUV Driver and Taken to Hospital, Gets Jaywalking Ticket (Billings Gazette)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Amy Klobuchar: Trump Should Negotiate With Democrats to Secure Infrastructure Deal (Hill)
  • WMATA GM Tries to Convince Politicians to Support (and Fund) His Blueprint for Fixing Metro (WAMU)
  • AJC Columnist: Atlanta Suburb’s Protected Bike Lanes Make It Harder for Me to Drive Through Quickly
  • Portland’s Bike-Share System Looks at Ways to Include Disabled Riders (LA Times)
  • Virginia and Arizona Compete to Have the Fewest Rules on Autonomous Vehicle Testing (WaPo, Verge)
  • Casino Opens North of Portland With No Transit Access; Causes Massive Jam on I-5 (Oregonian)
  • Aspen Politicians Flirt With Erasing Bus Lane So More People Can Get Stuck in Car Traffic (Aspen Times)
  • Dutch Signals Tell Cyclists Whether or Not They’ll Catch a “Green Wave” of Traffic Lights (CityLab)
  • Silicon Valley’s “Flying Car” Is Actually an Expensive Toy for People With Lake Houses (NYT, Verge)
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