Today’s Headlines

  • Top Dem: Let’s Keep Higher Gas Taxes on the Table (The Hill)
  • Sprawl Boosts Chances of Deadly Tornado Strikes (CBS)
  • Why Buses and Rail Can and Should Coexist (Transport Politic)
  • Lettered New York City Subway Lines Get an “A+” (NYT)
  • Cyclists, Pedestrians Don’t Get Fair Share of Safety Funds (LAB)
  • Study: Men Walking and Biking More, Women Less (AltTransport)
  • Best and Worst Cities for Public Transportation? It’s Complicated… (The Atlantic)
  • Budget Shortfalls Threaten North Carolina Light Rail Extension (Charlotte Observer)
  • What’s the Best Way to Expand Bike-Sharing in DC? (GGW)

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