Today’s Headlines

  • How America’s “Infrastructure” Conversation Gets It Wrong (Bloomberg)
  • The Key Question About Autonomous Cars: Will Everyone Own One, or Will We Share? (Slate)
  • Eno Transportation Releases Database of Upcoming Transit Ballot Issues
  • D.C. to Cap a Highway Trench With Five Buildings (NYT)
  • If SEPTA Workers Strike, Expect People to Turn to Bicycling (Philly Voice)
  • Pedestrian Deaths Reached Record High in Maine Last Year (Bangor Daily News)
  • Support for Transit Villain/Trump Lapdog Chris Christie Has “Imploded” in Jersey (The Atlantic)
  • Angry Driver Who Knocked CA Radio Host Off His Bike on Charity Ride Not Arrested (ABC 10)
  • Study Finds More U.S. Neighborhoods Becoming Racially Integrated (Phys.org)

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Tonight: PBS on Transit, States, and the Stimulus

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Streetsbloggers will want to tune in to PBS tonight for the latest installment in the Blueprint America series. At 8:30 (in New York), NOW will look at where all that stimulus cash is headed. Here’s the teaser: President Barack Obama’s stimulus money is nearly out the door and on its way to the states, but […]

Obama Administration to Award $775M for Bus Transit Upgrades

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The Obama administration plans to award $775 million in bus transit grants this summer, Federal Transit Administration (FTA) chief Peter Rogoff announced yesterday during a transit industry conference in Ohio. Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff (in hard hat) (Photo: WaPo) The bus grants are aimed at shoring up aging equipment and helping cash-strapped localities modernize […]
Chicago's Loop Link. Photo: Metropolitan Planning Council

Introducing a New Streetsblog Series: Getting Transit Right

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With more American cities raising impressive sums to expand transit, the question of how to invest effectively is increasingly essential. So far, few places have hit on a policy combination that makes transit more useful to more people. To help cities "get transit right," Streetsblog is launching a new series about which transit strategies are working and which are not.

House GOP Moves to Decimate Dedicated Transit Funding

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In a move that should dispel any remaining thoughts that the House transportation bill [PDF] will ever be signed into law, the Ways and Means Committee announced today that they will try to forbid gas tax revenue from funding transit. The Ways & Means bill [PDF] would funnel all gas tax revenue toward road programs, […]

In a First, Seattle’s Metro Transit Will Be Funded By Carbon Offsets

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Here’s an interesting new type of revenue stream for transit. The King County Council, which encompasses the Seattle region, recently enacted legislation enabling Metro Transit to receive revenue from the sale of carbon offsets. Stephen Fesler at The Urbanist explains this noteworthy innovation: The initiative, called the Transit Carbon Offset Program, is an incredibly unique strategy […]