Today’s Headlines

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  • 55 Percent of Americans Back Raising Gas Tax, Including Majority of Democrats and Republicans (Bloomberg)
  • Federal Appeals Court Stays Lower Court Ruling That Halted Maryland Purple Line Construction (WaPo, WAMU)
  • Bipartisan Rush to Pass Industry-Backed Federal Self-Driving Car Legislation Is Leaving Safety Behind (Verge)
  • American Prospect Looks at the MBTA’s Troubles Through the Lens of Privatization
  • Meanwhile, in Western Massachusetts: Springfield-Area Transit Authority Cuts Service to Balance Budget (WAMC)
  • Suburban Toledo Officials Kill Funding Deal for Transit Authority (Blade)
  • Saying Bikes Get “Free Pass,” State Senator Wants Colorado to Enact Its Own Bike Tax (CO Politics via BikePortland)
  • Taking Cue From Honolulu, Mass. Senate President, Boston Mayor Want Higher Fines for Pedestrians (Herald)
  • New Video from Vox and Mobility Lab Talks Parking Policy for the Masses With Donald Shoup
  • Related: City Forces Builder to Construct 20 Times More Parking Than Requested for Hotel (Everett Independent)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Schumer Feared Infrastructure Would Split Dems, But Trump Led With Healthcare Instead (Axios, Vanity Fair)
  • In Wake of Obamacare Repeal Collapse, CityLab Urges GOP to Turn to Infrastructure
  • Seattle Has Made Little Progress Reducing Greenhouse Gases Because People Are Driving Too Much (KUOW)
  • Autonomous Vehicles Could Entrench Car Ownership Even Further (Guardian)
  • Car-Free Renters Typically Pay 16% of Their Rent for a Parking Spot They Don’t Use (Quartz)
  • Facepalm: National Renewable Energy Lab’s Suburban Denver Campus Has Lots of Free Parking (City Observatory)
  • California Transportation Chief: 65% of State’s New Transportation Spending Goes to Fix-It-First (Governing)
  • Cap-and-Trade Program Extended to 2030 After Bipartisan Vote by California Legislature Yesterday (LA Times, Streetsblog California)
  • Opposition to Oregon Bike Tax Crops Up From Republicans and John Birch Society (Fox News, New American)
  • Protected Bike Lanes Can Do the Most Good Where People Are Already Bicycling (Strong Towns)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Miami-Dade Mayor Downgrades Transit Expansion Plan, Swaps Out Rail for BRT (Miami Herald)
  • Bush Transportation Secretary Mary Peters Pushes for More Public-Private Partnerships (NYT)
  • Audit Finds Utah Transit Authority Keeps Costs Down, But Struggles With Ridership (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Despite Demand, Transit Expansion Stalled in Santa Rosa County, FL (Pensacola News Journal)
  • Downtown LA’s Streetcar Loop Looks Like a Very Bad Idea (LA Weekly)
  • It’s Time to Put a Lid on I-5 Through Downtown Seattle (Crosscut)
  • Bay Area Bike-Share Opponents Cite Gentrification, Corporate Sponsorship, and… Parking (Daily Californian, Examiner)
  • New Haven Politicians Aren’t Quite on Board With Protected Bike Lane Plan (Independent)
  • Elon Musk Shares His Vision of Our Robot Car Future at National Governors Association (Futurism)
  • For Some Reason, Cars Are Still Allowed in Seattle’s Pike Place Market (Stranger)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Chao: “Nothing Is Off the Table” for Infrastructure Plan — But Nothing’s on the Table, Either (WDRB)
  • People Are Dying on the Streets Because We’re Addicted to Cars and BikePortland Is Fed Up
  • Rebuffed by TxDOT, Parents of Dead Teen Finally Convince City to Build Sidewalks (Temple Daily Telegram)
  • Orlando-Area Highway Authority Trumpets $580 Million Plan to Widen Expressway (Sentinel)
  • DART Needs Better Buses to Help Poor Residents Connect With Far-Away Job Centers (Dallas News)
  • Tampa Bay Business Leaders Want Elected Officials to Step Up to the Plate for Transit (TB Times)
  • Reason Foundation’s “Practical Strategies” for Atlanta Transportation Primarily Involve Road Expansion (AJC)
  • After Hogan Cancelled Red Line, Baltimore Transit Riders Feel Slighted by Bus Reshuffle (WaPo)
  • Amalgamated Transit Union Funds Nascent Riders Interest Group to Sway WMATA Policy (WAMU)
  • Honolulu City Council Passes Bill to Prohibit Pedestrians From Using Phones (Hawaii News Now, Mashable)
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