Even though they weren't asked for it, consultant Kimley-Horn drew a fantasy map that would involve new projects designed and built by firms like Kimley-Horn. Image via CATS

Charlotte Transit Has Problems That Expensive Fantasy Maps Won’t Fix

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Kimley-Horn, a multinational consulting firm looking to plan the next phases of the Charlotte area's rail expansion, also has ideas for new rail lines above and beyond the region's long-term blueprint -- projects that would be designed and built, naturally, by multinational consulting firms like Kimley-Horn. Trouble is, the firm's fantasy exercise does nothing to address the real challenges facing Charlotte's transit network.

Today’s Headlines

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  • LA Times Backs State Bill to Follow NYC’s Lead and Reform Outdated Pedestrian Signal Laws
  • Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler: “Parking Adds Significantly to the Cost of Affordable Housing” (BikePortland)
  • Parking Undermines “Transit-Oriented” Development Along Light Rail Line (Charlotte Observer)
  • At-Large Atlanta City Councilman Andre Dickens Proposes Creating an Atlanta DOT (Saporta Report)
  • Boston Globe Checks In on Chris Osgood During His Second Year as Boston’s First Chief of Streets
  • Traffic Deaths in Kansas City Skyrocketing, More Families Mourn (Fox 4)
  • If North Carolina Wants to Tackle Air Pollution, It Has to Stop Expanding Highways (News & Observer)
  • OC Register Can’t Wrap Its Head Around Why Rail Transit Is a Good Idea
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  • Las Vegas Bike-Share Celebrates 10,000 Rides (Sun)

Today’s Headlines

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  • RealClearPolitics Looks at Obstacles Facing Trump’s Rumored Infrastructure Plan
  • Toyota Employees Will Sit in Suburban Texas Traffic On Their Way to Work for Car Company (Dallas Morning News)
  • Economist Looks at the Promise and Struggles of Expanding Rail in Los Angeles
  • Indianapolis Transit Supporters Test Water for Suburban Tax to Fund Transit Expansion (CBS 4)
  • Increasingly in Denver, Streets Aren’t Just for Cars Anymore (Denver Post)
  • Instead of Charging More, Portsmouth, NH, Hopes New Garage Will Solve Parking Crunch (SeacoastOnline)
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Today’s Headlines

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  • Gas Tax Hikes to Fund Roads: Moving Forward in South Carolina (The State), Dead in New Mexico (KRWG)
  • Reason Falls Into “Libertarian” Trap of Assuming That Funding Transit (But Not Highways?) Is Wasteful
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  • Detroit Free Press Heralds This Week’s Streetcar Launch, Lays Out Vision for Transit
  • Kansas City Streetcar, Smashing Ridership Projections, Celebrates First Birthday (Star 1, 2)
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  • Bozeman Daily Chronicle Wants City to Slow Down Its Move to Ditch Parking Requirements
  • Police in Ohio Town Use Facebook to Shame Drivers Behaving Badly (Dayton Daily News)

Today’s Headlines

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  • Toyota CEO Hopes Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Will Help Him Sell More Cars (Reuters)
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  • GOP Assemblyman Begins Push for Referendum to Undo California’s Gas Tax Increase (Sac Bee)
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  • Fresno Bee Columnist Makes the Case for Legalizing the Idaho Stop
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