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TriMet's Neil McFarlane is perfectly willing to undermine transit with highway expansions. His agency will get a light rail expansion in the bargain. Photo:  Bike Portland

Why Is Portland’s Transit Chief Advocating for More Highways?

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After suffering an embarrassing defeat a year ago, the Oregon highway lobby is rattling the can for more money again. They have a list of highways they want to widen, and they say Portland's economy depends on it. In addition to the usual suspects, the highway cheerleaders include Neil McFarlane, general manager of TriMet, the regional transit agency.

Today’s Headlines

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This Boston Suburb Turned Street Parking Into a Pop-Up Bus Lane (CityLab) Auto Loan Delinquencies Hit a New High (The Car Connection) What We Can Learn About Infrastructure Spending From the Stimulus (Brookings) Lawsuit Against Albuquerque Bus Rapid Transit Dropped (ABQ Journal) Globe and Mail: Self-Driving Cars Will Give Power Back to Pedestrians Congress Making Bipartisan Push […]

Today’s Headlines

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D.C. Metro Ridership Down 9 Percent From Last Year, and the Pain Is Not Over (WTOP) Shreveport, Louisiana, Urban Highway Would Displace Poor Residents (Strong Towns) Same Man Kills Two Pedestrians in Waco, Texas, in 17 Months; Police Blame Pedestrians (KVIA) North Carolina Gov Asks Trump to Fund Rail Connections (Next City) Charlotte Transit Chief Wants $6 Billion Light […]
The playground at Swansea elementary school in Denver, with I-70 on the right. Image via Google Maps

America Builds Too Many Schools By Highways

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One in 11 U.S. public schools are within 500 feet of a highway, exposing 4.4 million children to elevated levels of pollution, putting kids at elevated risk of developing asthma. But cheap land remains alluring to school districts, and America's system of school siting is not getting better.
Siting stores and other destinations within walking distance of where people live is one of the most powerful ways to reduce car traffic. Photo: Eric Fischer/Flickr

A Six-Point Plan to Cut Traffic

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If we're going to create a safer transportation system, we're going to have to drive less, and a new study of travel and development patterns in Massachusetts sheds light on what can be done to cut down on traffic. Here are the six factors researchers identified that affect the amount people drive.

Today’s Headlines

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Trump Administration Deals a Blow to Caltrain Electrification (SF Chronicle) Will Trump Punish Sanctuary Cities By Withholding Funds for Transportation Projects? (Politico) Instead of “Climate Change,” FHWA Now Refers to “Resilience” (WaPo) New York Times Profiles Denver’s Backward Plan to Widen an Urban Highway Nebraska Senator Deb Fisscher Wants to Fund Transportation With Border Fees (Washington Examiner) Surge of […]