Wednesday’s Headlines

  • A Miami citizens group wants the county to stop spending funds earmarked for transit expansion on maintaining the existing system. (Miami Times)
  • The Arizona Republic casts a light-rail debate in Phoenix as “Four (Car) Lanes or Two?”
  • Here’s a deep dive: Uber’s classification of workers as independent contractors is bilking them out of wages and health-care benefits, while bilking governments out of tax dollars as well. (Jacobin)
  • The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Randy LoBasso talks bike-lane equity, Vision Zero and local politics with Generocity.
  • The troubled Cincinnati Streetcar’s main corporate advertiser is considering pulling its sponsorship, which would nearly double the streetcar’s $400,000 annual deficit. (WCPO)
  • A new study says a Buffalo light rail extension would cost over $1 billion, making it a tough sell, but the development it would attract around stations is its biggest selling point, politically (WGRZ). Buffalo Rising has more detail on conceptual plans for new stations and transit-oriented development.
  • Some taxi companies have a new strategy for competing with ride-hailing services: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. (Hawaii News Now)
  • New Orleans is trying out temporary bike lanes on downtown streets. (The Advocate)
  • Lyft and bike-share MoGo are partnering in Detroit. Is Lyft looking to buy the bike-share like it did CitiBike? (Curbed)
  • New York Gov. Cuomo fights Trump … over highway signs! (Democrat and Chronicle)
  • Which lucky city wants to host Uber’s “flying taxis”? (The Verge)
  • Eric Talbot

    Regarding the Cincinnati Streetcar, my strong sense is that, 1) Cincinnati Bell is highly likely to withdraw its endorsement and funding support of the Connector and, 2) the city fathers will very shortly thereafter shut the streetcar service down, as they will not be willing to pay for its added cost. Kansas City will likely purchase Cincinnati’s four streetcars, which are nearly identical to theirs. END OF STORY, in my opinion. Cincinnati never really wanted its streetcar, and it is due to the city’s lackluster support of it that has led to its undoing. What a shameful waste of public dollars!