Wednesday’s Headlines

  • Californians have rejected Proposition 6, which would have repealed a gas tax hike that partially funds public transit. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • In a huge win for transit advocates, two Florida referendums passed that will raise taxes for roads and transit in Hillsborough County (Florida Politics) and Broward County (Miami Herald)
  • Seattle residents average 91,000 trips on Uber and Lyft per day, according to data the companies recently released after a legal challenge — more than taxis ever provided, and more than ride Sound Transit light rail. The data lends more credence to the idea that ride-hailing services increase congestion and threaten public transit. (Seattle Times)
  • New Orleans’s streetcars may be popular with tourists, but they’re not helping hospitality workers go to and from work in a city with a 26-percent poverty rate. Only 12 percent of the region’s jobs are accessible by streetcar. (Mobility Lab)
  • The Atlanta City Council approved subsidies for a massive development at The Gulch, a 40-acre parcel of abandoned railroad tracks near downtown. (AJC) Critics think the deal could scuttle any chance of a future transit hub on the site.
  • Mike Pence says President Trump will once again revive his zombie infrastructure package during the lame-duck session between now and January. (The Hill)
  • Minneapolis residents are required to clear the sidewalks in front of their property when it snows, but so many don’t that the city is considering taking on the job. (Star Tribune)
  • The Queen City is doing a good job ticketing drivers in the new bus-only lane that opened Monday. (Enquirer)
  • Washington, D.C. transportation officials are warning mail carriers not to block bike lanes. (Curbed)
  • Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler wants to set aside $200,000 to match state and federal grants for bike lanes and paths. (Sun)