Thursday’s Headlines

  • High turnout among Democrats powered many local transportation-related initiatives to victory on Tuesday — and proved that politicians win when they run on improving infrastructure. (City Lab)
  • Curbed also delves into various transportation referendums, pointing out the urban-rural divide and wondering whether free rides to the polls helped boost turnout.
  • Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio will take over as chairman of the House Transportation Committee in January. He says he’s committed to spending $100 billion on transit infrastructure. (KLCC)
  • Politico has more on what the Democratic wave in the House will mean for D.C. oversight and transportation-related ballot initiatives around the country.
  • Yet another prediction that Democrats will work with President Trump on an infrastructure bill. But will Trump work with them? We’ll believe it when we see it. (The Hill)
  • Oklahoma City’s streetcar will be free to ride for three weeks after it starts running in December. (Oklahoman)
  • Greensboro, N.C. hopes Vision Zero will reduce crashes at its most dangerous intersections. (Fox 8)
  • Bike lanes approved in Savannah, Ga. (Connect)
  • No one knows whether it’s intentional or accidental, but one Portland bike lane is consistently covered in nails. (KATU)
  • Uber and Lyft want to create “walled gardens” — a Facebook-like experiences that encourages users to never leave the app for their transportation needs. That’s bad news for public transit. (Fast Company)
  • Baloo Uriza

    Nails in a Portland bike lane? Yeah, that’s malice. Portland is an angry city.

  • Riley Warton

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! God damn it, uber and lyft, stop. Just stop. Stop killing public transit and congesting our roads. When will there be a limit on them?

    Never, never ever. Democrats love them too much, so even with the blue wave they will never ever ever get limited as the monopolies that they have become. What the hell am I supposed to do about that?