Tuesday’s Headlines

  • Everybody Ubers! (Except the poor and olds.) More than twice as many people use ride-hailing services in 2018 as 2015, but ridership skewed heavily toward the young, the college-educated and the high-income. (Pew Research)
  • As GoTriangle prepares to submit an application for a $1.2-billion federal grant, top Durham officials make a final case for the Durham-Orange light rail line: Build it now and create jobs and provide transportation for those who need it most, or choke in traffic later. (News & Observer)
  • Five years after Vision Zero took American cities by storm, changes to improve road safety have been slow to come. (The Atlantic; membership required)
  • A driver killed a man walking in a downtown Portland crosswalk last week, and an already-approved street upgrade could have prevented it. (Bike Portland)
  • Kalamazoo, Mich., is taking over several state highways within the city limits from MDOT so it can implement safety plans that the state is apparently unwilling or unable to do. (MLive)
  • While national publications often praise Seattle’s transit system, KIRO wonders if it lives up to the hype.
  • Transit experts praised Buffalo for doubling downtown parking rates during peak hours, saying the hike will help get people out of their cars. (News)
  • The Pedway, Chicago’s network of underground corridors and tunnels, gets crowded and messy in the wintertime, and neither the city nor private entities are doing a good job of cleaning it up. (Tribune)
  • A legal aid group has filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking to halt Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority service cuts, arguing that the agency didn’t engage the public and ignored requests to raise fares instead. (Blade)
  • Don’t call it an “accident”: Collisions like the one an SUV driver had with cycling San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo are the result of poor road design. (San Jose Inside)
  • Courtney

    I visited Seattle last fall and was super excited to ride the transit I had read so many articles about. Overall, I was pleased. I was hoping choosing to ride transit wouldn’t eat into my day like it does in Chicago but cross-town travel was still a time eater. For example, a trip across town was an hour on transit but 20-30 minutes if I had taken a Lyft.
    Psychologically I found myself less stressed taking Seattle transit because buses and light rail trains were so frequent. However, I still had to plan out my day. My dream for U.S. transit (and honestly transit all over the world) is that it runs so frequently one need not plan their day around it

  • Stephen Simac

    Read the comments on San Jose’s op-ed. Not as humorous as Colorado Springs or Portland’s but basically same arguments about how much drivers hate bike lanes, with more spelling errors. Approximately level of Tampa’s commenters. BTW the mayor was riding in a bike lane, the reason the motorist turning or crossing in front of him excluded him from their cone of vision, which focuses on oncoming traffic lane, not separate but unequal paths/lanes/cycletracks. Just sayin’ as I’ve been preaching for 40 years. Education is more effective than engineering and enforcement and far cheaper.