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12:01 AM EST on February 19, 2019

    • President Trump — who used to complain that China had faster trains than the U.S. — is now using passenger rail as a wedge issue. (CNN)
    • The federal funding bill Trump recently signed does include $800 million for transit. (Florida Politics) It also removed a longstanding ban on light rail in Richmond, Va. (Chron)
    • Is Uber’s business model sustainable? As the ride-hailing company prepares to go public, it announced that it lost $1.8 billion in 2017 despite a 43-percent increase in revenue. (The Drive)
    • Cops are writing fewer tickets in Denver while fatal crashes are trending upward. Safer infrastructure is the long-term solution, but safety advocates say the city needs to do more to enforce traffic laws in the meantime. (Denver Post)
    • And in Washington, D.C., parking tickets issued by police are on pace to fall again this year, continuing a decade-long slide. So far in 2019, the city has issued just one citation for blocking a bus stop and one for blocking a bus lane. (WTOP) The station also reports that the city is considering a tougher ban on drivers who block bike lanes.
    • If Tampa had a decent transit system, maybe the Tampa Bay Times wouldn’t have to ask where 80,000 “Hamilton” fans will park.
    • Atlanta residents strongly support Complete Streets, according to the city official who’s overseeing two massive programs for public works. (Saporta Report)
    • Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is expected to propose a gas-tax hike when he unveils his budget today. (WCCO)
    • Readers accused a San Jose Mercury News columnist of victim-blaming after he suggested that pedestrians should wear bright clothing.
    • French drivers might hate having to drive more slowly — so much so that "yellow vest" protesters destroyed speed traps — but reducing the speed limit to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour worked. Six months after the change, traffic deaths are at an all-time low. (National Post)

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