Monday’s Headlines

  • British Uber drivers are suing the company for data to see if they’re getting paid what they should be (City Lab). In California, drivers are planning a cross-state caravan to protest Uber and Lyft’s labor practices (Tech Crunch).
  • Arguing that they’re a tech company, not a transportation provider (so they’re not regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act), Uber and Lyft are leaving potential customers in wheelchairs behind. (NPR)
  • The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a derailment in Sacramento on Friday that injured 13 people (Bee).
  • Reminder: Phoenix voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to kill future plans for light-rail expansion (Arizona Republic). Another reminder: The Koch brothers are behind this effort to kill transit (Streetsblog).
  • Bay Area governments might ask voters in 2020 to approve a regional sales tax for transportation that could raise $100 billion over 40 years for transit improvements (yay!) and more freeway lanes (boo!). (SFGate)
  • The Topeka Metro is cutting back bus service by an hour and raising the price of fares for low-income, senior and disabled riders (Capital-Journal). Birmingham’s transit agency is also considering cutting service because the authority says the city doesn’t contribute enough (WBHM).
  • Thirty-four new buses with low floors, Wi-Fi and other amenities (um, except electric drivetrains!) hit the streets in Cincinnati last week. (WLWT)
  • Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington transit tunnel reopens today after being closed for maintenance since July. (WTAE)
  • The Louisville Metro Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance. (WDRB)
  • Some Philadelphia residents think being able to park a few feet closer to their destination is more important than other peoples’ lives. (6ABC)
  • President Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods have delayed the rollout of e-bikes in Burlington. (Vermont Digger)
  • Copenhagen’s goal is to become carbon neutral by 2025, and it’s already cut emissions by 42 percent six years after setting the goal. It did so in part by becoming a “five-minute city,” where all the necessities are just a five-minute walk away. (Fast Company)
  • Short on cash? Some cities let you pay parking tickets in cat food or school supplies. (Washington Post)

 

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