Transit systems that were already strapped for cash are now facing devastating deficits (Bloomberg). The Utah Transit Authority, for example, says it could take three years to recover financially from the coronavirus pandemic — or revenue might never come all the way back (Salt Lake Tribune).
As the 2009 stimulus taught us, Congress should focus on public transit and road repair if it wants a new coronavirus stimulus package to have the biggest impact (Transportation for America). Yet Lobbyists are using coronavirus as an excuse to lock in more spending on highway boondoggles like the I-5 expansion in Portland. (Frontier Group)
Alon Levy of Pedestrian Observations debunks an MIT study claiming the subway is responsible for New York City’s COVID-19 pandemic. (Streetsblog)
More than 2,000 California ride-hailing drivers have filed claims against Uber and Lyft alleging the companies owe them $630 million in back pay (Yahoo Finance). Meanwhile, taxpayers are footing the bill for drivers’ unemployment because Uber and Lyft haven’t paid into the system (KQED, following Streetsblog).
The West Seattle Bridge will be closed for two years for extensive repairs. Separately, light rail is scheduled to come to West Seattle in 2030. Why not build a new bridge that can accomodate light rail? (The Urbanist)
The Twin Cities’ Metro Transit is again cutting back light-rail hours in response to coronavirus. (Pioneer Press)
A plan to close off some streets in a Dallas neighborhood to cars devolved into Facebook chaos, as some residents feared that the plan could draw stir-crazy crowds from all over the city and make walking through the neighborhood more dangerous. (D Magazine)
Helsinki recently concluded successful pilot programs for on-demand boat rides, rental cargo bikes and carpools to soccer practice. Next up: robot buses. (Intelligent Transport)
The Globe and Mail pushes Canadian cities to open up their streets to cyclists and pedestrians so people can stay six feet apart.
Cities are getting a disproportionately small share of the road money given out by the White House’s stimulus plan, but the nation’s top 20 metro areas are doing better when it comes to transit — taking in 61 percent of the transit stimulus cash allocated so far, according to an analysis by Streetsblog Capitol Hill. […]
Lots of news from the Streetsblog Network today, some good and some not so good. Design New Haven has a thought-provoking piece about a recent argument from the Congress for the New Urbanism on how to target stimulus funding : According to the CNU, priority stimulus funding should be given to projects that enhance connectivity […]
As of the end of February, nearly $5.4 billion of transit stimulus money, or 74 percent, was under contract for projects in the 50 states and D.C., according to a Streetsblog Capitol Hill analysis of data released today by the House transportation committee. (Photo: DMI Blog) The success rate of transit stimulus spending was slightly […]
Smart Growth America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group today reported that transit stimulus spending created nearly twice as many jobs per dollar as highway stimulus projects — a conclusion that Streetsblog Capitol Hill first previewed a few weeks ago. But as the groups snag some big-media attention today, […]
During debate over the White House’s $787 billion economic stimulus law, transit advocates watched as their projects were shortchanged and more "shovel-ready" road projects got the lion’s share of the transport pot — about $8.4 billion, compared with $27.5 billion for highways and bridges. (Photo: DMI Blog) But transit money is getting put to use […]