Generally, light rail works best in dense areas near jobs, but instead, many cities have built underused lines to suburbs and airports, according to the Manhattan Institute, a conservative think tank.
States are taking advantage of streets emptied by coronavirus to fast-track repairs (Wired). Or are they? USA Today reports that falling gas-tax revenue is forcing states to postpone construction projects.
Many transit agencies are ditching fares and allowing all-door boarding in an effort to spread out riders. One think tank has a different approach — charge higher fares during peak hours and encourage employers to stagger shifts. (The Guardian)
The New York Times thinks coronavirus is the death knell for dense, transit-oriented developments as we know them. But as City Lab points out, Americans have always had a love-hate relationship with cities, especially in times of pandemic, but density isn’t a problem — it’s the solution to problems like affordable housing and climate change.
If scooter companies want to survive, they’re going to have to stop clashing with local governments. (Fast Company)
California’s attorney general sued Uber and Lyft alleging that they’re violating a new law categorizing their drivers as employees rather than contractors. (NBC News)
The Washington, D.C. suburb of Arlington County won’t close streets for social distancing because the police chief says they don’t have enough traffic cones. (ARLnow)
The University of Texas is researching a new type of battery that lasts longer and is more sustainable to produce than the lithium-ion batteries currently used in electric vehicles.
This might be Elon Musk’s least-crazy idea yet: Turn Tesla into a power utility. It has applied for a license to generate electricity in Great Britain, and its cars’ batteries could prove useful in storing wind and solar energy. (Inverse)
Brussel’s new Green Party transport minister wants to transform the traffic-choked Belgian capital. (Politico)
And, finally, great news: Former Streetsblog USA Editor Angie Schmitt’s hotly anticipated book about the rise in pedestrian deaths, “Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America,” is available for pre-order! (Island Press)
You read it first here on Streetsblog Cap Hill: House to give $5 billion to highway trust fund (Dow Jones) A bit panicky about the above news, the U.S. DOT starts warning states of possible late payments (JOC) Harvard economist Ed Glaeser examines high-speed rail (NYT) Having some fun with LaHood’s "cash for clunkers" imagery […]
Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) send a message to their colleagues: Bipartisan agreement on a climate change bill is within reach (NYT) 23 members of California’s congressional delegation come out cheering for the state’s high-speed rail application (BizWire) In the suburbs, energy-saving behavior is spreading like wildfire (NYT) New York Post editorializes […]
State-level transport safety officials embrace texting-while-driving ban (NYT) Texas toughens rules against drinking and driving, especially for teens (DMN) Privatized roadside rest stops: Coming soon? (LAT) Michigan’s in need of a fix for its transit-funding woes (Free Press)
Could a delay in the federal transportation bill spell trouble for the NYC-NJ transit tunnel? (Star-Ledger) Not everyone in Michigan likes Rep. Candice Miller’s (D) plan to save the state’s federal road aid (Detroit Free Press) Gas prices top $3 per gallon in California — are more states to come? (CNN Money) James Surowiecki has […]
The Senate jobs bill, if it passes by March 1, could give states a temporary reprieve from last year’s rescission of $8.7 billion in transportation funding (JOC) A closer look at the conservative opposition to Florida Gov. Crist’s support for commuter rail (Ledger) A rallying cry for the Washington D.C. region to commit to its […]
More coverage of the House’s state-level stimulus spending report (JOC, Reuters) Exposing yet another commentator’s irrational skepticism for high-speed rail (WSJ) Wyoming DOT seeks $100 million in stimulus money — two-thirds as much as its total road pot — for wildlife crossings (Star-Trib) Er, the Secretary of Energy is a "radical global warming activist"? (WashIndy)