Friday’s Headlines From Around the Nation

  • Transit officials from New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Atlanta are lobbying for an additional $33 billion in coronavirus relief from the federal government. (Politico)
  • Uber says it has secured 23 million masks and will spend $50 million providing them, along with gloves and hand sanitizer, to drivers. (Tech Crunch)
  • The murder of Ahmaud Arbery while jogging in Brunswick, Georgia, is causing African-Americans to think twice before taking a walk (City Lab). Over at Streetsblog Chicago, Courtney Cobbs explores the friction between the open streets movement and people of color who don’t feel safe in public spaces.
  • The Weather Channel is predicting a 90 percent of chance of a carpocalypse.
  • Scooter companies are on the verge of collapse as demand for micro-mobility devices plummets (The Verge). Nevertheless, Grand Rapids is bringing hundreds of e-bikes and e-scooters to town this summer (M-Live).
  • Massachusetts’s transportation secretary wants to slow down a planned commuter rail upgrade because ridership has dropped to almost nil and is unlikely to recover anytime soon. (Commonwealth)
  • In what might be a harbinger of things to come for other cities, Santa Monica’s new budget includes massive cuts to sustainability and transportation programs that make streets safer and get people out of their cars. (Daily Press)
  • New York City recently went 58 days without a non-homicide pedestrian death — the most since the city started tracking them in 1983. (ABC News)
  • The D.C. Metro will continue waiving bus fares until the spring of 2021. (Reuters)
  • Memphis is experiencing a surge in walking and biking during the pandemic. (Flyer)
  • Atlanta’s Streets Alive festival, which draws 100,000 people a year to take over auto-centric streets, is moving online for 2020, with a virtual 10th anniversary celebration scheduled for Wednesday. (Atlanta Intown)
  • Elon Musk didn’t let the birth of X Æ A-12 or his coronavirus birtherism distract him from completing his subway tunnel for cars in Las Vegas. (Electrek)


Feds Propose to Expand Opportunities for Biking and Walking to Transit

When it comes to infrastructure improvements that encourage more people to walk or bicycle to transit stations, how long will commuters be willing to travel? The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has officially answered that question, proposing a significant expansion of the rules governing how close bike-ped projects should be to transit in order to receive […]

Study: Even in Car-Centric Atlanta, Transport Reform is Health Reform

The connection between transportation reform — an emphasis on land use that makes biking and walking as viable as auto travel for routine trips — and health reform is one that’s not often made, despite the best efforts of the Obama administration. Even in traffic-choked Atlanta, denser residential neighborhoods had positive health effects. (Photo: MSNBC) […]

National Geographic Reveals the World’s Transit Superstars

Guess where these people are. Photo by danncer via Flickr. National Geographic released the results of their annual Greendex consumer survey yesterday, ranking the environmental friendliness of housing, transportation and eating habits in nations around the world. Sadly, only one nation can boast that a majority of its population rides transit at least once a […]