With subways and commuter rail largely empty, cities like New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. are taking the opportunity to repair tracks and renovate stations. (NY Times)
Why does everyone have to go to work at the same time? Staggering schedules and getting rid of rush hour would help avoid overcrowding on transit and gridlock in the streets (New York Mag). Then again, Georgia transportation officials think COVID-19 might change commuting patterns for good as some people continue to work from home indefinitely (Recorder).
While everyone was distracted by mass protests and the pandemic, President Trump issued an executive order allowing federal agencies to ignore environmental regulations on infrastructure projects like pipelines and highways, which will disproportionately harm communities of color. (Gizmodo, Streetsblog)
Do we really need new pipelines right now, anyway? BP is laying off 10,000 employees as the pandemic continues to hit Big Oil hard. (Forbes)
As essential workers, food delivery drivers are supposed to be exempt from curfews. Uber is bailing out the ones whom the cops arrested anyway. (CBS News)
The Eno Center for Transportation breaks down Rep. Pete DeFazio’s bill doubling the gas tax. Unfortunately, three-quarters of the revenue would go to highways and only a quarter to transit.
The Lafayette Square protests are just part of a long-running battle between the Trump administration and the city of Washington, D.C. over control of public spaces around the White House. (City Lab)
Asheville created new training programs for police after an officer was caught on video beating a black man for jaywalking. But they haven’t done much good, based on the department’s excessive force during recent protests. (WLOS)
Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles lists transit as one of her top concerns. The CATS system is expected to lose $8 million in fare revenue this year, and could take years to recover. (Agenda)
The Oregon DOT manipulated a hand-picked review board into rubber-stamping the Rose Quarter freeway widening project in Portland. (City Observatory)
The Bee questions why Fresno hasn’t joined the slow streets movement like other California cities.
Downtown Houston BCycle kiosks that were shut down during protests won’t reopen until Friday. (Chronicle)
Bicycling advocates say that the American Community Survey has never accurately measured bike commuting, because they don’t ask the right questions. That may be true, but the upshot is that a year that appeared to be a banner year for cycling ended up being kind of a dud, according to the ACS. The ACS recorded a […]
In the U.S., regional rail is mostly good for one type of trip: the commute. But in Paris, regional rail is oriented toward all types of trips, and people ride throughout the day, not just at rush hour. One key to success is running frequent, predictable service all day long.
Michael Andersen blogs for The Green Lane Project, a PeopleForBikes program that helps U.S. cities build better bike lanes to create low-stress streets. For the first and second U.S. cities to start building networks of modern protected bike lanes, the payoff seems to have arrived. In both Washington, DC, and New York City, the rate […]
According to a new U.S. Census Bureau analysis of data from the American Community Survey, most Americans drive to work — alone, and public transportation commuters are concentrated in a handful of large cities. From the Bureau’s press release: Despite rising fuel costs, commuters continued to drive their cars in 2005. The survey, gathered over […]