The House Transportation Committee passed a $500-billion transportation bill, sending it to the full House for a vote later this month. But even if it passes, it still faces obstacles in the Republican-controlled Senate. (Washington Post)
The U.S. doesn’t need to spend so much money on highways. Even though they’re used more, they’re in better repair than they were 30 years ago. (Forbes)
Lyft’s promise to go all-electric by 2030 doesn’t extend to paying for drivers’ new vehicles. (USA Today)
The killing of George Floyd by police is bringing renewed attention to the case of Byron Williams, a Black man who was arrested in Las Vegas for riding a bike without a light. Officers knelt on Williams’s back while he told them he couldn’t breath, and he later died in police custody. (NBC News)
The Minneapolis group Our Streets made waves last year when it announced its opposition to police enforcing traffic laws. That’s becoming an increasingly mainstream position after Floyd’s death (MinnPost). In New York, a transportation group is urging the city to transfer the money police spend on traffic enforcement to better street design and automated cameras instead (Long Island City Post). Kea Wilson tackles this issue in Streetsblog.
The new national interest in racial justice is bolstering Houston activists’ insistence that vulnerable communities be protected during the I-45 widening project. (Chronicle)
Bus lanes, bike lanes, more loading zones and even gondolas are all part of Denver’s plan to cut commuting by car to 50 percent by 2030. The question, as always, is how to pay for it. (Denverite)
San Francisco’s Muni is making changes to improve social distancing at chokepoints (SFist), and Phoenix’s Valley Metro will require riders to wear masks (Your Valley).
Madison’s bike share is booming (Cap Times), and bikes are flying off the shelves in Boise (Idaho Press).
At times in this whole reauthorization process, it’s been hard to see the way forward. House Republicans refuse to deficit-spend their way out of the funding conundrum, and Democrats haven’t gotten behind a coherent plan to come up with more revenues, though they’re still arguing for a bigger bill. Still, I’ve been reporting on the […]
This week, the House and Senate are expected to name the people they’ll send to conference to come up with a new transportation bill. The Senate will be bringing its bipartisan bill; the House is bringing a bunch of poison pills. The president says he will veto anything with a Keystone pipeline approval in it, […]
Rep. John Mica promised state DOT leaders this morning that he would deliver a six-year reauthorization bill. He said he had previously thought of advancing a shorter-term bill but transportation officials convinced him of the need for greater certainty. With the full zeal of the converted, he announced, “Anyone who talks about anything less than […]
This morning, at the American Public Transportation Association’s annual legislative conference, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood said he was recently asked by the House Appropriations Committee if he prefers a two-year transportation bill or a five-year transportation bill. Neither, he said: “I prefer a bipartisan bill.” “Bipartisanship is the reason the Senate bill is a […]
MAP-21 expires in a year and five months. When it does, if lawmakers haven’t already found a solution to the “transportation fiscal cliff,” they’ll have to do one of three things, according to a report issued last week by the Congressional Budget Office [PDF]: Transfer $14 billion more in general funds Raise the gas tax […]
The critical multi-year transportation bill, which lawmakers have sidelined since last summer as they’ve quarreled about how to pay for it, looks to be back on the agenda after President Obama’s pugnacious Labor Day speech, in which he called on Congress to ramp up investment in transportation. The broad outline of Obama’s plan calls for […]