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).
In another desperate attempt to push forward their fossil fuel agenda, House Republicans have indicated that even though they’ve been incapable of passing a transportation bill, they’re willing to go to conference committee and pass the Senate bill. All the Senate Democrats have to do in return is approve the Keystone XL pipeline. Our sources […]
A few weeks ago, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor published his list of bills the House will attempt to get through before the August recess. The transportation reauthorization was not among them. Rumor has it that House leadership has put the kibosh on Transportation Committee Chair John Mica’s plans to get a bill out of […]
This morning, the House Ways and Means Committee passed its plan to prop up the Highway Trust Fund — which pays for transit and bike/ped infrastructure in addition to roads — until May 2015. A few hours later, the Senate Finance Committee approved a plan of its own, with no deadline attached. Sens. Ron Wyden […]
Politico Pro Transportation put out a news blast today that threw some light into the inky shadows of the conference committee process, and what we saw there doesn’t look too pretty. Apparently Sen. Barbara Boxer has reason to believe negotiations aren’t going so well, “after a House GOP conferee criticized her for ‘stonewalling’ the lower […]
While a House transportation bill still appears to be a long way off, the Senate is prepared to move forward on its version. EPW Committee leaders just announced that they’ll be marking up their two-year bill November 9. This is good news for three reasons: First, it’ll be the first time we’ll be seeing full legislative text beyond […]
The House has just defeated, in a 323 to 82 whopper, a motion to instruct members of the transportation bill conference committee to slash spending by nearly 30 percent in order to stay within the projected limits of the Highway Trust Fund. The motion, sponsored by Georgia Republican Paul Broun, had acheived “key vote” status […]