Monday’s Headlines That You Need

  • Transit agencies around the country could go into a death spiral during the pandemic unless Congress steps in to help (New York Times). And the plunge in ridership is a big blow to climate (Inside Climate News).
  • White supremacists are increasingly using cars as weapons to mow down Black Lives Matter protesters. At least 72 such incidents — many intentional, although some were accidental — have been recorded in 52 cities over the past two months. (NBC News)
  • Politico has a takedown of Republican Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a frequent critic of President Trump and potential future presidential contender whose transportation policies are just as regressive, in particular his decision to cancel the Red Line in Baltimore.
  • While cities are reshuffling street space during the pandemic, they should give buses a greater share. (The City Fix)
  • As part of its effort to become the one-stop shop for transportation and integrate transit into its app, Uber acquired Routematch, a company that sells software to transit agencies for data management, dispatching, booking and ticketing. (The Verge)
  • Lyft is providing partitions for some of its drivers to separate themselves from potentially COVID-positive passengers — but less frequent drivers will have to pay for their own. (CNN)
  • A Minnesota bond issue includes funding for bus rapid transit on two of Minneapolis’s busiest transit lines. (MinnPost)
  • Alexandria received state funding from Virginia for BRT on one of its busiest corriders. (WTOP)
  • Funding for future Vision Zero projects is in peril after Mayor Jim Kenney slashed $2 million from its budget. (Billy Penn)
  • A coalition of neighborhood groups, activists, businesses and nonprofits is working to make streets safer in Providence. (ecoRI)
  • Minneapolis is allowing Bird and Lyft to bring scooters back this summer, with requirements that they distribute a certain number of bikes in high-poverty neighborhoods. (Fox 9)
  • A Canadian drivers’ association is working with Toronto to boost bike-sharing. (Intelligent Transport)
  • Elon Musk gets dunked on again, as PC Magazine says the machine learning needed for autonomous vehicles just isn’t ready yet, despite the Tesla CEO’s claims to the contrary.