As transit agencies face a pandemic-driven fiscal crisis, data shows that cuts made during past recessions often were never restored. This is particularly dangerous because many unemployed and low-income workers either can’t afford cars or are seeing them repossessed. (City Lab)
The U.K. is considering banning advertisements for SUVs so the nation can meet its climate change goals. More than 40 percent of vehicles sold in the UK are too big to fit in an average parking space, and they also consume more fuel and emit more greenhouse gas pollution. (The Guardian)
With private investors pouring money into high-speed rail, funding is no longer the reason why the U.S. has such a shoddy network. The biggest challenge is buying and assembling the right-of-way. (Governing)
A funding bill passed by the U.S. House includes $19 billion for transit and $3 billion for rail, as well as a mask mandate for Amtrak and big-city transit agencies. (Mass Transit Mag)
The founder of the urban planning website Strong Towns says his engineering license is under threat because of his advocacy for safer streets.
Negotiations with BNSF Railway to use a freight line for Twin Cities’ Bottineau Blue Line have failed, leaving officials to search for a new route for the $1.5 billion light-rail line. (Star Tribune)
Bay Area commuters who used to rely on transit and are now scared are buying “COVID cars” in droves. (San Francisco Chronicle)
A new study of quick-build protected intersections in Oakland shows that they make drivers more likely to yield to pedestrians and cyclists. (Streetsblog SF)
Salt Lake City and the Utah DOT are widening roads and encouraging more parking lots, but they can’t pave their way out of congestion. (Salt Lake Tribune)
The Cincinnati City Council found a source of funding for the streetcar that doesn’t involve taking money away from buses. (Inquirer)
The Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody is reviewing plans for a bike/ped trail connecting a mall, other developments and transit stations (Crier), while nearby Buckhead is looking into express buses (Reporter).
Florida Man strikes again: A Lyft passenger put his driver in a headlock because he was mad that the driver installed a plastic partition to protect him from COVID-19. (Click Orlando)
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Transit Center and is republished with permission. On March 13, 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, the Federal Transit Administration responded to the emergency by enabling transit agencies to spend federal funds to run buses and trains. It was a break with longstanding policy. Normally, federal grants are reserved […]
The second hearing in three days on the Obama administration’s proposal for national transit safety rules made headlines mostly for its affect on the Washington D.C. area, where Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) blistering critique of the local Metro rail system prompted high-level management switches. "There’s a saying in our business," APTA President William Millar (above) […]
The Obama administration’s proposal for a new federal role in transit safety oversight would eventually apply to buses, although the first round of rules would be directed at subways and light rail, according to the U.S. DOT. Transit buses, such as this Miami model, are expected to be part of the new federal safety plan. […]
The rise of private transit operators like Bridj, Leap, and Uberpool has raised questions about equity in places including the Bay Area, where such services are fast replicating. A related issue is the impact they will have on traditional public transit systems. Private transit vehicles have been described as “like a lounge on wheels,” with […]