For 70 years, transportation planners have been using a flawed model to “prove” the need for more lanes and win federal highway funds, but the formula dramatically overestimates future traffic volume because it doesn’t take into account induced demand. (Vice)
Uber and Lyft’s legal battle with California could drag on for months. (Tech Crunch)
In 50 of the largest cities in the U.S., it’s easier to get to work by bike than transit. But this doesn’t seem to mean that these cities’ bike infrastructure is good so much as their transit systems are mostly bad. (New Geography)
Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) said during an Axios event on the future of transportation that the federal government should prioritize mass transit to help cities and states recover from the pandemic.
The Federal Transit Administration has launched a new forum for transit agencies to exchange ideas about pandemic recovery. (Progressive Railroading)
Portland elected officials and transit advocates have a fight on their hands as they seek to sell a $7 billion transportation package to voters. Business lobbying groups oppose the plan because it would be funded by payroll taxes. (Oregonian)
Austin’s $7 billion Project Connect isn’t the only transit plan on the ballot in Texas this November. Voters in San Antonio and Pflugerville will also decide on transit referendums. (Land Line)
Federal regulators gave preliminary approval for a New York City rail link to LaGuardia Airport that’s been decades in the making. (NBC New York)
The Twin Cities’ Metro Transit will return to mostly normal bus service in September. (WCCO)
Maryland’s transportation secretary denied claims made by Purple Line contractors related to cost overruns on the light rail project. (Bethesda Magazine)
A hearing in a lawsuit seeking to stop the expansion of I-30 through Little Rock resumes Wednesday. (Democrat-Gazette)
Pasadena cyclists took to the streets to protest the police shooting of Black man Anthony McClain. (Star-News)
Yesterday, U.S. DOT did something it hadn’t done for a decade: submit a surface transportation authorization bill to Congress. And what a bill it is. The $302 billion, four-year GROW AMERICA Act has several major reforms that would shift federal policy in a more multi-modal direction. One big change that we’ve noted before is that […]
Wisconsin isn’t known as a state that makes smart use of transportation dollars, whether it’s Scott Walker rejecting federal funds for high-speed rail service, denying funds for what would have been Milwaukee’s first suburban commuter rail service, or cutting millions in state aid for transit. Now a new report from the Wisconsin Public Interest Research […]
The Twin Cities region is reassessing the role of highways in its transportation system. Like many communities throughout the country, Minneapolis-St. Paul is moving beyond the decades-old assumption that the only way to eliminate congestion is with more outward-stretching asphalt. This fall, officials in the Twin Cities voted to roll back highway expansions and increase […]
The federal government needs an entirely different way of funding transportation — one that would finally allocate billions of dollars that currently subsidize and encourage driving to fund and expand transit, a new report argues.