Friday’s Headlines to Set You Up for the Weekend

  • Americans took 136 million trips on shared bikes and e-scooters last year, up from 84 million in 2018, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials. (Bloomberg)
  • Self-driving cars are still years away, but in the meantime, technology can help drivers deal with their road rage. (Time)
  • A poll found that 82 percent of Uber drivers want to remain independent contractors. But take it with a grain of salt — the poll was commissioned by Uber itself. (Axios)
  • Uber’s former chief security officer has been charged with trying to cover up a data breach. (Slate)
  • Greater Greater Washington hosted a panel discussion on riding the bus while Black. Panelists from around the country discussed how transportation has been used to enforce segregation, and how transit is underfunded compared to highways.
  • New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it needs a $12 billion federal bailout to avoid slashing subway and bus service by 40 percent. (Streetsblog)
  • Las Vegas’s transit agency faces a $35-million shortfall this year that’s projected to grow to $75 million in 2021. (Nevada Current)
  • Tampa light rail and streetcar projects are in limbo pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the sales tax that would fund them. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • The Florida DOT might build a long-delayed SunRail extension to DeLand after all. (Daytona Beach News-Journal)
  • Once left for dead, Minneapolis’ Southwest light rail line is now a quarter complete and likely to receive federal funds to finish the rest. (MinnPost)
  • Orange County outsourced public transit to Lyft in 2016, and riders were nearly left stranded when the company threatened to pull out of California. (Voice of OC)
  • A massive mixed-use project in Austin will include a MetroRail station. (Culture Map)
  • Little Rock’s transit agency is dropping some less-popular routes and replacing them with a cross-town connector and on-demand van service. (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
  • A federal judge threw out a weapons charge against an Iowa man, saying that he was arrested for “walking while Black.” (Press-Citizen)
  • Locusts are very good at not colliding with each other, and Penn State engineers hope to learn from them how to keep self-driving cars from crashing. (Inverse)

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