Tuesday’s Headlines

  • Former transportation secretary Ray LaHood predicts that Congress will move forward on a bipartisan transit funding bill (Axios). And just in time for the D.C. Metro, which is losing $2 million a day and considering serious cuts just a week after restoring nearly full service (Washington Post).
  • The survival of private bus companies that carry 10 million children to school is threatened by the pandemic, which has many students learning from home. They’ve been left out of federal relief packages and are asking for $10 billion in emergency aid. (New York Times)
  • Uber says it will be more transparent about safety information on self-driving cars after the National Transportation Safety Board partially blamed the company for a 2018 crash in Tempe that killed a woman crossing the street. (Bloomberg Law)
  • People are nervous about autonomous vehicles but are willing to give them a try. (Mobility Lab)
  • Despite the various and sundry “infrastructure weeks,” President Trump’s promise to invest $1 trillion never came to fruition. (NBC News)
  • Delays on the Gateway tunnel project underneath the Hudson River have raised the cost by $275 million. (New Jersey Herald)
  • The lack of gridlock on San Diego freeways despite more people getting back in their cars shows that, in normal times, putting just 10 percent of drivers on public transit could extend road capacity for 100 years. (Pacific)
  • A new transportation authority in central Virginia will build bus rapid transit and pedestrian and bike infrastructure, and also, unfortunately, widen roads using new sources of tax revenue. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • A Cleveland city council proposal would replace its existing Complete Streets ordinance with one with more teeth. (News 5)
  • Sacramento will reveal plans Wednesday for a new multimodal transit hub downtown. (KCRA)
  • Kansas City will stop putting people in jail for unpaid parking tickets. (KTVO)
  • Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the freeway interchanges. One in Houston is the same size as Siena, Italy, which has a population of 30,000 residents (Texas Monthly). The article also has some interesting info about how the Cold War influenced sprawl.

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