Tuesday’s Headlines from Around Our Land

  • Better bus service is an often-overlooked climate change solution. (Yale Climate Connections)
  • Uber’s push to go emissions-free by 2040 will require a whole new, more efficient electric grid to succeed. (Quartz)
  • Traffic stops in Minneapolis are down 80 percent since George Floyd’s death at the hands of a police officer, but the department is still pulling over a disproportionate number of Black drivers. (Bloomberg)
  • A Georgia sheriff’s deputy beat and choked a Black passenger who was riding in a Lyft that the deputy pulled over for a broken taillight. The deputy has been fired. (ABC News)
  • Philadelphia Magazine reimagines the City of Brotherly Love as an urbanist’s paradise, with cars banned from the center of town, a train on deadly Roosevelt Boulevard, sunken expressways, and cheaper and more frequent transit.
  • In the wake of ridership plummeting during the pandemic, Jacksonville is pivoting from fixed-route bus service to on-demand shuttles, while Miami is offering ride-hailing vouchers. (South Florida Reporter)
  • Five workers were injured when an Atlanta parking deck collapsed for the second time. (11 Alive)
  • With Baltimore transit once again on the chopping block, the Sun revisits how drivers killed off the streetcar system in the 1960s.
  • Washington, D.C.’s streetcar and circulator will return to normal service on Sunday. (DCist)
  • Portland’s new electric bike-share bikes have arrived, and BikePortland gives them two thumbs up.
  • Uber is back in court this week trying to keep London from revoking its license. (Business Insider)
  • Tokyo is making creative use of the space underneath its elevated railways. (City Lab)
  • The British city of Leeds is offering residents free e-bikes for two weeks in an effort to get them out of their cars. (CNBC)

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