Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Log In

All Aboard for Thursday’s Headlines

12:01 AM EDT on October 8, 2020

    • Transit is on the ballot in at least 15 cities this November. Will calls for racial justice spur voters to spend on more equitable transit systems, or will anxiety about the economy cause voters to reject more taxes? (City Lab)
    • People who telecommute wind up driving more for reasons other than going to work, so only a car-free lifestyle can truly lower carbon emissions. (The Conversation)
    • Joe Biden rode Amtrak on a whistle-stop tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania. (Associated Press)
    • Speed limits are based on how fast drivers actually drive, not what's safe, so drivers basically get to set their own speed limits. (Grist)
    • Mobile ticketing could help transit agencies recover from their drop in ridership during the pandemic. (Intelligent Transport)
    • An Uber software engineer explains that he’s voting against Prop 22—the company’s effort to overturn a California workers’ rights law—because he realized ride-hailing apps are only effective because drivers subsidize it with their unpaid labor. (Tech Crunch)
    • Lime didn’t meet Seattle’s requirement that it place 10 percent of its rental bikes in neighborhoods that are home to large numbers of low-income residents, immigrants and people of color. (Seattle Times)
    • Honolulu will extend a troubled light-rail line in phases if funding runs out. (Civil Beat)
    • The Houston city council is considering a $100 fine for drivers who park in bike lanes. (Houston Chronicle)
    • Massachusetts transit agencies need more state funding. (Worcester Telegram)
    • Spectrum News has a rundown on Austin’s transit referendum.
    • Oklahoma City streetcar workers are unionizing in response to a COVID-19 outbreak. (Fox 25)
    • Boulder is seeking feedback on quick-build improvements for its nascent Vision Zero program. (Daily Camera)
    • San Jose already has 400 miles of bike lanes and is looking to add more. (Spotlight)
    • From propellers to rocket sleds to something that looks like the inspiration for “Snowpiercer,” here are the 10 coolest train designs of all time. (The Drive)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Tuesday’s Headlines Triple the Fun

Amtrak is staffing up and ready to spend the $66 billion it received from the bipartisan federal infrastructure law.

September 26, 2023

Pols: Congress Must Bolster Sustainable Commutes to Reduce Carbon and Congestion

The feds should bolster sustainable commuting modes and transportation demand management strategies.

September 26, 2023

Monday’s Headlines Are All About Pete

From trying to avert a government shutdown to promoting rail safety, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is in the midst of a busy week.

September 25, 2023

What is the Life of a Dead Pedestrian Worth?

A Seattle police officer sparked outrage when he joked that the death of pedestrian Jaahnavi Kandula might be settled for as little as $11,000. Some families get even less.

September 25, 2023

Why Reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled Matters

“Our job now is to prioritize solutions that mitigate the impacts of climate change while equitably improving quality of life. To do so we need to rethink how we build so Californians can drive less."

September 22, 2023
See all posts