Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In

Tuesday’s Headlines to Really Start the Week

    • The battle over Prop 22 — Uber and Lyft’s effort to overturn a California labor law aimed at protecting drivers — is heating up. Supporters have spent $185 million to convince voters to pass it (San Jose Mercury News). And they’ve used some underhanded tactics, like a fake “progressive” voter guide (SFGate). Uber executives are also lobbying company staffers to support the effort (Bloomberg).
    • Fast Company asks whether we should be subsidizing cars for low-income families. The answer should be emphatically, "No!" Unfortunately, though, in most parts of the U.S., such families don't have an alternative.
    • New technology using a crack-counting sensor can tell if an e-scooter is illegally on the sidewalk. (Washington Post)
    • Maryland is taking over Purple Line construction from private contractors that have balked at continuing work without more money to cover cost overruns. (DCist)
    • New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has already borrowed $450 million from the Federal Reserve to cover operating costs, and it's considering borrowing another $2.9 billion to cover part of a projected pandemic-related $12 billion deficit over the next two years. (Pew)
    • Former Streetsblog Denver editor Andy Bosselman thinks the Mile High City's dysfunctional Regional Transportation District's elected board of directors should be disbanded. (Denver Post)
    • Atlanta transit agency MARTA is sending out surveyors to identify potential locations for light-rail stations along the BeltLine. (What Now Atlanta)
    • Ride-hailing startup Zoom Ride is launching in Michigan as a safer alternative for women to Uber and Lyft, which have been wracked by sexual assault allegations against drivers. (Detroit News)
    • Public Source has more on Pittsburgh's new bike-friendly "neighborways."
    • Seattle finished a new section of the two-way bike lane on Fourth Avenue. (Seattle Times)
    • Madison is reducing the speed limit on Milwaukee Avenue, where drivers have seriously injured nine people in the past five years, including two crossing the street. (State Journal)
    • Parking revenue funds Milwaukee’s streetcar, so The Hop is struggling financially since the city suspended parking enforcement during the pandemic. Now one alderman wants to cut the streetcar budget. (WTMJ)
    • JUMP is launching a dockless e-bike fleet in Baltimore. (WJZ)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Car Crashes by City Workers Cost NYC Taxpayers $180M in Payouts Last Year: Report

A record number of victims of crashes involving city employees in city-owned cars filed claims in fiscal year 2023 — and settlements with victims have jumped 23 percent, a new report shows.

April 16, 2024

Tuesday’s Headlines Are Driving Inflation

Driving — specifically, the cost of car ownership — is one of the main factors behind inflation, according to the Eno Center for Transportation.

April 16, 2024

SEE IT: How Much (Or How Little) Driving is Going on in America’s Top Metros

Check it out: The lowest-mileage region isn't the one you'd think.

April 16, 2024

Monday’s Headlines Bring Another Setback

The Biden administration's new rule requiring states to report their greenhouse gas emissions from transportation was dealt another blow when the Senate voted to repeal it.

April 15, 2024

‘The Bike Is the Cure’: Meet New Congressional Bike Caucus Chair Mike Thompson

Meet the incoming co-chair of the congressional bike caucus — and learn more about how he's getting other legislators riding.

April 15, 2024
See all posts