Wednesday’s Headlines to Get You Over the Hump

  • Without a national mask mandate, transit agencies are forced to use social distancing to alleviate fears of COVID-19. But the fixation on staying six feet apart could hinder efforts to return to normal capacity. (City Lab)
  • There are a few other ways transit agencies can fight the pandemic, though, including ultraviolet lights and disinfection robots. (Modern Diplomacy)
  • Without the need for a big gas engine, automakers can design electric vehicles pretty much however they want. No more giant, high deadly front ends? (Fast Company)
  • Uber and Lyft are taking their Prop 22 lobbying efforts too far. (New York Times)
  • The Week is begging Californians to vote down Prop 22. It’s nothing less than ruthless corporations’ attempt to create a permanent underclass of exploited workers in an effort to turn profits that might never come.
  • The Purple Line debacle could taint Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s reputation as a savvy businessman running an efficient government. (Washington Post)
  • When forced to choose between drivers in cars and people on foot, Houston usually goes with the former. (Texas Observer)
  • Time is running out to give input on metro Atlanta’s $29-billion transit wish list. (Sapora Report)
  • The Pittsburgh Port Authority is hiring its first-ever director of diversity and inclusion. (Post-Gazette)
  • The Kansas City streetcar received another federal grant, this one for $14 million, to finish a riverfront extension. (STL News)
  • Set your calendar (and prepare to be disappointed): Elon Musk said he’ll build a $25,000 Tesla in three years. (NY Times)
  • Tucson’s bike-share is free this month. (Arizona Daily Star)
  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo promised to keep cracking down on cars in her first interview since her re-election. (Forbes)
  • How can cities actually achieve Vision Zero? As Oslo showed, ban cars in the city center, and eliminate red tape for designating bike and bus lanes. (The City Fix)


Menendez: Transit Agencies Need Help Escaping Tax-Shelter Trap

Lingering questions over the role that tax shelters played in the D.C. Metro crash continue to pique congressional interest in helping local transit agencies break free of lease deals with Wall Street. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has just written to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) — who is working on a new funding package […]

Feds Still Forcing Transit Agencies to Bow to Private Charter Buses

Streetsblog Capitol Hill reported yesterday that the U.S. DOT would end a Bush-era mandate to reward new transit projects for using private contractors — but a similar pro-privatization rule for bus service remains in effect, preventing local transit agencies from competing with private charter companies. Fairgoers in Minnesota depart a private charter bus that benefited […]