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)