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Friday’s Headlines to Cap the Week

12:01 AM EDT on October 16, 2020

    • A new report from Transportation for America lists five ways to cut vehicle emissions: Build denser housing, make less driving a goal, encourage shorter trips, invest in other modes and prioritize access to destinations.
    • The pandemic has shown that transit agencies must refocus from hub-and-spoke systems bringing commuters in from distant suburbs to basic transit access for disadvantaged groups, as well as better coverage within suburbs. (The Conversation)
    • Rush hour might be in the rear-view mirror during the pandemic, but traffic has gotten worse at other times of day. (Forbes, Streetsblog)
    • Branding them as “anarchist,” the Federal Transit Administration is excluding New York, Portland and Seattle from accessing grant funds to fight COVID-19 (Portland Tribune, Streetsblog). The National Association of City Transportation Officials says the move is politically motivated and puts riders and operators at risk.
    • The Southeast is a leader in electric vehicle manufacturing, but lags behind on EV sales and charging stations, according to a new report from the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy.
    • A new autonomous shuttle launches in Tampa on Monday. It lacks a steering wheel but does have a backup driver who can take over using a video-game controller. (Tampa Bay Times)
    • Metro Detroit police are cracking down on people on foot as well as the drivers who kill them during “pedestrian enforcement week.” (WXYZ)
    • The Twin Cities’ new 20-mile-per-hour speed limit is now in effect. (Pioneer Press)
    • New quick-build bus and bike lanes are popping up in a Boston suburb. (Somerville Times)
    • A new bus rapid transit line is now running in Montgomery County, Md. (WAMU)
    • If the 'rona doesn’t get you, a runaway vehicle might: An SUV driver plowed into an outdoor café in San Jose, killing one person and injuring seven others. The crash raises questions about the safety of al fresco dining in car-centric areas. (Planetizen)
    • A British Uber passenger assaulted the driver’s sense of smell, then assaulted him physically when the driver raised a stink. (New York Post)

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