Will Washington save transit? It depends on whether Joe Biden wins the presidency and Democrats take over the Senate. (CNN)
Jaywalking is a made-up concept that encourages aggressive driving, ignores flawed street designs and is often unfairly enforced. (City Lab)
5G wireless internet will allow cyclists to broadcast their location to nearby vehicles and could eventually driver assist systems to automatically brake. (Seattle Times)
The Guardian explains California’s Proposition 22, Uber and Lyft’s effort to convince voters to overturn a new labor rights law.
Labor unions are working to defeat Prop 22, but they’re outgunned. They’ve spent $12 million to Uber, Lyft and delivery apps’ $185 million. (HuffPost)
Portland sued the federal government and removed a concrete wall around the downtown federal courthouse that has been blocking bike lanes since Black Lives Matter protests started in July (Bike Portland). And more big news from Bike Portland: The city has formally withdrawn from the controversial Rose Quarter I-5 widening project.
A new D.C. Metro official will be charged with fixing safety and toxic workplace issues in its rail operations control center. (Washington Post)
The Minnesota legislature approved $55 million for two Twin Cities bus rapid transit lines. (Patch)
Miami-Dade is redesigning its bus system to protect the busiest routes in the event of cuts. (Human Transit)
Here’s where road diets and new bike lanes are planned in San Jose. (Mercury News)
Detroit bike-share MoGo is offering free one-hour rides to go vote or deliver an absentee ballot (Metro Times). Charleston’s bike-share is also free on Election Day (Post and Courier).
As it seeks profitability, Uber is looking to unload its flying taxi division (Axios). Maybe the Jetsons will take it off their hands.
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Transit Center and is republished with permission. On March 13, 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, the Federal Transit Administration responded to the emergency by enabling transit agencies to spend federal funds to run buses and trains. It was a break with longstanding policy. Normally, federal grants are reserved […]
The second hearing in three days on the Obama administration’s proposal for national transit safety rules made headlines mostly for its affect on the Washington D.C. area, where Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s (D-MD) blistering critique of the local Metro rail system prompted high-level management switches. "There’s a saying in our business," APTA President William Millar (above) […]
The Obama administration’s proposal for a new federal role in transit safety oversight would eventually apply to buses, although the first round of rules would be directed at subways and light rail, according to the U.S. DOT. Transit buses, such as this Miami model, are expected to be part of the new federal safety plan. […]
The rise of private transit operators like Bridj, Leap, and Uberpool has raised questions about equity in places including the Bay Area, where such services are fast replicating. A related issue is the impact they will have on traditional public transit systems. Private transit vehicles have been described as “like a lounge on wheels,” with […]