The L.A. Times and San Francisco Chronicle have overviews of Prop 22 — Uber, Lyft and delivery apps’ effort to overturn a California labor law classifying drivers as employees.
Portland is trying to grapple with a legacy of racism in transportation by passing a payroll tax to invest in light rail, buses and pedestrian improvements in Black and brown neighborhoods, but companies like Nike that say they support equity oppose the tax (City Lab). Streetsblog had it earlier this month.
Houston may have fixed one intersection where drivers killed two people on bikes in the past three years, but officials don’t seem to have the will to address the thousands of others that are equally dangerous in the notoriously auto-centric city. (Texas Observer)
The Charleston Post and Courier delves into how highways destroyed Black neighborhoods during urban renewal in that South Carolina city.
Nashville Mayor John Cooper is seeking more public input as his administration finalizes a $1.6-billion transit plan. (Fox 17)
Hillsborough County, Florida, will resume pre-pandemic bus and streetcar service next month. (Tampa Bay Times)
A Pittsburgh developer is paying $9,000 a space for a parking lot to build even more parking. (Post-Gazette)
A Washington, D.C. city council member has introduced legislation to overhaul regulations on sidewalk vendors. (WAMU)
A federal judge threw out jaywalking charges against an African-American man in Iowa City, calling it a case of “walking while Black.” (KCRG)
Surprise, surprise: Underground Tesla tracks in Las Vegas won’t carry as many people as Elon Musk promised. (Tech Crunch)
The emergence of app-based taxis and private city bus services has prompted a lot of handwringing about the emergence of a “two-tiered” or “stratified” transportation system. Network blog Cap’n Transit doesn’t have much patience for that argument. America’s transportation system is already highly stratified, and it’s hard to see how the new services will make that situation worse: If you go to […]
Yesterday, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was supposed to unveil a visionary new statewide transportation plan. And while the spending component includes a commuter rail expansion and a pedestrian and bike program, the funding component bears some resemblance to what we recently held up as a worst-case scenario. Patrick’s proposal doesn’t contain a vehicle miles traveled […]
Why raise desperately needed transportation funds for a broke region when you could let people drive for free? In Georgia, the state has made up its mind: The DOT will pay $4.5 million to tear down tolls on GA 400 — and forfeit the $21 million a year the tolls brought in. It costs just […]
With federal transportation funding on track to run dry by May 31, Washington lawmakers are gearing up again to reset national transportation policy… or, if that doesn’t work out, to limp along indefinitely under the status quo. Today President Obama unveiled his opening bid in this process. The $478-billion, six-year plan from the White House includes many […]