Monday’s Headlines to Start the Week

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer, former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Beth Osborne, head of Transportation for America, are the frontrunners to be Joe Biden’s transportation secretary. (Politico, USA Today)
  • Progressives made big gains in urban areas during last week’s elections, which should mean better transportation policies for cities (City Lab). And New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is all over that! (NY Times)
  • Volkswagen’s $2.9-billion fund from a lawsuit over cheating on emissions standards is paying for cleaner buses, but many of them are still polluting diesels instead of electric. (New York Times)
  • Yonah Freemark highlighted Joe Biden’s commitment to electric transit for all cities with more than 100,000 people.
  • Maybe now Infrastructure Week will finally happen! Here are 11 projects Curbed thinks the Biden administration should build in New York City.
  • Uber and Lyft drivers are split on the passage of Prop 22 in California. (NPR)
  • Minneapolis’s plans to redesign Hennepin Avenue are still too auto-centric. (
  • With capacity on buses limited because of coronavirus, Boston is addressing delays with pop-up bus lanes. (Next City)
  • Mass Transit looks at a good bus expansion in Albany, N.Y.
  • A Nairobi highway expansion project is running into opposition because, for one thing, it’s a foolish, short-sighted way to speed up commutes and, secondly, it would destroy a beloved, centuries-old fig tree. (NY Times)
  • A Utah bus rapid transit line is finally getting moving. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • The Charleston Post and Courier reiterates its support for BRT.
  • Climate and sustainability expert Darryl Young suggests on Twitter that Biden, a noted train aficionado, deserves an Amtrak One:


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Yesterday was a big day for livable streets and progressive transportation advocates — and not just because of what happened in New York City. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking at the launch of Transportation for America’s campaign platform. Photo by Steve Davis/Transportation for America. Down in DC, Transportation for America went to the U.S. Capitol […]

Transportation Moving Votes in Harman’s L.A. Congressional Race

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Rep. McCarthy Needs to Check Facts on Bike-Sharing

Yesterday we heard about social conservatives who support a less autocentric transportation policy. Today, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Adam Voiland at DC Bicycle Transportation Examiner looks at Republican Chief Deputy Whip Kevin McCarthy’s scornful remarks about Washington, DC’s use of stimulus funds for what he referred to as "bike racks." As Voiland points […]

Today’s Headlines

Following on the heels of PBS’ well-reviewed Detroit documentary, a new short film (above) envisions a new transportation future for the Motor City (America 2050 Blog) Rep. Blumenauer, head of Congress’ livable communities task force, fights the loss of momentum for climate legislation with a call for more investments in clean transportation (Politico) A vehicle […]

The Capitol’s 10 Transportation Players to Know

Even occasional observers of the national transportation scene can probably recognize House transportation committee chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) or Senate environment committee chairman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) — but what about the advisers who act as their eyes and ears in drafting policy? Here’s a look at 10 of Congress’ biggest transportation power players, courtesy of […]