Tuesday’s Headlines that Leave You Wanting … Less

  • More on last week’s overwhelmingly successful transportation initiatives from the Eno Center for Transportation.
  • President-elect Joe Biden — yeah, we said it — is considering making climate-change czar a cabinet position. (Washington Post)
  • Now that Uber and Lyft have convinced Californians that drivers don’t deserve decent wages or benefits, the ride-hailing companies are planning on taking Prop 22 nationwide (City Monitor). They essentially bought the law (Curbed), so why wouldn’t that work in other states? After all, Uber is desperate — it’s lost $5.8 billion so far this year, despite the boom in food deliveries (Eater).
  • Vision Zero needs to be rebranded. (Treehugger)
  • Virgin transported two people through a tunnel at 100 miles per hour (CNN). Congratulations! Europe and Japan were doing that decades ago.
  • With 70,000 traffic deaths in the past 20 years, Vision Zero plans in Texas have been an absolute failure. The state is in the midst of a 20-year streak of having at least one road death every day. (Houston Chronicle)
  • Oh, in a related story, the Texas DOT is planning on turning a two-lane country highway near Dallas into a 10-lane freeway, and the exurban residents in the way aren’t happy. (D Magazine)
  • Ohio Republicans are pushing to repeal commuter taxes now that so many suburbanites are working from home, but cities say it would blow a hole in their budgets. (Columbus Dispatch)
  • The Rose Quarter project in Portland shouldn’t be happening at all, but at least now the I-5 widening won’t include an unsightly overhang or require the closure of a popular bike batch. (Oregonian)
  • A dedicated bus lane is coming to 16th Street in Washington, D.C. (WaPost)
  • As Pendleton finishes a sidewalk project, it is for some reason retaining markers referencing streets named after Confederate figures that have since been changed. (East Oregonian) (Correction: This post previously misidentified the city as Portland.)
  • A change is gonna come: College students in Auburn, Alabama, usually roll Toomer’s Corner when the football team wins a big game. They also did it Saturday when AP called the race for Joe Biden. (Auburn-Opelika News)

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