Tuesday’s Headlines for You to Enjoy

  • Carmageddon cometh: U.S. motorists drove 8.6 percent fewer miles in September compared to the previous year — the smallest decline since the pandemic started. Driving was up 2.8 percent over August. (Reuters)
  • Transit ridership won’t bounce back until officials can convince the public it’s safe. (Globe and Mail)
  • The Washington Post reports that the D.C. Metro is considering buyouts as an alternative to laying off 1,400 employees, while the paper’s editorial board urges the government to provide help for the financially struggling transit agency.
  • A Reno hospital is turning the place it stores cars into a place to score COVID-19 patients. (The Hill)
  • After their Prop 22 victory in California, Uber and Lyft are targeting drivers’ rights in Illinois next. (Crain’s, Streetsblog Chicago)
  • Philadelphia is aiming to use traffic calming and enforcement cameras to curb speeding after a spike in traffic deaths. (Voice)
  • Austin officials are considering charging developers for the cost of sidewalks, but they’re worried the street impact fee could result in wider roads or inhibit growth. (Monitor)
  • Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is touting a $600-billion “Marshall Plan” to transition Appalachia away from fossil fuels and promote green energy. He says the investment would create over 400,000 jobs. (State Impact)
  • Texas is considering hitting electric vehicle owners with a $200 registration fee hike. (Houston Chronicle)
  • The World-Herald has deets about Omaha’s new bus rapid transit line.
  • Tampa is using murals to highlight new bike racks in downtown parking garages. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • The  newly elected (and excellently named) Portland Commissioner Mingus Mapps loves the bus and plans to ride his bike to work at City Hall. (Bike Portland)


America Has a Terrible Traffic Safety Record Because We Drive Too Much

Even though the U.S. traffic fatality rate per mile driven has fallen by two-thirds in the last 50 years, America today still has the deadliest road system per capita in the developed world. Much of the improvement from safer driving and better emergency care has been wiped out by increases in total traffic. The American approach to traffic safety has emphasized seatbelt use, vehicle standards, […]

To Speed Service, Seattle Looks to Separate Streetcars From Auto Traffic

As streetcars make a comeback in cities across America, they are under scrutiny from transit advocates who complain about service quality. Atlanta’s new streetcar has produced disappointing ridership numbers, with sources reporting it’s not much faster than walking. And Yonah Freemark at the Transport Politic reports that after a fairly strong start, Seattle’s South Lake Union […]

Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct: King of the Highway Boondoggles

A recent report by U.S. PIRG and the Frontier Group, “Highway Boondoggles: Wasted Money and America’s Transportation Future,” examines 11 of the most wasteful, least justifiable road projects underway in America right now. Here’s the latest installment in our series profiling the various bad decisions that funnel so much money to infrastructure that does no good.  Seattle’s aging Alaskan Way Viaduct is […]

Highway Boondoggles: California’s 710 Tunnel

A proposal to drill a pair of highway tunnels is the most expensive, most polluting, least effective option for solving the San Gabriel Valley’s transportation problems. A highway linking I-710 from Alhambra to I-210/ SR-710 in Pasadena was first proposed in the late 1950s. Ever since, efforts to build the highway have run into obstacles including […]