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Black Friday Headlines

8:09 AM EST on November 27, 2020

    • Fifty million people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, down 10 percent from the usual numbers, but still a record for the pandemic. (City Lab)
    • Parking lots are emptier than usual due to the pandemic, so Strong Towns is tweaking its annual #BlackFridayParking tweetstorm. Instead of taking photos of parking lots are are still partially empty on the busiest shopping day of the year, use the hashtag #IWishThisParkingWas to talk about, well, what amenity you wish your city had instead of that parking.
    • Joe Biden has promised high quality, zero emissions transit in every city of more than 100,000 people. Spending just $2.2 billion a year would improve transit service by an average of 30 percent, according to Yonah Freemark. (Urban Institute)
    • Curb space and access to the electric grid will drive the third wave of micromobility. (The Conversation)
    • Uber and Lyft signed a five-year, $810-million contract to provide ride-hailing services to federal employees. (The Verge)
    • Maryland reached a $250-million settlement with Purple Line contractors that had quit work and sued over $800 million in cost overruns. (DCist)
    • Philadelphia's transit agency is losing $1 million a day, thanks to coronavirus. (Philly Voice)
    • A passenger train between Ann Arbor and Traverse City, Michigan, is expected to start test runs next year. (MLive)
    • A California town has settled with four teenagers who had their phones taken by police when they tried to record their jaywalking arrests. (Reason)
    • The Spokane Tribune-Review looks back on how buses replaced streetcars.
    • An alliance of Dutch governments and businesses is contributing more than 1 billion Euros to two passenger rail projects in Amsterdam. (International Railway Journal)
    • Tech Crunch looks at how Paris, Barcelona, London and Milan have embraced micromobility.

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