We’re Back With Monday’s Headlines
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Meanwhile, here’s the news:
- The pandemic bike boom exposed the longstanding lack of bike infrastructure in U.S. cities. (Business Insider)
- Indiana television station WTHI delves in Pete Buttigieg’s transportation record as mayor of South Bend, where he oversaw a small transit system and redesigned several streets that then saw fewer crashes.
- The final coronavirus stimulus bill, which President Trump finally signed late Sunday, doesn’t include funding for light-rail expansion that was in previous bills, so Seattle’s Sound Transit will get a measly $97 million. (KUOW)
- Traffic deaths rose 63 percent in Philadelphia this year, and hit-and-runs more than doubled. Mayor Jim Kenney should put more resources into Vision Zero. (WHYY)
- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has pledged to spend at least half the $160 million generated by higher gas taxes under an interstate climate pact on transit. (Globe)
- Honolulu’s troubled light-rail extension received a year-long extension on a $250 million federal grant that was set to expire Dec. 31. (Civil Beat)
- Dallas has way too much parking, thanks to outdated regulations. One mixed-use development has 2,600 spaces that have never been used. Future structured parking should be built so it can easily be converted to offices when no longer needed. (D Magazine)
- Roundabouts, a road diet, sidewalks and shared-youth paths are part of the plans for a redesigned Eastern Parkway in Louisville. (WLKY)
- Cincinnati installed its first raised crosswalk. (Fox 19)
- A shakeup on the D.C. city council put progressives who support more funding for transit and protected bike lanes on the transportion committee. (Washington City Paper)
- Repurposing parking remains a great idea, but maaaaaybe doing everything outside is a tad overrated. (New York Magazine)