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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  • Dallas has way too much parking, thanks to outdated regulations.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)


Today’s Headlines

Obama administration shifts housing-policy focus to renting, not owning (Globe) Is federal stimulus money getting to NYC’s transit projects quickly enough? (GlobeSt.com) Texas GOP gubernatorial rivals face off over transportation (Morn News) Kansas puts off a $28m road project due to Washington’s uncertainty over funding (KC Biz Journal) Cyclists hold fundraiser for Oberstar (Bike Retailer […]

Today’s Headlines

Bike advocates thrilled with Oberstar’s transpo bill (The Hill) GM and Chrysler tell Congress not to mess with their dealership closure plans (AP) Bids for stimulus infrastructure projects coming in at surprisingly low amounts (GovExec) What the transit operating deficit hath wrought: an insufficient economic stimulus law (The Nation)

Today’s Headlines

State-level transport safety officials embrace texting-while-driving ban (NYT)  Texas toughens rules against drinking and driving, especially for teens (DMN) Privatized roadside rest stops: Coming soon? (LAT) Michigan’s in need of a fix for its transit-funding woes (Free Press)