Monday’s Headlines to Get You Going

  • The election of Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the U.S. Senate in Georgia opens the door to pass ambitious transportation reforms. (Streetsblog USA)
  • Fare-free transit would boost ridership and make systems more equitable. (The Appeal)
  • College campuses can serve as a model for human-scale cities. (Strong Towns)
  • The Federal Transit Administration approved a $530-million grant for Phoenix’s South Central light rail extension (KTAR) and $173 million for the South Shore double-tracking project in northern Indiana (Chicago Tribune).
  • Cost estimates for West Seattle’s Ballard light rail line have nearly doubled to over $12 billion. (Seattle Times)
  • After the failure of a transportation referendum last year, Portland should try again with a slate of projects focused solely on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (City Observatory)
  • Houston needs to slow down drivers to save pedestrian lives, but it will take physical changes. Lowering speed limits isn’t enough. (Kinder Rice)
  • Gainesville should re-engineer streets to slow down drivers to improve pedestrian safety, rather than crack down on jaywalkers, says the Sun‘s editorial board.
  • The University of Michigan and Federal Transit Administration are building 20 “smart intersections” in Ann Arbor that will alert drivers to dangers. (WXYZ)
  • Trips made by bike or on foot rose significantly in London during the pandemic and stayed up even as the lockdown eased. (Eltis)
  • Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has done it again, this time announcing that she’s turning the Champs-Elysees into an “extraordinary garden,” reducing vehicle space by half. (The Guardian)

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