Tuesday’s Headlines to Start the Week

  • President-elect Joe Biden’s $1.9-trillion American Rescue Plan includes $20 billion for transit (Mass Transit Mag). But concerns remain about how the money will be distributed, whether it will be enough and whether it can even get through Congress (Streetsblog USA).
  • As mayor of South Bend, incoming Transportation Pete Buttigieg challenged the auto-centric status quo by building bike lanes and implementing a Complete Streets policy. (Washington Post)
  • Transportation is a public health issue: COVID-19 vaccines are here, but not everyone has a way to get to them. (NBC News)
  • The once-chaotic e-scooter industry looks like it’s finally breaking through to profitability. (Reuters)
  • Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signed a $16-billion transportation bill that will extend to passenger rail lines and modernize the system, but he also vetoed higher fees for Uber and Lyft rides, shot down a low-income fare program and declined to reverse transit service cuts. (NBC Boston)
  • Amtrak has returned to DuPont, near Seattle, for the first time since a deadly 2017 derailment. (Post-Intelligencer)
  • A year after B-Cycle disappeared, Denver’s transportation department is rolling out a new micromobility program with a mix of docked and dockless e-bikes and e-scooters. (Denverite)
  • Texas has committed $600 million to Vision Zero, but it’s also facing a $1.9-billion drop in gas-tax revenue. Ideas include making big-rig drivers pay and charging a fee on electric and hybrid vehicles. (KSAT)
  • Miami-Dade is trading in its pollution-belching diesel school buses for an electric fleet. (Miami Herald)
  • Even in auto-centric Houston, residents want to live in a 15-minute city. (Rice Kinder)


But What About the Highways-Transit Split?

As transit fans and policy wonks digest the details of House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar’s (D-MN) new proposal, one question is coming to mind: Does it change the typical 80-20 split in the percentage of funding that goes to highways versus transit? The short answer is, not really. While road programs got […]

Transportation, Class and Housing: Making the Connections

If you’re interested in transportation policy (and we know you are!) it can sometimes seem as if all the problems plaguing America have their root there. Today, we have a reminder from Streetsblog Network member Cap’n Transit that not even transportation can cure all ills. But we also have some very hopeful news from columnist […]

House to Tackle Transit Safety Gaps in December Hearing

The debate over setting national standards for transit safety — which the federal government has yet to do — will take center stage at a December 8 hearing of the House transportation committee’s transit panel. The D.C. Metro (Photo: WaPo) The lack of nationwide rules for transit safety has become an acute concern in Washington […]

Support Livable Streets Advocacy This Spring!

It’s springtime finally, and you know what that means — bike season is heating up, and so is construction season (for a few cities, that means new transit is in the works). Also, Streetsblog is asking for your support as we continue fighting for a livable, healthy and sustainable transportation system. Things are really reaching […]

Feds Still Forcing Transit Agencies to Bow to Private Charter Buses

Streetsblog Capitol Hill reported yesterday that the U.S. DOT would end a Bush-era mandate to reward new transit projects for using private contractors — but a similar pro-privatization rule for bus service remains in effect, preventing local transit agencies from competing with private charter companies. Fairgoers in Minnesota depart a private charter bus that benefited […]

Today’s Headlines

Ahmedabad, India, wins the Sustainable Transport Award from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (Express) Freight rail industry has a mixed reaction to LaHood’s revamp of transit funding rules (Fleet Owner) Why are politicians always so scared of the word "tax"? A scientific explanation (MoJo Blog) Amtrak to add free wi-fi on the Acela […]