Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is saying all the right things. He wants to make the U.S. a world leader in high-speed rail (The Hill). He met with transit workers at Washington, D.C.’s Union Station to discuss funding plans and the new federal mask mandate (DCist). And he tweeted that “roads aren’t just for vehicles —they are for people.”
A coalition of 22 transit agencies led by New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is lobbying Congress for another $39 billion in federal funding to get through the pandemic. (Railway Age)
The pandemic has encouraged cities to cut red tape and experiment with curb space. (City Monitor)
Cities should add bike lanes and docking stations to support e-scooters. (U.S. PIRG)
Seattle’s Sound Transit is wrapping up work on three Northgate Link light rail stations. (My Northwest)
Pittsburghers for Public Transportation wants the Port Authority to use COVID relief funds to give low-income riders free transit passes. (Post-Gazette)
The St. Paul city council unanimously opposes widening I-94. (Pioneer Press)
The Omaha World-Herald got behind Vision Zero because, as the editorial board notes, drivers kill more people than murderers each year, yet traffic safety isn’t given nearly as much attention as homicides.
Madison is rerouting buses off State Street in preparation for a bus rapid transit line — one step toward making it a true pedestrian-only corridor. (Wisconsin State Journal)
B-Cycle is back in Greenville, South Carolina. (WSPA)
British hub-and-spoke transit systems don’t serve women well because women are more likely than men to chain together short trips. There aren’t enough female stakeholders despite the fact that women make up the majority of transit users. (This Big City)
In Germany, cars generally have the right of way, but a new law makes Berlin streets safer for pedestrians. (Deutsche Welle)
Uber Eats’ “Wayne’s World” Super Bowl commercial made Eater Chicago want to hurl. And nobody was a fan of the Bruce Springsteen Jeep ad (Refinery 29).
Since 1982, federal transportation funding has been governed by the "80-20 split," which restricts the federal Department of Transportation from spending more than 20 percent of its Highway Trust Fund money on transit projects, leaving the majority of federal funding for highway projects.
Under funding public transportation causes low-quality service and low ridership. It also forces people with low incomes to buy cars and encourages increased carbon emissions. Additional federal transit operations support could improve mobility access for communities nationwide.
A new month begins today without rules in place to govern federal transportation programs, thanks to an objection by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) to quick approval of a short-term extension of existing law. The Natchez Trace Parkway, where trail construction is set to stall today thanks to inaction on federal transport law. (Photo: TheFunTimesGuide.com) The […]
Yesterday, House Democrats released a draft bill that establishes a $494 billion, 5-year plan for the nation’s transportation infrastructure – but in spite of language to address climate change, and significant funding increases for rail and transit programs, the lion’s share of the bill’s funding would still go to roads and highways. The proposed legislation, […]
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Transit Center and is republished with permission. On March 13, 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, the Federal Transit Administration responded to the emergency by enabling transit agencies to spend federal funds to run buses and trains. It was a break with longstanding policy. Normally, federal grants are reserved […]
Minnesota Representative James Oberstar is perhaps the strongest advocate for transit on Capitol Hill. In a recent Q&A with the Kansas City Star, he shared his thoughts on how the financial crisis will affect federal investments in transportation: Transit currently receives about 20 percent of federal surface transportation funding. Next year’s surface transportation authorization will […]