Friday’s Headlines to Ring in the Year of the Ox

  • Transit ridership projections are looking bleaker as more companies announce that employees will be working from home indefinitely. But the end of rush hour could be a blessing in disguise, because peak service is expensive to provide. (Slate)
  • The Biden administration should let cities and regions take the lead on infrastructure projects and prioritize transit over roads, according to a new Rice Kinder Institute report.
  • Anticipating a boom in e-scooter commuting when the pandemic is over, Lime is partnering with an employer benefits company to subsidize rides for 10 million workers. (City Lab)
  • Behind all those breezy traffic reports on the radio are thousands of deaths caused by roads designed to be dangerous. (Strong Towns)
  • Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wants a Denver-to-Longmont light rail line built sooner than the Regional Transportation District’s target date of 2042. (Denver Post)
  • Transit ridership fell by half in Utah last year, but federal COVID-19 funding far exceeded farebox losses for the Utah Transit Authority. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • A $180-billion transportation plan is just one of several potentially transformative projects under consideration in the San Diego region. (Union-Tribune)
  • Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said he had an “encouraging” meeting with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about a $2-billion plan to knit neighborhoods back together that were displaced by I-81. (Post-Standard)
  • Consultant Jarrett Walker, who runs the Human Transit blog, will be helping the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority redesign its bus routes. (ThreadATL)
  • The latest chapter in Savannah’s transit saga has former CEO Bacarra Mauldin suing Chatham Area Transit, alleging she was fired for whistleblowing about contract irregularities. (WTOC)
  • The Charlotte Area Transit System is testing a new fleet of streetcars. (WBTV)
  • Austin is making improvements to three popular biking and walking trails. (KVUE)
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to spend $15 billion on public transportation over the next eight years, with $6 billion earmarked for short-term projects and the rest going into creating a permanent fund of $3 billion per year. (CBC)
  • Drivers love to complain about bike scofflaws, but a Danish study found that only 5 percent of cyclists break traffic laws, compared to 66 percent of motorists. (Forbes)


American Transit Ridership Hits 57-Year High

The last year transit ridership was this high in the United States, Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act. Not since 1956, according to the American Public Transportation Association, have Americans logged as many transit trips as they did in 2013: 10.7 billion. It was the eighth year in a row that Americans have made […]

Rasmussen: Americans Want More Federal Support for Transit

Rasmussen Reports, the polling firm that got the 2012 election completely wrong, asked 1,000 Americans last week how they feel about public transportation [PDF]. The takeaway they reported was this: “74% Rarely or Never Use Mass Transit.” On the flip side, 6 percent said they used transit every day or nearly every day, and another […]