Friday’s Headlines Are Stuck in the Middle With You

  • Under the Biden administration, conversations that started when Barack Obama was president about equity in transportation are finally starting to bear fruit. (Roll Call)
  • The U.S. DOT is starting to unravel the Trump era. (Transport Topics)
  • Everyone wants to buy a bike these days, so why isn’t anyone making more? Turns out, globalization and the cost of shipping are the problems (Tree Hugger). That ship stuck in the Suez Canal everyone’s talking about probably doesn’t help (CNBC).
  • Digital fare systems have the potential to boost transit ridership, but they come with privacy concerns. (Transit Center)
  • The Dallas city council cleared the way for transit officials to seek a federal grant to cover part of a $1.7 billion downtown subway. (Morning News)
  • A “compromise” would keep money for Indianapolis roads but still imperil a planned bus rapid transit line. (Fox 59)
  • Colorado Gov. Jared Polis wants to spend $4 billion on transportation, and now legislators are stuck in that age-old struggle of transit versus roads. (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Sarasota is planning bus-only lanes on U.S. Highway 41 (Herald-Tribune), and two metro Detroit cities are moving forward with a road diet for Woodward Avenue (WXYZ)
  • The Alexandria, Virginia, city council approved construction of the first phase of a citywide bike-lane plan. (KALB)
  • A $1.5 million Federal Transit Administration grant will bring electric buses to Houston’s Third Ward. (Innovation Map)
  • Palm Beach County officials are floating a transportation sales tax to fund bus lanes, among other projects. (Palm Beach Post)
  • The Pittsburgh Port Authority is considering a formal policy for including public art in transit projects. (Post-Gazette)
  • Miami Mayor Francis Suarez must be high on Elon Musk’s supply, because he wants the feds to fund a Boring Company tunnel under the city. (Business Insider)

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