Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In

Wednesday’s Headlines from All Over

    • The top story: The Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd last year was found guilty on all counts (with the top count being second-degree murder) — an all-too-rare jury finding that held a cop accountable. (NY Times)
    • In a case reminiscent of the police killing of Floyd, San Diego's transit agency apologized and will pay $5.5 million to the family of a man who died in 2019 after a security officer knelt on his neck for six minutes. (Associated Press)
    • Some people make the argument that intercity rail will never take off in most of this sprawling country unless it's not only faster than driving and cheaper than flying, but competitive timewise with taking a plane. But Vice makes the argument that the U.S. is better off incrementally upgrading service, as Amtrak is proposing, rather than spending decades trying to build out a hugely expensive high-speed rail network.
    • A modest annual $20-billion investment in transit operating costs would dramatically improve service in cities nationwide. (Transit Center)
    • Contrary to those who are writing off transit due to plunging ridership, the pandemic showed how essential transit really is. (Rice Kinder Institute)
    • Urban subways are better at getting people to jobs than suburban commuter rail. (Pedestrian Observations)
    • With traffic deaths up during the pandemic, states are starting to prioritize safety over speed. (California Healthline)
    • California is falling short of its climate goals, but that doesn't mean progress isn't being made on the transportation front. (San Francisco Chronicle)
    • Oakland's "flex streets" program that allows businesses to use public street space previously reserved for cars will expire in June unless the city renews it. (Berkleyside)
    • Once a radical idea, Boston mayoral candidates are mow embracing the idea of fare-free transit. (Globe)
    • Honolulu is lobbying Congress for another $800 million to finish a light rail line that's already $7 billion over budget and 10 years behind schedule. (Railway Age)
    • Tampa isn't ready yet, but it's starting to prepare for a future where electric vehicles are prevalent. (WFLA)
    • E-scooters have finally come to New York years after other cities (as Streetsblog reported), but now The New Yorker is sitting up and taking notice.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Wednesday’s Headlines

How should we react to public indifference about the danger cars pose to society? Perhaps a sitcom has something to teach us.

July 24, 2024

Opinion: Is Kamala Harris ‘The Climate President We’ve Been Waiting For’?

Kamala Harris fought hard for a better transportation plan in the San Diego region despite big political risks. If elected president, will she do the same for the country?

July 24, 2024

America is Setting Micromobility Records — But That Boom Could Go Bust Without Public Funding

Shared bike and scooter trips soared 20 percent in a single year. So why are so many U.S. systems shutting down — and what will it take to keep the revolution rolling?

July 24, 2024

Tuesday’s Headlines Are Running Hard

More political news: Today's top stories delve into Kamala Harris' record on climate change and Republicans' plans for the Trump administration if he returns to power.

July 23, 2024

Disabled NYer’s are Victims of Gov. Hochul’s Congestion Pricing Pause

So many New Yorkers can’t use the closest subway station to their homes because they don't have an elevator. And Gov. Hochul just halted funding for 23 new lifts.

July 23, 2024
See all posts