In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, 34 states have introduced bills cracking down on protesters, including some that would bar the prosecution of drivers who run them over. (New York Times)
President Biden’s climate change summit started Thursday, and he pledged to cut carbon emissions by over half within the next decade. (CNN)
Sen. Joe Manchin doesn’t want to raise corporate taxes to the level the Biden administration wants in order to fund infrastructure. Now he’s against hiking the gas tax or user fees, too (Business Insider). So how do we pay for this stuff?
University of Georgia researchers have come up with a new method for infrastructure maintenance that could save a lot of money. (Archinect)
Mass Transit wonders just what, exactly, the White House wants to spend $621 billion on transportation funding on, and how many of those projects are on the books anyway.
Seattle’s Sound Transit has an $11.5 billion hole to fill to complete expansion plans voters approved in 2016. (My Northwest)
New Jersey’s turnpike authority is scheduled to vote next week on a proposal to transfer $2 billion to transit. (NJ.com)
The Jacksonville city council is about to get its first crack at a proposal to raise gas taxes and fund a Skyway expansion. (News4Jax)
Transit-oriented development is a new concept in New Orleans (NOLA.com). Maybe they should talk to Charlotte about the pros and cons, where development around transit stops is going gangbusters (WCNC).
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave a prominent Republican lobbyist space to push for autonomous shuttles on the Beltline in lieu of the promised light rail.
A 68-year-old man who ran his car through a group of protesters in Nashville not only won't be charged, but is being treated by local law enforcement as though he were the victim of a crime. And to make matters worse, a state legislator wants to codify legal immunity for drivers who strike protesters.
North Dakota state rep Keith Kempenich has had enough of people exercising their right to assembly and free expression. In response to the protests at Standing Rock, Kempenich has introduced legislation to shield drivers from penalty who unintentionally strike a pedestrian "obstructing vehicular traffic."