Tuesday’s Headlines Are Mostly About Equity

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  • Americans are returning to work and to the roads, but even a small number of people continuing to work from home would pay big dividends in reducing rush-hour congestion. (New York Times)
  • New, sporadic commuting habits are forcing transit agencies to rethink commuter rail and seek other sources of revenue. (Politico)
  • Road rage shootings are trending up, to the point that a driver now shoots someone every 18 hours, on average. (Streetsblog USA)
  • The U.S. DOT awarded $250 million in American Rescue Act Funds to transit projects in Tempe, Charlotte, Tacoma, Portland and 18 other cities. (Railway Age)
  • Lyft has yet to release reports about sexual assault allegations on the ride-hailing platform despite promising to do so three years ago. (CNN)
  • A federal judge says that Uber’s driver rating system may be biased by passengers’ racism. (San Jose Mercury News)
  • Cleveland residents are worried that changes to bus routes could leave low-income riders stranded. (News 5)
  • A Sacramento Bee columnist says jaywalking should be decriminalized because it amounts to a charge of walking while Black.
  • Wisconsin Republicans approved a plan to cut state transit funding in half over the next two years. Their transportation budget also keeps $1.1 billion to expand I-94 in Milwaukee intact. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
  • Federal aid helped the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority approve a budget with no fare hikes or service cuts despite losing half its ridership during the pandemic. (AJC)
  • Alabama union members say the coal mining company they work for is trying to intimidate them into ending a strike by plowing trucks through their picket lines. (The Nation)
  • Austin cyclists can look forward to delivery robots sharing their bike lanes. (KXAN)
  • The Stranger asked readers which Seattle streets they hate the most.


Where Car Commuting Is Shrinking — And Where It’s Not

Where are Americans making the shift away from driving to work? Crunching newly-released Census data, Yonah Freemark looked at how commute travel is changing in different cities and regions. In general, car commuting in major metro areas declined between 2005 and 2015, but the shift was greater than a couple of percentage points in only a few […]