Thursday’s Headlines Are Getting Hot in Here

  • Research shows that when transit agencies work to mitigate climate change, they also make the system more equitable. For example, Boston’s subway is at greater risk of flooding — and so are low-lying, low-income neighborhoods whose residents rely on transit. (Bloomberg)
  • On transit funding, traffic congestion and the question of whether streets are for people or merely cars, cities are at a crossroads as the pandemic winds down. (The Conversation)
  • The pandemic showed that cities need to keep getting denser and improve transit. (Policy Options)
  • Driving is bad for many reasons, but the lackluster state of transit even in major cities like, say, Baltimore, mean that owning a car drastically improves quality of life. (Gizmodo)
  • People who get deliveries and use ride-hailing services should share in the costs of road upkeep. (Politico)
  • Lower-income neighborhoods have fewer trees, and that’s a problem because shade from trees makes neighborhoods more walkable. (Fast Company)
  • Maryland officials want to cut funding for transit losses to offset private investors’ losses on tolls during the pandemic. (Washington Post)
  • A coalition of labor, community and civil rights groups is mobilizing to stop a Prop 22-style gig economy law in Massachusetts. (Market Watch)
  • St. Paul added more bike lanes in 2020 but still doesn’t have a bike-share. (Star Tribune)
  • Even as traffic picks up, Wisconsin officials are still seeing a lot of speeding and driving while impaired. (Wisconsin Public Radio)
  • Los Angeles broke ground on a $900 million light rail line to LAX. (KCAL)
  • Improvements to Atlanta’s notorious DeKalb Avenue will include bike lanes, sidewalk repairs and getting rid of its notorious reversible “suicide lane.” (AJC)
  • Phoenix officials bowed to bikelash and scrapped plans for a road diet on Central Avenue. (New Times)
  • Recognizing it’s not making enough progress towards its goal of zero emissions by 2050, the Welsh government is freezing all new road construction. Instead, that money will be spent on road repairs and bike infrastructure. (The Guardian)


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Needed: A Federal Program to Boost Transit Service

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Transit Center and is republished with permission.  On March 13, 2020, at the onset of the pandemic, the Federal Transit Administration responded to the emergency by enabling transit agencies to spend federal funds to run buses and trains. It was a break with longstanding policy. Normally, federal grants are reserved […]