Tuesday’s Headlines Are Just Trying to Get to Work

  • It’s been criticized from the left, but an environmental policy professor and former Bill Clinton advisor argues that the infrastructure compromise a major climate win (The Hill). Regardless of its merits, the deal is still a tough sell for both parties (NPR).
  • Yonah Freemark’s Urban Institute piece we posted about yesterday dovetails with a UNC-Charlotte study on how low-income workers are forced into neighborhoods far from jobs without access to transit, as well as another study highlighted by Gizmodo reinforcing the notion that the only way for cities to solve gridlock is to get more cars off the road.
  • Cities are starting to recognize that connectivity is an important component of equity. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
  • Big Tech is investing in driverless cars because they would free up hours behind the wheel and let drivers spend more time looking at their phones. (Bloomberg)
  • The New Yorker has … some kind of point to make about the 19th century railroad boom and our current infrastructure predicament.
  • Bay Area transit projects keep falling behind schedule and going over budget. (San Jose Mercury News)
  • The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is investing $100 million in affordable housing near rail lines (11 Alive) and taking the first step toward electrifying its bus fleet (Electrek).
  • Post-pandemic, Boston drivers are worse than ever. (Globe)
  • Detroit’s popular Belle Isle Park is closed whenever the parking lots are full. It needs better bus access. (Metro Times)
  • The Buffalo News says the dream of a revived streetcar system isn’t just Boomer nostalgia.
  • Bike-share trips grew 60 percent in Chattanooga during the pandemic. (WDEF
  • Bicycling magazine profiles a Florida/New Hampshire cyclist who keeps pedaling despite having been hit by a driver twice.
  • Climate change, schmimate change: The heat wave in Portland is literally melting streetcar cables. (Twitter)

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The Obama administration has received applications worth $57 billion for the stimulus law’s $1.5 billion TIGER grant program, designed to focus on multi-modal projects (JOC) LaHood jabs at the media after a critical piece on road stimulus spending … (Dallas M-N) … and announces plans to go to Copenhagen for Chicago’s 2016 Olympics bid (WH […]

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Boxer: Senate considering breaking up its jobs bill into several pieces, with an infrastructure provision that would bail out the highway trust fund for this year (Dow Jones) Conservative Rep. Don Young (R-AK), architect of the 2005 federal transportation bill, admits that Alaska’s plans for a gas tax suspension would endanger its financial support from […]

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