Monday’s Headlines Are Digging Into the Details

  • Soon we will learn the details of the infrastructure bill (Politico). But here’s what we know so far (Mass Transit Mag).
  • Just the topline numbers are available now, but progressives are fighting for more funding for transit and electric vehicles (E&E News). As Streetsblog has already pointed out, the transit/highway split is not favorable, to say the least.
  • Amtrak got less than President Biden wanted in the bipartisan infrastructure deal, and the money won’t go far because building rail in the U.S. is more expensive than any other country. (Slate)
  • Short-changing transit isn’t going to help fight climate change. (The Hill)
  • The Washington, D.C. city council shot down a proposal to keep the Metro bus circulator free, arguing that it would primarily benefit tourists and wealthy residents. (Post)
  • If you build it, will they come? Yes, say Boston cyclists fighting for better bike infrastructure. (Globe)
  • Cyclists are urging Houston to be aggressive about Complete Streets. (KHOU)
  • Huntsville, Alabama’s bike-share is in high demand. (WAFF)
  • Los Angeles is making it really hard to build bus shelters. (Curbed)
  • The Bay Area’s Valley Transit is not yet ready to resume light-rail service after a mass shooting, but is running bus rapid transit along those routes. (San Jose Mercury News)
  • The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is seeking input on whether a new line should be light rail or BRT. (AJC)
  • Columbus, Ohio, is preparing to seek federal funding for an east-west BRT line. (Underground)
  • The University of Minnesota is tracking how many drivers stop for pedestrians. (Minnesota Daily)
  • Double-parking is bad enough, but this is ridiculous. (KRON)

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TriMet's Neil McFarlane is perfectly willing to undermine transit with highway expansions. His agency will get a light rail expansion in the bargain. Photo:  Bike Portland

Why Is Portland’s Transit Chief Advocating for More Highways?

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After suffering an embarrassing defeat a year ago, the Oregon highway lobby is rattling the can for more money again. They have a list of highways they want to widen, and they say Portland's economy depends on it. In addition to the usual suspects, the highway cheerleaders include Neil McFarlane, general manager of TriMet, the regional transit agency.