There may not be enough skilled workers to build all of the transit projects and other infrastructure in the Biden administration’s plans. (New York Times)
The Federal Transit Administration is releasing $2.2 billion in competitive grants for transit agencies that need more help with pandemic-related expenses. (Transportation Today)
The FTA is also asking for input on what criteria the agency should use to decide how to distribute grants. (Human Transit)
Mobility as a service — the idea of a streamlined system with all modes of transportation available through one app — remains a tantalizing dream. (Cities Today)
Micromobility companies are emphasizing equity. (TechCrunch)
Fifty years after the construction of North Charleston freeways displaced Black homes and businesses, residents are still fighting South Carolina DOT highway projects (Washington Post). Sadly, that’s not the only story about the disastrous effects of highway construction on Black communities in the paper recently — The Post also reported on similar projects in Northern Virginia.
And, The Post interviewed a top federal passenger rail official about plans to improve Amtrak service in the Northeast Corridor.
With a mayoral election looming, a Cleveland group is pushing candidates to boost funding for transit by taxing parking lots. (Scene)
Fatalities are up on San Francisco streets, and officials are considering lowering speed limits. (Chronicle)
Chicago cyclists used their own bodies to form a protected bike lane to illustrate the need for safer bike infrastructure. (5 Chicago)
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is offering a surprisingly honest appraisal of America’s history of road construction this week, with a high-profile speaking tour that focuses on the damage that highways caused in black urban neighborhoods. Growing up in Charlotte, Foxx’s own street was walled in by highways, he recalled in a speech today at the Center for American Progress. Building big, grade-separated roads through […]
There are excellent candidates for freeway removal in many American cities, where roads built 50 or 60 years ago are nearing the end of their useful lives. Cities that take the plunge and get rid of their urban highways don't regret it.
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.
Wisconsin isn’t known as a state that makes smart use of transportation dollars, whether it’s Scott Walker rejecting federal funds for high-speed rail service, denying funds for what would have been Milwaukee’s first suburban commuter rail service, or cutting millions in state aid for transit. Now a new report from the Wisconsin Public Interest Research […]