The U.S. must start prioritizing safety in designing and building roads and shift away from the emphasize on moving goods and people efficiently, says the chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, advocating a system that minimizes crashes instead of relying on drivers not to make mistakes. (Smart Cities Dive)
The American Public Transit Association supports a House version of the infrastructure bill adding $10 billion in funding to transit and $10 billion for high-speed rail (Transportation Today). Progressive Democrats want the transit funding, plus $20 billion for shared modes, all taken from money for electric vehicles, which they argue aren’t up to the task of meeting climate goals (Streetsblog USA).
The pandemic has made it even more important for transit agencies to listen to passengers. (The City Fix)
The University of New Mexico is researching sidewalk materials that are more sustainable and retain less heat than concrete.
A passenger who was in the car when a Kalamazoo Uber driver was about to start a mass shooting spree in 2016 has filed a lawsuit alleging that the company could have stopped the killer. The passenger says he tried to tell Uber about Jason Dalton’s reckless driving but it never deactivated him from the app per policy. (WOOD)
With new pro-transit members, the Phoenix City Council could revive plans for a light rail line it scuttled in 2018 in the face of opposition from businesses. (New Times)
A hundred years ago, Spokane merchants were angry about a utility company’s plans to abandon streetcar lines. (Spokesman-Review)
Portland is lowering the speed limit on North Halsey, but that doesn’t change the fact that the street it built like a drag strip (Willamette Week). Meanwhile, Portland transit agency TriMet’s Red Line will be extended (Hillsboro News Times)
Barcelona is giving free transit passes to residents who give up their cars. (Eltis)
Donald Trump's first budget will reportedly follow a blueprint for extreme spending cuts laid out by the Heritage Foundation. That could spell disaster for cities, since Heritage recommends eliminating federal support for transit.
So transit ridership is up. Everybody knows that. It’s at its highest point since 1956. Right? Well, ridership per capita is still less than half its 1956 point. And by 1956, transit ridership was already at a 40-year low. But with transit growing faster than car travel, at a rate that outpaces population growth, there […]
The insistence that transit is a local priority while highways are a national concern has become an article of faith in the world of right-wing think tanks. But today highway spending mostly serves the same type of trips that Republicans purportedly believe are inappropriate for federal funding.