Wednesday’s Headlines Are Climbing Uphill

  • There will be plenty of horse-race coverage on infrastructure this week (Politico), but if you’re looking for substance, Yonah Freemark posted a handy chart on Twitter showing what’s in the bipartisan and reconciliation bills.
  • Certain design features can help convince suburbanites to accept higher-density buildings. (Sidewalk Talk)
  • A UK study predicts a pretty frightening future where autonomous vehicles choke the roads and air taxes usurp buses. (Forbes)
  • The Labour Party is warning against squandering the cycling gains made during the pandemic. (The Guardian)
  • Amazon is creating hundreds of small delivery companies as a way to dodge legal liability and pay lower wages. (American Prospect)
  • The “safety score” system Tesla uses to decide who gets access to “full self-driving” is a joke. (Vice)
  • Something is wrong when a 12-lane highway in Utah can win a “quality of life” award. (Washington Post)
  • Unless the D.C. region does more to discourage driving, an unrealistic number of drivers would have to switch to electric vehicles to meet climate-change goals. (Greater Greater Washington)
  • A new Texas law will actually punish drivers who injure pedestrians. (News Channel 6)
  • The Providence Bicycle Collective is addressing social injustice by helping people repair their bikes and lobby for better infrastructure. (ecoRI)
  • Windsor, Canada, is pitching a new riverfront route for its 103-year-old restored streetcar. (Star)
  • Florence, Italy, is adding two new lines to its “bike subway,” which may or may not be underground, but is organized like a subway, with color-coded routes. (The Mayor)
  • This is the last thing you’ll see before a Toyota Tundra’s giant grill pancakes you. (Jalopnik)


Three Drilling Bills Clear House Committee

In a seven-hour markup session today, the House Natural Resources Committee approved three bills that would expand oil and natural gas exploration in Alaska and the outer continental shelf, all without bipartisan support. Expanded drilling is expected to be one of the new revenue sources in the House transportation bill, which will be marked up […]

Senate Approves Stimulus Bill — On to Conference Committee

Transportation Enhancements funding helped to expand Roberto Clemente Plaza at the Bronx Hub. The League of American Bicyclists has issued an action alert to keep that program in the stimulus bill. The Senate approved its version of the stimulus bill this afternoon by a 61-37 vote. Attention now turns to conference committee negotiations, where differences […]

Today’s Headlines

You may have seen the disturbing Guatemala City sinkhole — but how did it happen? A look at the street engineering behind the scare (ABC) Lawmakers offer bills providing subsidies, incentives for electric car expansion (Det. News) Vermont becomes latest state to criminalize texting and cell phone use by drivers (AP) Caterpillar boosts its rail […]