The newly passed infrastructure bill will change the way transportation funds are distributed by creating more competitive grant programs in lieu of traditional formulas (Wall Street Journal; subscription required). That’s a significant win for state and local governments (Route Fifty).
The New York Times reminds us that all the political jockeying over what to keep in or leave out of the infrastructure bill had real-world consequences.
A survey of Europeans found that most see climate change as the biggest crisis they face, but already think they’re doing enough or feel hamstrung by a lack of information of money to do more. In particular, only 25 percent favored using transit over cars. (The Guardian)
Sharrows are not just worthless, they actually make streets more dangerous for cyclists. (Medium)
Whether it’s seat belts or masks, those opposed to regulation have weaponized the false idea that safety measures do more harm than good by encouraging risky behaviors. (Slate)
Sen. Ted Cruz took a break from flaming Big Bird to criticize Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg for supposedly saying “roads are racist.” Problem is, Buttigieg was right: Some freeways really were designed to isolate or divide Black neighborhoods. (MSNBC)
Black bike riders are more likely to be ticketed in areas with less bike infrastructure, compounding the effects of biased policing. (Better Bike Share)
Uber all but killed off taxis, and now it’s considering dispatching a fleet of yellow cabs of its own. (New York Post)
Here’s how NYC Mayor-elect Eric Adams can turn around the city’s slow and unreliable bus service. (Transit Center)
The massive infrastructure bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday won't meet the challenges of ending climate change and the U.S. traffic violence crisis, leaving core elements of those critical agendas up to a messy House debate, advocates said.
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is set to join the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and two construction interests tomorrow in protesting the Senate climate bill’s proposed diversion of new fuel fees away from infrastructure — an argument that puts the transit industry’s leading D.C. lobbying group squarely in the […]
Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) are set to roll out their long-awaited, somewhat delayed climate change bill tomorrow without onetime co-sponsor Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The legislation no longer includes its originally conceived "linked fee" on motor fuels — which was quickly branded as a gas tax increase, alarming Graham and the White […]
A sobering post today from the Streetsblog Network on the importance of preparing our transportation system for the effects of climate change. Megan McConville at The City Fix reports on a panel titled "Perspectives on Adaptation to Climate Change," hosted by the Engineers Forum on Sustainability. The message? "We can no longer focus exclusively on […]