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Friday’s Headlines Are Not Enough

12:01 AM EST on November 12, 2021

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    • Transit systems worldwide require a $208 billion annual investment and ridership must double by 2030 to meet the Paris agreement's climate change goals. (Streetsblog, City Lab)
    • The infrastructure bill is indeed massive and historic, yet still doesn't do enough to address needs like better transit (Vox, USA Today)
    • Transit agencies that avoided steep ridership drops during the pandemic did so by eliminating fares and refocusing service on essential workers. (Urban Institute)
    • When it comes to emissions, transportation and land use are connected because cities need to be built in a way that makes walking and biking easy and driving unnecessary. (Treehugger)
    • Cities are the future, despite the current red/blue, rural/urban divide. (Brookings Institute)
    • Tampa Mayor Jane Castro is looking to spend federal infrastructure dollars on transit and biking, but Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis might have other ideas. (Tampa Bay Times)
    • In Seattle, the infrastructure bill could help fund a 116-mile light rail network and help Sound Transit avoid project delays it instituted last summer as revenue flagged. (KUOW)
    • A small toll cut traffic on I-65 between Louisville and Indianapolis in half, illustrating why it makes no sense to waste billions widening freeways. (City Observatory)
    • Nashville officials are exploring safety improvements on deadly Murfreesboro Pike, a five-lane road with no lighting, intermittent sidewalks and few crosswalks. (News Channel 5)
    • Dallas Area Rapid Transit wants to sell parking lots around six light-rail stations to developers for affordable housing. (D Magazine)
    • Raleigh officials credit improved bike infrastructure with a decline in cyclist deaths. (ABC 11)
    • A Santa Monica business owner's fight against turning a parking deck into affordable housing is really a proxy for his concerns about the car-free Third Street Promenade's decline in general. (Vice)

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