All Aboard for Tuesday’s Headlines

Image:  Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit, CC
Image: Marc A. Hermann / MTA New York City Transit, CC
  • Riders are trickling back to transit, but there is no way to know if or when ridership will fully recover, because during past pandemics people couldn’t work for home. (Governing)
  • One problem with the transition to electric vehicles is that all the necessary chargers will clutter up sidewalks. (Forbes)
  • EVs also aren’t enough by themselves to solve the climate crisis. People need to get out their cars entirely. (CommonWealth)
  • More people than usual chose to drive to airports rather than take transit during the Thanksgiving holiday, probably because unfounded fears that COVID spreads on buses and trains. (Washington Post)
  • What if AI controlled traffic and transit like a Spotify playlist? (Slate)
  • Philadelphia’s transit agency is buying more diesel-electric hybrid buses and transitioning to a zero-emissions fleet. (WHYY)
  • The gateway to Tampa’s innovation district is getting a bike- and pedestrian-friendly makeover, but where should the bus lanes go? (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Aspen businesses are promoting a downtown plan that removes parking and adds protected bikeways. (Aspen Times)
  • A Dayton zoning panel is allowing the city to tear down a 129-year-old building that was once the Wright Brothers’ bike shop. (Associated Press)
  • Mexico has announced plans for a high-speed rail line between the Mexican state capital of Monterrey and San Antonio, Texas. (BNamericas)
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson is scaling back plans for high-speed rail in northern England, angering residents in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham. (City Lab)

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