Tuesday’s Headlines Are the Headlines of the Year

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  • Is TIME trolling us? The magazine named Elon Musk — he of the self-driving cars that can’t actually drive and the reinvented subways that run Teslas instead of trains — its 2021 Person of the Year.
  • The Federal Transit Administration is asking for advice on how to ensure that fare and service changes are equitable. (Transit Center)
  • Free and cheap parking enables driving, and parking should be priced to factor in the costs of construction, maintenance, congestion and emissions. (CommonWealth)
  • California’s DOT, Caltrans, announced a Complete Street policy for all transportation projects it’s involved in. (Streetsblog CA)
  • A partnership between public transit agency Tri-Rail and private passenger rail operator Brightline has run into a problem: Tri-Rail’s trains are too wide to fit in Brightline’s downtown Miami station. (Miami Herald)
  • Setbacks and cost overruns have plagued plans to build 70 miles of new bike lanes and paths in the San Diego region. (Union-Tribune)
  • Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced she’s hiring a “chief of streets” who has a strong background in transit and pedestrian safety issues. (Smart Cities Dive, Streetsblog MASS)
  • Nashville is launching a website allowing people to track traffic-related deaths and injuries. (WPLN)
  • Peoria is spending $19 million to widen a bridge to make room for bikes and pedestrians. (Journal Star)
  • The Houston Metro announced plans to build 25 miles of bus-only lanes for a cross-town bus rapid transit route. (Chronicle)
  • A small business owner is suing Pasadena, Texas, seeking to overturn the city’s minimum parking requirement. Ironically, the business is an auto repair shop. (Houston Public Media)
  • Drivers have killed 78 people in Denver this year, by far the most since the city began implementing Vision Zero in 2016. (Westword)
  • The Washington Post profiled a D.C. mom who became a safe streets activist after a van driver killed her daughter who was riding her bike. Pedestrian deaths have risen the past two years despite Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Vision Zero policy.
  • Blocking bike lanes is bad, but Eben Weiss thinks cyclists are often too quick to throw tantrums about it. (Outside)

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