On Tuesday’s Headlines, Your Mileage May Vary

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  • The Environmental Protection Agency is undoing the Trump administration’s rollback of fuel efficiency requirements and going even further, bumping up the average mileage from 32 miles per gallon to 40 in 2026, which is expected to encourage automakers to sell more hybrids and electric vehicles, and stop 3 billion tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. (CNN)
  • Amtrak will use some of its $66 billion in funding from the infrastructure bill to fix antiquated tunnels and bridges that are chokepoints in the Northeast Corridor, its busiest routes. (New York Times)
  • Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson is lobbying D.C. for infrastructure money to bury I-30 and for Vision Zero projects. (D Magazine)
  • King County’s long-term plan for Seattle-area transit shifts focus away from suburban commuters and toward historically underserved communities. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • With the Bureau of Transportation facing a $26 million budget shortfall, Portland officials are considering a surcharge on parking that would fund climate and equity programs. (Bike Portland)
  • Drivers have killed 22 cyclists and 204 pedestrians in New Jersey this year, the most since 1989. (WHYY)
  • Two Washington, D.C. city council bills would make streets around schools safer for children to walk. (DCist)
  • Tulsa’s nonprofit bike-share, This Machine, is facing a spike in thefts and vandalism. (KJRH)
  • E-scooter company Lime is expanding into the Middle East. (CNBC)
  • The European Union is proposing that all new buildings be pre-wired for EV charging stations. (Clean Technica)
  • Uber is working with a UK startup to design a battery-powered taxi and force drivers to foot the bill for its greenwashing. (Jalopnik)
  • While other cities have banned or limited cars in certain areas, a Berlin group is pushing to make it the first major city to go car-free within a huge 55-square-mile swath of the German metropolis. (Yes! Magazine)

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Under the House Republicans’ proposal to bring more private competition to the nation’s most valuable transportation asset, the Northeast Corridor would remain in public hands. Transportation Committee Chair John Mica (R-FL) made clear that under his and Rail Subcommittee Chair Bill Shuster’s plan, “the public maintains ownership of the corridor; we’re not giving it to […]

GOP Proposal to Privatize the Northeast Corridor Meets Resistance

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House Republicans, led by Transportation Committee leaders John Mica (R-FL) and Bill Schuster (R-PA), have a plan to take the Northeast Corridor out of Amtrak’s control and privatize it. They’ve long called Amtrak a “Soviet-style operation” that loses money. Mica said that ridership of the NEC hasn’t changed since 1977, the year after Amtrak took […]

Today’s Headlines

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As Construction Costs Rise, Bicycling Infrastructure Becomes Even More Cost Effective (LAB) DOT Marks $745 Million for Northeast Rail Corridor Targeted by GOP (TheHill) Red Light Cameras in NYC Receive Support From City Council and Mayor Bloomberg (TranspoNation) When Conservatives Fight the Free Market: Congestion Pricing, the Swedish Example (ThinkProgress) Rhode Island Pushes to Convert […]

The Northeast Corridor: To Privatize or Not to Privatize?

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Gaps in state and local budgets, new federal investments in rail improvements, and growing expertise in public-private partnerships have all combined to make the present moment an intriguing time for private-sector investment in passenger rail. Andy Kunz of the US High Speed Rail Association has said he supports private sector operating agreements on publicly-owned rail […]