Wednesday’s Headlines Are Almost Here

  • At The Transport Politic, Yonah Freemark published his annual list of transit projects expected to open or break ground in 2022, and it’s a doozy. Twenty-two new rail and bus rapid transit lines are scheduled to open this year in the U.S. alone, including many delayed by the pandemic.
  • Did President Biden achieve his fix-it-first and climate-change goals with the infrastructure act? The devil’s in the details. (Roll Call)
  • Red and blue states alike are preparing for more than 1 million new electric vehicles to hit the road this year (Pew Stateline). Much like New Deal rural electrification, a big push needs to be made for chargers in the countryside (Bloomberg). Meanwhile, urban residents won’t have the advantage of charging their cars in their garage (Wired).
  • A tunnel underneath downtown Seattle that’s the centerpiece of a $53 billion regional rail expansion would delve as far as 140 feet deep to avoid obstacles like existing tunnels and skyscraper foundations, which could lead to higher costs and force passengers to descend and ascend nine stories. (Seattle Times)
  • The Federal Transit Administration awarded planning grants for 20 transit-oriented development projects, including Austin’s Orange Line (KXAN) and a streetcar line in Mesa (KTAR).
  • Portland is making part of 16th Street one-way for drivers and adding a bike lane. (BikePortland)
  • Ann Arbor’s State Street sees more pedestrian crossings than vehicle trips per day, and now it’s getting a more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly makeover. (MLive)
  • Richmond is planning to add bike lanes and paths to several streets this year. (Richmond News)
  • Small Western ski towns have transit, too, even if taking it is sometimes an adventure. (Salt Lake Tribune)


How Seattle's Deep-Bore Highway Opponents Lost Their Own Referendum

Opponents of Seattle’s deep-bore tunnel lost a big one yesterday. A voter referendum they hoped might kill the plan to replace the aging Alaskan Way Viaduct with a massive underground highway went down in a 60-40 vote, following a superior campaign by pro-tunnel forces. We’ve reported before how this exorbitantly expensive highway project will retrench […]

How Ambitious Will Seattle Get With Its Transit Expansion Plan?

Next November, voters in the Seattle region will be asked to approve a new tax to fund a major expansion of the region’s light rail system. The $15 billion plan to expand transit, known as ST3, would be funded by a mix of sales taxes, property taxes, and car registration fees collected for 15 years. The big question is which projects […]

Transit Vote 2016: Seattle’s Huge, Imperfect Transit Expansion

We continue our overview of what’s at stake in the big transit ballot initiatives this November with a look at Seattle. The first installment of this series examined Indianapolis. The transit expansion plan on the ballot in Seattle this November is a big one. Known as ST3, the proposal calls for a 62-mile expansion of grade-separated light rail extending […]

McCain’s Transit Hit List: Get the Details

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), a self-styled foe of what he labels wasteful government spending, has launched a broadside against transit projects in the U.S. DOT’s 2010 spending bill, which is slated for a vote this week in the upper chamber of Congress. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (Photo: Scrape TV) McCain had proposed more than 20 […]

Streetsie Awards: The Results, Part One

Happy New Year, everybody! Before we start fresh with a bright new year in which we will undoubtedly avoid all the mistakes we made this year (and every year before that), let’s take a look back at some highs and lows of 2014. The votes have been counted, and it’s time to reveal the first […]