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)


A Look at the Year Ahead for Transit Expansion

At The Transport Politic, Yonah Freemark has made it a tradition to catalog new transit projects every year. He reports that 2014 will see a significant expansion of rail and bus rapid transit lines. “Virtually every metropolitan region in the United States and Canada is investing millions of dollars in new transit expansion projects,” he writes: […]

Senators Hear From Obama’s Transit Chief-in-Waiting

One of the Capitol’s sad, secret truths is that members of Congress often skip committee hearings on issues of vital importance to their states — and today’s confirmation session with Peter Rogoff, the president’s nominee to lead the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), was no exception. Just three members of the Senate Banking Committee showed up […]

USDOT Announces Funding For Transit Projects, Minus ARC Tunnel

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood yesterday announced $1.58 billion in New Starts grants that will fund 27 transit projects around the country. The only major difference between this list and the list of proposed projects that came out in February 2010 is the glaring absence of the ARC tunnel project that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie unceremoniously […]