Friday’s Headlines Aren’t Fair

  • The U.S. DOT sent a message to governors that they must protect cyclists and pedestrians if they want to receive federal infrastructure funds (ABC News) as Republican senators took up the call of GOP governors to let them spend that money on widening roads (The Hill). This new federal guidance, however, may not be enough (Streetsblog USA).
  • Tire particles are having an adverse effect on aquatic organisms. (Science Daily)
  • Micromobility can replace short car trips, but first cities have to put the infrastructure in place. (Governing)
  • The New York Times explains how to design a bike lane.
  • Forget flying cars. Why don’t we even have any robotaxis yet? (The Drive)
  • Utah lawmakers are trying to craft a $1 billion transit bill using federal American Rescue Plan Act funds. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Concerns about crime topped working from home or fear of catching COVID as reasons why Philadelphia residents stopped riding SEPTA, according to a Philadelphia 10 survey.
  • Two Los Angeles men walked 50 miles across the city. You won’t believe what happened next — apparently, it’s actually a pretty walkable city. (L.A. Times)
  • St. Louis County officials are still against a regional transit agency’s effort to revive the Delmar Loop streetcar despite assurances that the county won’t be required to fund it. (Post-Dispatch)
  • Florida police handcuffed a Black 12-year-old and accused him of stealing his own bike. (Raw Story)
  • Austin is considering cutting red tape for the taxi industry, which has been decimated by ride-hailing over the past five years. (American-Statesman)
  • Denver is trying to move away from being so auto-centric. (KDVR)
  • Pandemic cutbacks on The Hop streetcar will end Monday. (On Milwaukee)
  • Better to ride in a golf cart tricked out like a tank than a gas-guzzling truck the size of tank, but still, Florida master-planned mega-retirement community The Villages is a hotbed of MAGA hedonism. (NY Times)


Biden on Stimulus Aid to Cities: ‘We’re Trying … It’s Imperfect’

Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged today that the White House’s economic recovery push has created stumbling blocks for cities hoping to take advantage of the stimulus, but he defended the administration’s efforts to take a more holistic view of transportation, housing, and other urban concerns. Vice President Joe Biden (Photo: After a speech touting […]

Today’s Headlines

Obama administration pressing governors to ensure minority and female contractors have equal access to transportation stimulus aid (McClatchy) Battle heats up over federal approval for tolling on Pennsylvania’s I-80 (Times-Herald) North Carolina transit taking a $470m hit during the recession (News-Observer) Senate clears hurdle towards approval of massive transportation-centric spending bill… (Politico) … which includes […]

LaHood, Biden Meet With Governors on High-Speed Rail

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Vice President Biden met at the White House this afternoon with officials from 20 states in contention for funding as part of the Obama administration’s high-speed rail program. The high-speed Midwest Regional Rail Initiative’s proposed reach. (Photo: Michigan Messenger) "This is how the interstate highway system started, folks," Biden told […]