Tuesday’s Headlines Are Complete

Image: Inhabitat
Image: Inhabitat
  • A new Federal Highway Administration report outlines how it will implement Complete Streets regulations. (Transportation Today, Streetsblog USA)
  • Historically, the transportation secretary has little authority to reject state highway projects as long as they comply with federal law. (Eno Center for Transportation)
  • Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg visited Wilmington to award Delaware $186 million in infrastructure funds for transit (Delaware Online). Meanwhile, the D.C. Metro will receive an additional $120 million in pandemic relief (Washington Post) and Hampton Roads, Virginia, will receive $52 million (WTKR).
  • A proposed Chicago ordinance would set a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers. (Tribune)
  • Colorado is working to transition to electric medium- and heavy-duty trucks, which are responsible for 22 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. (Denver Post)
  • The City of Atlanta is redoubling its Vision Zero efforts after six people died in two car crashes just hours apart. (11 Alive)
  • Will South DeKalb in metro Atlanta ever get a long-promised rail line? (Decaturish)
  • Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb is removing concrete barriers that have been blocking buses from moving through Public Square. (Ideastream)
  • Santa Ana, California, will spend $1.5 million to help downtown businesses impacted by streetcar construction. (Voice of OC)
  • Florida police are looking for a man who punched a disabled veteran for parking in a handicapped space. (ABC 7)
  • After seeing a driver kill a cyclist crossing the street, an Indianapolis bus driver is spending his own money to buy bike lights for passengers. (WTHR)
  • East Dallas is working to save a historic streetcar stranded in an abandoned warehouse. (Dallas Morning News)
  • Seattle-based Microsoft is funding 235 affordable housing units in the Bellevue transit district. (The Urbanist)


Obama’s Highways Chief: Wishy-Washy on Emissions?

Victor Mendez, nominated by the White House to lead the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), spent more than an hour this morning with the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee — but the most illuminating moment in the hearing came as the clock was running down. FHWA nominee Victor Mendez testified before the Senate today. (Photo: […]

Senate Commerce Committee Sets the Standard For Transpo Performance

The EPW Committee passed the highway portion of the transportation bill last month. The Banking Committee will tackle transit on Friday. And today, transportation reformers applauded as the Commerce Committee passed its bill dealing with the rail and safety component, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Deron Lovaas of NRDC said in his blog post about the […]

Complete Streets Provision Eliminated From Final Transpo Bill

Transportation for America, the big-tent coalition for transportation reform, tends to be careful about the statements it puts out. Its folks are diplomatic, since they work with both sides on the Hill and a wide variety of coalition members. Yesterday, as details of the conference report were leaking out, they wanted to read the whole […]

Oberstar’s New Transportation Bill: Get The Highlights

Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN), the House transportation committee chairman is set to brief reporters this afternoon on his $450 billion, six-year federal transportation bill — which he plans to pursue regardless of the Obama administration’s push for an 18-month extension of existing law. House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-MN) has a brewing battle with […]

State DOTs Mark Earth Day by Pressing a More Road-Centric ‘Livability’

As the Obama administration’s inter-agency sustainable communities project commands a growing share of attention and funding in Washington, the response from conservatives and business lobbies has been decidedly less than enthusiastic. Washington D.C.’s bike sharing stations, above, got a prominent mention in the AASHTO report. (Photo: afagen via Flickr) When Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood issued […]