Skip to Content
Streetsblog USA home
Streetsblog USA home
Log In
Streetsblog

Wednesday’s Headlines Are In a Crisis

Image: “http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fredrik-gertten/bikes-vs-cars-we-are-many”

    • Less than a year after it passed, the federal infrastructure law is proving to be woefully inadequate at curbing America's oil addiction. (The American Prospect)
    • The solution offered by many leaders to high gas prices is a gas-tax holiday. That, however, is a terrible idea, because it would increase profits while offering motorists little relief. As most policymakers recognized all the way back in 2008, the only solution is ending our dependence on fossil fuels. (Vice)
    • The climate + community project's Green New Deal for Transportation calls for electrifying transit and freight delivery, a clean electric grid, increased funding for transit and intercity rail, ending new highway construction, 10,000 miles of protected bike lanes and a new "cash for clunkers" program.
    • That plan bears resemblance to how Copenhagen became a cycling paradise after the 1973 oil crisis (Fast Company). Meanwhile, Curbed latched onto one aspect: What if the Biden administration just paid people not to drive?
    • Another report, this one from U.S. PIRG, focuses on the value of electrifying school bus fleets, which can help the entire grid go green by storing clean energy during the many hours they're not on the road.
    • Anderson Cooper interviewed Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg about the infrastructure law on "60 Minutes." (PBS News)
    • Churches have long relied on ample parking to grow their congregations, but now they've amassed so much land that their parking lots have become a barrier between the church and the surrounding community. (Christian Century)
    • Silicon Valley is replacing outdated auto-centric office parks with pedestrian-friendly campuses. (Fast Company)
    • The Texas DOT has just now figured out that widening I-35 through Austin would require demolishing a three-year-old affordable housing complex. (KUT)
    • Atlanta is backtracking on promises for a pedestrian-friendly Peachtree Street. (Urbanize)
    • Thanks to rising gas prices, bike sales are up 150 percent in Corpus Christi since February. (KIII)
    • British authorities are warning local governments that road projects won't be funded if they increase carbon emissions or don't cater to biking, walking or transit. (Forbes)
    • New Zealand is cutting transit fares in half to give struggling families an alternative to paying high prices for gas. (The Guardian)

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog USA

Friday’s Headlines Are Still Unsafe

Traffic deaths are declining for those ensconced in thousands of pounds of steel. For the rest of us, not so much.

April 12, 2024

Measure HLA Is Now Officially Law for L.A. City

Check the city maps to find what bus, bike, and walk improvements are coming to streets in your neighborhood.

April 12, 2024

Talking Headways Podcast: Women’s Transportation Seminar

Sara Stickler of WTS International on women’s expertise in transportation and opportunities for mentorship, leadership and education.

April 11, 2024

Don’t Call Thursday’s Headlines a Comeback

Transit ridership isn't all the way back yet, but it continues to climb after collapsing during COVID. Unfortunately, the financial effects of the pandemic on transit agencies still linger.

April 11, 2024

Long-Awaited Report Reveals Widespread Parking Crime by NYPD

The overdue report confirms years of Streetsblog reporting on placard abuse, illegal parking and enforcement failures by the police under two mayors.

April 11, 2024
See all posts