Tuesday’s Headlines Are Back Behind the Wheel

Photo: Transportation Alternatives
Photo: Transportation Alternatives
  • Office workers are starting to commute again, and most of them are driving alone (Washington Post). Still, many people are expected to continue working remotely post-pandemic, which means transit agencies will have to adjust (Eno Center for Transportation).
  • Tire residue that runs off into streams is killing fish. (Toronto Star)
  • E-bikes were already experiencing a pandemic boom, and demand is now surging even further due to high gas prices. (City Lab)
  • Maryland and Georgia are the latest states to suspend gas taxes. (ABC News)
  • Minneapolis had 23 fatal crashes last year, up from 15 in 2020, killing 24 people, including 11 pedestrians. Four-fifths were caused by reckless driving. (Axios)
  • Reckless drivers could lose their cars under a proposed Milwaukee ordinance, the first of its kind in the country. (Route Fifty)
  • Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority are spinning numbers from a fare-free pilot program in very different ways. The MBTA points out that most riders, those who had monthly passes or needed to transfer, didn’t save any money, but Wu says the program was popular anyway. (Commonwealth)
  • Denver’s Regional Transportation District and the transit union reached a deal that will boost operator pay by 25 percent. (The Denver Channel)
  • The Bay Area’s Valley Transit is increasingly getting into the real-estate business with transit-oriented developments. (San Jose Spotlight)
  • San Antonio ranks 37th in walkability among large U.S. cities. (San Antonio Report)
  • Jacksonville is experimenting with green-painted bike lanes that make drivers more likely to yield for cyclists. (News4Jax)
  • Afghanistan’s former finance minister is now an Uber driver in Washington, D.C. (Stars and Stripes)


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