Wednesday’s Headlines Are Tired of the ‘Pink Tax’

Photo:  Mike Liu/Flickr
Photo: Mike Liu/Flickr
  • Women make up more than half of U.S. transit riders but often pay more through a “pink tax” and are made to feel unsafe (Route Fifty). Meanwhile, European cities are trying to stop focusing so much on the needs of traditional male commuters (City Lab).
  • A new poll found that urban transit riders and drivers largely support the same goals and policies, although by varying degrees. For example, even drivers favor congestion pricing. (Morning Consult)
  • Hydrogen as a fuel is not as clean as many people think it is, because it’s often derived from oil or natural gas through a process that produces carbon emissions. (Washington Post)
  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is considering a new rule requiring companies to release information on how much climate pollution they emit. (The Grist)
  • Black Charlotte residents are worried that a proposed $13 billion regional transportation plan will once again leave them behind. (Axios)
  • A new law in Washington state will allow Seattle voters to tax themselves to expand transit or speed up projects. (Crosscut)
  • One Seattle-area city is pushing back against Amazon selecting it as a site to test sidewalk delivery robots (Seattle Times). Contrast that with Boston, which is launching an e-cargo-bike pilot program (Smart Cities Dive).
  • The Green Line extension opening proves Boston’s transit authority is still capable of doing big things. (Commonwealth)
  • An Atlanta advocate for the disabled is calling on Mayor Andre Dickens to reverse the removal of a temporary Complete Streets project on Peachtree. (Saporta Report)
  • In New York City, bounties encourage citizens to catch illegally idling truck drivers in the act, but the bureaucracy and potential for violence make the system hard to navigate. (NY Times)
  • Westword readers aren’t shy about sharing their opinions on Denver drivers.


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