Thursday’s Headlines Get On the Bus

Image: Trevor Littlewood via Creative Commons
Image: Trevor Littlewood via Creative Commons
  • The bipartisan infrastructure law ended an era of bus austerity, as transit agencies no longer need to worry about maintaining or replacing aging equipment and facilities. (Transit Center)
  • Most people have no clue how much they pay in gas taxes and wouldn’t notice if they went away. So a better idea to save consumers money would be to subsidize electric vehicles, bikes and transit passes. (Sightline)
  • An MIT study says that cities should combine ride-hailing companies onto one platform to avoid creating congestion.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the $9 billion for infrastructure Massachusetts is receiving is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for east-west rail in Boston. (MassLive)
  • Where is the Twin Cities’ Met Council going to find $500 million to finish the Southwest light rail line? (MinnPost)
  • A master-planned town in Utah will feature trails, shuttles and mobility hubs, but also 40,000 parking spaces. (City Lab)
  • Austin’s Cap Metro is cutting the cost of a monthly transit pass and capping the amount riders pay each day. For example, someone who paid the $1.25 fare twice would ride free the rest of the day because a daily pass costs $2.50. (KUT)
  • Philadelphia transit agency SEPTA is working with major employers to provide free transit passes as a way to rebuild ridership post-pandemic. (Inquirer)
  • The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority and Goldman Sachs are contributing $100 million to affordable housing near MARTA stations. (AJC)
  • Beloved Maryland cyclist Shawn Blumenfeld died earlier this week when a van driver hit him from behind. (Washington Post)
  • Bird is now Cleveland’s second bike-share, bringing 100 e-bikes to the city. (Plain Dealer)
  • Fort Worth residents will vote May 7 on a bond package containing $369 million for transportation. (The Texan)
  • Seattle is hoping new stop signs that flash the percentage of drivers who stop at crosswalks will shame more drivers into stopping. (Crosscut)
  • Thoughts and prayers to the Angelenos who have to share the streets with these drivers: One who launched his Tesla through the air at an Echo Park intersection (CBS News) and another who raced his BMW onto a Hollywood mall escalator (NBC Los Angeles)