For lots of reasons, transit projects cost on average 50 percent more to build in the U.S. than in other countries. (Marketplace)
Cities continue to lose commuter-related revenue due to working from home, and it’s unlikely they’ve seen the full hit yet as federal funds are currently filling their budget holes. (Smart Cities Dive)
Policymakers need to start thinking about how to keep pedestrians safe as delivery trucks become more common on city streets. (Planetizen)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a master troll, but federal regulators have gotten pretty good at getting under Musk’s skin, too. (Washington Post)
Uber is close to cutting a deal to list taxis on its app in San Francisco, similar to its recent agreement with New York City cab companies. (NY Times)
It’s spring, which means the governor of New Jersey is raiding the capital budget to pay for transit operations because transit doesn’t have a dedicated source of funding. (NJ.com)
With federal COVID relief running out and commuters still staying away from rail, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is headed for a massive budget deficit, and no one seems to be doing much about it. (CommonWealth)
Two downtown Milwaukee streets are slated for road diets that will reduce car lanes and add separated bike lanes. (Journal-Sentinel)
Gondolas are being proposed as a cheaper alternative to light rail in West Seattle. (KING)
Syracuse has commissioned a new study on removing the I-81 viaduct and reconnecting the street grid. (Post-Standard)
Columbia, South Carolina, counted cyclists and pedestrians to determine the most heavily trafficked areas. (WLTX)
The Memphis Area Transit Authority is testing new trolleys for upgraded light-rail service. (ABC 24)
In a typically nonsensical comment at a Trump rally (CNN), Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene told Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and his husband to take their EVs and bikes and stay out of girls’ bathrooms. To which Buttigieg replied, “I don’t know what you’d do with an electric vehicle in any bathroom.” (Yahoo! News)
The insistence that transit is a local priority while highways are a national concern has become an article of faith in the world of right-wing think tanks. But today highway spending mostly serves the same type of trips that Republicans purportedly believe are inappropriate for federal funding.
Donald Trump's first budget will reportedly follow a blueprint for extreme spending cuts laid out by the Heritage Foundation. That could spell disaster for cities, since Heritage recommends eliminating federal support for transit.
The Trump administration has released its budget blueprint, and it's a bloodbath for everything that's not defense spending. In keeping with the budget's general hostility to cities, transit would be hit especially hard.
About 350 pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are killed each year by large trucks in this country. Big freight trucks are incompatible with cities in many ways, bringing danger, pollution, noise, and traffic congestion. They park in bike lanes and have shockingly big blind spots, putting everyone around them at risk. And yet, most cities haven’t […]