Friday’s Headlines Are Getting Warmer

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  • In light of the recent court ruling striking down the Biden administration’s mask mandate for public transit, health experts say transit is well ventilated, but masking makes it even safer. (CNN)
  • Uber and Lyft have dropped their mask requirements for both drivers and passengers. (CNBC)
  • The Federal Highway Administration is giving states $6 billion in infrastructure funds to cut carbon dioxide emissions. (The Hill)
  • Traffic congestion seems like an almost intractable problem. Widening roads and self-driving cars aren’t solutions, and better transit and higher gas prices have limited effect. Focusing on safety rather than solving traffic seems to be the move. (Planetizen)
  • Boston’s increased transit ridership, Honolulu’s bus rapid transit expansion and San Diego’s parking reform put them among nine U.S. cities leading the way on climate change. (Bloomberg)
  • The New York Times asks, can AI all but end car crashes? Well, maybe, someday, but aren’t there an awful lot of easier things we could be doing to make streets safer in the meantime?
  • The Twin Cities might be better off splitting up transit service to serve various communities better. (Next City)
  • D.C.’s Vision Zero program will never work unless it can get more drivers off the road. (Greater Greater Washington)
  • Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland plans to use business taxes to give the city’s transit agency a $10 million source of reliable funding. (Commercial Appeal)
  • Nashville leaders are calling for change after drivers killed two pedestrians within 24 hours. (Fox 17)
  • Athens, Georgia, is strengthening its Complete Streets policy after a record 25 people died in car crashes last year. (Flagpole)
  • Iowa City is cracking down on drivers who park in bike lanes. (Daily Iowan)
  • Cult MTL eulogizes the late Montreal bike advocate Robert Silverman.


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