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Wednesday’s Headlines Just Want to Be Left in Peace

Don’t make people sit through this to get to work if they don’t have to. Image: Timbo999, Pixabay,

    • Driving long distances to work is bad for your health (Buzzfeed), and with the climate change crisis, we can't afford to force office workers to do so just because commercial real estate interests are seeing their rents dive (Clean Technica).
    • In typical New York Times fashion, the Times equates homelessness, mental health issues and substance abuse issues with violent crime that is supposedly discouraging middle-class white people from returning to transit, as if these things were unheard of on NYC subways before the pandemic.
    • House Republicans are fighting Biden administration policies that discourage states from using infrastructure funds for roads. (Transportation Today)
    • Interestingly enough, L.A. Metro ridership briefly dropped after a fare-free pilot program ended, then rebounded. (Crosstown)
    • Disabled transit users who are at higher risk of COVID- 19 are urging the D.C. Metro to keep its mask mandate. (Washington Post)
    • Federal infrastructure funding will improve mass transit in Pennsylvania. But for who? (WIFT)
    • Flexible poles aren't enough to keep Pittsburgh drivers out of bike lanes. (WTAE)
    • Austin is considering spending an extra $60 million to accommodate buses on a light-rail bridge over Lady Bird Lake. (KUT)
    • Light-rail extension to Seattle's Eastside is on track to open in 2023. (Seattle Times)
    • The Tampa Bay Regional Transit Authority has committed to an all-electric bus system. (Tampa Bay Times)
    • Everyone is behind transit-oriented development in St. Petersburg. (St. Pete Catalyst)
    • Denver has a new rebate program to help residents purchase e-bikes. (Rocky Mountain PBS)
    • KCUR checks up on a Kansas City man who's been riding transit in the auto-centric city for 45 years.

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