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)
Given the tens of billions of dollars that L.A. will spend on transit over the next few decades, it's all the more important to invest it in ways that will be useful and attract riders. But since 2014, ridership has been dropping.
Transit ridership took a turn for the worse in 2016. In all but a handful of cities, fewer people rode trains and buses, and it's not just a one-year blip, either. In many American cities, the drop in transit ridership is an established trend. The big question is why.
Let’s get one thing clear: People of color ride bikes. They commute to work on bikes. They ride for pleasure. It saves them money and time, and it keeps them healthy. But they may not show up at the Tweed Ride or the city council hearing on bicycle infrastructure. And cycling is still a divisive […]