Monday’s Headlines Have Infrastructure Advice

Photo: Pxhere, CC
Photo: Pxhere, CC
  • While all traffic deaths were up in 2021, in particular pedestrian deaths rose to their highest number in 40 years due to heavier vehicles, high-speed roads and lack of infrastructure for walking. (Popular Science)
  • Just because cities and states can spend federal infrastructure money on roads doesn’t mean they have to. (Transit Center)
  • Cities should be going big with their once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure funds rather than doing smaller projects that are already on the books. (Route Fifty)
  • A Biden administration program that aims to steer infrastructure funding to historically disadvantaged communities could actually make emissions and air quality worse. (Transportation for America)
  • News outlets continue to misreport fatal car crashes, especially when the victims are on foot, because they rely too much on police reports. (Slate)
  • The internet got mad — and rightfully so — when Mothers Against Drunk Driving posted, then deleted, a tweet promoting a giveaway of dangerous sports cars and SUVs. (Forbes)
  • Boston’s transit agency is taking new Orange Line trains out of service due to a braking problem. (Commonwealth)
  • Facing a shortage of bus drivers, TriMet in Portland is offering a $7,500 hiring bonus. (Portland Monthly)
  • Tampa is closing in on a new 30-year transportation plan that will emphasize Vision Zero. (WFTS)
  • Los Angeles has a 500-year backlog of sidewalk repairs — yes, 500 — that it could deal with by requiring property owners to fix their sidewalks when they sell the property. (NBC Los Angeles)
  • San Diego businesses are starting to embrace bike lanes. (CBS San Diego)
  • Chicago is rolling out e-bike charging stations. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Eugene, Oregon is giving water and power customers a $300 rebate to buy an e-bike. (Eugene Weekly)
  • The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is publishing a book about Pittsburgh’s extensive streetcar network, sadly now long gone. (Post-Gazette)