A proposed Biden administration rule would require states to track tailpipe emissions on highways and make plans to reduce them. (Detroit News)
The average car payment is now $713 a month, which is more than rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Wichita or Akron. And a record number of car-buyers are saddled with payments over $1,000 a month, higher than the average mortgage payment in 24 cities. (City Lab)
Transportation technology like electric vehicles and ride-hailing apps are likely to make cities more segregated by income and hostile to pedestrians, according to the new book “Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong About the Future of Transportation,” by Paris Marx. (Wired)
Uber is running out of time to show it can turn a profit. (CNBC)
Chicago is seeking a $251 million federal grant to renovate Union Station. (Tribune)
Solar-powered electric buses will start running this September in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Washington Post)
Columbus, Ohio’s transit agency is dropping plans for a November referendum on a half-penny sales tax hike, but will seek $300 million from the federal government for two bus rapid transit lines. (Dispatch)
Atlanta residents are unhappy that transit agency MARTA is leaning toward BRT over new light rail lines. (WSB)
More than 24,000 people rode Tempe’s new streetcar in its first month of operation (Axios), and Tampa’s TECO streetcar set a record with 91,000 riders in June (Bay News 9).
Hoboken is reducing speed limits to 20 miles per hour citywide. (Insider NJ)
Hampton Roads Transit is starting an on-demand service in parts of Virginia. (Virginian-Pilot)
Bogota is testing a smartphone-based congestion pricing system. Could it work in the U.S. as well? (Government Technology)
Federal regulators want local governments to track transportation sector emissions — but they can't do much to force communities to reduce those emissions, never mind doing so in ways that would address the other damages of car dependency, experts say.
The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a significant new climate bill on Friday night that commits the state to cutting greenhouse gas emissions by “at least 50 percent below the 1990 level” within the next decade. The Senate passed a bill with similar goals at the end of January. The two chambers, which recently agreed […]
Pete Buttigieg drew most of the attention earlier this week, but two other key cabinet appointments this week could signal that electric vehicles remain at the center of the President-elect's climate strategy — despite evidence that transit, walking and biking is far more critical to cutting greenhouse gases.
The average carbon emissions of U.S. vehicles. (Image: EPA) It’s a storyline that the media and the auto industry have embraced: Higher gas prices are the magic ingredient that U.S. carmakers need in order to sell more fuel-efficient vehicles to consumers. The narrative is tempting, especially for those who believe federal gas taxes need to […]