International public transportation systems signed a resolution declaring mobility a human right. (Mass Transit)
Transportation continues to evolve, but innovators can’t seem to get self-driving cars or hyperloops to work, let alone the flying cars and hoverboards the movies promised us. (Surface)
Uber reached a settlement waiving fees for disabled riders and offering refunds to those who sued saying the company charged them for taking too long to get into vehicles. (Reuters)
President Biden signed an executive order telling railroad workers involved in a labor dispute that they can’t strike for the next 60 days. (Politico)
Charlotte bus ridership had been declining for years even before the pandemic, and now it’s lost 75 percent of its riders since 2014. Two factors are ride-hailing and gentrification. (WFAE)
Members of Tampa’s regional transit authority are wondering why they bother, since Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis keeps vetoing its funding and one Republican St. Petersburg legislator is trying to disband the group. (Tampa Bay Times).
The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is facing criticism for spending money from a new tax on improved bus service instead of new rail lines, and spending it too slowly. (Saporta Report)
Dallas trains are slowing down this week because extreme heat could cause rails to buckle. (NBC DFW)
At home, it's "Infrastructure Week," which means the candidates will outdo each other to build highways. Meanwhile, London is converting nearly 2,000 parking spaces for cars into bike corrals. Plus all the other news.
San Francisco Bay Area agency Marin Transit signed a deal that will allow its riders to buy their bus tickets directly from the Uber app — agreeing to pay the company a subscription fee as much as $80,000 over two years for the use of its software. The move raised hackles among some transit advocates, who are skeptical of the e-taxi industry's corrosive impact on public transportation ridership.
Governor Newsom's executive order calling for cleaner transportation only hints at the most important way to reduce transportation emissions and make life in California better: by encouraging and supporting walking, biking, and transit.