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Thursday’s Headlines Want What’s Behind Door No. 3

12:01 AM EDT on September 1, 2022

Photo: Motor Trend.

    • The U.S. already leads the global north in pedestrian deaths, and the climate-change provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act could make the crisis worse by encouraging drivers to purchase heavier and more powerful electric vehicles. (Slate)
    • The New York Times goes inside a Minnesota nickel mine that produces the raw materials for EV batteries, but is environmentally damaging in its own right and also intrudes on tribal lands.
    • Freeways create sprawl while gutting inner-ring suburbs. (Planetizen)
    • As their ranges increase, intercity bus companies are increasingly open to trying out electric vehicles. (Smart Cities Dive)
    • Planting hedges around schools helps protect children from air pollution generated by traffic. (New Atlas)
    • Buying a car is a pain in the ass, and dealerships are likely to cheat you. (NPR)
    • A scathing Federal Transit Administration report says the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has been prioritizing long-term projects over safety, it's understaffed, and employees are overworked. (CBS News)
    • Texas Central, a company formed to build high-speed rail between Dallas and Houston, has slowed down on buying land and seen a staff exodus, leading to doubts about whether the project will ever see fruition. (Texas Tribune)
    • In Chicago, infrastructure spending can worsen inequality or contribute to racial justice. (Chicago Policy Review)
    • More Tampa-area cities are joining the Forward Pinellas Vision Zero effort as pedestrian deaths rise. (The Catalyst)
    • Downtown Portland foot traffic is up 64 percent this year. (Bike Portland)
    • The Oak Cliff streetcar is still free, and finally it goes somewhere. (Dallas Observer)
    • Vancouver's bike-share is adding 500 e-bikes and 50 new stations. (Vancouver Sun)
    • Drivers seem to be getting more and more enraged at cyclists, at least in the UK. (The Guardian)

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