Thursday’s Headlines Feel a Little Better

Photo: Illinois State Police, CC
Photo: Illinois State Police, CC
  • Finally, some good news on the street safety front: Traffic deaths declined 5 percent from April through June compared to the same period last year, the first such decline since the third quarter of 2020 (Autoblog). There are reasons to curb your enthusiasm, though (Streetsblog).
  • Nissan is recalling 200,000 pickup trucks that could roll away while parked. (New York Times)
  • Sorry, Ford: Phone alerts aren’t going to keep drivers from killing pedestrians. (Motherboard)
  • The Biden administration has hired a former Washington, D.C. and Chicago transportation official to be its EV charger czar. (CNN) He also happens to be a Streetsblog USA board member. (Streetsblog)
  • A group called Latinos in Transit is trying to put more people of color in management roles at transit agencies. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Cities are often hard for women to get around because they’re designed by men for men. (Arch Daily)
  • The future belongs to cities that are able to get people to walk more. (Euronews)
  • The Orange Line shutdown in Boston shows why more investment is needed in transit service and reliability. (Environment America)
  • Speaking of which, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority reopened the Orange Line after completing five years’ worth of maintenance in 30 days. (Railway Tracks & Structures)
  • A record-breaking number of Boston residents rented Bluebikes during the shutdown. (Globe)
  • The D.C. Metro is still facing a $185 million funding gap next year, but that’s not nearly as bad as the agency originally predicted. (Washington Post)
  • A new student organization has formed to fight the proposed I-3 expansion in Austin. (Daily Texan)
  • The South Phoenix light rail extension is halfway done and set to open in 2024. (Axios)
  • Philadelphia is stepping up enforcement of illegal bike and bus lane parking. (NBC 10)
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland is seeking the death penalty against a suspected terrorist accused of using a truck to kill eight people in a Manhattan bike path in 2017. (Reuters)
  • This is why bike lanes should be protected. (Miami Herald)

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America’s Traffic Death Toll Is a National Disgrace

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More than 40,000 Americans were killed in traffic last year, according to new estimates from the National Safety Council, the worst toll in a decade. The U.S. transportation system claims far more lives each year than peer countries. If America achieved the same fatality rate as the UK, more than 30,000 lives would be saved each year.