Monday’s Headlines Look Forward to Cleaner Trains

No more of these diesels.
No more of these diesels.
  • Amtrak pledged to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. (Washington Post)
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has created a new office of climate justice to rectify the effects of pollution and climate change on low-income and minority communities. (New York Times)
  • Chatter is starting up again about a potential Pete Buttigieg run for president in 2024. (The Hill)
  • California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law lifting parking mandates on new developments near transit. (Cal Matters)
  • The long-delayed Crenshaw-LAX light rail line will open Oc. 7. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Three driverless Cruise vehicles were involved in crashes in one night in San Francisco. (KRON)
  • “I don’t see cars as the enemy. I see traffic and wasted time as the enemy. Pollution is the enemy,” Boston Mayor Michelle Wu told the Boston Globe in response to a Boston Herald editorial.
  • The Buffalo News editorial board says drivers must learn to share the road with bikes and pedestrians.
  • Omaha is removing its first and only protected bike lane, prompting Bike Walk Nebraska to end a partnership with the city. (WOWT)
  • Ann Arbor is removing on-street parking to extend a bikeway on Division Street. (MLive)
  • The Austin Transit Partnership, created to oversee the $10 billion Project Connect transit expansion plan, passed its first budget. (KXAN)
  • The Houston Metro passed its largest-ever budget at nearly $1.8 billion. (Community Impact)
  • USA Today fact-checks a viral false claim about rising gas taxes in Colorado.
  • London authorities arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the recent Uber hack. (The Verge)


Is America Finally Getting Interested in Passenger Rail?

  Despite fierce and prevalent Amtrak hating, and although I have yet to hear any presidential candidate discuss it, nationally syndicated columnist Neal Peirce suggests that "the stars are finally coming into alignment" for improvements of America’s passenger rail system. He writes: America’s train advocates are mildly optimistic. And for some good reasons. Amtrak is […]