Tuesday’s Headlines Are Taking It Slow

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  • Considering that speeding drivers kill 11,000 Americans a year, even car website Jalopnik thinks the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendation to use technology to restrict speeding is a good idea.
  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg discusses range anxiety, supply chain issues and other challenges of transition from fossil fuels to electric vehicles in a Q&A with Vox.
  • As the D.C. Metro gets more and more desperate to prevent a looming fiscal collapse, regional officials are pointing to the feds. (Washington Post)
  • Milwaukee is already planning on cutting back transit service next year as federal COVID funds are expected to run out by 2025. (Urban Milwaukee)
  • Public transit is as essential as water or electricity, and Nashville’s WeGo needs more funding, not more cuts. (Tennessean)
  • A California referendum on Prop 30 — subsidizing the purchase of electric vehicles — has made for some strange political bedfellows. (The Guardian)
  • Denver’s e-bike rebate program is so popular that vouchers are gone within minutes of becoming available. (City Lab)
  • Pittsburgh’s Move PGH program resulted in almost 700,000 bike-share, e-scooter and moped trips during its first year. (Tribune-Review)
  • San Francisco is considering following New York City’s lead and offering bounties for catching drivers in bike lanes. (ABC 7)
  • Philadelphia has agreed to fix 10,000 sidewalk curbs in a settlement with disability advocates. (Inquirer)
  • Utah bike advocates are pushing for 1,000 miles of new bike infrastructure. (KJZZ)
  • A project to expand sidewalks and add bike lanes to busy Woodward Avenue through two Detroit suburbs started Monday. (Freep)
  • To the surprise of no one except Florida politicians, drivers have seen little savings from a one-month gas tax holiday. (WFTV)
  • Pensacola wants public input on an active transportation plan. (WUWF)
  • The Riverfront Times has a modest proposal for St. Louis’ too-big-to-fail, to-small-to-succeed Delmar Loop streetcar.

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