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Wednesday’s Headlines Are Looking Past the Numbers

Whatever number you see at the pump shouldn’t influence how you vote. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

    • Drivers are so mad about high gas prices that they might hand control of the Senate to Republicans despite the many, many flaws of swing-state GOP candidates like Herschel Walker in Georgia and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania. (Slate)
    • Mainstream news outlets like the Washington Post are finally catching on to what Streetsblog has been reporting all along — that to save ourselves from a climate crisis, we'll all have to drive less.
    • E-bikes are increasingly seen as an important tool to get drivers out of their cars, rather than merely a fun toy. (Pew Stateline)
    • California is banning sales of new gas-powered vehicles. Great! So how do everyday people who have no choice but to drive afford electric cars that cost an average of $66,000? (The Guardian)
    • Right turns on red are a dangerous relic of the 1970s oil crisis, and they should be banned, as Washington, D.C. has already done. (Mother Jones)
    • White House infrastructure czar Mitch Landrieu was in Albany on Monday to tout a $25 million grant for electric buses. (WAMC)
    • Austin is already looking to pare down its ambitious Project Connect transit plan in the wake of rising construction costs. (Axios)
    • Charlotte Area Transit System CEO John Lewis is resigning next month after a summer of staff shortages, service cuts and fears of violence after a bus driver was murdered. (Observer)
    • A perception that light rail is unsafe is keeping some Twin Cities residents from returning to Metro Transit. (Star Tribune)
    • Rochester's proposed active transportation plan would guide investments in walking and biking. (Post Bulletin)
    • A Kalamazoo mural expressing the joys of biking was unveiled Saturday. (WWMT)
    • Sorry, young climate protesters, but doing an Andy Warhol on a Van Gogh painting isn't going to defeat Big Oil. (NY Mag)

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