Monday’s Headlines Go Trick or Treating

Stock photo by Yaroslav Shuraev.
Stock photo by Yaroslav Shuraev.
  • Traffic deaths spike 43 percent on Halloween as millions of parents and children take to the streets. Closing off streets to cars could help curb such tragedies. (Bloomberg)
  • Buy American rules in the federal infrastructure act could slow down transportation projects. (Vox)
  • Argo AI, a driverless vehicle partnership between Ford and Volkswagen, is shutting down. (The Verge)
  • Transit agencies should make plans for charging buses and training drivers before switching to electric fleets. (Government Technology)
  • Fast Company goes inside the San Francisco lab where Lyft is perfecting its e-bike design.
  • Support is falling for Prop 30, the California referendum on taxing millionaires to pay for electric vehicle purchases and infrastructure, which critics say is a giveaway to Lyft. (Politico)
  • A new report says Washington, D.C. is falling short of its goal of eliminating traffic deaths by 2024. Fatal crashes have risen since Mayor Muriel Bowser made a Vision Zero pledge in 2015 despite safety measures like lowering speed limits. (Washington Post)
  • Baltimore is seeking a federal grant to start planning the teardown of an urban “highway to nowhere.” (Sun)
  • Just taking the ramps down isn’t going to solve the problems created by New Orleans’ Claiborne Expressway. (Common Edge)
  • The city of Indianapolis is using future tax revenue to help finance three transit-oriented developments. (Inside Indiana Business)
  • A sales tax measure on the Sacramento ballot would fund a light rail extension, but also roads that would pave the way for sprawling development. (Cap Radio)
  • New Sound Transit CEO Julie Timm says she’s in favor of an eastside Seattle light rail line and fare-free transit. (The Urbanist)
  • The L.A. Metro has halted work on the Purple Line subway project over concerns about injuries to dozens of construction workers. (Los Angeles Times)
  • An Atlanta man died in a freak parking garage accident. He was pinned to a ticket machine after forgetting to put his truck into park. (WXIA)
  • You hate to see it: A Toronto driver seriously damaged a rare sports car by driving onto streetcar tracks that were closed for repairs. (blogTO)

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