Monday’s Headlines Think Globally

Cyclists in Paris. Photo: City of Paris
Cyclists in Paris. Photo: City of Paris
  • Traffic deaths aren’t rising in the US as they fall in other countries because it’s a sprawling country; it’s because other nations are focused on solutions like banning cars from city centers that Americans won’t enact, experts say. (Bloomberg)
  • Transit projects would be much cheaper if U.S. politicians stopped meddling, wasting money on consultants, employing too many workers, over-designing stations and making other mistakes other countries don’t make. (Vice)
  • Walk signals that give pedestrians a head start are a simple way to make crossing the street safer. (CalMatters)
  • Nineteen states, cities and counties have a public transit referendum on the ballot Tuesday (Environment America). Two of them are in San Francisco (Chronicle).
  • But where will I park to drop off my dry cleaning? Northwest D.C. residents want to know about a proposed Connecticut Avenue bike lane project that would save lives. (Washington Post)
  • A recent L.A. Metro survey found that concerns about safety and cleanliness are driving away riders, especially women. (Los Angeles Times)
  • Denver’s Regional Transportation District might shut down part of the L line next year to make repairs. (Denverite)
  • Southeastern cities along I-20 are meeting about bringing back Amtrak service. (Railway Age)
  • Further proof that gas-tax holidays don’t work: Prices in Orlando are higher now than before Gov. Ron DeSantis suspended the tax. (Weekly)
  • Phoenix’s booming e-bike industry is being held back by a lack of infrastructure. (Axios)
  • Columbus, Ohio residents are pushing for more protected bike lanes. (Dispatch)
  • Lime is bringing e-bikes to Boise. (KTVB)
  • Austin is the latest city to consider following Washington, D.C.’s lead and banning dangerous right turns on red. (Monitor)


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During debate over the White House’s $787 billion economic stimulus law, transit advocates watched as their projects were shortchanged and more "shovel-ready" road projects got the lion’s share of the transport pot — about $8.4 billion, compared with $27.5 billion for highways and bridges. (Photo: DMI Blog) But transit money is getting put to use […]

New Stimulus Data: Road Funds 77% Under Contract, Transit at 74%

As of the end of February, nearly $5.4 billion of transit stimulus money, or 74 percent, was under contract for projects in the 50 states and D.C., according to a Streetsblog Capitol Hill analysis of data released today by the House transportation committee. (Photo: DMI Blog) The success rate of transit stimulus spending was slightly […]

Stimulus Jobs From Transit vs. Roads: A Tale of Two States

Smart Growth America, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group today reported that transit stimulus spending created nearly twice as many jobs per dollar as highway stimulus  projects — a conclusion that Streetsblog Capitol Hill first previewed a few weeks ago. But as the groups snag some big-media attention today, […]