Friday’s Headlines a Year Later

  • The White House is touting the achievements of the bipartisan infrastructure act one year after its passage, including billions for transit, rail, clean buses and accessibility. State and local officials are generally happy with the law, although Republicans still want to relax environmental regulations. (Route Fifty)
  • A lot of the vehicle safety provisions in that law, though, still haven’t been enacted. And a group of Democratic senators is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to get on with it already. (Streetsblog USA)
  • States are testing new pavement technology that could recharge electric vehicles as they drive. (Pew Stateline)
  • Self-driving delivery trucks could cause liability and curb management headaches for city leaders. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Maybe more people would ride Amtrak if flying weren’t often cheaper. (Jalopnik)
  • Austin may have to scrap plans for a downtown light rail tunnel, putting rail on street level instead, as inflation eats into the project budget and officials consider ways to costs. (Monitor)
  • Newly elected Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey will be charged with reshaping the state’s troubled transit agency when she takes office in January. (Axios)
  • Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a plan to fund a Red Line extension on the Far South Side. (NBC Chicago, Streetsblog CHI)
  • Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson is open to tearing down I-794 on the southern edge of downtown. (Journal-Sentinel)
  • The Cincinnati City Council will vote on a complete streets ordinance next week. (WVXU)
  • Nashville’s minimum parking required is now the maximum parking allowed for developments in urban areas near transit. (Tennessean)
  • Think of bike lanes and greenways as transit, too, says Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles. (WFAE)
  • The latest version of Seattle’s next budget doesn’t include a tax on bike- and scooter-shares, but cuts funding for sidewalk repairs. (Seattle Bike Blog)
  • Why does Florida tolerate so many pedestrian deaths? (Tampa Bay Times)
  • A community-owned bicycle collective in Kansas City turns scrap bikes into reliable transportation. (KCUR)


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