All Aboard Friday’s Headlines
Amtrak ridership rose by 10 million for the fiscal year ending September 30, and is almost back to pre-pandemic levels. (Reuters)
- Despite the hype surrounding electric vehicles, plug-ins have only saved about two days’ worth of gasoline consumption over the past decade. (Jalopnik)
- Sorry, New York Times, but the death of cities has been greatly exaggerated.
- With thousands of new state and federal leaders set to take office in January, here’s how to engage them on transportation issues. (T4A)
- The acting Federal Highway Administration chief praised Colorado for redirecting federal road money to transit, bike and pedestrian projects. (Colorado Public Radio)
- Denverite profiles “sidewalk queen” Jill Locantore, who spearheaded the effort to convince Denver voters to tax property owners to fund sidewalks.
- Appointed boards accountable to no one but road builders are largely responsible for Nevada’s sprawl. (Current)
- The Buffalo News is fed up with traffic deaths.
- A new Oregon law allows cities to set their own speed limits, removing a barrier to slowing down drivers. (Oregon Public Broadcasting)
- Residents of Houston’s Third Ward say they weren’t engaged on a proposed bike lane project. (Chronicle)
- Austin officials want to keep future buildouts in mind as they consider streamlining Project Connect transit expansions in the wake of rising costs. (KXAN)
- Although street design has more to do with pedestrian deaths, Washington, D.C.-area jurisdictions are stepping up enforcement to get a handle on the crisis. (WUSA)
- With demand rising, officials in the Columbia, South Carolina area are considering expanding Columbia’s bike-share to nearby cities. (Charleston Post and Courier)
- Eighteen Maine cities are collaborating on a Vision Zero plan. (Maine News Center)
- French President Emmanuel Macron wants to fast-track development of a regional rail system beyond Paris. (RFI)
- Windsor, Canada — right across the river from historically transit-averse Detroit — approved a record $100 million to improve transit. (Star)