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Tuesday’s Headlines: Is 2023 the Year of the Bus?

12:00 AM EST on January 3, 2023

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) Credit: Miki Jourdan

    • Missouri Rep. Cori Bush wants to make 2023 the Year of the Bus with a bill allocating $60 billion over five years to bus rapid transit, along with another bill devoting the same amount to light rail. (Curbed)
    • Spearheaded by Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs in Iraq, $686 million from the federal omnibus spending bill will go toward upgrading accessibility at 28 transit stations. (Washington Post)
    • The U.S. Postal Service will buy 66,000 new electric mail trucks by 2028. (Vox)
    • In the U.S., where parking lots combined are roughly the size of Connecticut, more and more cities are scrapping parking requirements. (The Guardian)
    • The e-bike fires that are drawing more attention are mainly due to low-qualify batteries and users that try to extend the batteries' lifetimes too far. (Smart Cities Dive)
    • Cities like St. Paul are building too much multifamily housing along busy arterial roads that are dangerous for pedestrians. (
    • The future of Seattle rail expansion is being called into question as Sound Transit ridership has yet to recover from the pandemic, but the agency hasn't put forth a plan to account for the loss of riders. (Seattle Times)
    • An audit found that the Charlotte Area Transit System has too many silos that often compete with each other, and it should be reformed. (WFAE)
    • New Orleans wants public input on where to put bike-share stations. (Times-Picayune)
    • The New York Times has a lighter-side interview with author Robert Caro, who wrote the definitive biography of the man who scarred New York City with freeways, Robert Moses.

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