Wednesday’s Headlines Are Half Empty

  • Three years after the start of the pandemic, half of U.S. subway riders haven’t returned even as other aspects of life return to normal. (The Hill)
  • City Lab compiled examples from all over the world of “open streets” created during the pandemic that have been made permanent.
  • Elon Musk’s Twitter misadventures are having an impact on Tesla, with the company selling fewer vehicles than expected last quarter. (New York Times)
  • A “silver tsunami” is about to hit transit agencies, with half of bus maintenance workers expected to retire in the next three to five years. (Route Fifty)
  • If we’re going to have parking lots, why not cover them all with solar panels? (CNET)
  • Drivers killed 313 people in the Washington, D.C. region last year, the second straight year with over 300 traffic deaths. (DCist)
  • Reviving the Red Line light rail project is just one part of bringing equity and local control to Baltimore transit. (Governing)
  • Denver’s on-demand microtransit service is helping residents without cars who live in far-flung car-centric neighborhoods. (Denver Post)
  • The Charleston Post and Courier praises the South Carolina DOT for no longer treating cyclists and pedestrians like afterthoughts.
  • A car website argues that cars are people, too — two people, in fact. (Jalopnik)


Finally Some Relief for Memphis Bus Riders

The shameful state of Memphis’s bus system is one of the more outrageous stories in American transit. When we checked in with the advocates at the Memphis Bus Riders Union in March, they told us the local transit agency, MATA, was running buses so poorly maintained that they were known to catch fire. In the midst of this crisis, local business leaders had marshaled enough cash to restore […]