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Monday’s Headlines Are Inducing Demand

12:00 AM EST on January 9, 2023

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    • Transportation planners have known for decades that widening a highway won't reduce congestion for long. Yet many states — even some blue ones —  continue to add asphalt instead of looking to other options like transit. (New York Times)
    • The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling thousands of handlebars sold as the Salsa Cowbell or Cowchipper because they're in danger of cracking. (KATV)
    • Conspiracy theories are spreading on TikTok, from the idea that 15-minute cities are a ploy to introduce "climate lockdowns" (Dazed) to a fake Fairfax PSA implying the Virginia county wants drivers to run over jaywalkers (Patch).
    • College officials in California think fare-free transit is a way to reduce higher education costs for struggling students. (Cal Matters)
    • Los Angeles should stop forcing developers to build parking that often sits empty. (L.A. Times)
    • Transit agency MARTA pulled Atlanta streetcars off the tracks over concerns that their wheels are degrading. (Fox 5)
    • The National Transportation Safety Board blamed a driver's blackout and a lack of automated anti-collision technology for a 2021 Green Line derailment. (WBUR)
    • Drivers killed 12 pedestrians in Omaha last year — more than 2020 and 2021 combined. (WOWT)
    • Uber drivers went on strike in New York City to protest the company's refusal to give them a raise. (NBC New York)
    • Madison has a new "complete green streets" policy that combines safety and climate measures, because they often overlap. (Smart Cities Dive)
    • Cincinnati hired an in-house crew dedicated solely to pedestrian infrastructure. (Streetsblog USA)
    • Even Republicans in conservative Kansas are now willing to look into mass transit for more populous areas. (Reflector)
    • Backed up by the Oregon DOT's own data, Portland pedestrian safety advocates believe more people will die if the Rose Quarter I-5 widening goes through. (Mercury)
    • The first phase of a Lagos light rail system that is expected to carry 500,000 passengers daily is about to open. (Quartz)

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