Super Bowl watchers in a number of cities may have seen an ad from a California tech entrepreneur who’s seeking to get Tesla’s dangerous “Full Self-Driving” mode banned from public streets. (Washington Post)
An Ohio train derailment that spewed toxic chemicals into the air, mimicking Don DeLillo’s famous novel “White Noise” (CNN), shows that the U.S. DOT under Secretary Pete Buttigieg is lax on rail safety standards (Jacobin).
High-speed rail would work in the U.S., if the government were willing to invest enough money. (Scripps News)
Cities and states are catching on that jaywalking laws are disproportionately enforced against the poor and people of color (Mother Jones), with Washington the latest state to consider repealing its jaywalking law (KUOW).
After the Florida Supreme Court struck down a Hillsborough County sales tax for transportation, Gov. Ron DeSantis wants the county to either refund the revenue or spend it on roads — but not on transit. (Tampa Bay Times)
A Massachusetts lawmaker is seeking to break up the Boston-area transit agency (Smart Cities Dive). Meanwhile, the short-staffed MBTA is offering $10,000 signing bonuses to people willing to work as dispatchers (WBUR).
Frustrated Link riders in Seattle are fed up with escalators and elevators at Sound Transit stations that don’t work. (My Northwest)
A U.S. DOT audit criticized Seattle for being indecisive on whether to build a streetcar for which the city received a $7 million federal grant. (Seattle Times)
Denver’s Regional Transportation District is proposing to reduce and simplify light-rail fares. (9 News)
Inflation is cutting into Charlotte sidewalk and street safety projects. (Observer)
A Los Angeles driver went on a parking garage rampage, hitting eleven vehicles, but thankfully only injuring one person. (CBS News)
Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo, a five-lane one-way road, will be converted to two-lane traffic with a bike lane this summer. (MLive)
Austin residents are frustrated by sidewalks that suddenly end. (KUT)
A Minnesota “Idaho stop” and bike safety funding bill is named for the late biking and transit advocate Bill Dooley. (MinnPost)
Phoenix transit agency Valley Metro was able to show off its brand-new train cars during Super Bowl weekend. (ABC 15)
More coverage of the new index measuring transportation’s impact on local housing costs (WaPo, Wash Biz Jrnl, Post-Gazette) Look who came to the table for a meeting on "tripartisan" climate legislation: Voinovich (Roll Call) Dallas open to running transit to next year’s Super Bowl, but first it will need the U.S. DOT to relax its […]
Previewing tonight’s "Blueprint America" episode on the path Detroit must take to build a future apart from the auto industry; check it out on PBS at 10pm (NYT) Dallas looking ahead to the transportation challenges it will face while hosting Super Bowl 2011 (Morn News) A new study from the Economic Policy Institute finds that […]
As Copenhagen climate talks wind on, a timely reminder that clean transportation can take the U.S. halfway to its emissions reduction goals (HuffPost) LaHood gives Connecticut’s local high-speed rail effort a friendly nudge (News Times) Michigan, home of the U.S. car industry, ranked second-to-last in the nation when it came to fuel-efficiency improvements achieved under […]