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Friday’s Headlines Don’t Want to Pay for Parking

Miami Beach hired Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid to design a parking garage. The design was scrapped last year because of its high cost, but the city — facing an affordable housing crisis — hasn’t reconsidered its policy of promoting car storage. Image: Zaha Hadid Architects

    • Parking is so expensive that it's a drag on the economy. Building a space costs more than many cars, and the average office building devotes twice as much to storing an employee's vehicle as it does to the employee themselves. (Business Insider)
    • The Federal Highway Administration is launching a $350 million program for safe animal crossings. Vehicle-wildlife collisions kill 200 people a year. (Smart Cities Dive)
    • "Mobility justice" should be a thing, just like racial justice, economic justice or environmental justice, and it ties into those concepts as well, according to the new book "Cars and Jail: Freedom Dreams, Debt and Carcerality." (Public Books)
    • Ultimately, sustainable transit is the solution to climate change, not electric vehicles. (Chicago Policy Review)
    • Most rural U.S. towns are sprawling and car-centric because they grew after the rise of the automobile and the government invested in roads instead of rail, but that doesn't mean they have to be. (CNU Public Square)
    • Transit-oriented development not only helps people who want to live in cities find housing, but also helps connects cities to suburbs via transit. (Arch Daily)
    • California transit agencies are facing the dilemma of raising fares or cutting services, either of which will hurt low-income riders. (Cal Matters)
    • The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority just passed what officials expect will be its last budget without fare hikes or service cuts as federal COVID funding runs out. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
    • The Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is considering trading lesser-used bus routes for more frequent service on others. (AJC)
    • Far-right Arizona lawmakers have declared war on Phoenix light rail, which, ironically, will only make traffic worse on the highways they love. (Republic)
    • There are five options for Austin light rail, but one is clear frontrunner. (Chronicle)
    • Cleveland's transit agency is looking at four potential bus rapid transit lines, as well as buying new train cars for the first time in 40 years. (Scene)
    • Washington, D.C. is pushing back bike lanes on Connecticut Avenue. (Axios)
    • A New Urbanist development in Texas will feature car-free zones and streets designed for safety first. (Rice Kinder Institute)
    • Amsterdam is proposing closing more streets to through traffic in an effort to keep cars out of the central city. (City Lab)
    • Three wheels are better than two: E-rickshaws are the hot new mode of transportation in Asia. (The Atlantic)
    • Bikes now outnumber cars during London's rush hour. (Reasons to Be Cheerful)

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