With the average price of a new car topping $48,000 and just two models available for under $20,000, car ownership is increasingly becoming a luxury for the rich. But automakers don’t mind, because they’re making higher profits by selling fewer but more expensive vehicles. (Washington Post)
The head of the National Transportation Safety Board slammed federal regulators for not doing enough to ensure that automated driving systems work. (CNN)
More than half of all fatal crashes in U.S. urban areas happen on state-owned roads, where local leaders have little authority to fix safety problems. (Streetsblog)
Play the world’s smallest violin for the parking industry, which is having to deal with flat or declining demand for car storage. (CNBC)
It won’t be implemented until next year, but the Biden administration has approved the nation’s first congestion pricing plan in New York City. (Politico)
Even though Culver City caved to car culture, other Los Angeles-area cities are keeping up the good fight. (L.A. Times)
Two days after rolling out its transit safety bill in the House, the Obama administration turns its attention across the Capitol (Banking Cmte Press) Will the House take up a jobs bill, including upwards of $50 billion in transportation spending, before 2010? Some say yes (The Hill), others say likely not (Politico) Transit operating aid […]
Simply taking away the licenses of older drivers who show signs of dementia without addressing the dangers of the car-dependent communities in which they live may not deliver as many safety benefits as policymakers hope, a new study suggests — and it may spike the number of death among seniors who walk and bike, too.