Friday’s Headlines Are Now Swifties

Credit: Eva Renaldi/Wikimedia Commons
Credit: Eva Renaldi/Wikimedia Commons
  • Transit agencies across the country are getting a boost from an unlikely source: Taylor Swift. Can they turn concertgoers into regular riders? (Governing)
  • Repurposing parking could help curb the climate crisis, according to “Paved Paradise” author Henry Grabar. (Next City)
  • The electric vehicle industry is pretty much totally dependent on China. (New York Times)
  • After 15 years, ride-hailing and delivery companies like Uber, Lyft and DoorDash still aren’t profitable. (CTech)
  • With fewer people commuting to the office, big-city transit agencies like New York’s are focusing more on off-peak riders. (Curbed)
  • Boston’s commuter rail ridership is starting to tick back up, thanks to improved on-time performance. (Commonwealth)
  • Miami-Dade transit carried more people in March than any month since October 2019, well before the pandemic started. (Miami Today)
  • A South Georgia sheriff reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice on a racial discrimination complaint stemming from deputies stopping a bus full of Black college athletes. (USA Today)
  • Atlanta’s budget is bigger than ever, but Mayor Andre Dickens is proposing cutting $7 million from transportation. (Civic Circle)
  • Suburban Cobb County is extending the Silver Comet bike trail to connect to the Atlanta Beltline. (AJC)
  • The Oregon DOT’s contradictory claims on tolling the Rose Quarter freeway could delay or scuttle the project. (City Observatory)
  • BikeHouston is honoring outgoing Mayor Sylvester Turner and lobbying candidates to continue his policies at a bike summit next week. (Houston Public Media)
  • Oklahoma cyclists can now get their kicks on Route 66, too. (Lonely Planet)
  • A Washington, D.C. resident went viral for pulling up on his bike and mocking white supremacists at a rally. (DCist)
  • Look how proud Deion Sanders is of his absurdly huge child-smashing truck. (Defector)


New Website Prompts Transit Agencies to Open Data to the Public

(Image: City-go-Round) The software developers and open data advocates at Front Seat, known more familiarly for their Walk Score rankings of the most walkable U.S. cities, have turned their focus on transit agencies that have resisted opening transit data to third-party, open-source developers. Their new website, City-Go-Round, is an effort to encourage agencies to release […]