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Monday’s Headlines Are Safer on Transit

12:01 AM EDT on June 12, 2023

Shilpy Arora|

American high-speed rail will be faster than a speeding Adam Wainwright curveball.

  • Transit plays a key role in preventing traffic deaths, experts say — because, after all, you can’t die in a car crash if you’re on a train. (Cities Today)
  • With so much federal funding available for new rail projects, train manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with demand. (American Journal of Transportation)
  • South African workers mining magnesium for electric vehicle batteries are suffering from neurological problems. (Washington Post)
  • Fifteen-minute cities can be built around bikes. (Momentum Mag)
  • Democratic legislators accused California Gov. Gavin Newsom of backing out of a budget deal to bail out the state’s struggling transit agencies. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • A portion of I-95 in Philadelphia collapsed after a tanker truck caught fire. (CNN)
  • A pilot project that put cameras on seven Philadelphia buses found an incredible 20,000 incidents of parked cars blocking bus-only lanes. (Inquirer)
  • An Arizona congressman wants to bring Amtrak service back to Phoenix. (Republic)
  • Boston’s transit system is up to 68 percent of its pre-pandemic ridership, the highest since February of 2020. (Commonwealth)
  • The Washington, D.C. city council pushed back a streetcar extension at least two years. (DCist)
  • Milwaukee is using parking meter revenue to keep The Hop streetcar fare-free. (Fox 6)
  • Pittsburgh is considering offering free bikeshare memberships to city government employees. (Tribune-Review)
  • Raleigh is offering residents vouchers of $500 to $1,500 to buy e-bikes. (Axios)
  • Charleston cyclists are pushing for better bike infrastructure. (City Paper)
  • Politico profiles U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten, and his hometown of Traverse City, Michigan.

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