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Thursday’s Headlines Aren’t Totally Clean

Cleaning up the app taxi sector is going to take a lot more than just a battery.

12:19 AM EDT on June 15, 2023

  • Large trucks kill about 5,000 people a year, yet lobbyists for the trucking industry have been successful in convincing federal regulators to forget about simple and cheap regulations that could save hundreds of lives. (ProPublica)
  • Infrastructure spending alone won't get us to Vision Zero as long as the focus is on people inside of cars instead of outside them. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Uber and Lyft have pledged that their drivers' fleets will go all-electric, but that will only lead to a small drop in emissions. (Futurity)
  • A National Labor Relations Board ruling will make it easier for Uber and Lyft drivers to unionize. (Washington Post)
  • Oh hey, guess what? Turns out people who use bikeshares do tend to turn into regular bike riders. (Bicycling)
  • Every time a freeway like I-95 in Philadelphia collapses, pundits predict a carmageddon. And every time, it doesn't happen. (City Observatory via Streetsblog USA)
  • Arizona Republicans' counter to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs' transportation tax proposal involves splitting into two votes, between roads and transit. Good luck with that. (KJZZ)
  • Pittsburgh won a $150 million federal grant for a bus rapid transit line. (CBS News)
  • Two new Los Angeles Metro lines open this Friday, and rides on all L.A. Metro lines are free this weekend to celebrate. (The Source)
  • Baltimore has long suffered from lack of investment in transit, and now is an opportunity to change that. (Sun)
  • This Kalamazoo street design forces drivers to play chicken until one dodges into a bike lane. (Jalopnik)
  • Washington, D.C. drivers will soon face fines of up to $200 if they're caught on camera blocking bus lanes. (WTOP)
  • A parking dispute led to a shooting in Maryland that killed three people and injured three others. (The Hill)
  • Alert NY Times Pitchbot: Eisenhower didn't invade Normandy on a bike, so why would the actor who plays him Off-Broadway ride one? (New York Times)

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