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Tuesday’s Headlines Try to Stay Afloat

Transit agencies nationwide continue to wrestle with how to replace the riders and revenue they lost during the pandemic.

12:01 AM EDT on June 20, 2023

  • Struggling transit agencies that once relied on commuters don't just need a bailout — they need a new post-pandemic business model, some transit experts argue. (New York Times)
  • Uber and Lyft going all-electric would reduce their emissions by 45 percent, but that figure drops to three percent when extra trips and fossil fuels burned by power plants are factored in. (MLive)
  • People aren't just buying more electric vehicles — they're converting their gas-powered cars to EVS as well. (CNBC)
  • Ten cities worldwide will receive grants for bike and pedestrian infrastructure from Bloomberg Philanthropies. (Forbes)
  • Baltimore's 2050 transportation plan includes $22 billion for transit, twice the amount proposed for highways. (Sun)
  • A security guard is accused of punching and stomping on a man at a St. Louis MetroLink station despite onlookers telling the guard he was using excessive force. (Post-Dispatch)
  • Raleigh has a sidewalk equity problem. Due to a flawed petition process, the city builds more sidewalks in prosperous neighborhoods while others are neglected. (WRAL)
  • Colorado's popular e-bike rebate program is putting thousands of new cyclists on streets, but bike infrastructure lags behind. (KUNC)
  • Expanding the POGOH bikeshare network would be beneficial for the quarter of Pittsburgh residents who don't have a car. (City Paper)
  • People in Seattle took 3.7 million trips on shared bikes and scooters last year, up from 1.4 million during the pandemic shutdown. (Seattle Bike Blog)
  • Wisconsin transit supporters are worried that recent changes to the state's budget-writing process will make it easier to cut transit funding. (CBS 58)
  • The Des Moines Register urges city officials to stay the course on bike and pedestrian safety improvements, even if drivers whine about construction and parking.
  • Bad driving isn't limited to just humans. Apparently aliens don't know how to park, either. (The Guardian)

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