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Thursday’s Headlines Are Toxic

All those obsolete underground gas tanks are going to have to be cleaned up someday. Who's going to do it?

12:14 AM EDT on June 22, 2023

  • Underground tanks at gas stations inevitably leak, and on top of the health risks, those leaks are going to cost someone — probably taxpayers — more than $20 billion to clean up. (Grist)
  • U.S. transit systems have a $176 billion backlog of projects, raising concerns about aging equipment and infrastructure. (News Channel 5)
  • Showing where the government's priorities are, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro promised that I-95 in Philadelphia would reopen in two weeks, helped by $3 million upfront and promises of more reimbursement from the Biden administration. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • "Paved Paradise" author Henry Grabar talks to Boise Public Radio about why parking is fightin' words.
  • If you own a polluting car in England, you'll probably have to pay double for parking soon. (The Guardian)
  • The host of NPR's "Travel With Rick Steves" talks about walkable cities. (CNU Public Square)
  • Nine of the 10 bike-friendliest cities in the world are in Europe. (Euronews)
  • The nation's first post-World War II car-free development will have ample bike parking and free transit rides for residents. (The Cool Down)
  • D.C. Metro leaders are warning that, without a massive influx of funding, "catastrophic" cuts amounting to two-thirds of service are possible. (Washington Post)
  • Savior of transit nationwide Taylor Swift inspired the Twin Cities' Metro Transit to add after-hours rail service for her concert in Minneapolis. (Star Tribune)
  • If you thought The Shins would change your life, try buying an e-bike. (Slate)
  • Further proof that we live in the dumbest timeline: Apparently Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk are fighting in a cage match. Two billionaires enter! One billionaire leaves! (The Verge)

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