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Thursday’s Headlines Can’t Afford a Car

Cars keep getting more expensive, which is one reason why urbanites are considering ditching their cars for shared modes of transportation.

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  • A quarter of ride-hailing and bikeshare users are considering getting rid of their private vehicle, according to a McKinsey survey (Smart Cities Dive). One reason is the cost of car ownership — prices for new cars continue to rise, with the average monthly payment now a record $733 (Detroit Free Press)
  • Several U.S. cities and states are passing laws requiring that new residential developments be wired for electric vehicle chargers. (The Conversation)
  • Even with an influx of state funding, Bay Area transit agencies are still facing a combined $2.5 billion deficit over the next five years, and want to raise bridge tolls to cover it. (Governing)
  • Still at an impasse, Arizona lawmakers could take another crack at allowing a referendum on renewing a transportation tax for metro Phoenix this summer. (ABC 15)
  • KUT traces how the construction of I-35 in Austin led to sprawl, white flight and worsening air quality.
  • Fare-free transit is returning to Colorado this summer. (Rocky Mountain PBS)
  • Tampa has lost two top officials in its mobility department over allegations of a hostile workplace. (Tampa Bay Times)
  • Seattle found a solution for a waterfront Alaskan Way bike lane that doesn't interfere with cruise ships docking. (Seattle Times)
  • Work has started on two new bike projects in downtown Atlanta. (Atlanta Downtown)
  • A proposed third span on Maryland's Bay Bridge could have bike and pedestrian lanes. (Chesapeake Bay Magazine)
  • El Paso might scale back streetcar service so it only runs during special events. (KFOX)
  • Copenhagen is Europe's leader for shared zero-emissions transportation options. (City Monitor)
  • Tel Aviv's new light rail line will open sometime this month. (Jerusalem Post)
  • Bologna became the first major Italian city to impose a 30-kilometer-per-hour speed limit. (Euro News)

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