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Thursday’s Headlines Are Stuck Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Should Amtrak focus on the routes with the most potential riders, or try to keep senators happy by serving far-flung rural areas?

12:01 AM EDT on July 27, 2023

  • Amtrak is caught between the conflicting goals of serving the areas that have the most riders and spreading coverage around the country geographically. (Human Transit)
  • Investment in transit pays off for the private sector, with every $1 spent generating $5 in economic returns. (CNBC)
  • Smaller cars with smaller batteries, and other ways to make electric vehicles greener. (Frontier Group)
  • Cities should extend their traffic cycles to give an increasingly aging population more time to cross the street. (The Guardian)
  • Baltimore transit advocates want light rail for the revived Red Line, not bus rapid transit. And they don't want to go through the public input process again. (The Daily Record)
  • Arizona Republicans and Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs are still working on a deal to hold a referendum on renewing Phoenix's transportation tax. (Daily Independent)
  • Denver's transit agency is lowering fares across the board, offering discounts to low-income riders and on bulk purchases, and allowing teens to ride for free. (KDVR)
  • Gwinnett County, Georgia is getting a new transit center next to a shuttered suburban Atlanta mall that's being redeveloped. (Daily Post)
  • Portland bike advocates refiled a lawsuit alleging that the city has failed to comply with a state law that requires adding bike and pedestrian infrastructure whenever a road is rebuilt. (BikePortland)
  • Drivers have hit San Antonio pedestrians 4,000 times over the past five years, with almost half of those crashes taking place on 1 percent of roads. (Fox 29)
  • Minneapolis is considering a minimum wage for Uber and Lyft drivers. (KARE)
  • Paul Krugman calls drivers opposed to Manhattan congestion pricing "vehicular NIMBYs." (New York Times)
  • Asphalt art is a low-cost, creative way to make drivers aware of people walking and biking. (Route Fifty)

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