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Monday’s Headlines Are Shocked

Not really — the bus manufacturing business seems pretty precarious in general, but it certainly doesn't bode well for the conversion from diesel if companies like Proterra are going out of business.

12:01 AM EDT on August 14, 2023

  • Just as the Biden administration is pouring billions of dollars into electric buses, one major manufacturer was pushed into bankruptcy by supply chain problems and demands for customized buses, leaving transit agencies with just three or four domestically-produced options for purchasing low- and no-emission vehicles. (Washington Post)
  • Transit agencies should refocus in the post-pandemic era on serving riders making all kinds of trips, rather than mainly transporting workers between their homes and offices, according to a new Brookings Institute report.
  • One reason that transit ridership is in decline is that some agencies continue to act as if they're if in an age of austerity when the economy is actually booming. (The Discourse Lounge)
  • Golf carts aren't just for country clubs anymore. (Electrek)
  • Philadelphia is being overwhelmed by cars, and incoming Mayor Cherelle Parker should follow Boston's lead by boosting funding for transit and bike lanes. (Citizen)
  • Baltimore residents are fighting against bike lanes on Gwynns Falls Parkway (CBS News), No wonder the city is behind on its pledge to add 77 miles of protected bike lanes (Banner).
  • Traffic deaths were down slightly in Houston last year, but drivers still killed 323 people and injured another 1,600. (Houston Public Media)
  • Twin Cities staffers unveiled a proposed route for the Blue Line light rail extension. (Star Tribune)
  • Knoxville announced a Vision Zero goal to end traffic deaths by 2040. (WBIR)
  • The Tampa streetcar set a monthly record for ridership in July at more than 164,000. (That's So Tampa)
  • This golden retriever that failed to foil a San Diego bike thief may not be much of a guard dog, but he is still a very good boy in our book. (Bicycling)

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