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Tuesday’s Headlines Think the Kids Are Alright

A group of young people sued the Montana government for failing to act against climate change, and as brutal heatwaves and wildfires swept through the West, they won.

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An unfiltered image from Salem, Ore. during a 2020 wildfire. Source: Bruhmoney77, CC

  • In a landmark decision, a judge in Montana ruled in favor of a group of young people who said the state's failure to tackle climate change violates the state constitution. (New York Times)
  • Amtrak's long-haul trains serve a purpose, but rural residents would be better served by buses connecting them to trains running through city centers. (Human Transit)
  • Electric bus manufacturer Proterra tried to find a buyer months before declaring bankruptcy but failed. (Axios)
  • London's Tube ridership is back up to 85 percent of pre-COVID levels. (BBC)
  • Fueled by Taylor Swift concerts and other major events, Seattle's Sound Transit smashed ridership records on two consecutive days in July. (Seattle Times)
  • Milwaukee's streetcar ridership continues to grow steadily. (TMJ4)
  • As expected, California regulators voted to allow driverless taxis to operate 24/7 in San Francisco. (The Guardian)
  • Texas Central — the private company that was planning high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas — reemerged from years of silence to announce it's partnering with Amtrak. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Northwest Arkansas advocates are working to bring passenger rail back to the region. (Democrat-Gazette; paywall)
  • Los Angeles is reopening a dangerous portion of Mullholland Highway known as "The Snake" where cars have been banned since 2019 after multiple fatal crashes. (L.A. Times)
  • Denver's bike infrastructure is getting more sophisticated. (Post)
  • Philadelphia police are cracking down on people who try to save parking spaces with traffic cones, often sparking fistfights or even shootings in the process. (CBS News)
  • While Bethesda drivers may hate bike lanes, data shows that the reduction in car lanes isn't slowing them down. (WTOP)
  • Willamette Week explains why bike registration fees are a bad idea.

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