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Monday’s Headlines Put Safety First

...unlike car companies, which could be using technologies like LIDAR and external airbags to protect pedestrians, but don't.

12:01 AM EDT on October 16, 2023

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This sign might not slow many drivers down — but other educational approaches will. Photo: LINYperson615, CC

  • Automakers could easily make cars less dangerous for pedestrians, but they often choose not to add safety features, and the government isn't making them. (BBC)
  • The total cost of owning a new car is now more than $12,000 a year, up over $1,000 from last year, and now makes up 16 percent of the average household's income. (New York Times)
  • Starting next year, the electric vehicle tax credit will be applied directly at the dealership, instead of as a refund on taxes. (Marketplace)
  • Satellites could be used to implement pay-per-mile tolling. (Traffic Technology Today)
  • Research shows that walking to work elicits a feeling similar to falling in love. (Inside Hook)
  • A climate group crashed a Pete Buttigieg interview in Baltimore, deriding the transportation secretary as "Petro Pete." (The Hill)
  • A new federally funded research center at the University of Maryland will study green transportation networks. (Washington Post)
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer has a how-to guide on using the regional transit system SEPTA.
  • SEPTA cameras caught 36,000 bus drivers parked in bus lanes during a two-month test. (NBC Philadelphia)
  • The Chicago Transit Authority received a $100 million federal grant for the Red Line extension. (Progressive Railroading)
  • Milwaukee officials hope building more protected bike lanes will lower the city's high rates of deaths and injuries from car crashes among cyclists. (Urban Milwaukee)
  • Milwaukee's Lakefront Line streetcar extension is opening soon. (Fox 6)
  • Boston is offering discounted annual memberships for the Bluebike bikeshare. (Hoodline)
  • This writer did a lot of eating but not much writing on a cross-country Amtrak trip. (Longreads)

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