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Tuesday’s Headlines See the Light

It's always been harder to see in the dark, so that doesn't explain why drivers are killing more people at night lately.

12:01 AM EST on December 12, 2023

Early winter sunsets and lack of streetlights are two of many reasons why evenings are so dangerous for walking. Photo: Detroit Public Lighting Authority

  • The New York Times looked into why pedestrian deaths at night are rising even faster in the U.S. than other times of day. There are lots of explanations — darkness itself, dangerous roads, bigger vehicles, drivers fiddling with their phones on their way home from work — but Streetsblog's Kea Wilson hit on one the Times missed: Walkers are safer in numbers, but Americans walk a lot less than they used to.
  • More stories are trickling out about the Biden administration's recent $8 billion passenger rail announcement (Route Fifty).
    • Washington and Oregon officials had hoped for $198 million for high-speed rail connecting Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, but had to settle for a $1 million planning grant (The Urbanist).
    • The feds also denied funding for lines from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas and Boise (Salt Lake Tribune).
    • Chicago received $94 million for Union Station and planning money for improvements on lines to Indianapolis and Ontario (Audacy).
  • A new poll shows that Bay Area voters aren't willing to pay higher taxes to fund transit unless the region's 27 agencies become more seamless to ride. (San Francisco Chronicle)
  • Baltimore's light rail shutdown raises questions about why the Maryland DOT didn't upgrade its 30-year-old rail cars earlier. (Banner)
  • The Port of San Diego wants to turn some rental car parking lots into an entertainment district with a TopGolf and a park along the bay. (Times of San Diego)
  • An Orlando transportation engineer writes that even when streets are designed to be safe, it doesn't matter if drivers are distracted. (Sentinel)
  • Seattle police are looking for the driver or drivers who appeared to deliberately target pedestrians in two separate vehicular assaults. (KING 5)
  • A Bakersfield man, irate that a road was closed, plowed his truck into a Christmas parade, injuring three people. (Bakersfield Now)
  • When drivers killed six pedestrians in West Hartford last year, it convinced city officials they needed a Vision Zero plan. (CT Insider)
  • After installing one protected bike lane, Santa Monica's mayor proclaimed that the SoCal city is coming for Amsterdam's crown as the bike capital of the world. (Momentum)
  • In preparation for congestion pricing, Streetsblog NYC editor Gersh Kuntzman has donned his metaphorical bat-mask once again and is back to the "criminal mischief" of fixing obscured license plates. (Curbed)

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