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Monday’s Headlines Are a Crash Course

The global cost of driving in both lives and money is staggering, and the U.S. is among the worst offenders, according to a new WHO report.

Charles Edward Miller|

Reminder: Roads will be crowded and drivers will be drunk for the next few days.

  • Drivers killed 1.2 million people worldwide in 2021, costing the global economy $1.8 trillion, according to a World Health Organization report. The UN failed to meet its goal of cutting traffic deaths in half by 2020, instead settling for just a 5 percent reduction. (Jalopnik)
  • Digital platforms that integrate multiple modes of transportation make green travel easer and nudge users away from cars. (The City Fix)
  • A new Biden administration policy requires federal employees to avoid flying in favor of rail when possible, and to take local transit or walk/bike when traveling. (Government Executive)
  • Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has introduced a new and improved version of his Build More Housing Near Transit Act with Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.). (Niskanen Center)
  • More on the Biden Bucks going to safer-streets projects in hundreds of communities across the country, including Minneapolis (MPR), Dallas (Morning News) and Hawaii (Maui News)
  • Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Georgia to celebrate new funding for railroad crossing improvements and passenger rail service between Atlanta and Savannah. (WTOC)
  • Plans for a new hockey and basketball arena in Northern Virginia have critics wondering how fans will get there with limited Metro service and potential transit cuts looming. (Washington Post)
  • A bill in the Pennsylvania legislature would allow Philadelphia to expand automated traffic enforcement cameras beyond Roosevelt Boulevard (WHYY). But the legislature has so far ignored transit agency SEPTA's request for $190 million in funding (Philly Voice).
  • Seattle is going to have to return a $7 million federal grant city officials have waffled on for too long. (The Urbanist)
  • Atlanta is considering a $1 million proposal to offer residents refunds when they buy e-bikes. (AJC)
  • Chattanooga is adding e-scooters to its bikeshare fleet. (Times Free Press)
  • Monterey County, California, recently opened its 12th "traffic garden" to teach children how to navigate streets safely. (King City Rustler)
  • Giuseppe Grezzi revolutionized transportation in Valencia, Spain, by lowering speed limits, pedestrianizing parts of the city, adding bike lanes and beefing up transit service. (Domus)
  • Euro Cities interviewed Amsterdam bike mayor Katelijne Boerma.

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