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Monday’s Headlines Celebrate MLK Day

12:01 AM EST on January 15, 2024

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the 1950s Montgomery bus boycott.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. not only fought to desegregate buses, but believed the freedom to travel is an important civil right for everyone. (Forbes)
  • Transit ridership rose to 75 percent of pre-pandemic levels in November, the highest mark since March of 2020. (New Geography)
  • The Biden administration is disbursing $623 million in grants to install 7,500 electric vehicle charging stations. (Electrek)
  • Legislation passed by House Republicans would scrap a waiver for the domestic sourcing requirement for EV chargers. (Politico)
  • It's been 10 years since New York became the first U.S. city to adopt a Vision Zero policy, but the results have been mixed everywhere since then because no government seems truly committed to ending traffic deaths. (NPR)
  • Twenty-seven miles of bike lane construction and record bikeshare ridership made 2023 a banner year for cycling in Chicago. (Sun-Times)
  • Black and American Indian Milwaukee residents are disproportionately victims of traffic violence. (Urban Milwaukee)
  • Cuts to D.C. Metro service would be a disaster for low-income riders. (People's Policy Project)
  • Service cuts and fare hikes are on the table in Philadelphia after the state legislature rejected an opportunity to fund transit agency SEPTA. (NBC 10)
  • California is turning to AI to try to control traffic and prevent crashes. (CBS News)
  • The Massachusetts state budget includes $15 million for fare-free transit. (Streetsblog MASS)
  • Minneapolis Uber and Lyft drivers went on a one-day strike Thursday to protest low wages. (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • Ridership on the Cincinnati streetcar rose 30 percent last year to 1.1 million passengers. (Local 12)
  • Baltimore County is performing safety audits on 17 dangerous roads. (Banner)
  • Paris has become the poster child for green mobility, but other European cities like Milan, Seville and Brussels deserve recognition as well. (Planetizen)

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