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Wednesday’s Headlines Save Some Dough

What if I told you strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions could actually save the U.S. $2 trillion? That's what IDTP and UC-Davis researchers calculated.

12:46 AM EST on January 17, 2024

  • A transportation strategy that included vehicle electrification, compact development to shorten trips and spending road construction money on walking, biking and transit infrastructure instead would save the average city-dweller $2,000 a year, according to a new study. That's the cherry on top of meeting climate goals. (Transport Matters)
  • Electric vehicle manufacturer Phoenix Motor has bought bankrupt e-bus maker Proterra. (Electrek)
  • Try not to cry in your beer, but Uber is shutting down the recently acquired booze delivery service Drizly. (Axios)
  • For data nerds, a new platform at Transport for London tracks inequalities in Vision Zero projects (Intelligent Transport), and California has a new website tracking $180 billion worth of infrastructure projects (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Lots of people are tripping on Washington, D.C.'s gnarly sidewalks (Post) and all over Great Britain (The Guardian).
  • In the nation's biggest universal basic mobility experiment yet, Los Angeles is giving 1,000 residents a $150-a-month "mobility wallet" to spend on any mode of transportation except owning a car. (Next City)
  • Cost overruns for highway megaprojects are dominating discussions in the Washington state legislature. (The Urbanist)
  • Fast-growing Oklahoma City will soon encounter traffic problems it can't pave its way out of, requiring investment in transit and regional rail, writes one University of Oklahoma student who really gets it. (The Oklahoman)
  • Are skyways to blame for empty streets in downtown Minneapolis? (Star Tribune)
  • Microtransit is making big gains in rural Minnesota. (Reformer)
  • Hampton Roads is looking at improvements for hundreds of unsafe rail crossings that cause delays. (Virginian-Pilot)
  • The Federal Highway Administration isn't laughing at the dad jokes on your state DOT's road work signs. (Jalopnik)

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