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Wednesday’s Headlines Step Up Their Game

State DOTs should be less worried about moving cars fast and more worried about climate change. Plus, parking lots play a role in heat waves and flooding.

12:01 AM EST on January 24, 2024

  • Transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., but most state DOTs view their mission as widening highways in a futile effort to reduce traffic congestion, not fighting climate change, a Heat Map News article argues.
  • Parking lots are major contributors to excessive heat and flooding in urban areas, and auto-centric Sun Belt cities like Phoenix are the worst offenders. (Scientific American)
  • Violent assaults on transit workers have tripled since 2008. (Axios)
  • At 34 percent, the pay gap between men and women who work at car dealerships is twice the national average. (Jalopnik)
  • People for Bikes named its 20 best new bike lanes in the U.S., featuring some of the usual suspects like Seattle and some surprising choices like Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Little has changed in the most recent Columbia River Crossing bridge plans except the cost since transit advocates helped kill the last version three years ago. (Portland Mercury)
  • The L.A. Metro might be making a mistake allowing Lyft to run its bikeshare system. (Velo)
  • As Streetsblog NYC continues its crusade against toll- and ticket-dodging drivers, a recent audit found that obscured license plates cost the city $100 million a year.
  • A new "15-minute city" in Utah planned for an old prison site has plenty of parking but is not well integrated with transit. (Build Salt Lake)
  • Lincoln, Nebraska, is considering removing minimum parking requirements in commercial and industrial areas in hopes of encouraging the redevelopment of blighted shopping centers. (Journal Star)
  • Charlottesville's newest city council member won more votes than any other candidate by running on a platform of transit, bike lanes and walkability. (Daily Progress)
  • If you're slipping and falling while walking on icy sidewalks, you're probably doing it wrong. (Huffington Post)

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