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Tuesday’s Headlines Are On Cruise Control

Driverless carmaker Cruise released a law firm's report laying the company's recent troubles at the feet of its own executives.

12:01 AM EST on January 30, 2024

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AVs not only need regulation for safety, but also for undermining workers who toil on roads, says Greg Regan of the AFL-CIO.

  • GM driverless car subsidiary Cruise said in a report that its executives' "adversarial approach" towards regulators led to a crash where a woman was dragged 20 feet, California suspending its operations and a subsequent federal investigation. (New York Times)
  • Inflation is causing infrastructure construction costs to skyrocket and making some firms leery of bidding on transportation projects. (Construction Equipment Guide)
  • A new tool from Smart Growth America will tell you how strong your city or state's complete streets policy is.
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro's proposed budget includes $288 million for cash-strapped transit agencies like Philadelphia's SEPTA. (Inquirer)
  • California environmentalists and transit advocates are worried that legislators will spend $1 billion in proposed funding to streamline transit on widening highways instead. (San Jose Mercury News)
  • The Georgia DOT finally met a highway it didn't like: An agency study says building a new freeway dubbed I-4 through Texas and the Southeast would not be a cost-effective way to move freight trucks. (Capitol Beat)
  • A new task force is looking at revenue options for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. (Commonwealth Beacon)
  • Houston is considering dropping out of a regional transit board because much smaller suburban members won't agree to proportional representation. (Chronicle)
  • Pushback has been fierce against New Jersey Transit's proposed 15 percent fare hike. (Bergen Record)
  • A prominent Washington, D.C. rabbi was attacked by a Lyft driver who he believes was reacting to his religious clothing. (Washington Post)
  • Valley Metro's new northwest Phoenix light rail line opened Saturday two years ahead of schedule. (ABC 15)
  • The Federal Transit Administration awarded Seattle $64 million for its first RapidRide line that will operate as a trolley with overhead wires instead of a bus. (Seattle Times)
  • Tucson is building its first bus rapid transit line (Arizona Republic), and Missoula has approved a study exploring what would be its first BRT line (NBC Montana)
  • Uber is appealing a Paris law restricting tourist rideshares, but Mayor Anne Hidalgo's office says reversing the law would cut into public transit use. (Reuters)

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