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Should Wednesday’s Headlines 86 SUVs?

American tax law encourages people to buy the gas-guzzling and deadly vehicles, but some in Canada are pushing to ban them.

  • Loopholes in the U.S. tax code for private jet fuel and buying light trucks and SUVs encourage fossil fuel consumption. (The Cool Down)
  • A new report from Canadian advocacy groups calls for restricting or even banning light trucks and SUVs because they're more harmful to the environment and dangerous to anyone they hit. (The Globe and Mail)
  • A combination of transit's "natural openness" and the fact that buses and subway cars close us in are why transit makes some would-be riders anxious and fearful. (WHYY)
  • Oakland is installing speed bumps in bus lanes in an effort to keep out speeding, reckless drivers. (Oaklandside)
  • It looks like Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens' vague announcement about four new heavy rail stations is a backdoor way to kill long-promised but newly unpopular transit on the Beltline. (AJC)
  • Seattle's new comprehensive plan should nix parking requirements citywide. (Sightline Institute)
  • Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell's transportation levy plan doesn't include any expansion of the city's light rail network, unlike its predecessor. (The Urbanist)
  • Massachusetts' transportation secretary wants to build more housing and use the density to make commuter rail expansion cheaper, as well as slow down drivers and find more funding for transit. (Commonwealth Beacon)
  • Population decline means the city of Dallas could lose its majority on a regional transit board. (Morning News)
  • Rocky Mountain PBS profiles the Denver Regional Transportation District's first-ever homeless outreach case manager.
  • On Earth Day, The Oregonian wondered if Portland could return to its peak as a bike and transit trendsetter.
  • In St. Louis, work is finally underway on a MetroLink extension to the Mid-America airport on the Illinois side of the river. (Post-Dispatch)
  • Plans for a Salt Lake City redevelopment project include a "festival street" where cars are restricted. (City Weekly)
  • A fart sensor, containers of spiders and a WWE championship belt are among the things people left in Ubers last year. (HuffPost)

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