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Friday’s Headlines Depend on How You Phrase It

How to reduce emissions through taxes is pretty clear, but to sell it to the public, you can't make lower-income people pay.

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Budapest’s car free zone.

  • A majority of Americans oppose a flat-rate vehicle mileage fee, but majorities also support it if it's restricted to high-polluting vehicles, delivery and freight trucks, and ride-hailing and taxi vehicles, as well as exempting low-income drivers, according to a Mineta Transportation Institute survey. (Metro Magazine)
  • Cities that are meeting their emissions goals include those with good transit that encourage walking and biking, invest in electric vehicle charging and make deliveries more efficient. (Governing)
  • Democrats' Build Green Act may not pass now, but it could influence a transportation funding reauthorization bill in 2026. (Streetsblog USA)
  • Lyft has removed thousands of e-bikes from service in New York City, Washington, DC and San Francisco due to complaints about brake problems. (Reuters)
  • A California bill would require new cars to alert drivers when they exceed the speed limit. (Transport Topics)
  • Drivers with lots of unpaid tickets tend to be dangerous, local officials say, so now Washington, D.C. is towing their vehicles. (Axios)
  • The Minnesota legislature is giving more power to oversee transit projects to the state DOT. (MinnPost)
  • A Pennsylvania bill would allow cities to establish their own bikeshares, rather than partner with for-profit companies. (WTAE)
  • The Baltimore DOT has opened up bids for e-bike and e-scooter rental vendors. (Sun)
  • Light rail in downtown Denver will be shut down this summer for maintenance. (Colorado Public Radio)
  • Voters in the Columbus, Ohio area will decide in November whether to approve sales tax funding for transit. (Dispatch)
  • A new automated light-rail people mover has been proposed in Broward County, Florida. (Sun-Sentinel)
  • Cincinnati's streetcar is converting skeptics. (Local 12)
  • Of course Kid Rock rode around a rodeo in a Tesla Cybertruck painted like the General Lee. (Jalopnik)

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