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Wednesday’s Headlines Are Built Different

Human error is not to blame for crashes, according to a former traffic engineer's new book. It's road design that prioritizes speed over safety.

A dangerous intersection in Asheville, North Carolina.

  • "Killed by a Traffic Engineer: Shattering the Delusion That Science Underlies Our Transportation System," a new book by civil engineering professor Wesley Marshall, puts the blame for skyrocketing traffic deaths squarely on his own profession. (City Lab)
  • The Summer Olympics is a chance for Paris to showcase how it's spurned cars in favor of greener alternatives. (NBC News)
  • Bike lanes delineated by something sturdier than paint, even just cones, slow down drivers and reduce crashes, according to a Rutgers study.
  • New York City's High Line inspired other cities to turn abandoned infrastructure into public spaces. (Arch Daily)
  • The Colorado DOT has stopped widening highways and turned its attention to multimodal projects instead. (New York Times)
  • Breaking news from the Times: Drivers oppose paying more to drive into Manhattan, while subway riders like the idea of more money for subways.
  • Charlotte officials may have oversold what transit projects they can actually build under a transportation tax compromise with Republicans. (WFAE)
  • Atlanta leaders are upset that transit agency MARTA is closing its Five Points station for four years to renovate the heavy rail hub. (AJC)
  • Philadelphia transit agency SEPTA is looking to at least partially solve its budget crunch by ending free parking at stations. (WHYY)
  • The director of the Phoenix Department of Street Transportation talked to KTAR about the city's Vision Zero program.
  • A KCUR podcast discusses the lack of money and political will to achieve Vision Zero in Kansas City.
  • A new San Antonio Municipal Court program teaches teenagers how to drive safely. (News 4 SA)
  • Boise's transit agency is going fare-free this week as riders get used to a reconfigured route network. (Idaho News 6)
  • A Seattle city council member is proposing to add $100 million to Mayor Bruce Harrell's transportation levy proposal, mostly for sidewalks. (The Urbanist)
  • The "Belltown Hellcat" driver who's been keeping Seattle sleepless was ordered by a judge to pay $83,000 in fines and fees. (Seattle Times)

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